All Articles Tagged "investment strategies"
(Daily Finance) — When it comes to famous investors, lots of names come to mind, such as Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and of course, Benjamin Graham. Yet plenty of studies show that while the most famous investors are men, women generally outperform men when it comes to generating significant returns. So why aren’t there more famous women investors? Hilary Kramer, editor of GameChangerStocks.com, says it’s because women don’t invest as much. “Women should be investing in stocks,” says Kramer, “because women make better investors.”
(Wall Street Journal) — When screening a fund manager, investors like to see experience and a consistent record or returns. Elizabeth Prial, however, looks for dilated pupils and uneven breathing. Ms. Prial, a psychologist and former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, has spent most of her career looking for lies in the statements of mafia hitmen and terrorists. Now, she is on the hunt for the next Bernard Madoff, selling her deception-detection skills to institutional investors and others with large pools of money who want to know if prospective fund managers are telling the truth.
(Wall Street Journal) — First the good news: Improving U.S. economic data. Surprising strength in consumer spending. Solid earnings. Then the bad: Irish banking problems. Korean military exercises. Disappointing employment figures. As the year winds down, investors confront a number of confusing trends, making it harder to figure out if it’s a time to buy or sell. One example of how bewildering it’s become: The Federal Reserve has launched a historic program to buy bonds, a step termed “quantitative easing,” aimed at pushing down bond yields and mortgage rates and other consumer interest rates. But long-term bond yields and mortgage rates have climbed, not fallen, since the program was unveiled just over a month ago, underscoring how mystifying the current investment environment is.
(New York Times) — As an investor, the first thing you need to do is ask, “Why am I investing?”Simon Sinek’s book “Start With Why” reminded me that this question gets skipped over all too often. In the world of investing, people start with the product and related matters:
- What stock or fund am I going to buy today?
- What asset allocation should I use?
- What estate planning strategy should I adopt?
Most of us are trained to think “What” first, because it’s what you hear about all day long. It’s the message you read in some financial publications and see on CNBC. But “What” questions should come after we think about “Why” and understand “How.”