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It can be tempting to base an investment decision solely on yield...but it can also be an efficient way to separate a fool from his money. That's why we want to highlight that investing in high dividend yield stocks - without considering the valuation - is often a very BAD idea. We've…
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You might have heard that the FOMC removed the word “patient” from its directive last week, in that it would no longer be “patient” in waiting to remove monetary policy accommodation. Lots of people were betting—have been betting for weeks—that this would be the meeting where Janet Yellen would lay…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market.  EQ: The market seemed a bit tense heading into Wednesday latest FOMC statements. What were your thoughts on the Feds most recent meeting? Stovall: It sounded as…
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I invite you to inspect the following chart of 10-year interest rates in the US. If you don’t have a lot of experience with these things, let me clue you in: This is a very scary-looking chart. It’s a classic head-and-shoulders bottom in yields. If you’re one of those people…
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In Thoughts from the Frontline, I am in the middle of writing a series on debt. I realized on Sunday that the second installment wasn’t ready for prime time, so I will work on it some more and send it out (hopefully) this coming weekend. In the meantime, in keeping…
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European QE is off and running. However, one question is: will the European Central Bank (ECB) be able to find enough bonds to buy?  It may seem like a strange question from the perspective of the U.S. QE experience, but U.S. QE was carried out at a time when the…
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An interesting map has been floating around the last week or so. Constructed at The Telegraph, it shows the massive disparity between global interest rates. In it we can see the massively depressed rates of most developed countries and the sky-high rates of Brazil and Russia. Accompanying this picture is…
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Central banks continue to be investors’ friends, although not everywhere. We see bull markets in the U.S., where the Fed is still dovish, and is likely to remain so for much of this year, if not longer; in Europe, which is launching QE and has seen some relief of anxiety…
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Around 15 years ago, Joseph Piotroski, an accounting professor at University of Chicago, formulated a strategy for pinpointing value-priced stocks likely to outperform the overall market.   In a nutshell, Piotroski’s strategy involved defining a universe of cheap stocks, based on price to book ratios. From that universe, he pinpointed…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market.  EQ: In last week’s interview, we discussed that investors have taken more of a defensive stance in the market as evidenced by the activity on a sector…
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If you had purchased shares of Morgan Stanley India Investment ($IIF) a year-ago, you would have enjoyed an 80% return over those twelve months. MS India Investment is a “closed-end fund” or CEF, which is a special type of mutual fund. Here’s why you should consider CEFs. Conventional mutual funds…
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“You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride “In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first…
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