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 […]

US Index Funds adding shares to loss-making Uber and Lyft

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While there is a lot of merit to simply investing in a broadly diversified portfolio of low cost index funds, market cap weighted index funds have some features (or flaws, depending how you see it) that drive me to alternatives. One key example is this recent WSJ story highlighting how US index funds are about […]

Elon Musk loses investors billions, takes home >$500mio

Elon loses investors billions, takes home over $500 million

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When coming up with lists of stocks to avoid investing in, starting with companies with the most excessive executive compensation can often be a good place to start. While I do believe top-talented executives should be paid well for making us shareholders wealthier, I feel I get a better sense each year of which multi-million […]

Hopewell Center

Hopewell is taking your shares private at 40% below book value, but about half of Hong Kong listed stocks trade at discounts anyway

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Webb-site.com recently wrote about the vote yesterday to take Hopewell Holdings (SEHK: 00054) private at a roughly 40% discount to book value. This is still a premium to its earlier trading price of more than 60% below book value, so investors in 00057.HK still made money, though not as much as if the whole book […]

Why not ETFs

Why you may not be investing more in ETFs

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This tweet by @nategeraci, @cerulli_assoc and @daniilatcerulli was one of those I found good enough to share and save here for future reference. It ranks what non-ETF users are currently looking for and waiting for before using ETFs. The first and third ones are the most obvious: about half of non-ETF users surveyed said they […]

Where to invest $1,000,000

Where to Invest $1,000,000 – Depending on Who You Ask

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Bloomberg recently published another article titled “Where to Invest $1,000,000 right now“, where six different experts provided six different opinions on where they would invest the million. Not surprisingly, the experts they asked tended to recommend investing in assets their companies sold or serviced (for example, the one who said investing in Vietnamese property was […]

Tariq with Trump and Hillary cutouts after #Election2016

Ming Pao interviews Tariq Dennison on Trump’s first year

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My interview in Ming Pao this week on Trump’s first year: https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20180120/s00014/1516384899314 [jumplead_form id=”5a65abe97e060104232bb123″]

How Much Financial Advisors Charge – Pricing by Account Size and Other Factors

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More than almost anything else, I believe the financial services industry needs greater price literacy and price transparency.  In almost any other business, customers are used to looking at and comparing the prices of the goods they buy from a store or website and the services they buy from a tax preparer or hairdresser, but […]

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 […]