Zweig on Buffett and Bitcoin

Author and columnist Jason Zweig says that successful investors–such as Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger–can set aside emotions, according to a recent CNBC article. At the recent Evidence-Based Investing conference in New York, Zweig mentioned Berkshire Hathaway’s Buffett and Munger as among the top tier, adding that they are “inversely emotional and are able to turn emotions inside out,” and “acutely sensitive to the fear inside other people” which they then take advantage of. With regard to investing in cryptocurrencies, Zweig advised, “Make sure you look first at an exit strategy before investing,” and said that investors should have a […]

Are You Prepared for a Stock Market Crash?

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig takes us back 30 years to Friday, October 1987 when the stock market fell “a record 108.35 points on unprecedented volume of nearly 339 million shares.” He shares a story from famed investor James O’Shaughnessy who, thinking that the selling was “completely overdone” feared that sticking with a bearish bet (having made a “five-figure” bet through buying stock-index put options) would prove costly when stocks bounced back. So, shortly before the market close that Friday, he sold. While O’Shaughnessy felt like he had dodged a bullet, the market continued to plummet on the following […]

Zweig: Income Investors Shouldn’t Get Desperate

Investors feverishly searching for yield in today’s market—”with stocks at record highs and the income on bonds not far from record lows”–are showing signs of desperation, according to columnist Jason Zweig of The Wall Street Journal. Zweig argues that as long as markets continue to show decent performance at “little apparent risk, the more investors come to believe that high returns must be a kind of entitlement.” He cites results of a recent survey in which participants said they “need” inflation-adjusted returns of 8.9% (up from 8.5% last year), and says that such “unrealistic” return requirements can encourage risk-taking. [Zweig […]

Zweig: Cheaper Share Prices Can Be an Illusion

When ETF shares appear to be trading at a discount to the index of stocks they hold, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal by columnist Jason Zweig, “the apparent bargain is an illusion.” “Stock indexes, and by extension the funds that are based on them, are averages,” writes Zweig, adding, “Investment regulators say that fund companies are free to calculate and report an average valuation any way they wish, so long as it doesn’t mislead or deceive investors. So you should pay attention to how these funds report valuations.” Zweig cites examples of firms and the […]

Jason Zweig: Prepare Rather Than Worry About Increased Volatility

The low volatility currently seen in the market is causing concern for many portfolio managers, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Jason Zweig. Zweig says many investors share the view of portfolio manager Brian Singer of William Blair & Co. who argues: “The global market’s ongoing low volatility should be unsettling for investors.” And, while Zweig conceded that the VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) is “brushing lows set nearly a quarter-century ago,” he’s not convinced that the worry is warranted. He points out that the VIX is only about 30-years old and that stocks have “fluctuated in a […]