Utility stocks- could they be the "new blue chips"?

"Utilities are the classic defensive investment. Generally slow-growing, but high-yielding and inexpensive relative to earnings, utilities are the traditional dividend value stock. Now Wall Street…


Are you worried about the market crashing if Trump loses the Presidential election?

If Bernie or Elizabeth Warren wins or even is the Democratic nominee, I'd get out of the market. If it crashes because he's the nominee or even wins, I'd take advantage of the sell-off. The reality…


Selling Volatility

Selling volatility is a unique way to enhance portfolio returns.  We have been doing this for years by selling puts in stocks we would want to buy.  The way we accomplish this is fairly simple. We…


Beta the Measure of Volatitlity

Beat Your Beta- the Measure of Volatility

Beta is a mathematical construct deeply embedded in academic models of stock valuation.  It's inherently flawed and investors should understand it. Simply put, the concept of beta makes perfect…


Review your returns

Even a 5th Grader Reviews His Returns

Even a 5th grader reviews his work.  You would be surprised at how many smart men and women who command complete respect at their jobs, have years of professional training like doctors and…


Its percentages not dollars

It's Percentages that Count, Not Dollars

This seems too obvious but how many times have you heard people sit around and talk about how a stock went up $10 today or $20 and it was only a half percent. $20 on Amazon is not even 1/2 percent…


Rule #1 Don't Lose Money Rule #2 Don't Forget Rule #1

This may be the most famous of all of the famous Buffett aphorisms. With his dry sense of humor, Buffett Says Rule #1 Don't Lose Money, then he quips, Rule #1 Don't forget rule #1.  One of the things…


Sleep at Night

You have to be Able to Sleep at Night

It almost goes without saying that emotional behavior leads to irrational and impulsive decisions that HURT your investment results.  Just look at the Magellan Fund that Peter Lynch ran at Fidelity.…


Stock Market Performance by President

S&P 500 Performance by President | MacroTrends

Impeachment,Democrats, Republicans- how will it all play out in the markets?  This app by MacroTrends shows you what happened in the past. “History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes,” as Mark…


Insider Buying Reaches the Highest Level all Year

 yet. Following several relatively tranquil months when the S&P 500, recovering from a brutal selloff in late 2018, quietly notched higher and higher levels, August brought back a sense of…