These Are the Goods

Articles Only one of the three fundamental types of liquidity are directly in the hands of the Fed. By Mark Dow There is more to life than money By Joe Fahmy Just recognize that financial independence and early retirement are not some magic bullet that will fix your life. By Chris Mamula Who knows who…

A History of Bear Market Bottoms

The Dow just had its best day since March 2009, having many of us wondering, was this the bottom? Is the bear market over? Before we move on and before I get actually’d, the Dow technically never entered a “bear market”. It only fell 19.4% peak-to-trough. We all know how silly these arbitrary definitions are…

Animal Spirits: Bear Market

On this week’s Animal Spirits, we discuss The persistence of CEO performance The fall of General Electric A history of Fed rate hikes A pleasure to YOLO Fake Instagram influencers Dan Egan video Listen here Recommendations It Was a Very Good Year This is marketing Charts mentioned Tweets mentioned Bear market rallies from the Great…

Don’t Fall For It

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” -Richard Feynman When stocks fall 20%, investors start asking questions. This demand is met with an endless supply of people happy to provide them with answers. There will be no shortage of people claiming that they nailed the past…

A Few Charts and a Few More Thoughts

“Every past decline looks like an opportunity, every future decline looks like a risk.” – Morgan Housel Another day where the feeling of risk overwhelms the prospects of opportunity. The chart below shows all the times that the S&P 500 declined by at least 1% over 4 consecutive sessions. This has occurred at bottoms (2002,…

Animal Spirits Talk Your Book: Breaking the Cap

Today’s Animal Spirits Talk Your Book is brought to you by Exponential ETFs On today’s Animal Spirits Talk Your Book we discuss: Are some stocks too big to succeed? It’s relatively easy to beat the market Do stocks outperform treasury bills? Is the S&P 500 the world’s largest momentum strategy? (no) But it is the…

A Few Charts and a Few Thoughts

The NASDAQ 100 just had its worst week since 2008. Every stock in the index finished in the red. Twenty-one fell at least 10%. There wasn’t a single -2% day in the S&P 500 from October 2016 through January 2018. There have been 7 over the last 60 sessions Something interesting has been going on…

These Are the Goods

Articles Two to three times more would be perfect. By Josh Brown We will be less wrong By Corey Hoffstein People who are rich just can’t accept that fact. If you’re rich, you can buy a lot of things, but on average you can’t buy above-average performance. By Jason Zweig The most successful active funds…

Surveying the Damage

As is usually the case, most stocks are doing worse than the index. While the S&P 500 is mired in a 15% drawdown (as of yesterday’s close), the median stock is 23.5% below its 52-week high. Looking within the S&P 500 (as of yesterday’s close, data from YCharts), things have gotten ugly out there. There are…

Where We’re Going

Below are the total annual returns for the S&P 500 over the past nine calendar years. Nine consecutive years of calendar gains is terrific, but I don’t feel any comfort in writing this so I doubt you feel any comfort in reading it I could show you a million stats about how accommodating the market…