February 2014 Portfolio Outlook

Last month, I laid out my basic investment strategy for 2014:

1.     I am overweight Europe and emerging markets.
2.     I am overweight dividend-paying U.S. equities.
3.     I am underweight non-dividend-paying U.S. equities.

With one month down, dividend-paying stocks are performing quite well [...] Continue Reading…

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Russian Stocks are Cheap…But Cheap Enough?

Vladimir Putin kills puppies.

Ok, that comment probably needs a little context.  The president of Russia does not personally murder small dogs for sadistic pleasure.  But in preparation for the winter Olympics, the Sochi city government has culling the large [...] Continue Reading…

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Thinking About Buying Japanese Stocks? Let Me Get You a Duffel Bag, Some Gasoline, and a Lighter

It’s official: Japanese stocks are in correction.

After closing at a recent high of 16,291 on Dec. 30, the Nikkei was down by about 14% through yesterday’s close. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ), the most popular Japan ETF, is [...] Continue Reading…

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Everyone Hates Emerging Markets. It’s Time to Buy Emerging Markets.

“The buy side hates emerging markets.  The sell side hates emerging markets.  Technicians and quants hate emerging markets.  I think it’s great.  Combine this bearish sentiment with what is, at worst, a neutral valuation case, and things start to [...] Continue Reading…

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Sizemore on Varney & Company: What Does the Cigarette Ban Mean for CVS?

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I joined Fox Business’ Varney & Company this morning to discuss the controversial decision by CVS Caremark (CVS) to stop selling [...] Continue Reading…

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