Passive Investing – Howard Marks latest memo

In his latest memo, Howard Marks is talking about investing without people. The memo is quite interesting and I recommend it to every investor. It covers three ways of investing without people. To the first one I want to dedicate some attention in my today’s blog post – ETFs and passive investing. Passive investing, in particular ETFs are very popular these …

Benchmark – Forget it!

It’s like a disease. To get a notion about ones investment success, many want to know if he was better than his benchmark. But I tell you what. Forget the benchmark! The benchmark doesn’t decide on your investment success. I’ve never understood why so many people equals investment success with beating a benchmark. I’m not investing on the stock market to …

Foot Locker – Why I bought in October and sold in January!

Sometimes you will come across something by coincidence and you were happy that it happened. That’s exactly what happened to me with Foot Locker! – My personal review! Investing in stocks is really exciting. Although most of the time it can be very “boring”, especially when you’re following a strategy like mine. I’m not buying very often. I’m searching for …

Why do most fund managers underperform?

Most fund managers don’t beat the market. Are they lousy investors? Or do you have to be extraordinary to beat the market? I don’t believe it. And you shouldn’t believe it either. Because you want to beat the market. I’m a stock picker, you know that already. And I’m a kind of value investor, too. Nothing new for you, I …

Why I prefer to invest in Stocks!

The possibilities to let your money work for you are endless. I myself prefer to invest in stocks for different reasons. One is, it’s great for professionals and quite easy for small investors. I prefer to invest in stocks. I do it for more than 25 years now. But being an investor could mean a lot more, i.e. investingin real estate, …

Don’t Panic! It’s just the Market that’s dropping!

Dow Jones Industrial Average down 4.60%. S&P 500 closed -4.10%. The Nasdaq Composite  down 3.78%. Since is high Jan. 26, the Dow Jones industrial average has dropped 8.5%. But this is no reason for panicking! Since his high since Jan. 26 the Dow Jones lost more than 2000 points and the stock markets world wide also decreased. The DAX (the …

Is Diversification the Opposite of Risk Reduction?

“Diversification is one of the most important component regarding risk reduction.” Most investment professionals would agree to this statement and private investors believe it. But is this statement true? (also published on GuruFocus.com) One of the first things you hear when starting your investment career is that you have to diversify your investments. Your bank manager is saying it. Your …

Value Investing – higher return with lower risk!

IN THE INVESTING WORLD, MOST PEOPLE ASSUME THAT HIGHER RETURNS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED WITH HIGHER RISKS – BUT THAT’S NOT ALWAYS TRUE! “When you’re investing and you want higher returns, you also have to take a higher risks!“ One can hear something like that all too often. Not only by private investors with little experience in the investment market, …

Bitcoin – avoid this pain!

„Bitcoin reaches new all-time high!“ (FAZ 12.12.2017) „Bitcoin unstoppable“ (Handelsblatt 07.12.2017) „Bitcoin starts with a boom and a crash“ (N24/Welt 11.12.2017) „Bitcoin starts miserably into the new financial age“ (N24/Welt 12.12.2017) „Bitcoin crashes by 18 percent“ (Handelsblatt 29.11.2017) „More than $60 million worth of bitcoin potentially stolen after hack on cryptocurrency site“ (CNBC 08.12.2017) Huge success and failure are close …

Who doesn’t invest – LOSES MONEY!

For several years now, we have been living in a low-interest trap. Although you can lend money on favorable terms, you can hardly get interest on overnight money and treasury bonds. This is really hard for the German savers, because they are highly risk averse and most of their savings are put into such investments and thus loses money. The …