Hedge Fund titan Jon Paulson pulled off the greatest trade of all time in 2007, raking in a cool $15 billion in his bet against subprime mortgages - according to the International Business Times who ranked the top ten greatest trades of all-time. Some were brilliant masterminds, others were just plain lucky.
The Top Ten Greatest Trades of All-Time
1. John Paulson’s bet against sub prime mortgages made him $15 billion in 2007
2. Jesse Livermore’s call on the Crash of 1929 (a legendary trader featured in the popular book, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator).
3. John Templeton’s foray into Japan in the 1960s (a true investment pioneer, Templeton foresaw the rise of Japan after World War II and profited hugely from it).
4. George Soros’ breaking of the Bank of England in 1992 (Soros made $1 billion).
6. Andrew Hall’s $100 oil prediction (with oil trading at $30 per barrel in 2003, Hall bet prices would rise to $100 in 5 years; they did and he took home a personal paycheck of $100 million in 2008).
7. David Tepper’s 2009 bet on financials (as the market hit its low in early 2009, Tepper bought financial services stocks & his fund earned $7 billion that year ($4 billion of that went to Tepper).
8. Jim Chanos’ prescient shorts (his sharp analysis led him to predict the demise of Enron, WorldCom, and other firms, and he is known as the best short-seller in the world).
9. Jim Rogers’ early call on commodities (he was bullish on commodities back in the 1990s & has been riding them to great profits ever since).
10. Louis Bacon’s geopolitical play (he correctly predicted that Saddam Hussein would invade Kuwait in 1990 & profited handsomely by going long on oil & shorting stocks, which helped his fund return 86% that year).
Most of these trades were ‘global macro’ plays where huge, concentrated bets were made by analyzing fundamental economic/business conditions. These investors excelled at turning a great observation about the world into a great investing idea. But, while these make the headlines, you never hear about the other investors who made a big call and missed, and ended up out of business.
It’s almost impossible for regular investor folks to make a ‘big score’ like these traders. Rather than trying to throw a touchdown pass on every play and make a big score like these traders, the smarter game plan is to focus on trying to get consistent first downs. Do your homework, watch market/sector developments, don’t chase stocks up or down. Do that, and the score may take care of itself.
Source: International Business Times
Only four years have past since the world was hit with one of the worst financial crisis of all-time and while many believe our economies are improving others disagree stating that some of the improvements are superficial as in fact the world is faltering again.
According to The Economist’s calculations, world GDP grew by just 2.1% during the first quarter of 2013 compared with a year earlier. Just 12 months ago, output was growing at a reasonable clip of 3.1%. The European Union, the world’s second-largest economy, which welcomes its 28th member on July 1st, is back in recession. Meanwhile there are concerns about stumbling blocks as China seeks to rebalance toward a more consumption-oriented economy and more moderate growth rates. Long the mainstay of the world’s fortunes, China alone has been responsible for nearly half of all world economic growth since the end of 2009 when the world began growing again. Other big emerging markets, Turkey, Brazil and India, are struggling to quell social unrest over frustration with governments’ inability to deliver growth and make appropriate reforms.
How do you feel about the overall health of our global economy? Are we truly making improvements to get back on the right track or have we yet to fix the true problems that crippled our economy just four years ago? People always point to the success of the stock market as a sign that out economy is improving but history has shown us that the correlation between the stock market going up and our economy improving can sometimes be very far apart. We want to hear what you think so simply click on the link & share your opinion on our Facebook Fan Page or by sending either Stocks on Wall Street or our Founder a Tweet.
We’re only half-way through 2013 yet energy stocks have already felt the many great benefits of a bullish market with their soaring stock prices. Many of our favorite oil and natural gas stocks have already made substantial double digit gains and we’re not even at the half-way mark of 2013! This surge is one of the main reasons we decided to publish our Two Part Series listing our Top 10 Energy Stocks. It gives us an opportunity to showcase what energy stocks we believe you should be investing in. More importantly, it allows us to tell you why we believe you should invest in these energy stocks. Going forward, we believe American based energy companies are set to produce some of their biggest returns over the next few years as there is a lot of speculation that we are entering an American Energy Boom that will propel these stocks higher.
