What do the wealthy invest in?

What do the wealthy invest in? More stocks than funds or properties, according to the IRS

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When considering which asset classes to invest in, it makes sense to ask “what do the wealthy invest in?”. First generation American millionaires tend to earn more of their wealth from their investments than directly from their salaries, and so one guide for deciding which of the many different types of investments best build wealth […]

When the market falls, don't sell your stocks or your house, but look for rising rents/earnings

When the market falls 10%, you don’t sell your house or your stocks, but look for rising rents/earnings at better prices

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Over the past week, stock and bond markets around the world have fallen more than many people remember seeing in years.  After an amazingly smooth ride up in 2017, when the S&P 500 index rose almost 20% without declining more than 2% on any day that year, investors were suddenly reminded over the past week […]

Investing in Stocks vs Property, Yale data

Investing in Stocks vs Property, Stocks Rose 7x More than Real Estate Over 125 Years of Yale Data

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I am often asked about investing in stocks vs property, as owning physical residential real estate is an understandably popular investment choice in Hong Kong and other major cities.  Urban professionals have seen apartment prices, and their rents, rise faster than inflation and almost as quickly as their salaries, and there is a level of […]

How to invest a bonus

How to invest a bonus

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In January and February many firms, especially banks, give out annual bonuses to employees, which in some cases make up a large percentage of the employee’s annual earnings.  After years like 2017, when the economy and global stock markets have done exceptionally well, I am naturally asked, more than in most years, about how to […]

G for got it - what I hope a 10 year old child will say after buying their 10 first stocks

10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old to start investing early

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My latest article describes how to choose the 10 first stocks to buy a 10-year old, and why I think it’s important to start kids investing in individual companies rather than mutual funds from an early age. As I disclose: I bought Coca-cola for my older child and PepsiCo for my younger child because they […]

Currencies for the long run, part 3: Asia ex-Japan

Currencies for the Long Run, Part 3: 6 Asia ex-Japan Currencies that have declined 40-90% since 1980

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Following part 1 and part 2 of this series “Currencies for the long run”, here is a chart showing the long-term trend since 1980 of 6 major Asian currencies: The Chinese Yuan Renminbi, Indian Rupee, Philippine Peso, Thai Baht, Malaysian Ringgit, and South Korean Won.  As the previous two posts showed different trends in relatively […]

Currencies for the Long Run, Part 2: The Appreciators

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In part 1 of this series “Currencies for the long run”, I posted a chart of the “ABC” currencies of Australia, Britain, and Canada, which were relatively stable and range bound, but showed a long-term depreciation trend of 20-50% against the US dollar over the past half century.  By contrast, I wanted to show a […]

Currencies for the long run, part 1: ABC

Currencies for the Long Run, Part 1: The ABCs of Relatively Stable Currencies

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This is the first of three posts titled “Currencies for the Long Run”, in which I post a chart summarizing how three different types of currencies have gone up and down against the US dollar over the past several decades.  This first one is the longest of the three, going back to the earliest exchange […]

Hong Kong ETF list published by HKEX (Hong Kong Exchange) on Nov 2017

Hong Kong ETFs Remain China-focused, Bond-light, and Under-owned

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Hong Kong ETFs are, and are likely to remain, the best way to trade and broadly allocate to China, it is not hard to argue that Hong Kong has the best ETF market in Asia.  As a reference, I am posting below a scan of the brochure the HKEX handed out at a recent ETF […]

Asset Allocation Returns: Conservative, Moderate, and Aggressive, 2007-2017

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Asset allocation is and should be one of the first decisions made in planning an overall investment portfolio.  Some investors do their asset allocation accidentally, by only investing in one or two asset classes they know or are sold, or as the result of buying different individual investments one by one with no overall plan.  […]