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Archive for September, 2020


Are Covid-19 Vaccines Good Investments?

The new coronavirus has swept across the world, killing nearly a million people and making more than 30 million sick. The effect on the global economy has been devastating even though the US stock market is ignoring the economy. As investors look for profitable investments in this era of Covid-19, vaccine makers come to mind. There are a hundred potential vaccines under development and several in trials in the final stage before getting approved. The question for investors is this: are Covid-19 vaccines a good investment?

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Does ESG Investing Work?

ESG investing is one of a class of sustainable investing practices. ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance. When you engage in this manner of investing you look for companies that are well-governed, follow positive social practices, and help (or at least do not hurt) the environment. While this way to invest is a positive social force, does ESG investing work to increase your investment assets? Or is it a way to give to charitable causes while being disguised as a way to invest? Will you make money investing this way or would you do better simply giving your money to a cause that you support?

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Fixed Income Investments

What are the best fix income investments in an era of low interest rates? It depends if you want income or security. We offer a few thoughts about how you could invest the fixed-income part of your investment portfolio. Because your approach to fixed income investments in this era of low or even negative interest rates will depend on your philosophy, we look at this issue from two directions.

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5G Infrastructure Investments

No matter who wins the 2020 presidential election, federal spending on infrastructure is likely to increase. 5G infrastructure investments will be part of that. Much has been made of bridges, highways, and airports needing repairs, but a competitive America will need high-speed internet communications and that will come from 5G networks. Which 5G infrastructure investments should you look for as you choose profitable investments?

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Market Sentiment Data

Although valuations drive stock prices in the long term, short term market movements are driven by sentiment. The stock market anticipates price movements. Positive sentiment is based on the belief that stocks will go up and negative sentiment is based on the belief that stocks will go down. By the use of market sentiment data, traders and investors find profitable points of entry into and exit from their positions. At the base, market sentiment is driven by fear of loss and greed for profits. These provide useful market sentiment data.

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How Negative Yield Bonds Work

A bond has a negative yield when the investor collects less money when the bond is mature than they paid to buy the bond. In short, the bond issuer is paid for issuing the bond. The buyer of the bond is paying for holding the bond. The reasons for buying a negative yield bond are several.

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Risk of Greater Fool Investing

By many measures the current stock market highs are crazy. We wrote months ago about how the stock market is ignoring the economy. Unemployment is still at historic lows, congress is not coming across with another stimulus, and people are running out of money. This will result in families tightening their belts, buying as little as possible, and driving the financials of many companies downward. Nevertheless, many investors seem to be ignoring the fundamentals and trying to eke out more profits before taking their profits.

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Dividend Yield Strategy

Many investors choose dividend stocks based on their dividend yield. This dividend yield strategy can be risky as companies that are failing may choose to pay high dividends in order to keep shareholders from selling shares as the price falls. A dividend is a cash payment from company profit to shareholders who are eligible, usually on a quarterly basis. As a rule, dividends are a sign that a company is making money, has a strong margin of safety, and is a safe place to invest your money. The caveat is that when a company starts to falter, it may continue paying the same dividend.

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Where to Invest During the Next Market Crash

The stock market has gotten ahead of any economic recovery and is at risk of a correction or crash. We noted some time back that the stock market seems to be ignoring the economy. This should concern investors. Where to invest during the next market crash is something to seriously consider. For that matter, investors should give some thought to where they should invest before a likely correction.

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Define Investment Risk

Risk and reward go hand in hand when you are investing. You need to be able to define investment risk for every investment that you engage in. In any investment, the risk is the chance that your investment gains will be different from the outcome you expect.

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