Last week we released the first Part to our two part article series by showcasing our first Top 5 Energy Stocks. Thanks for waiting everyone and here’s the second part to our series! To read our first article, simply follow the link below:
Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) +33%
Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) is a large, United States based, crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The firm markets, processes, produces, develops, and explores for crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Most of Anadarko’s revenues come from onshore United States as well as deep-water operations in Algeria and the Gulf of Mexico. Other deep-water operations include operations along both coasts of Africa, Brazil, China, Indonesia, and New Zealand. Proved oil and gas reserves were 2,560 million barrels of oil equivalent BOE in 2012 with a reserve mix of 46% liquids and 54% natural gas. Last year total production increased 10% and we expect this number to increase going forward as Anadarko plans to spend about $5.5 billion on onshore capital expenditures in the United States in 2013 alone. Due to current low natural gas prices, Anadarko plans to reduce activities at Marcellus and Pinedale/Jonah to free-up resources for more profitable projects.
Last year international production accounted for 27% of total revenues and we expect this number to increase as APC plans to spend $1 billion in capital expenditures on its international operations. In 2012, APC made some significant discoveries of oil in Ghana and natural gas in Mozambique. The natural gas discovery in Mozambique is very large with a base estimated at 35-65 trillion cubic feet equivalent. We think APC is a great value stock especially at its current price. Anadarko is trading at $86.10 per share with a total market cap of more than $43.1 billion. Anadarko has an inexpensive forward earnings multiple of 16.5 times 2013 earnings as well as a PEG ratio of 1.04. APC has strong analyst coverage as well, 90% of the 30 analysts covering the stock have a BUY rating or higher.
APC has the right mix of onshore U.S. developments and foreign exploration projects to continue to thrive and produce great revenue numbers going forward. New discoveries such as the recent APC findings in the Gulf of Mexico and in Mozambique should be very profitable in the long run. Another strength about APC is despite natural gas prices being really low, they have continued to remain profitable despite the fact they are a major natural gas producer. This is why APC will be such a big winner if natural gas prices increase. APC is a great oil play to own and the added benefit of having exposure to natural gas markets is a huge bonus. We believe natural gas prices have bottomed and will inevitably rise. The consensus on Wall Street among analysts is the same. When that does happen, Natural Gas producers like APC will reap large profits. For all these reasons mentioned above, we believe APC is a great BUY opportunity. The current average 12-month price target for APC is $110, we believe in 12-months APC will be trading at $115, a 33% total yield!
Apache (NYSE: APA) +37%
Apache is an oil & gas company operating in several countries including the U.S., Canada, the U.K North Sea, Argentina, Australia, and Egypt. At the end of 2012, it had around 2.85 billion BOE in proved reserves, concentrated in the U.S. and Canada. The proved reserves and the Permian/Central Resources total around 11.7 billion BOE, four times higher than the current proved reserves. The U.S. Permian Basin accounted for around 28% of the company’s total reserves. The company is considered the most active driller in the Permian Basin with around 38 operating rigs.
What makes me interested in Apache is its conservative capital structure. As of March 2013, it had nearly $32 billion in equity, $248 million in cash, and only $11.5 billion in long-term debt. Moreover, Apache is a consistent dividend payer. Its dividend increased from $0.21 per share in 2003 to $0.66 per share in 2012. For the full year 2013, Apache expects to push its costs down, increase its dividend, and restructure its asset portfolio. The company expects to divest $4 billion in assets, and then it would use $2 billion to reduce its debt level and the remaining amount to repurchase 30 million shares. APA currently has a great revenue numbers and management has shown its effectiveness as they have produced great ROE & ROA numbers. Apache is trading at $84.90 per share with a total market of nearly $33.3 billion. The market values Apache at only 9.5 times its forward earnings.
While the markets and competing oil stocks have had a great year so far with S&P up 15%, APA on the other hand has been sluggish appreciating only 8%. Despite this, APA is held by many famous investors, most importantly oil guru, T. Boone Pickens as APA accounts for 9.5% of Pickens portfolio, his second largest position. Compared to peers Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) and ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Apache is valued the cheapest. As a result, investors should invest in APA due to its lowest earnings valuation, strong balance sheet, and the potential asset sales. If it could divest $4 billion in assets this year, Apache could drive its EPS higher, thanks to the potential share repurchases and debt reduction. Analysts across Wall Street agree that APA is undervalued with an average 12-month price target of $110. We believe Apache will be trading at $117 in 12-months, a yield of 36%. Add on a 0.90% dividend and you have a total yield of 36.90%!
