Stockpicker Investing is Gambling Says Vanguard Icon

I read with interest some statements from Vanguard founder and former CEO John Bogle, comparing individual stock and bond picking as an investment method to gambling.  While he doesn’t shy away from courting controversy and usually touts Vanguard’s flagship low-fee funds and ETFs over individual stock-picking due to performance and fees, this is the first time […]

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Weekly Links: Emerging Markets on Fire Edition

Another week of great reads during week.  These are entries from blogs I frequent, and I hope you will too (just come back!).  I’ve also included various finance/investing carnivals that published my material this week as well as my posts within my network since the last weekly links.  This week, I was stuck by the […]

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Study:Google Earnings Stock Manipulation EVERY Time?

Today, I came across this damning paper from Jerry Liu, a Finance professor at Cal State on the overt manipulation of Google’s share prices around earnings and options expiry timeframes.  Despite occasional grammatical errors throughout, this is the most influential paper of its sort I’ve read in years, including the assigned literature of this sort […]

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Going Out of Business Sales a Scam or Worthwhile?

When I drove past the guy dressed as a chicken waiving a sign touting a “Going out of Business Sale” at a local furniture shop for 6 months straight, I started to wonder, “how long does it take for this place to actually go the heck out of business?”.  I was also thinking about whether […]

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2009 Stock Market Returns by Country YTD

While historical stock market returns are no guarantee of future results, it is instructive to evaluate which stock markets are holding up in the current economic downturn/hobbled recovery close to the mid-point of 2009 (UPDATE: See Full-Year 2009 Market Returns).   We certainly saw our share of shocking 2008 market events and 2009 portends to […]

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Will Resveratrol Benefits Create the Biggest Blockbuster Drug Ever?

Upon watching 60 Minutes tonight and conducting further research, it’s evident that the benefits of Resveratrol may result in both the most prominent advance in human medicine in decades, as well as provide investors with the right player a substantial return on investment. I somehow manage to turn every hot topic into a finance/investment idea […]

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40 Year Mortgages – And 50 & 60 Year Mortgages While We’re at it

I’ve been seeing more ads lately for 40 year mortgage loans and once my curiosity was piqued, I also found that there are 50 year and 60 year mortgage loans out there.  On one hand, I found this to be rather unorthodox and novel since you never hear about “40 year mortgage rates breaking new […]

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Best Weekly Links – “Sucker’s” Edition

Another week of great reads during week.  These are entries from blogs I frequent, and I hope you will too (just come back!).  I’ve also included various finance/investing carnivals that published my material this week as well as my posts within my network since the last weekly links.Well, given that esteemed economists have been referring […]

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The Riskiest ETFs on Earth – 3X Sector ETF Short/Long

The 3X Index ETFs from Direxion have been all the rage since they launched and picked up traction on the heels of the Proshares 2X Index ETFs of yesteryear, going Long or Short various indices as outlined below.  For the uninitiated, you can now get triple the return of say, an energy ETF or emerging […]

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