One of the easiest and most convenient ways to spend is by using a credit card, which ends up being the downfall of many people’s savings plans as they end up living well beyond their means. But on the flip side, credit cards can also be useful tools that actually help people reach their savings goals if utilized responsibly.
The sheer amount of information available to us in this day and age is absolutely mind-boggling. There are a number of ways to quantify and measure inflation, but one metric that has caught our eye recently is the State Street PriceStats Inflation Index, which measure real time changes in inflation.
Everyone make mistakes, yet we have an inherent aversion to admitting them. This very human characteristic is a form of self defense by our ego that can counter-productive to being a successful investor and more importantly a well balanced individual.
The market’s reaction to the strong jobs’ report on Friday was not pretty. About the only investment that was green on the day was the US dollar. The problem the Fed now faces is whether or not to raise rates under the deflationary pressure of a strong currency and lackluster growth in other developed countries.
Last November we profiled the internal accounting scandal and ensuing collapse in the stock price of ARCP. Our conclusion was that the fundamental value of ARCP's real estate portfolio would ultimately win the day. A lot has happened with this company since that original post, and given the significance of this holding for our clients we felt an update was warranted.
A little over two years ago we published a post explaining why were bullish on the stock everyone loved to hate…Apple. Today we will revisit our original thesis, review what Apple has done over the past two years, and look at what the future might hold for the company.
Now that the Fed’s third, and supposedly final, round of QE is concluded, the next step is to begin reversing its zero interest rate policy by making short-term interest rate hikes. Predicting when the first rate hike will take place, despite being a near impossible task as we will show, has been the source of endless discussion in the financial media in recent months.
P2P lending is trying to displace the traditional banking model. One of the reasons we are so bullish on P2P lending is because we see it as a technology play in an established and proven industry. P2P platforms are simply building a better mousetrap through the use of technology in the age old banking industry.
You lend the government money for ten years, and in return they’ll offer you a yield just barely high enough to cover expected inflation over that time period. Sure, you might not gain any real ground, but at least you won’t be losing purchasing power. How does that sound? Are you ready to buy a lost decade?
No one likes to be called a fool and very few people consider themselves to be foolish, but the fact of the matter is that we all express some degree of overconfidence in our abilities or knowledge which lead to foolish decisions. What is it about human nature that makes it so hard to simply admit “we don’t know” certain things?
Last Thursday the Swiss National Bank (SNB) surprised the market by announcing that it would no longer peg the value of the Swiss Franc to the Euro. The news sent the Franc soaring against the Euro while the Swiss stock market cratered. This week we look at the reasons for the peg, why it may have ended so abruptly, and what it all means for our US-based clients.
The nature of our line of work is that we are in constant dialogue about economic and investment-related topics. Not surprisingly, the majority of questions and comments we've heard lately have been related to cheap gas prices, how long they will last and whether or not energy-related investments might represent a good opportunity.