Eni SpA (NYSE: E) +26%
Eni SpA (NYSE: E), an integrated energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, transformation, and marketing of oil and natural gas. Eni SpA has a market cap of $84.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Year-to-date E is down 8%, opening up a buy opportunity for many investors. We consider Eni SpA to be a great BUY opportunity. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels.
We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Revenue growth has been a strength for E as they greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.9%. On top of that, revenues rose by 42.8% over the past year. Growth in the company’s revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. We expect this kind of earnings growth to continue propelling ENI SPA and sending the stock price higher. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 65.5% when compared to the same quarter one-year prior, rising from $1,972.25 million to $3,264.41 million.
The company has come along ways in a year. Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market’s overall trend during that period and the fact that the company’s earnings growth has been robust. While ENI SPA doesn’t receive much analyst coverage with only 3 analysts covering the stock (1 Strong Buy, 1 Buy, 1 Hold) that doesn’t mean it’s not a great investment opportunity. The fact it is relatively unknown adds to more potential as if they continue to increase earnings year after year they will soon get recognized and soar significantly higher as a result. ENI SPA is also a great dividend play with a dividend yield of 5.20%. Overall, we believe ENI SPA is a great long-term BUY opportunity and have a 12-month price target of $65 per share, a yield of 21%. Add to that a dividend of 5.20% and you have a total yield of 26.20%
Chevron (NYSE: CVX) +23%
Chevron is the second largest U.S. integrated energy company. For investors who like strong growth, dividend stocks then Chevron is the right pick for you. CVX has been an avid dividend grower for decades, with an average annualized dividend growth of 9.1% over the past five years. Its dividend growth rate over that period was lower than its EPS growth rate, which stood at 13.7%, on average. Among its main competitors, CVX has had the highest rate of dividend growth since 2004. Even though the company is expected to post a paltry EPS CAGR of less than 1% for the next five years on average, its solid cash flow generation will likely support continued dividend increases. Chevron explicitly states that one of its consistent financial priorities is to “maintain and grow dividend.”
CVX has a strong balance sheet, with $17.3 billion in cash and only $12.1 billion in long-term debt. Its long-term debt is only 8.6% of its stockholders’ equity. CVX has the highest profitability per barrel among its peers and the highest cumulative cash flow per share expansion over the past five years. Thus, its case is supported by leading earnings and cash margins, strongest future volume growth among its main peers, and solid shareholder value enhancement potential.
It should be noted that the company is known for its generous share buyback programs – it returned $5 billion in share repurchases last year alone. Chevron is currently covered by 25 analysts, of which 67% hold a BUY rating or higher. We among the group that believes CVX is a great buy opportunity and we hold a 12-month price target of $145, a yield of 20%. Add to that Chevron’s 3.20% dividend and CVX is set to return a 23.20% annual return.
Total SA (NASDAQ: TOT) +45%
Total SA is the main French integrated oil company, operating worldwide and employing more than 95,000 people worldwide. The company deals with all aspects of the oil & gas chain, from exploration to production, refining, transportation and marketing. Total keeps announcing new oil discoveries, a growing production and improving results and dividends. Moreover, the French company’s strategy is now to focus on exploration and invest in riskier/growing sectors such as shale gas in the U.S. or bituminous sand in Canada. Total has been ramping up its efforts to rejoin the big boys of the oil and gas sector. The company has achieved a strong production base in Africa, and for the next three years, it is striving to capitalize in the Middle East as well by building a $1.5 billion condensate refinery in Qatar.
Total SA is currently undergoing several other projects to position itself as one of the most competitive in the industry along with the goal of increasing its profits and market share. These, in turn, will more likely improve the market share of the company and its stock price. The P/E ratio of the company stands at ’10.17’, which shows that the stock price is equally valued. On the other hand, P/B indicates that the stock price is discounted relative to the industry average of ‘2.49’, making it attractive to investors. Price to Earnings per Growth indicates the Total is currently trading at a premium as compared to the industry average. However, it is trading at a discount compared to major players in the industry. Other major reasons to buy Total are, for one they are the leaders in the oil & gas sector and invest massively in exploration. The company just got several licenses in the new potential Artic fields. Total is also investing in the solar and biomass energies, which should drive the revenues at long term. Total’s objective is to invest $22 Billion annually between 2012 and 2014 while selling off $20 Billion of assets by 2014. TOT also offers a great dividend yield of more than 4.5% right now, which has kept growing over the years. Total developed a good payout ratio of 45% in 2011 as well as a strong link with its investors over the years.
