Stiglitz: This Is No Time for Austerity

Paul Krugman isn’t the only Nobel Prize-winning economist saying austerity measures are threatening to derail the economic recovery — not help it. Columbia University’s Joseph Stiglitz tells CNBC that there is a misconception that government cutbacks inspire confidence in the private sector. He says there is a “very high risk” of a double-dip recession, and […]

Guru Strategy Rating Changes: MSFT Rising, AMZN Falling

Each week, we take a look at which stocks John Reese’s Guru Strategy computer models have newfound interest in, and which they have soured on. Here’s a look at some of the stocks John’s strategies have upgraded or downgraded today. Several big names are among the movers, including Microsoft,, and AstraZeneca.

Ritholtz High on Cash, Looking for Clarity

Barry Ritholtz, who turned bullish right around the March 2009 low and bearish shortly before the “flash crash” in May, is now sitting largely in cash — but says his best guess is that we’re in a “normal” correction, not something more severe. Ritholtz tells Yahoo! TechTicker that he’s 25% in stocks and 75% in […]

Winters Seeing Plenty of “Fat, Slow Pitches”

David Winters, whose Wintergreen fund has a solid market-beating track record, says that he’s seeing a lot of “fat, slow pitches” in the market right now, and that he’s particularly high on Asian stocks. “We’ve been more or less a net buyer recently,” Winters tells Barron’s. “What is just so striking is that you can […]

Paulsen: Bullish Factors Aligning

Wells Capital Management’s Jim Paulsen says lower Treasury rates will have a positive impact on the economy in the second half of the year. Paulsen tells Bloomberg that with the market down 15% or so, Treasury rates falling, and corporate earnings continuing to climb, a bit of resilience from the economy should bring greed back […]

Krugman Sees Early Stages of Depression

Nobel-Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has said in recent months that if more stimulus is not injected into the economy, the economic recovery very well may be derailed. Now, he sees more than a “derailing”. “We are now, I fear, in the early stages of a third depression,” Krugman writes in his latest New York Times […]

Berkowitz Still Sees Value in Financials

Bruce Berkowitz, whose Fairholme fund has returned close to 13% per year over the past decade while the S&P 500 has been in the red, says he’s still finding a good deal of value in one of the market’s unloved areas — financial stocks. “Investors have lost much of their wealth from financial institutions over […]

Hussman Sounds Recession Bell

Fund manager John Hussman is amping up his recession warnings, saying that, “based on evidence that has always and only been observed during or immediately prior to U.S. recessions, the U.S. economy appears headed into a second leg of an unusually challenging downturn.” Hussman recently noted that of the four pieces of his recession indicator, […]

Romick’s Three Current Portfolio Themes

FPA Crescent fund manager Steve Romick, who has a lengthy track record of beating the market, recently talked to Morningstar about his multi-asset approach to portfolio management. Romick says three themes currently guiding his portfolio are energy, healthcare, and subprime whole loans.

The Changing Face of Investment Research

While the tenets of good investing remain much the same as they were decades ago, the tools that average investors can use to implement those concepts have undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. In his new book Tradestream Your Way to Profits, Zack Miller examines some of the changes that have occurred, and […]

Lynch-Inspired Model Far Outpacing Market

Every other issue of The Validea Hot List newsletter examines in detail one of John Reese’s computerized Guru Strategies. This latest issue looks at the Peter Lynch-inspired strategy, which has averaged 7.6% annualized returns  since its inception nearly seven years ago, in a period in which the S&P 500 has returned just 1.0% per year. […]

Top Fund Manager’s Three Keys to Evaluating a Company

Chuck Akre has produced an exceptional long-term track record as a mutual fund manager, and he recently offered some strategy tips in an interview with The Motley Fool. Akre cited three main factors that go into his assessment of a company, the Fool’s Eric Bleeker reports: its business model (i.e., whether it has a competitive […]