Top 5 of the Week of January 15
In our Top 5 this week, Cullen Roche author of the Pragmatic Capitalism blog helps us get started with our portfolios properly. The Reformed Broker Joshua Brown reveals the investing theme we should take note of for 2018. And Dana Lyons examines how stock valuations are at their highest level since 2000 in his Tumblr feed.
The Financial Samurai Sam Dogen shares his investing lessons post-2017. And Jason Zweig on his Safe Haven for Intelligent Investor’s blog discusses whether it really is Bitcoin’s era or not…
Where to Start with Your Portfolio
- For anyone looking to build a diversified portfolio, the Global Financial Asset Portfolio (GFAP) is a great view of the world’s financial assets according to current market capitalization
- Despite the level of complexity suggested by trying to quantify these assets in real-time, this portfolio only really comprises of four low-cost index funds
- And when it comes to investing, simple beats complex every time right?
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2018’s Investing Watchword
- Though it’s not been in circulation since mid-2008, the watchword for 2018 will likely be inflation
- Stocks are part of the large concern due to the recent increase of inflation rate and its rather unfortunate impact on multiples
- So, it looks as though the unusual run of negative relative returns over the last 7 years with commodities underperforming is coming to an end
Stocks Skyrocketing to Dotcom Levels
- A survey for the monthly allocation of investors’ current level of stocks, bonds, and cash allocation is an accurate way to read longer-term investor sentiment
- Since the crash of 1987, investor stock allocation has floated between 41% and 77% at the high in 2000
- Last December, we peaked again at 72% heading back up to those heights of the dotcom bubble, which suggests significant longer-term market risk ahead of us
What 2017 Taught Us
- Look past politics and your feelings about the people in power; this narrow-minded perspective can make you miss out on stock market performance otherwise
- Real estate is simpler than investing in stocks, but if you don’t have the funds going long-term in an S&P 500 index fund is the next best thing
- Be positive about the bull market by reassessing what you’re investing for in the first place—always keep your eye on the prize
Bitcoin: The Currency of Choice?
- The popularity of blockchain technology has been adopted increasingly by significant organizations
- It’s set to make other methods of gathering and safekeeping information antiquated, but it’s not clear yet which digital currency will come out on top
- Early leadership and success doesn’t necessarily mean currencies will triumph, and other ones may yet overtake them, be wary of this if your bitcoin interest is only because of its popularity—you may get caught out
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