Overall we believe TOTAL SA is a great BUY opportunity based on their attractive valuation level as seen in its P/E which is well discounted in comparison to the industry average. On top of that, the company shows outstanding financial performance as seen in its high earnings yield and high revenue growth. The future outlook of the company looks promising as it continuously embarks on several modernization and innovative projects such as the Antwerp refining and Port Arthur shale gas which can boost its profit and position the company as one of the most competitive company in the industry. Our 12-month price target for TOT is $72 per share, a yield of 40%. Add on a 4.5% dividend and you have a total net yield of 44.5%.
There is no meaningful difference between the schemes adopted by Bernie Madoff and our Social Security system. Madoff did to his investors what the government has been doing to wage earners for over 60 years with Social Security.
Why did Bernie Madoff go to prison? He persuaded people to invest with him, but he didn’t invest their money. As Madoff built his portfolio over time, he simply took the money from the new investors to pay off the old investors. Eventually, there were too many old investors and not enough money from new investors coming in to keep the payments going. Madoff’s scam was finally debunked; he went to jail and became one of the most hated men in America.
Soooo…. there is fundamentally no difference between Social Security and Bernie Madoff’s scam – except that one was operated by a private individual who is now in jail and the other is operated by politicians who enjoy perks, privileges and status in spite of their actions. Here’s a nifty little chart with a side-by-side comparison.
|BERNIE MADOFF||SOCIAL SECURITY|
|Takes money from investors with promise money will be invested & made available to them later.||Takes money from wage earners with promise money will be invested in a “Trust Fund” & made available later.|
|Instead of investing money Madoff spends it on yachts & nice homes in the Hamptons.||Instead of depositing money in a Trust Fund, politicians use it for general spending & vote buying.|
|When the time comes to pay investors back, Madoff simply uses some of the new funds from newer investors to pay back the older investors.||When benefits for older investors become due the politicians pay them with money taken from younger & newer wage earners to pay the geezers.|
|When Madoff’s scheme is revealed, all hell breaks loose. New investors won’t give him more cash.||When Social Security runs out of money, they simply force taxpayers to send them some more.|
|Bernie Madoff is in jail.||Politicians remain in Washington.|
Across the board, 2013 has already been a strong year for oil and natural gas companies and we’re only five months into the year! What we have seen is that many of these oil and natural gas stocks have already made double digit gains on the year alone. This is one of the main reasons we have decided to focus this week on getting you invested in the right energy stocks. When it comes to energy stocks, all we have been seeing is huge gains across the board and that’s why we believe this is a great time to invest in the energy sector. More importantly, we believe American based energy companies are set to produce some of the biggest returns over the next few years as there is a lot of speculation that we are entering an American Energy Boom that will propel these stocks higher.
Throughout the week, we are going to be focusing the majority of our articles on the energy sector and the best ways to invest within that sector. The article you are about to read right now is the first part to a two part article series where we will be offering our 10 Favorite Energy Stocks. Below are our first five energy stocks:
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) Projections: +57.2%
A little over 19 months ago, we first recommended investors to BUY Halliburton as we saw it as a strong long-term investment. During those long 18 months, we unfortunately have nothing to show for it as shares are now trading at the same levels of where they were when we first initially invested. Our timing for HAL was originally wrong as we invested at the wrong moment as shares fell over 40% in the first 9 months due to falling oil prices and overall weakness in our global economy. Since then however, HAL has recovered quite nicely as shares are up +27% over the past 6 months and up +40% over the course of the past year as share prices are now back to where they were when we first initially invested. Fundamentally we still like Halliburton for all the same reasons, read our original article to find out more details.
Going forward, HAL’s outlook is very bullish with 91% of analysts covering HAL issuing a BUY rating or higher. Overall there are 32 analysts currently covering HAL and all but 3 think it’s a great BUY opportunity. If that doesn’t make you feel comfortable then maybe this will, HAL is represented in the equity portfolio of Soros Fund Management who holds a $34 million stake.
