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On Straight Talk Money: Applying Baseball Wisdom to Investing

I joined Peggy Tuck on Straight Talk Money this morning, and we had a blast applying the wisdom of baseball to investing. Hope  you have as much fun with it as we did.
 
 


 
 

  

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Today on Straight Talk Money: Bond Yields, Stop Losses and More

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I joined Peggy Tuck and Chase Robertson today on Straight Talk Money. The first topic of discussion? What’s going on in the bond market?

 

In the next segment, we talk about financial stocks… and about a little trick John Templeton used to buy when everyone else was selling.

 

And in the last segment, we chat about the importance of stop losses… and keeping you stop loss orders private.

 
 
 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2017

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Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. Let’s make some money in 2017!

 

 

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8 International Stocks Priced to Beat ‘Murica

Ever since the 2008 meltdown, it’s been “America the Beautiful” when it comes to investing. American stocks have consistently beaten their international peers on a level that would make our national basketball team proud.

Since the bottom in early 2009, the S&P 500 Index is up about 220%. The MSCI All Country World Ex-U.S. Index — which covers pretty much the entire rest of the world outside U.S. borders — is up less than 80% over the same period. But before you drape yourself in Old Glory and chant “U-S-A … U-S-A …” keep in mind that American outperformance has historically been cyclical. There are long stretches when American stocks dominate the competition like the Southeastern Conference in college football. But there are also plenty of times when U.S. stocks get clobbered as hard as Rocky Balboa by the Russian in the first 14 rounds of Rocky IV

Today, American stocks are expensive, trading at a cyclically adjusted price earnings ratio of 27, which implies annual returns over the next decade of about 1%. That makes the U.S. the most expensive major world market by a wide margin. By comparison, the U.K., France and Canada trade at CAPEs of 13, 15 and 18, respectively, implying annual returns over the coming decade of 7.2%, 6.7% and 5.1%.

These forecasts — like all market forecasts — should be taken with a grain of salt. The numbers do, however, suggest American stocks might fare more like the national soccer team than the national basketball team relative to the rest of the world in the coming years.

So with no more ado, here are 10 international stocks poised outperform ‘Murica.

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Take Care of Your Health First

Some very solid advice here from my friend and colleague Ari Rastegar.

From If I Knew Then…

My mistake was that I didn’t realize how important my physical health and well-being was to my business. 

I woke up one morning, my wife and I had just started dating, and I got the worst pain I could imagine. There was a hospital six or seven blocks from the apartment and so I walked there. They did all these tests and I ended up having kidney stones. 

This doctor came in and said, “How are you taking care of yourself?”

My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, jumped in and said, “He eats steak every night and pizza for breakfast. He is out all night drinking and up at 7 in the morning for work…”

The doctor asked what I do for a living and I went into my pitch, “I am a real estate investor—we invest for the long term.”

And the doctor said, “You might not be around for the long term. Your investors will be, but you might not be.”

That was the lightbulb moment. I never looked back. Everything has been better since.

The Lesson:

Treat your body as your most important asset. I now realize that the most important aspect is me. Health, for me, is vital,and it has allowed me to be so much more sufficient. Everything comes out of your health.

If you have all the money in the world, all the business success in the world and you have a year to live because of cancerwhat is your business worth then? 

Charles here. My line of work tends to be dominated by highly-driven people… people that often push themselves a lot harder than they should for a lot longer than they should.

It takes a toll. I’ve had a few physical breakdowns myself where I finally hit a brick wall.

So, if you’re reading this, step away from your desk. Take a walk around the block and clear your head. And next week, be sure to get a reasonable amount of sleep. And maybe eat a salad or two while you’re at it, and cut out the booze and junk food.

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