The Stingy News Weekly (08/23/2015)
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Absolute strength vs relative strength
"When it comes to the markets, the difference between a large wave on a fairly calm day and a huge wave on a stormy day is similar to the contrast between relative strength and absolute strength. But both momentum measures have provided outsized returns over the long run." [$]
Stick to low-fee funds
"Fund investors improved their market timing according to a recent study Morningstar.com. But they still underperformed their funds by an average of 0.54 percentage points annually from 2004 through 2014."
Sell-off not a bad thing
"the best response for most investors trying to grapple with the latest bout of volatility is to take a deep breath, appreciate the remarkable run-up of the last five years, and remember that if you panic at the thought of losing 6 percent of your money in a week, that money really shouldn't be invested in the stock market to begin with." [Markets]
Why not 100% equities?
"We might, on the other hand, consider an all-equities portfolio. Whereas none of us have the centuries ahead of us that Yale can expect, we may have a time horizon of several decades--perhaps long enough according to both the historic performance figures of equities and to theories of their expected returns (shaky as they are), to justify having everything in stocks." [Markets]
How Singer won
"The Singer Sewing Machine changed the way America manufactured textiles, but the invention itself was less important than the company's innovative business" [History]
OPEC of maple syrup
"While Mr. Trepanier studiously avoids calling the organization a cartel, he has described it as the OPEC of maple syrup in the past, referring to the group of oil-producing countries." [Government]
Goodbye to all that
"The real curse for producers is over-supply in almost all raw materials. Yet they continue to act as if they are blithely unaware of it. Capital is still pouring into holes in the ground, creating a hangover that may last at least a decade." [World]
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