Michael Batnick

These Are the Goods

Articles No invention has been more disruptive to the asset-management industry in the last quarter-century than the exchange-traded fund. With Crystal Kim Dave Nadig, Barry Ritholtz, Corey Hoffstein, and Ben Fulton Systematic, rather than faith-based. By Phil Bak So are all liquid alternative funds bad? By Jeremy Schwartz Staying cheap is not hard. Staying number…

The Worst Advice I Ever Got

My first job out of college was working in a sales role at an insurance company. They liked to think they were doing holistic wealth management, but all that meant was once all your insurance needs are filled, they could also sell you a financial plan and sprinkle in some mutual funds. It’s easy to…

Animal Spirits- Wave Pools and Market Inefficiencies

On today’s show, Ben and I speak about how career risk creates inefficiencies in the market, signs of froth, the Vanguard of alternatives, and ETF price wars. Links to articles discussed below. AQR: The Vanguard of Alternative Investing Asness Says Active Management, Not Passive, Is Too Big Small IPOs are Dying Why Vanguard Isn’t Freaking Out…

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Articles Saving is passive, prioritizing is active. By Mike Dariano The process for producing legal filings runs like an assembly line for making widgets. By Stacy Cowley and Jessica Silver-Greenberg Everyone has an itch By Craig Shapiro We would wager that few other arguments have the power to turn off the critical thinking elements of…

Chart Crimes

Stretching a linear axis vertically to prove a point. Don’t do this. Some things should be shown as a level, not a percent change. The ten-year yield going from 2% to 2.1% is not a 5% change, it’s a ten basis point move. The same holds for the VIX. Don’t do this. So many things…

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Articles An accelerating number of Americans are now recipients of independent advice and are talking to their friends about it By Shirl Penney  The look we get is always the same — like they just dropped their towel and we saw more than we should have. By Dina Isola Even the bulls are scared By…

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Articles We focus a lot on the basis points and probably not enough on the percentage points. By Jason Zweig So we write 2,000 books on how Buffett sizes up management teams when the biggest and most practical takeaway from his success is, “Start investing when you’re in third grade.” By Morgan Housel In short,…

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Articles 75% of households earning $112,000 per year or more have an Amazon Prime account. By Adventur.es Conflating prominent, but rare, events with high probability is an ongoing impediment to better investment returns. By Urban Carmel All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. By Jason Zweig This month is supposed to be…

Playing The Odds

Sam Ro is fond of saying “stocks usually go up.” The *chart below supports the statement that historically over time, stocks usually did go up. This is why it makes good sense for financial pundits to play on the bullish side. Usually they’re right, and when they’re wrong, so is everybody else, and misery loves…

I Don’t Think That Means What You Think it Means

Ask ten different investment professionals “what is evidence-based investing?” and you’ll get ten different answers. Not different variations, but completely different responses. One person’s evidence is another person’s nonsense. This is not unique to finance, it’s actually quite common that those closest to the source material will see things differently. In Life 3.0, Max Tegmark wrote about AI…