2013 has been a good year for HAL investors for several reasons. For one, HAL’s share price has appreciated +18% year-to-date, secondly in February Halliburton announced a +39% increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.125 per share, and finally in its most recent quarter (Q1 2013), the oil and gas E&P play reported a record $7.0 billion. Halliburton’s management has stated that it’s focused on improving North American margins in the intermediate-term and we have no reason to doubt that they won’t accomplish this goal, as historically they have always been one of the most efficient management teams worldwide. If you’re looking from George Soros point of view, he might see HAL as the best way to play America’s energy boom.
Halliburton’s strength in the tight oil and gas space is underrated. Trading at 10.7 times forward earnings, HAL is cheap especially compared to its peers. Going forward we are very optimistic about HAL’s long-term outlook and believe that the company will continue to outperform against their competition and we believe they will position themselves as the leader of the American energy boom. As a result, we believe shares of HAL will be trading at $65 per-share 12-months from now which included with their annual dividend of 1.20% works out to be a total net yield of +57.2%.
Rex Energy (NYSE: REXX) Projections: +21%
Rex Energy has been a favorite of ours along with being one of our top-performing stock picks for both 2012 and 2013. We first recommended REXX as a strong BUY opportunity around a year ago. In that short time period, shares have soared over +78%. This probably lead to many investors to sell off their whole position thinking that the stock couldn’t rise any higher without however actually reanalyzing the company’s past and future performance, long-term projections, and overall outlook to see if there in fact is more potential still there. We did in fact take the time to reanalyze REXX and what we found was that while it had been a great year there was nothing to suggest that this run would stop or that REXX would lose value going forward. In fact, many key indicators led us to continue to be bullish on REXX. We did however sell half of our position recommending our readers to do the same as in case of a market correction it would protect our portfolio allowing us to play with the houses money rather than still having all our original starting capital at risk. To find out why we like REXX going forward simply click on the LINK below:
Going forward we expect REXX to continue to outperform their peers and have placed a 12-month price target of $20 per share, a total net yield of +21%.
Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) Projections: +27%
Range Resources stock price has steadily climbed throughout the past year as shares are up +21% year-to-date and +38% over the course of the past 12 months. Going forward, there is nothing to doubt that RRC won’t continue to rise higher as the company foresees production to grow between 20% to 25% over the course of the next few years. RRC’s total resource potential is estimated to be anywhere between 50 to 70 trillion cubic feet equivalent of natural gas. Being a low-cost producer, RRC should yield exceptional profits from these upbeat production numbers.
We also believe that RRC’s new strategy and focus on per-share growth instead of focusing on growth at all costs will be a big driving force for the company going forward and we believe it will be a key factor in sending share prices even higher. With increased production and exports expected to continue to grow there is little to suggest that Range Resource’s stock won’t stop continuing to steadily rise higher. In fact, we think RRC will be a big winner going forward and we expect shares prices to hit $95 over the course of the next 12 months, a total yield of +27%.
Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN) Projections: +40%
Southwestern Energy has made some key recent capital investments that we believe will only further strengthen the company’s long-term outlook as well as sending share prices significantly higher. SWN recently doubled down on its Marcellus acreage, purchasing 162,000 acres from Chesapeake Energy for $93 million. Being the discoverer of the Marcellus play, SWN made the most of its first-mover advantage as they have continued to improve their operations within the acreage. This strategic investment has greatly strengthened SWN’s overall outlook going forward leading to an increase in their overall projections across the board.
Even as SWN expands, the bulk of their assets are still in the Fayetteville Shale. SWN’s strategic capital investments have been crucial providing the company with a low-cost structure that will help SWN profit even if gas prices were to fall or weaken. Shares of SWN rose +37% over the course of the past year, to many investors that is a great return but when you dig deeper and see the long-term potential you realize that SWN is just getting started. The combination of both SWN’s smart and strategic investments along with their luck in what they discovered has led to increased optimism on SWN’s overall long-term outlook. These findings have also led to many analysts across Wall Street upping their projections adding an additional +30% upside to SWN from current levels. The biggest news of all might be that SWN’s recent acquisitions has led to them becoming a new position in the hedge fund managed by George Soros, the fund disclosed a $16.7 million position in Southwestern Energy.
