Category: Investment

Investors Keep Trying To Time Markets

Of all the schemes stock market investors have come up with to try to avoid losses and/or to beat the market, market timing is probably one of the least effective. Simply put, it requires the ability to identify some kind of trigger that enables you to sell your holdings before prices drop, then subsequently finding…
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Why Don’t Millennials Like Stocks?

I previously posted about a Bankrate financial security survey in 2017 which found that real estate was the Millennial Generation’s top investment preference over stocks and cash (https://www.cognizantwealth.com/2017/11/24/is-real-estate-best-for-building-wealth/). The post pointed out that real estate as an investment had actually underperformed stocks over many periods since 1900, suggesting that millennials’ expectations of the best long-term…
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What To Do About Record High Trade Deficits?

The U.S. Commerce Department reported this month that the trade deficit for 2018 reached a record $891.3 billion and grew by almost 13% over 2017. As investors, what should we be taking away from this metric? The first question might be how did we get to this point? President Trump assured us one year ago…
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Your Biggest Investment Risk

You may be familiar with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where leaders from around the world meet to discuss the most pressing issues facing our collective societies. The WEF produces a Global Risks Report summarizing the results, based not only on the discussions at the meeting but also on feedback…
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Trump & The Stock Market Part 2

Following up from last week’s post, a reader wrote that it would be more realistic to compare how the broader stock market performed under Trump than under previous presidents. Frankly, I don’t see the value of this exercise. As I stated in my last post, I believe that at best a president can only indirectly…
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Is Trump Good For The Stock Market?

In his State of the Union address this week President Trump touted the “great” U.S. economic performance during the first two years of his presidency as one of his key accomplishments. Although he did not mention U.S. stock market performance in the speech (likely because it did so poorly last year), he is also on…
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