Globally diversified domestic stocks

Globally Diversified Domestic Stocks

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One reason I hear some investors are uninterested in buying foreign-listed stocks is that they believe the foreign revenues of some of their home-based companies already provide enough international diversification. The classic example is Coca-Cola, whose sales have spanned over 100 countries for years, so arguably Coca-cola is more like a “global portfolio” than a […]

How to double your money with government bonds in less than 2 years

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Today’s chart is thank’s to this tweet by Mohamed El-Erian. Government bonds bore most people, in part because they promise low fixed rates of return, barely above bank deposit rates, and often lock in their rates for long periods of time over which inflation could eat away the value of the principal returned at the […]

Turbulence vs damage

Turbulence vs Damage in Stock Investing

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I have no experience piloting airplanes, and admit there have been several times as a passenger that I have been afraid of turbulence. What helps me stay calm in turbulent flights is remembering descriptions I heard from at least one pilot interview on how insignificant most turbulence is compared with how high the plane is […]

Why I love investing in health care, not biotech

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I prefer to be as sector agnostic as possible when investing, but when pressed, I admit that healthcare is one of my preferred industries to invest in.  While sensitive to regulation and high professional service fees, healthcare is something humans have always needed, are likely to always need, which technology has made enormously higher in […]

Investing only in Real Estate or Bank Stocks

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Today’s chart in the sectors category plots what would happen if you only invested in either bank stocks or REITs, rather than the overall market. Financial analysis and accounting courses often treat financials separately, because financials like banks and insurance companies don’t really have “revenue” like other businesses do, and REITs are more about assets […]

Is it Safer to Invest in Utilities or Staples?

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At times like these, after a high growth sector like technology, telecom, computers, or railroads has had an amazing decade of high performance and high valuations, it is natural to ask whether it makes sense to invest in more “boring” sectors of the stock market like utilities and consumer staples. Today’s chart in the sectors […]

A tale of two tech funds

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Investing in technology is definitely exciting, but it is just as definitely difficult and uncertain which technology companies will become exponentially profitable and which will simply die.  Today’s chart in the sectors category is titled “A tale of two tech funds” plotting the dramatically different performance between two of the oldest technology sector funds from […]

Value like it’s 1999

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40 years ago, in 1979, BusinessWeek published its now infamous cover “The Death of Equities“, after one of the worst decades for US stock investors over the past century. 20 years ago, in 1999, the Nasdaq was still soaring on the back of a .com technology stock bubble just as famously burst the following year. […]

Vanguard Growth Underperformed the S&P 500 Over 40 Years

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Following the last post’s chart showing how 75% of the returns investing in the S&P 500 came from dividends, this chart by how much Vanguard Growth Underperformed the S&P 500 over the past 40 years. Not only did the growth fund provide turn an investor’s 1980 $100 into a significantly lower sum ($2,222 vs $5,280 […]

75% of S&P 500 Returns Come From Dividends: 1980-2019

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In the short term, stock returns are dominated by the ups and downs of price movements, in the long run, stock returns are dominated by dividends. A common question is “what percentage of stock returns come from dividends over the long run?”, to which I have a simple answer using the past 40 years of […]