Monthly Archives: September 2015

Beer before Steel: Ranking 30 Industries by Fundamental Equity Performance, 1933 to 2015

From January of 1933 through July of this year, beer companies produced a real, inflation-adjusted total return of 10% per year. Steel companies, in contrast, produced a return of 5%.  This difference in performance, spread out over 82 years, is enormous–the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Negative Interest Rates

The big surprise from Thursday’s Fed announcement was not the decision to hold interest rates at zero, which most Fed observers expected, but the revelation that an unidentified FOMC member–probably Narayana Kocherlakota, but possibly another dove–is now advocating the use … Continue reading

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The World’s Best Investment For the Next 12 Months

Suppose that you’ve been given $1,000,000 of cash in an IRA to manage.  Your task is to invest it so as to generate the best possible risk-adjusted return over the next 12 months. You don’t have to invest it immediately–you can … Continue reading

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