Following a strong first quarter where SWN posted an annual increase in production of 11% along with earnings of $0.36 per share versus $0.30 EPS just a year ago representing solid growth. Add in the recent developments, acquisitions, and investments and SWN has become a much more interesting play and one that holds a lot more potential and value now going forward. We project shares of SWN to be trading at $52 per-share 12-months from now, a total net yield of +40%.
Ultra Petroleum Corp (NYSE: UPL) Projections: +63%
Just like RRC, Ultra Petroleum is another low-cost producer utilizing a new strategy to increase overall future production. UPL are now using their cost position to focus on profitable growth. UPL has cut back its capital program to make sure they invest within their cash flow. In doing so, they were able to trim off more than a billion dollars from their capital plans for this year alone. Going forward, the company will have the ability to spend more capital as cash flow increases. UPL’s management team has chosen this strategy to keep the business more efficient and cash flow positive. They want to avoid the possibility of any possible cash flow problems going forward and this new strategy will allow for them to stay within their means and only spend what they can afford to.
UPL has robust projections when it comes to future production, as they believe that by 2016 they can grow their production by 42% while their EBITDA will more than double. These conservative projections only assume a minimal rise in natural gas prices, however it’s very likely that the price of natural gas will rise above the $4.50 price that Ultra is modeling it to be by 2016. If this is true and natural gas prices do rise higher, then UPL will easily exceed their projections benefiting the business in many different positive ways. For one, higher natural gas prices will lead to an increase in both total revenue and overall profit for UPL. In turn, this will lead to higher cash flow numbers giving UPL more capital to reinvest back within the business which will only further promote increased growth and production. In turn, all of these added benefits will lead to a stronger long-term outlook for UPL, leading them to beat all future earnings estimates which will only further propel the stock to rise higher and higher.
UPL is already having a strong year in 2013, as share prices are up +28% year-to-date. Going forward, we firmly believe that UPL will be a quick riser and we project shares to be trading at $37 per-share 12 months from now, a total net yield of +63%.
Markets aren’t behaving the way they used to. Yes they have continued to appreciate and produce solid gains with both the Dow Jones Index and S&P 500 steadily rising over the past 18 months but they aren’t the same markets that are parents once invested in. Gridlocked governments avoid the tough decisions. Public and private sectors seem unable to work together to find the real solutions. People who’ve spent their lives working, saving and planning – people who’ve done ‘everything right’ – are worried about their future.
The traditional mix of stocks and bonds no longer delivers returns you need. Volatility has fueled fear of owning stocks. Bonds no longer deliver. Yields are so low that most fixed income doesn’t even protect from inflation. Yet, people need returns more than ever because they’re living longer.
It’s time to rewrite the rules of building your portfolio. BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), the world’s largest asset manager, believes tumultuous change brings opportunity and that investors must become more flexible at adapting to rapidly changing, hyper connected global markets in order to achieve returns that aren’t consumed by inflation. They want today’s short-term savers to become long-term investors and start investing more for retirement. 31% of American workers have saved nothing for retirement. As a result we have five practical actions that you can take for a more dynamic, diverse portfolio.
1. Rethink the Cost of Cash
Holding too much cash is no way to save. Cash will lose nearly half its purchasing power over the course of a 20-year retirement. You need strategies that go beyond cash.
2. Seek Income in Different Places
For income that beats inflation, investors have to consider new opportunities. Many companies that pay dividends deliver twice the yields of government bonds. For example, look for higher yields in emerging market sovereign debt. 50% of the world’s GDP is now represented in emerging markets.
3. Open Your Eyes to Alternatives
Alternatives like long/short strategies, commodities, real estate and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have the potential to provide above-average returns and could reduce your risk because they’re less likely to more in tandem with stocks and bonds.
4. Be Active About Passive
Use ETFs. They’re an important building block and a low-cost way to gain access to a full range of asset classes and global markets. ETFs can be traded like stocks, so they allow you to easily adjust your portfolio when the need arises.
5. Use Your Longevity
Many people worry they’ll outlive their income. But because we’re going to live longer, we can expand our investment horizon well beyond the day we retire. 50-year-olds can look at 25-year time horizons – even 65-year-olds have the life expectancy to consider equities, commodities and alternatives to keep generating returns over the long term. Consider ways to keep your money working for you by using your longevity to ride out market cycles.
