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How many brand names does P&G have?

How could understanding the incredible amount of strong brands owned by one of the largest companies help us be better investors?  I thought of that last Sunday morning as I was doing my traditional Sunday morning routine of looking over the Sunday Bergen Record.   One of the best conveniences is having the local Bergen County newspaper delivered to […]

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What Uber can teach us about India?

By now nearly everyone has heard of the car delivery service Uber and its competitor Lyft.  Maureen and I have begun to use the services of both companies and are amazed how advanced technology has made this service possible.  We are also a little sad that we didn’t think of it before them! For those […]

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Should you continue to own International companies?

It’s been a common question that we’ve been getting lately Should I continue to own International Companies? The question is understandable because international stock markets in aggregate have under-performed their United States counterparts for several years.  These trends are commonplace when you look back through the history of the global stock markets with the U.S. […]

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2016 Stock Market Review

In 2016, the US stock market reached new highs and stocks in a majority of developed and emerging market countries delivered positive returns. The year began with anxiety over China’s stock market and economy, falling oil prices, a potential US recession, and negative interest rates in Japan. US equity markets were in steep decline and […]

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Belling the Cat – Using research to time markets

 Sometimes even the best of ideas are only good in theory because they are impossible to implement in practice.  This holds true to the financial world as well. Academic financial research generates hundreds of research papers each year highlighting potential ways for investors to get a possible insight on the direction of the stock market.  Many […]

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DFA Portfolio Design

Ken French is a member of the Board of Directors of Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (DFA), and provides consulting services to the firm.  In this conversation with DFA Chairman  and Co-Chief Executive Officer  David Booth,  Ken provides insight on how Dimensional designs their various investment portfolios.  The portfolio design delivers the specific market exposure while reducing […]

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The Incredible Power of the Capital Markets

The power of free capital markets can be hard to understand.  Often,  people believe incorrectly that there needs to be a central governing power in order to overcome the human challenges as they occur. However, when people (and their capital markets) are able to work to improve their own lives, they are able to overcome the challenges […]

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Investing Like a Bee

What can a hive teach us about playing the market? Plenty, if you know where to look for industriousness, dedication and a clear message delivery. First, I hate bees. I’m highly allergic and after a life-threatening sting sent me to the hospital, I endured shots for the past seven years to insure that I can […]

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The Future of Global Trade

The future of global trade is bright.  Another sign of the continuing growth of global trade appeared recently at a dock at the port of Bayonne, New Jersey.  On June 26, 2016, the long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal was completed.  The expansion was necessary in order to accommodate so-called mega-ships.  These mega-ships are able to […]

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GDP Growth and Equity Returns

Recent headlines discuss “disappointing” gains in the U.S. GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  The Gross Domestic Product or GDP is a measure of all of the services and goods produced in a country over a specific period, classically a year.  The GDP had a limited gain in the 2nd quarter 2016 of 1.2%.  Many investors look […]

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