Warren Buffett: Just looking at prices is gambling, not investing

Warren Buffett: Just looking at prices is gambling, not investing

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Both the rise in cryptocurrencies and the volatility of stock and bond prices last month have led to many questions about whether value stocks are still a good place to invest.  Growth stocks have risen in price far faster than value stocks over the past several years, and especially last year, which was marked by […]

Dividend Data Websites for 6 Major English-Language Stock Exchanges Around the World

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In addition to market data, financial statements, and fundamental ratios, I find it very valuable to have up-to-date websites and data sources with clean information on a listed company’s dividends, both upcoming and historical.  Dividend yields on many stock information pages can be unreliable, as it is not always clear when trailing 12 months or […]

Beer consumption slowing down globally, even in China

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One of my favorite charts earlier this week was from this Economist article about declining global beer consumption.  Earlier this year I posted a list of 14 large listed beer brewers, and will be watching some of their sales and profit figures over the coming quarters. Happy Friday! Tariq

Mobile-only bond offerings should become bigger and broader than Kenya's #MPesa #FinTech

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I wasn’t too surprised to hear Kenya recently offered KES 150 million (US$1.5 mio) in government bonds exclusively through mobile phones.   These bonds are supposed to pay 10% interest tax free (vs 14% on their benchmark institutional 10 year bonds) and be available in denominations as low as KES 3,000 (US$30), and this is hopefully […]

Top 28 Countries for overseas college education, according to THE World University Rankings

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In preparation for today’s college savings seminar, I updated the following table on which countries have the most universities, students, and international students in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 200 universities. Perhaps not surprisingly for an English language publication, the US and UK together hold 95 of the top 200 spots, with […]

Would you take an even bet to win $20 / lose $10 bet, times 100?

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YouTube has the amazing ability to suggest other videos I’m interested when I’m looking for something else.  This one shows the surprising results of asking several people on the street if they would accept a bet tilted in their favor, especially if they were allowed to repeat the bet 100 times. Investing is of course […]

"The biggest risk is thinking there's no risk" – two @MilkenInstitute quotes

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Today I’m sharing a link to a 2013 Youtube interview with Michael Milken and Howard Marks with some memorable quotes on risk from a 2013 interview. Here it is said “The biggest risk is thinking there’s no risk”, and “Life insurers can’t only insure people who will never die, but they also ensure not all their policy holders […]

Asians spend 7.5x on education but 1/3x on housing vs Americans? From a 2015 Milken interview

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One of my favorite things to listen to in the background are interviews with influencers that occasionally say something to get me thinking about something I might not otherwise have thought of.  Today I happened to be listening to a 2015 interview of Michael Milken with ASU Professor Jeff Cunningham. Among other things, I was surprised […]

Map of world's largest stock exchanges over US$1 trillion

The world’s largest stock exchanges mapped by VisualCapitalist

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VisualCapitalist published some fascinating maps about the world’s largest stock exchanges, showing the relative size of the major 5 “JUICE” markets (Japan, US, India, China, and Eurozone), and how closely followed they are by the ABCS (Australia, Britain, Canada, and Singapore) and Korea. Here is the full image:  

Size of Stock Market vs Bond Market

Size of Stock Market vs Bond Market

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MarketWatch posted this bar chart showing the relative size of stock market vs bond market assets by category as of 2014.  Roughly, it shows a total pie of about US$300 trillion invested in these “traditional assets” of stocks, bonds and loans, with roughly half in bonds, just under a quarter in stocks, and the rest […]