Why Do People Pay The Fees & Commissions When The Majority of Financial Planners Don’t Even Beat the S&P 500 Index?
Before you invest the majority of your money with a financial planner, make sure you really not only trust the person but question him to see if he is knowledgable & has setup a good plan of action/strategy for your future. Why should you ask so many questions? A commonly held view is that between 80-90% of financial planners do not beat the S&P 500 Index. Most financial planners do nothing more than sell clients mutual funds. Plus, their commissions and hidden fees further dilute returns. The odds are that, if you just follow the advice found in a credible basic investing book, you will probably do no worse than your financial planner – and perhaps even better. One caveat, however: Although financial planners may not make you more, the better ones can do a better job of minimizing your losses in bear markets. That’s because they can spot trends before the average investor and can be better at implementing strategies to protect you in down markets. Looking at performance during bear markets, is perhaps a better indicator of a financial planner’s qualifications.
Shares of the iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market Index Fund (NYSE: TUR) has soared throughout 2013 and has even hit its 52-week highs trading at $77.38. Turkey as a whole has been experiencing robust growth as the Borsa Istanbul National 100 has surged to its highest levels in the past 25 years. We have been huge supporters of TUR dating back to August 8th, 2011 when we issued our first ‘BUY’ rating for the ETF in our article ‘iShares Turkey ETF (TUR) Poised for Success‘. Since then, TUR has appreciated +69.67% over the past 22 months.
What Attracts Investors to TUR
Investors looking to play the Turkish markets have few options. iShares MSCI Turkey Investable Market ETF (TUR) originally launched in 2008 is the only option available to investors seeking a pure play exposure in the Turkish equity space. TUR is also the only ETF with dedicated Turkish exposure. The banking sector also plays a prominent role in the investable market in Turkey and TUR has a high concentration of financials in its portfolio.
What To Expect Going Forward
When it comes to Turkey, it has been the talk of a higher sovereign debt rating that has been lifting TUR, the lone ETF devoted exclusively to the country. Turkey, which has been engaged in a multi-decade conflict with Kurdish militants in the Southeast part of the country, is working to end the conflict. The government there is in negotiations with Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK, in a bid to end the bloodshed.
Just last month, Moody’s Investors reported that Turkey’s ongoing efforts to bring an end to the conflict could be a positive credit step. Fitch Ratings upgraded Turkey’s long-term foreign currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to BBB- from BB+ back in November and the Long-term local currency IDR to BBB from BB, this is huge news as it’s giving Turkey its first investment grade ratings in nearly two DECADES.
This has been great news for investors as the speculation of a possible credit rating upgrade has lifted Turkish banks shares. TUR is heavily centered on the Turkish financial sector with 51.9% of its holdings in financial services stocks, quadruple its next largest sector weight, industrials.
Turkey’s economy has some good signs heading their way. Beyond this falling inflation rate, investors should note that Turkey has seen a plunging growth rate as well.
Turkey has good medium-term growth prospects and a diverse economy. The nation’s debt-to-GDP ratio stands at 39.9%, much lower than the debt-to-GDP ratio of many developed economies. On top of this, the country has a low employment rate, government reforms, strong, solid banking system, and improved credit rating. Adding all these solid growth factors together and Turkey could prove to be a great investment market in Europe for years to come.
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There’s one market-timing indicator that beats all others – stupidity. One thing I’ve learned is that you can always bet on the crowd to do the WRONG thing with their money. It’s spooky. Every time a big enough group of people believes the same thing, it turns out to be a load of bullshit. Dot-com stocks . . . the YRK bug . . . the housing bubble. Put simply, crowds are dumb. You can make them do just about anything and follow all sorts of stupid advice.
That’s why being a contrarian investor is so important. A true contrarian sells hysteria and buys despair. History clearly shows this is the one of the only proven ways to make money over the long haul. When prices are high there’s a self-correcting mechanism and when prices are low there’s a self-correcting mechanism. Investors’ perceptions of the future are shaped by their immediate past and they tend to chase high-priced, popular sectors that are set for collapse and they tend to avoid low-priced sectors that are set to soar. Just buying into a sector because it’s unpopular isn’t necessarily a good idea, however. An astute contrarian invests in an unpopular sector that will become popular again.
“You’re either a contrarian or a victim. The choice is yours.” says legendary resources investor, Rick Rule.
