Happy Hour: End Of Summer

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

Back to School

I’ll keep it short since it’s Labor Day weekend. For most of us, Labor Day marks the end the summer, the start of the school year, and the football season. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Heads I Win…

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

…Tails I Don’t Lose Much

I ran across a couple of things this week that are a great follow-up to yesterday’s post. First, Mohnish Pabrai gave a Talks at Google presentation back in July that’s worth watching (video is below). He’s a value investor and student of Buffett who also likes to stack the odds in his favor. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: One Foot Out The Door

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

One Foot Out the Door

Gallup started the week off with an eye-opening poll showing just how excited the average person is about the stock market. They’re not!

After the S&P gained 16% in 2012, followed by 32% in 2013, you’d think those returns would induce chasing. Guess not. Of course, only 7% of those polled actually knew the market was up 32% last year. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Fun With Numbers

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

Fun with Numbers

It’s funny how taste tests always seem to go in Coca Cola’s favor. Unless it’s for Pepsi, then Pepsi wins. Somehow the same number of dentists recommend Crest and Colgate!? And 9 out of 10 doctors always seem to agree too. Your mind thinks 90%, but is it really? Maybe only 10 doctors were asked. And what’s up with that one dissenter?

Advertisers love to throw overwhelming numbers at your face to get you to buy in. This happens with investment products, too – like the battle between index versus managed (active vs. passive) funds. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Going Global And Spinoffs

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

Going Global

Staying closer to home seems to be an unwritten rule. By only picking U.S. stocks you ignore the rest of the world. You’re also betting that the U.S. will outperform the rest of the world year after year. The table of asset class returns shows it doesn’t work. That should be enough to broaden your investments. Continue Reading…