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US manufacturing is booming. In a report released this week, the ISM Manufacturing Index moved up to 61.3, the second-highest level in the last 30 years. Data Source for all charts/tables herein: FRED, Bloomberg Many are saying that’s great news for the stock market because increased manufacturing activity is evidence of a stronger economy. This […]

“Lower interest rates justify a higher than average price-earnings valuation.” – Pundit You’ve heard the story before: Equity valuations are high… Interest rates are low…. Data sources for all charts/tables herein: Robert Shiller (http://www.econ.yale.edu/~shiller/data.htm) Ergo, high valuations are “justified” by lower interest rates. Why? Some argue that because stocks are the present value of future cash […]

The Nikkei Straw Man

A: Stocks are good long-term investments. B: Not if you invested in the Nikkei at the end of 1989. If you say something positive about investing for the long run or the magic of compounding, be prepared. A bear in the woods may suddenly appear, attacking you with their favorite straw man: the Nikkei. Let […]

Gold Bugs vs. Stock Market Bulls

Which is the better investment: Gold or Stocks? It’s a battle as old as markets. Gold Bugs and Stock Market Bulls are equally fervent about their investment of choice, often with complete disdain for the other side. The story (since the gold standard was completely abandoned in 1971) goes something like this… 1972-1980 Gold Return: […]

The Next 7 Years

What returns are you expecting from stocks and bonds over the next 7 years? This is a question that GMO (one of the largest and most respected asset managers) attempts to answer on a quarterly basis. Their most recent forecast was downright depressing: -2.2% per year from large cap U.S. stocks and +1.9% per year […]