Most investors are lazy and choose the easier, less informative method of watching only the stock price– but understanding the price is absolutely useless information if you don’t know what it’s worth. P/E ratios are a good place to start. One simple way to invest like a true contrarian is to keep an eye on sentiment. Sentiment tells you what the crowd is thinking. There are two main types of sentiment indicators. Both are useful signals as to whether investors have become over optimistic…or over pessimistic.
1. The Short Ratio – tells how many investors are short a stock or/and an entire market. That’s how many investors are betting a stock or a market will fall in price (calculated by dividing the short interest by average daily trading volume.) An unusually low short ratio is often a sign of complacency and a signal to sell. An unusually high ratio is a signal to buy.
2. Investor Surveys – a number of surveys record the bullish vs. bearish percentage of investors. One isInvestors Intelligence which tells you what percentage of investment advisors are bullish and what percentage are bearish. Another useful measure from Hulbert’s Financial Digest tracks the sentiment of newsletter editors. When newsletter editors are at bullish extremes, it’s time to sell. When they’re at bearish extremes it’s time to buy.
Successful contrarian investors need to do the hard leg work and homework on their investments — and watch the market sentiment.
Becoming a success investor is not rocket science but it does take some intelligence along with setting out a plan of action. Below are Five of Stocks on Wall Street’s Rules to Becoming a Successful Investor:
1. Invest without emotions. Use your head not your heart. Emotions get in the way of logic, make a plan that will let you be accountable and disciplined. Don’t get overcomplicated with your plan either. It can be a simple trading strategy with simple rules. Like Warren Buffet always has said, “you don’t need to be a genius to make good money investing.”
2. Don’t set your expectations too high, be realistic. Don’t expect to make $1,000 off a $2,500 investment in six months time. While it is always doable, don’t count on it. Set realistic expectations and then be happy when you exceed them.
3. Don’t think a trade is always going to recover; sometimes it’s the smarter move to take a small loss now instead of taking a large loss later.
4. Don’t always think a good company is going to make you good money. You make money from the company’s performance. Sometimes good companies will struggle and the stock can go down whereas sometimes-bad companies stocks will soar.
5. End of day do your own research and be comfortable with the trade before you make it. Don’t make a trade solely on what someone else says, do your own analysis and if you agree with their investment idea then be confident and make the trade.
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Want to be a successful businessman? Want to rule an industry? Want to be hated because you’re the best at what you do? Well if you wish for any of these, then just mimic everything Ari Gold does. For those of you who’ve never watched HBO’s proclaimed comedy ‘Entourage’ then you are sure missing out. In the show, one of the stars is Ari Gold, the star-studded agent and ruthless negotiator. You’ll quickly learn that the tactics that make Ari Gold so great at his job are the same tactics that make everyone else hate him. This is why we love Ari Gold and why we believe he has the characteristics, behavior, attitude, and tools to succeed in any industry:
1. His swag, his style. His quick twitch, ADD behavior which is a wrecking ball to anyone who gets in his way. He never takes NO as an answer.
2. Ari Gold may be considered an a**hole to many, but results don’t lie and that’s something everyone needs to learn in life. The key in life is to get the job done. If your boss asks you to do something, do anything to get it done. Of course follow some form of moral/ethical code as we don’t want to create another Bernie Madoff here but beside the point, always get the job done. If you can get the job done & produce results you’ll have a job forever!
3. Ari Gold knows how to work the system. Never cheat the system, just use it to your advantage. It’s not lying if you don’t tell them the full extent of the truth. Find out the information you want to know first then let them in. Always leverage everything you have, even if it’s very little. Find flaws in the system and take advantage and capitalize on them.
4. Ari Gold is scared of no one, no opportunity, no challenge. In many cases throughout the life, take the path less traveled. Don’t be scared to take risks, as it’s those risks that will pay off the biggest rewards and if you do fail then it’s just another learning opportunity and a step towards success. Remember, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
5. Ari Gold knows how to convince anyone in any situation. Learning to convince people to side with you, take a chance in you, believe in you is the key in life. If you can convince one person, you can convince the world.
6. Ari Gold has a compassionate side and knows the importance of friendship & relationships. Throughout the series you will see the bond that grows between Vince and Ari. Never burn bridges that hold you up. There is no satisfaction in success if there is no one to share it with.