Are Investors Doomed To Subpar Performance — Or Is There Hope?

Are Investors Doomed To Subpar Performance — Or Is There Hope?

Here is an intriguing exercise for you. It is not a “test” or a “quiz”… but a look inside your “trading mind”. Take a look at the following chart and decide what your mental response would be if, overall, your portfolio was positioned “bullish” when this trading action took place:   I think it is → Read More

From “Star Funds” To Index Funds… And The Dominance Of Vanguard

From “Star Funds” To Index Funds… And The Dominance Of Vanguard

Back in the “glory” years before the “Lost Decade” (2000-2010)[1]… … and before anyone had ever heard of terms such as “Flash Crash”, “Quantitative Easing”, “Mortgage Crisis”, “Fiscal Cliff”, “U.S. Bond Credit Downgrade”, “Grexit”, “Brexit”, “HFT”, or “Dark Pools”… United States’ investors enjoyed an era during which “Super Stars” managed key U.S. mutual funds to → Read More

Insights About A Poor Performing SECTOR

Insights About A Poor Performing SECTOR

It is “Trivia Time” again!  Since July 20th of 2015 through the 18th of February, 2016, which Sector within the S&P 500 Index has posted the poorest performance?  As I (virtually) scan the faces of our many readers, I see facial expressions that suggest that you are thinking: “Everybody knows that!! What do you take → Read More

Who Is The Greatest Investor?

Who Is The Greatest Investor?

WHO IS THE GREATEST INVESTOR? Let’s start with a trivia quiz: Among publicly known investors who have engaged in trading for at least 40 years, who is the greatest investor?  [Note: the 40-year requirement eliminates David Swenson from qualifying for this honor – since he started in 1985. We highlighted Swenson in this recent article: → Read More

Becoming Buffetted About By Twitter

Becoming Buffetted About By Twitter

While my daughter was driving us along congested Interstate 85 in Atlanta toward Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, we started talking about how Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) (and social media in general) have transformed how we think about and evaluate other people. Our general perspective has morphed from the “long and intermediate term” into how the → Read More

The Synergy Of Momentum And Value

The Synergy Of Momentum And Value

Our most recent articles have highlighted the value of incorporating a “Momentum” strategy within one’s portfolio.  Specifically,           1) We demonstrated how helpful the Quantshares U.S. Market Neutral Momentum ETF (MOM) proved to be within an overall portfolio during the period surrounding “Black Monday”:  As this graph demonstrates, between late July and late October of → Read More

Key Information (Ratio) For Deciding Between FCNTX and RGAAX

Key Information (Ratio) For Deciding Between FCNTX and RGAAX

In our previous article (see: https://www.markettamer.com/blog/sharpen-your-analysis-of-ibb-xbi-and-fbt) we took a look at the Year-to-Date (YTD) performance record of three unnamed ETFs and discussed which of those investment choices had been the “best” one for that period. It soon became apparent that performance data alone is totally inadequate as a comparative measure among ETFs, funds, or portfolios[1]with → Read More

Market Valuation?? Watch For The Puca!!

Market Valuation?? Watch For The Puca!!

I was thinking the other day about the wonders of our advanced scientific/technological world. Just think about the amazing things we have achieved: 1) Landed humans on the Moon, and brought them back to earth;          2) Through “Nano Technology”, developed little machines that can move within the human body to do such things as → Read More

Has Bill been Grossly Mischaracterized?

Has Bill been Grossly Mischaracterized?

I imagine that you, like me, have noticed that, within the popular press, certain common “themes” develop as a breaking story evolves. Then as time passes, those “themes” become hardened in the form of “bullet points” that almost invariably get repeated as newer stories become written and published. In fact, with regard to certain select → Read More

What Little Stocks Does Buffett Have His Eyes On?

What Little Stocks Does Buffett Have His Eyes On?

In our most recent prior article https://www.markettamer.com/blog/does-the-oracle-of-omaha-have-an-achilles-heel  we highlighted the ongoing frustration that grips the majority of U.S. investors – underperforming the average equity mutual fund. These investors underperform “the Market” for a variety of reasons – reasons often catalogued in detail by “Behavioral Finance” articles that pop up in the mainline press[1] quite regularly. → Read More

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