The 2010s: A Decade in Review

Imagine it is early January 2010 and you are reading a review of the financial markets. Investors have been on a roller coaster over the past three years, living through the stress of the global financial crisis and market downturn…

Our 2019 Investment Outlook, Ep #78

A common question I receive is now a good time to invest?  Or what should I invest in?  I don’t have a crystal ball so I can’t time the markets (quick tip:  no one else does!).  That said, over the…

Crystal Balls and CAPE

When it comes to maintaining a globally diversified equity portfolio, relative stock market valuations should be considered when determining which areas of the market are best positioned to outperform. As noted in ‘Why have US stocks performed so well?’ and…

Where’s the Value?

From 1928–2017 the value premium, the return difference between stocks with low relative prices (value) and stocks with high relative prices (growth), in the US had a positive annualized return of approximately 3.5%.[2] In seven of the last 10 calendar…

2018 Market Outlook

2018 Market Outlook

Where should you invest now?  As I wrote last year in “Should I Own International Stocks?”, in investing it is important to “skate where the puck is going, not where it has been” (Wayne Gretzky).  What this means is don’t…

What Is Your Investment Strategy?

As one individual once told me, their investment portfolio is like an untended garden. An interesting, but accurate analogy. Without enough water and care the plants/flowers in the garden will never grow. The same can be said about your investment…

Annualized Returns

Why You Should Own Bonds

When one thinks about portfolio diversification, bonds, in addition to US and International equities should be evaluated. An investor may be tempted to overlook bonds altogether given that investing in equities tends to lead to higher overall returns (see Exhibit…