Mr. Tako’s Best Investing Posts Of 2017

Ho Ho Ho!  Merry Octopusmas!

It’s that holiday time of year again, and the Tako family is on-the-move!  We’re traveling to visit family this Octopusmas!  Furthermore, this will be my very last post of 2017!

Don’t worry, I’ll be back on my usual posting schedule in the new year!

Rather than skimping on the content for today’s post, I decided to give you an early Christmas gift!

If you recall, when we traveled to Japan earlier this year, I wrote a compilation post for all my best recipes.  That was a very successful post, and people seem to appreciate having them in one place…

So, I decided to do the exact same thing for my best investing posts of 2017!

Without further adieu, I give you…


Mr. Tako’s Best Investing Posts Of 2017

1. Farmers, Hunters, And Investing For Financial Independence — In the top spot for my personal favorite investing article of the year, is the story of farmers & hunters.  This post was a great reminder for me that the investing “weather” will eventually change.  Be ready.

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Are you a Farmer or a Hunter?  I’m mostly a farmer, but I’ve been known to hunt a little.


2. The Keys To Wealth: 4 Investing Books That Changed My Life –– As the title implies, this post details the four investing books that really changed my life and set me on the path to achieve Financial Independence.  Honestly, I owe it all to these four books.

Reading the right books can unlock a path to incredible wealth. Make sure you read the right books!


3. The Future Isn’t What You Think It Is — Everybody thinks they can predict the future, but let’s be honest here… nobody can!  This lack of predictability makes finding durable long term investments especially tricky.

People have been predicting flying cars and hoverboards since I’ve been a kid.  They still aren’t here yet.


4. Is Book Value Investing Still Relevant?  — In days long past, investors used to look at Book Value to determine if an investment was of a good value and had reasonable margin of safety.  Does this method still work today, or is this a category of investment inherently filled with troubled companies?

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“Cigar butt” investing used to be really popular. Does it still work today?


5. Learning From Panics And Manias — Panics and Manias have been with us since the beginning of financial markets, but do investors ever learn from them?  Not if we don’t study the phenomena!  There’s  a great many lessons to be learned from history’s greatest panics and manias.

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Panics and Manias have been with us throughout history.  Tulip Mania is by far the most well known panic, but there have been many others.  Will investors ever learn?


6. When Dividend Growers Fail To Grow — Everybody loves a company that can constantly grow dividends!  But what happens when something happens to that ever growing stream of income?  Do you ditch the investment, or dig deeper?

What happens when dividends fail to grow?  Should you stay with an investment or move on?


7. Is Retail Dead?  — Despite a good economy there’s a huge number of retail store closures happening in the United States right now.  In this post we as the question “Is Retail Dead”?  It might be, but there’s a chance there will be survivors!

Retail might be dying, but there will be some survivors.  My personal pick was Home Depot, which went on to gain 20% after the post was published.  I think Home Depot fills some unique niches.


8. Profitability Doesn’t Matter?  —  It’s often the least profitable stocks that outperform all others because of growth.  In this post we studied some of those profitless wonders from days long passed — to find out if we’re missing the boat.

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Growth is often overvalued by ebullient financial markets. Does profitability still matter?


9. Looking For Incentives — In this post I tackle the incentives that drive executive behavior.  Namely, where to find them and how to evaluate them.  It’s easier than you might think, but they rarely get noticed by most investors.

Incentives are super important for investment performance, but hardly any investor bothers to look at them!


10. How Much Global Diversification Do You Really Need?  — Diversification is often touted as a cure-all for the market’s volatility.  Under those auspices many sub-par investments are sold by Wall Street.  But how much global diversification do we really need anyway?

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If the world is already globalized, do we really need to diversify internationally?


Bonus Round!

What?  Did you think I was going to stop at 10?  I made no such promise!

Believe it or not, I really love writing investing posts — and it’s super hard to narrow down a year’s worth of writing to just a few articles!

So here’s two more investing posts that I think deserve everyone’s time!

11. Reader Questions: Precious Metals — Thinking about buying some precious metals or maybe even some bitcoin?  Then you absolutely need to read this post.

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Now ask yourself — Is gold (or bitcoin for that matter) an asset?


12.  The Dark Side Of Share Buybacks — Last but not least is my post about share buybacks.  Buybacks are popular right now, but are they actually good for investors?  Well, it really depends…

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Is there a dark side to share buybacks?

That’s it for this year!  I’ll see you in 2018!  Happy Holiday’s!


[Image Credits: Octopus cookie, Others –See respective articles]

20 thoughts on “Mr. Tako’s Best Investing Posts Of 2017

  • December 23, 2017 at 5:21 AM

    It’s very apparent that you like doing investing posts as you always come up with the best metaphors! I get a lot of value out of your posts, looking forward to what you have in store for next year.

    Merry Octopusmus and Happy New Year!

    • December 27, 2017 at 3:37 PM

      Thanks Accidental Fire! Happy New Year to you too!

  • December 23, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Merry Octopusmas to you and your family!

    We’re having a family member over at our house at the moment and will take him sightseeing in DC for the holidays. There’s no snow here, so I feel like something is missing. In fact, it’s much warmer today than usual. But it’s ok because it’s perfect weather for doing out! ^.^

  • December 23, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    I am amazed by your dividend income. Would you recommend some resources I can read on how to invest in dividend passive income? Thanks.

    • December 27, 2017 at 3:33 PM

      Hi BZmom — Usually books on dividends focus on junk bonds or chasing high yield stocks (which aren’t always a good idea). So most of them I can’t recommend.

      One of the best books I’ve read on the subject has to be The Future For Investors –

  • December 24, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Happy holidays! Thanks for your investing articles this year. I learned a lot. Keep at it.

  • December 26, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Thanks, I have enjoyed all your post this year. Looking forward to reading more in 2018. Happy Holidays !!

    • December 27, 2017 at 3:28 PM

      Thanks Steve! Lots more to come in 2018! 🙂

    • December 27, 2017 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks for noticing that. I’ve since fixed the first link!

      As far as images, I use a plugin called WP smush. I’m not sure if it fixes the problem you describe or not.

      Happy Holidays!

  • December 28, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Merry Octopusmas and Happy OctoNewYear to you and your family! Enjoyed your posts this year and looking forward to your 2018 content!

    • December 29, 2017 at 10:43 AM

      Happy OctoNewYear to you too FIRECracker! Love your blog too!

  • December 29, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Long time reader. Thanks for this years thoughtful and inciteful posts. Happy New Year!

    • January 1, 2018 at 12:09 PM

      Thanks Mrs. Smelling Freedom! Happy OctoNewYear!


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