Finding a Hidden Gem is Harder Than You Think

Since its 1990’s beginnings as an online bookseller, Amazon has grown into a behemoth that has “irreversibly changed the way consumers shop for everyday goods and read and watch media and entertainment,” writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent article for Nasdaq. But scoring a hidden gem like Amazon early on, says Reese, is […]

Keys to Success from Bogle, Buffett and Others

In a recent Forbes article, Validea CEO John Reese shared seven keys to investing success from such legends as Warren Buffett, Joel Greenblatt, Jack Bogle and Peter Lynch. Here are some highlights: Time is your friend—take advantage of compounding returns. Impulse is your enemy—emotional investing decisions are a bad idea. Basic arithmetic works—be mindful of […]

Bulls and Bears Both Gaining Ground

The continued climb in global stocks this year is being accompanied by rallies in safe-haven assets such as gold and bonds, according to a recent Bloomberg article. “There are plenty of reasons being cautious is paying off,” the article says, such as “politics in Washington is fractured, tension on the Korean peninsula is rising and […]

Investor Complacency Doesn’t Mean Clear Skies in Market

The market has seen low volatility and years without a major correction, writes Ben Carlson of Ritholtz Wealth Management in a recent Bloomberg article, but this doesn’t necessarily mean investors are complacent. Carlson cites data compiled by Yale professor Robert Shiller that show investor concern regarding market valuations and a “potential market crash” are both […]

Guru Feedback from Barron’s Mid-Year Roundtable

Most participants in this year’s Barron’s Roundtable think “the markets will soon get more interesting, and not in a pleasant way,” according to the publication’s recent summary, which includes excerpts from comments by market heavy-hitters such as Jeffrey Gundlach and Mario Gabelli. “After all,” the article says, “U.S. stocks are expensive, the economy is dullsville, […]

Sensible Stock Picks Based on Fundamentals

While some forms of stock picking can be risky, choosing stocks based on proven strategies and underlying fundamentals can “increase an investor’s odds of enjoying outperformance over time,” writes Validea CEO John Reese in a recent Forbes article. Reese explains that stock picking resides on a continuum comprised of varying approaches and combinations of approaches. […]

Changes in Harvard’s Endowment Fund

Harvard University’s endowment fund is unique in its holding of a $4 billion natural resources portfolio that owns assets across five continents, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. Since it has written down the portfolio’s value by more than 10% last year, the university—once the “envy of the endowment world” according […]

John Bogle Shares Thoughts on Professional and Business Values—Part 5

An essay by Vanguard founder John Bogle, published in a recent issue of the CFA Institute’s Financial Analysts Journal, offers insights and guidance concerning the need for balance between professional values and business values in the world of investing and finance. This is the last installment of our series outlining highlights of the essay. Bogle […]

Indexing Beats Smart-Beta Track Record

Many smart-beta funds– which develop portfolios focusing on various factors such as low volatility, value, or momentum– have underperformed the market, especially after accounting for fees and expenses. This according to a recent MarketWatch article which concludes, “Tally another point in the pro-indexing column.” While the article points out that the rate of outperformance depends […]