With the stock market in the midst of a long overdue dip, I have shifted gears in my growth portfolios (Factor 92, Primary Trend, Socially Screened and Global All Star), moving from fully invested to a much more defensive posture that includes both long and short investments. If you have followed my newsletter for a while you might remember the recent description of hedging with “shorts”
The Great Tug of War Since interest rates began to rise in February, everyone, at least everyone who follows the markets, thinks that inflation is the next big thing. It may be. But, hey, I’m a contrarian. When I notice “everyone” doing the same thing it makes me think that something else is likely to happen. Last month I wrote about both deflation and inflation, and
Home Sales: Not The Logical World of Supply and Demand Generally speaking, the law of supply and demand dictates that when the supply of a certain item goes up, the price will come down. But not so with houses, it seems. The National Association of Realtors reports many months of rising inventories of home listings, yet prices in most areas are not yet backing off.
The Edge Provided by Active Management Whether we realize it or not, studies show that mass marketing has a tremendous impact on us, especially if we are investors. It seems that every week I hear a market expert touting the benefits of long-term passive investing. While returns from passive investing have clearly proven to be anything but reliable, Wall Street’s propaganda machine continues the drum beat
Six Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed by someone stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards, etc. Here are some simple things you can do to protect yourself and your credit rating from this all-to-common problem. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last