Top 5 of the Week of August 28
Roger Nusbaum of Alpha Baskets, opens up our Top 5 this week by helping us get our portfolios sorted. The Irrelevant Investor Michael Batnick reviews the market’s record high. And writing for Bloomberg, Chairman & CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Management Barry Ritholtz explains just what stock market we’re in.
From Pension Partners, Charlie Bilello discusses markets crashing from all-time highs. And Larry Swedroe writing for Alpha Architects looks at the factors behind market trends…
Getting Your S#$% in Order
- Don’t make investing decisions based on social media—or any media—there are times when you should sell, but don’t do it just because a headline tells you to
- There’s never a perfect time to start, don’t put off investing because you’re waiting for the market to correct
- Live within your means and have a solid saving rate because even the most perfect portfolio won’t be enough
Just Where Is the Market Headed?
- The ongoing record for today’s S&P 500’s all-time high has endured all the way back since June 2016
- Don’t be deceived by rose-tinted glasses about the current state of affairs though; no investor should expect to outperform the market whatever asset they are investing in
- No matter where the market is headed, the only way to survive it is to control and rein in your own behavior
Spotting the Right Market
- If a bear market is a 20% drop in securities across multiple broad market indexes, a bull market is the opposite: a rally in prices by 20%
- But the percentage, definition and, ultimately, the valuation of the market is all meaningless to investors
- Knowing these factors will not help you manage risk, time your trades, or inform you on “when and how to deploy capital”
- Instead, pay attention to the market’s motivations rather than its valuation
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“Markets Don’t Crash from All-Time Highs”
- This popular saying seems to be making a comeback; it implies that it’s safer to buy now rather than on other days when it’s not at a high with low volatility
- The reason for this confidence is that historical evidence shows that it takes time for the market to move from periods of lower volatility to periods of higher volatility
- But this ‘time’ isn’t necessarily very long, two of the worst crashes (1929 and 1987) happened just two months after an all-time high
Should We Be On Trend or Not?
- Investors have been trend-following since the dawn of investing, so trends can be found in all stock, bond, commodity, and currency markets
- The factors for market trending will never change so investors will simply continue with their behavioral biases over prices
- As such, allocating some assets in your portfolio to follow trends is fair, but holding them in tax-advantaged accounts would be wiser, as the high turnover of trends makes them tax inefficient
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