“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” -Warren Buffet How can investors know the value of an investment? Bond yields remain very low and stocks continue to climb higher across the globe. Using typical valuation measures, markets everywhere look very expensive. However, investors continue to pour money into them, so they must see value. The value of an investment is subject to an uncertain future, so how… Read More
In 2013, when Bitcoin prices were surging, a few readers asked me to write about Bitcoin. I didn’t know much about it and didn’t write the article because I thought that Bitcoins didn’t seem legitimate, but they’re on a tear, so I’m giving it a shot. Bitcoin is the first, largest and best-known crypto-currency. But what is a crypto-currency? That’s a harder question. To answer it for myself, I thought… Read More
Well, I am fresh back from vacation in Northern Michigan. I had the pleasure of driving over the Upper Peninsula twice during this trip to pick up one of my daughter’s from camp. That’s three trips over the UP this summer, but, sadly, only one pasty. From my perch up north, the big story for me was seeing volatility spike up for the first time in what seems like forever…. Read More
After a summer of historically low and realized volatility in the market, we finally saw a sharp spike in volatility as tensions rose between North Korea and the US last week. While the exact cause and timing behind the volatility could not have been predicted, we did know that the low levels of volatility would not continue forever. Whether or not volatility is back for a while, it is always… Read More
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LIBOR’s reign as “The World’s Most Important Number” is almost over and the banking world is in for a period of transition as a result. The problem isn’t because of dwindling usage, but because of issues in the way it has been calculated and manipulated over time. While LIBOR is used as a reference rate in a wide range of lending products, it is actually calculated from a survey of… Read More