The Retire In Peace portfolio, or R.I.P. portfolio, was first introduced to the Seeking Alpha community in December 2015 and I have published quarterly articles that captured the activity and performance of the portfolio since that point in time. The companies that I write about on SA are largely theRead More →

Overview The holiday has already shut several markets, and those that are open are lightly traded. Equity markets are mixed but little changed in the Asia-Pacific region, while the European benchmark, the Dow Jones Stoxx 600, was hovering around the record high. Benchmark bond yields are slightly softer. The USRead More →

This article is the sixth in a 10-part series loosely based on Michael J. Mauboussin’s white paper “Thirty Years: Reflections on the Ten Attributes of Great Investors.” See “Part One: Be Numerate,” “Part Two: Understand Value,” “Part Three: Properly Assess Strategy,” “Part Four: Compare Effectively,” and “Part Five: Think Probabilistically”Read More →

Foreword Bloomberg Global Data Division Analysts, who track over 2000 companies around the planet, identified 50 “poised to release products or services with blockbuster potential in 2020, as well as ones facing unusual challenges.” The Bloomberg analysts considered revenue growth, margins, market share, debt, and factors such as economic conditionsRead More →

Greece continues to shine in 2019 – a rare bright spot in a Eurozone coming to grips with the need for more potent stimulus and structural reforms. Improving macro data, proactive policy from the New Democracy party and a strengthening financial sector have market participants increasingly bullish on Greece’s long-termRead More →

KSA: A lot of work still has to be done. It´s been almost a year since KSA realized they made a mistake by increasing exports and oversupplying the market in 2018. This year´s oil price action is in thrall to last year events. However, KSA was really gone 180 degreesRead More →

© Reuters. Relief Seen for Natural Gas Bottlenecks: Canada Bond Update (Bloomberg) — Canada’s battered market could be looking at some relief as TC Energy Corp. expands pipeline capacity and stockpiles remain low in Alberta at the start of heating season, according to Craig Nieboer, chief financial officer of producerRead More →

I now have seven community banks in my portfolio. Of these, North American Savings Bank (OTC:NASB) released third quarter earnings in August and Putnam Bancorp (PBBI) released yearly earnings in September. All of the other five banks will release third quarter earnings in late October. With a glut of reportsRead More →

Safety First: Sprint Racer McKenna Haase and her helmet (via Racing News) Bulletproof Investing: Week 97 Performance Each week, since the beginning of June 2017, I have presented at least two hedged portfolios created by Portfolio Armor to my Bulletproof Investing subscribers. This is an “investing with a helmet on”Read More →

By OpenMarkets Friday’s jobs report was a mixed bag. Jack Bouroudjian points out two numbers that stand out: the headline number, which marks the lowest unemployment rate since 1969; and wage gains, which stayed flat. He explains what that means for the yield curve and the dollar. Original post Editor’sRead More →

By Jill Mislinski This morning’s release of the publicly available data from ECRI puts its Weekly Leading Index (WLI) currently at 146.6, unchanged from the previous week. Year-over-year, the four-week moving average of the indicator is now at -1.77%, up from last week. The WLI Growth indicator is now atRead More →