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The Arithmetic and Psychology of Stock Gains vs. Losses

With all the talk this week about stock market darlings, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about losses. Because losses can be temporary, just like gains, but losses tend to leave a scar. What’s amazing is how quickly losses are forgotten by investors, and the cycle repeats. Because, wait for it, […]

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself from Cellular Outages

Your Survival Guy’s iPhone was impacted by yesterday’s nationwide cell service outage. I was able to use WiFi and the SOS function. We also have a landline. But it was a stark reminder of how much depends on our cell service working properly. With loved ones living away from home, it’s not a bad idea […]

PENNY PROBLEMS: Is Something Broken at NASDAQ?

Alexander Osipovich reports in The Wall Street Journal that market veterans believe something is broken on the NASDAQ exchange, with wild trading happening in penny stocks like Bit Brother. Osipovich writes: It has become increasingly common for stocks with a low share price to experience huge bursts of trading volume. Fueling these frenzies are individual […]

Don’t Get Capsized by Unbalanced Investments

Your Survival Guy’s been telling you for a while now how much overlap I’m seeing in mutual funds and ETF holdings. This has been good for performance, with the S&P 500 tech companies rowing the boat. But how long can that last? My concern is the overall investor exposure to just one sector without them […]

Here’s What Happens When You Print Too Much Money

Big business can say inflation is under control, but they miss the point: current overall price levels are absurd. This is exactly what too much money printing creates. Will higher interest rates beat it back? It will take time. Jesse Newman and Heather Haddon report in The Wall Street Journal: The last time Americans spent […]

School Committee Begs for National Guard to Stop Student Chaos

This is scary. Look at the disaster happening in Brockton, Massachusetts. The high school is so bad there are calls for the National Guard. No wonder education will be a huge issue come November. Mandy McLaren and Christopher Huffaker report for the Boston Globe: After four Brockton School Committee members called on the governor to […]

America’s Pastime Isn’t Baseball, It’s This

You know America’s pastime isn’t baseball. It’s real estate and stocks. You probably have a good idea about house prices in your neck of the woods, and anywhere else you’re interested in. But when it comes to your home, most of the time, you’re not hanging on to its Zillow price, for example, quarter to […]

Can Stocks Attract All That Money Market Cash?

Look at the mountain of cash in money markets today, and you’ll soon realize what it will take to get that money back into stocks, if that’s even possible. It’s called return on one’s capital, and historically, stocks paid a dividend to their owners. Today, the hubris at tech companies and the focus on stock […]

Remington Finds a Better America

In the last decade, the nation’s politics have become more fractured, and people have been looking to move to find a better America. But it’s not just people, it’s businesses too that are moving from their homes to find places where they can live in freedom, and for less money. After New York passed a […]

DIVIDEND: Because You Will Need One to Survive

How do you feel about taxation without representation? Not good, right? How about working your day job for an IOU? Exactly. Not going to happen. But that’s what we see with most tech stocks these days. You have management giving away stock options to retain employees and to goose their own net worth, living on […]

Wall Street Abandons the Climate Extortion Racket

Wall St. has slowly been turning against the climate extortion racket, possibly beginning with Vanguard’s decision to leave the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative back in December 2022. Even ESG champion BlackRock has been backpedaling hard on the investment craze. Now, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board reports on what might be the beginning of […]

Are You Looking for Investment Counsel? 2 Questions

With all your research and interviews, are you asking the right questions? Are you looking for investment counsel? If you are, then Your Survival Guy recommends asking these two questions first: “Are you a fiduciary?” and “Who is your custodian?” Because once you get the answers to those two questions, a lot of confusion and […]

Is Your Money with the #1 Online Broker?

  UPDATE 2.20.24: Are you with the right broker? Again in 2023, Kiplinger’s (and also Barron’s) named Fidelity the best online broker. Originally posted October 20, 2016.  Don’t Miss the Boat. Friday Email Tickets Sold Here (Free). No surprises here as Kiplinger’s names Fidelity as the top online broker thanks to its mix of services, […]

Happy Presidents Day!

  “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – George Washington

Your Survival Guy: Wine, Guns, Chicken, and Stocks

Your Survival Guy just finished reading Climbing the Vines in Burgundy: How an American Came to Own a Legendary Vineyard in France about Alex Gambal’s journey in the wine business. Not that he needed to do it. He wanted to. He left the family commercial real estate business and with his young family became entrenched […]