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It’s Raining Yen, Hallelujah

It’s Raining Yen, Hallelujah

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, announced plans yesterday to increase bond purchases in the latest step-up in Japan’s efforts to lift itself out of years of economic stagnation. The Yen slid and the Nikkei rallied on the news. The bank has targeted doubling the monetary base in two years. Commentators including George Soros... read more

State Street Lists new active ETF, focused on Senior Loans

State Street Lists new active ETF, focused on Senior Loans

Today, State Street Global Advisors listed a new senior loan ETF (SRLN) which will, in an interesting twist to some of its peers, be actively managed by Blackstone/GSO. The fund will attempt to outperform the S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index and the Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Leveraged Loan Index. In such a low... read more

The Muni-Market Showdown

The Muni-Market Showdown

On Monday a federal judge ruled to let the city of Stockton, California enter chapter 9 bankruptcy. The big question for the municipal bond market is whether public workers’ pensions will be impaired, or whether debt holders will be forced to shoulder the entire burden of losses . It is not legal under state... read more

Current Opportunities in Real Estate

Current Opportunities in Real Estate

We currently see attractive opportunities in the real estate market. House prices are still depressed and interest rates are low. This is a good time to consider buying a second property and renting it. Buying real estate beyond a primary residence makes sense as part of a long term retirement strategy. Allow the rental... read more

Characteristics of a Portfolio Serial Killer

Characteristics of a Portfolio Serial Killer

In 1984 a group of FBI special agents wrote an article which listed 14 characteristics of a serial killer. These characteristics included a background of unstable families, deep rooted hatred towards their mothers and fathers, and high rates of attempted suicide. Interesting reading for any CSI fans and good subject matter for an episode... read more

Investing Quotes

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    • “Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.”

      —Warren Buffett

    • “The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator.”

      —Benjamin Graham

    • “Know what you own, and know why you own it.”

      —Peter Lynch

    • “Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”

      —Donald Trump

    • “It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.”

      —George Soros

    • “My favorite holding period is forever.”

      —Warren Buffett

    • “The essence of investment management is the management of risks, not the management of returns.”

      —Benjamin Graham

    • “You make most of your money in a bear market, you just don’t realize it at the time.”

      —Shelby Davis

    • “We have two classes of forecasters: Those who don’t know and those who don’t know they don’t know.”

      —John Kenneth Galbraith

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