Is There a Better Way to Allocate Stocks?
CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, Kiplinger, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Street, Mark Cuban and others say that buy and hold is dead.
Lubos Pastor of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his colleagues have recently documented that buy and hold may never have been a viable investment strategy.
Wall Street Journal columnist Brett Arends wrote in 2010:
For years, the investment industry has tried to scare clients into staying fully invested in the stock market [...]
As I wrote in the Weekend Investor cover story, “Is the Real-Estate Rebound for Real?,” this weekend, many indicators are pointing to a bottom forming in the housing market. New-home inventories are at historic lows. Home-builder sentiment has finally turned the corner. And finally, home prices have ticked upfor four months in a row on a seasonally-adjusted basis.
All that might make it tempting to call the “all clear” once and for all. But one [...]
NBC’s live vs. tape Olympic Games debate already has its Exhibit A.
Viewers slammed the broadcaster for choosing to delay the telecast of Michael Phelps’ dramatic men’s 400-meter individual medley race until primetime.
The Saturday midmorning race concluded with Ryan Lochte winning the gold medal and Phelps shockingly finishing fourth. The network instead chose to air a taped interview.
Fans took to social media to express their outrage with the decision.
OLYMPICS 2012: Get the [...]
Class Warfare Is Being Used To Divide America – And It Is Working
by The Economic Collapse
April 30th, 2012
At a time when America desperately needs to come together, we are becoming more divided than ever. The mainstream media and most of our politicians love to pit us against one another in dozens of different ways, and right now class warfare has become one of their favorite tools for getting us to hate [...]
The Housing market is likely to remain weak and may take a generation or more to rebound, Yale economics professor Robert Shiller told Reuters Insider on Tuesday.
Shiller, the co-creator of the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index, said a weak labor market, high gas prices and a general sense of unease among consumers was outweighing low mortgage rates and would likely keep a lid on prices for the foreseeable future.
One of the most instantly recognizable features of glass is the way it reflects light. But a new way of creating surface textures on glass, developed by researchers at MIT, virtually eliminates reflections, producing glass that is almost unrecognizable because of its absence of glare — and whose surface causes water droplets to bounce right off, like tiny rubber balls.
The new “multifunctional” glass, based on surface nanotextures that produce an [...]
The following discussion by a psychologist discusses the stumbling blocks modern man faces in dealing with large scale problems of civilization such as climate change:
Humanity – A Lower Form of Life
We sit at the top of our planetary food chain but, when you’re at the top it’s easy, even natural, to imagine yourself far bigger and greater than you truly are. After a while you might just start thinking that God [...]
By Brett Arends, MarketWatch
BOSTON — Get ready for 2012.
Because if the markets around the world are to be believed, this is the year when something’s gotta give.
Sorry to be gloomy at this festive time, but there it is.
Will it be U.S. stocks? Could be. They are already trading at lofty levels. Shares are about 21 times average earnings for the past 10 years, says Yale economics [...]
By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Fasten your seat belts: The stock market is unlikely to calm down any time soon.
On the contrary, we’re likely to see more of the same kind of volatility that has characterized the markets in recent months — such as seen this week by Monday’s loss of $268 billion in the collective value of all U.S. stocks, followed by a $271 billion gain on [...]
The DOW dropped 512 points today.
And that’s on top of the several hundred points it dropped last week.
The S&P 500, a broader market measure, is now down more than 12% off its recent peak.
So what does that mean?
Is it a “buying opportunity”?
Over the short-term, who knows? If this carnage keeps up, a panicked Ben Bernanke will probably rush to announce some huge new quantitative easing program. Or Congress will [...]
If you watch financial television, you’ll hear frequently that “stocks are cheap.”
The S&P 500, analyst after analyst will tell you, is trading at about 15 times this year’s earnings (and even less on projected earnings), which is just below the long-term average.
So you may think that if you buy stocks today, you are getting a bargain.
But be careful!
Professor Robert Shiller of Yale University, who wrote the book [...]
Fed’s secrecy is deceitful and corrupt, Texas professor Auerbach says on Bloomberg TV http://www.gata.org/node/9852
Interviewed Tuesday by Bloomberg Television, University of Texas Professor Robert Auerbach, formerly an economist for the Federal Reserve and an aide to the late House Banking Committee Chairman Henry Gonzalez, D-Texas, recalls how the Fed has a long, corrupt history of hiding and then destroying its records to keep the public ignorant [...]