Ritholtz: Three Things to Remember in this Rally

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture blog writes that investors need to remember three things as they consider whether the current stock surge is a bear market rally, or the start of something bigger: Follow the Playbook: Ritholtz writes that “the smart investor’s playbook is very different in bear markets than bull markets”. In bulls, […]

Kass Turns Bullish on Berkshire

On the same day that Moody’s announced its credit rating downgrade of Berkshire Hathaway, Doug Kass — who’s made some hay by being short on Berkshire shares for the past year — writes on TheStreet.com that he’s now bullish on Warren Buffett’s firm. “When conditions change, as they appear to be doing now … opinions […]

Portfolio Size: How Big Is Big Enough?

How many stocks should you own? Rob Wherry of SmartMoney.com takes an interesting look at that question today on The Wall Street Journal’s web site. Wherry examines “focused funds” (those that own fewer than 50 stocks), narrowing the list down to 18 that meet performance, fee, sales load, and manager experience requirements. Among the funds […]

A “Superinvestor” and Other Depression Survivors Weigh In

Very interesting piece from SmartMoney’s Reshma Kapadia in the magazine’s new May issue. (It doesn’t appear to be available online yet; when it is, we’ll add the link). With all the recent talk about whether the U.S. is headed into — or is already in — a depression, Kapadia interviewed three money managers who actually […]

Mortimer on “The Most Dangerous Words in Investing”

Charles Schwab Investment Management’s Chief Investment Officer Jeff Mortimer offered some interesting thoughts on the current market and keys to a good investment strategy in a Q&A with Washington Post readers today. One key thought from Mortimer, when asked whether his advice takes into account potential unprecedented events or situations: “The most dangerous words in […]

Top Fund Manager Eyes Small-Caps

John E. Deysher, whose Pinnacle Value Fund has outperformed 99% of its peers year-to-date and over the past year, three years, and five years, tells Barron’s that he’s been putting more cash to work, and says to look for a big bounce from small-cap stocks as the economy recovers. “Current stock prices reflect pretty dire […]

Glassman: Choose History Over Hunches

In his latest Kiplinger’s column, former Under Secretary of State James K. Glassman says that — in spite of all of the troubling developments that have hit the economy and stock market over the past year or two — he still believes that the historical trend of the stock market producing strong long-term gains will […]

Oberweis on the Bullish Turn, Small Caps and … Han Solo?

Newsletter guru and money manager Jim Oberweis writes for Forbes.com that, although the economy will continue to struggle, he’s bullish — and that profitable growth stocks will be “ideally positioned” as first-quarter earnings roll in. “All told, we are still bullish on stocks, mostly because valuations remain significantly below historical averages, and we expect things […]

Dreman: Yes, It’s a Depression — So Buy

One of the investing world’s pre-eminent contrarians, David Dreman, writes in Forbes that the U.S. is indeed in a depression — not a recession — but says it’s also a good time to put money to work in the stock market. “Let’s not sugarcoat what’s going on,” Dreman writes. “We are in a depression, not […]

Farrell Calls a Bottom (and Rips “Dr. Doom”)

In his latest MarketWatch column, Paul Farrell takes Nouriel “Dr. Doom” Roubini to task — and gives six reasons why he thinks the stock market has bottomed. Roubini, the New York University professor who predicted the financial crisis and has said he’ll be the first to call the recovery, “may go down in history … […]

Whitman Finding Bargains through Graham & Dodd, with a Twist

The Financial Post of Canada takes an interesting look today at the Benjamin-Graham-esque approach that longtime market-beater Marty Whitman uses to pick value stocks. According to The Post’s Levi Folk, Whitman’s strategy is based on the “net-net” approach that Graham and David Dodd laid out in their 1934 classic Security Analysis. (Net-nets are firms whose […]