Whether the stock market is going up, down or sideways, there is always a reason to worry about it. Psychologists call this the negativity bias that keeps us hooked on bad news and the media, including the financial media, knows it. Last week, a new reason was found in the quick spike in bond yields, […]
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Was last week the time of reckoning for the stock markets? For those who worry that investors have been irrationally exuberant, two pieces of news over the past week might make them seem right. The first is the market sell-off in technology stocks towards the end of the week. The US S&P500 fell 2.3% in […]
My son is named Noah, after the biblical prophet who built an ark out of faith. One of Warren Buffett’s lesser-known quotes is based on Noah’s story: “Predicting the rain doesn’t count; building arks does.” Buffett was giving advice about running businesses, but the same applies to investing and financial planning. Many active investment managers […]
The longest global expansion on record has officially ended this quarter. US GDP shrank 4.8% in Q1 while two of Europe’s largest powers, France and Spain also saw their economies contract 5.8% and 5.2% respectively. With most economies seeing their worst contraction since the last global financial crisis and some already in recession, many would […]
Yesterday was the worst one-day in the US stock markets since 1987. To have an index almost 10% down in a single day is a very rare event. How do we think about rare events then, in relation to our investments? The first popular framework of thought is to look at history. But let’s use […]