The Bessembinder Factor

If there’s one unsung hero of the personal financial world that needs a medal, I think it should be Hendrik Bessembinder.  “Hendrik who?” you’re probably wondering…

Hendrik Bessembinder, is a professor from Arizona State University that researches and studies long-term wealth creation of the stock market.  He studies the how part of how the stock market creates wealth…

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Where To Invest Your Excess Cash In 2021

If you’re like most people, your annual household spending was down significantly in 2020 because of the pandemic.  Saving money must have been on everyone’s mind, because the U.S. savings rate saw massive increases in 2020.  By January of 2021, the U.S. savings rate had increased to 20.5%.

That’s certainly a lot of cash being saved!  Bank deposits are now at record highs…

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The Last Hurdle: Investing With Industry Trends

As investors, we often hear the siren call of “being a contrarian” — The stories of bucking the trend, buying stocks at low prices, and then reaping incredible gains are the stuff that contrarian dreams are made of.  As such, many investors like to fashion themselves as contrarians.

Unfortunately, real life isn’t quite as easy as in the stories — It takes a lot of guts to buy a stock when it’s down at the bottom of a dumpster.  During the best of times, making these buy or sell decisions can be tricky…

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The Stock Sector I Like Best (Right Now)

With plenty of cash on-hand, I’m always on the lookout to add to my existing stock positions… or find new stocks in which to invest.  Generally speaking though, I don’t consider myself a “sector” style investor.  I don’t buy sector ETF’s or sector index funds…  but sometimes the market will put entire sectors on-sale.

It happens because investors take-on a kind of “group think” around certain industries.  This lemming-like behavior can sometimes be completely right…

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Alternative Stocks Poised To Succeed In A COVID-19 World

As a perpetual student of the stock market, I’m always keeping tabs on what’s moving and shaking in the world of finance.  Lately it’s been a group of stocks I call the “COVID-proof” stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Tesla, Zoom, Microsoft, and Google, that are doing most of the moving and shaking.  (Meanwhile, the S&P 500 is almost flat for the year — down a mere 1.4%)

All of these stocks have seen incredible price gains since the market lows of mid-March…

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Investing Ideas: Year Of The Road Trip

Travel.  Ask any random person if they like to travel, and undoubtedly most will say “Oh yes, absolutely!!”.  Then after some careful thought, they’ll hedge that claim with “…but I probably won’t do a lot of traveling right now”.

Travel used to be a pretty big chunk of the average consumer’s budget.  Now, with quarantine periods for international travelers and “stay home” orders in-place, most families are simply sticking to home…

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A Lockdown Q&A With Mr. Tako

Hi folks!  Instead of my usual blog post where I decide the topic my choosing, this week’s post I thought I’d we mix things up a bit!  It’s time for the readers to take charge and let them ask questions!

That’s right, it’s Q & A time!  This week’s post is composed entirely of reader questions, and I’ll do my best to supply the answers!

Without further ado, lets get this Q & A started….

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Investing Ideas: January 2020 (Slow Growth Monsters)

Yep, it’s another investing ideas post!  It’s been several months since I last posted one of these ideas posts, but I have forgotten you guys!  I know how popular they are!

I’ve just been really busy.  Honestly!  With the holidays  behind us, and my old car finally sold (yes it sold!), I’m feeling like I finally have time to sit down and start digging into some juicy annual reports!

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