Revisiting the Fall of 2008

“If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down.” George W. Bush If you had the misfortune of buying an S&P 500 index fund the Friday before Lehman Brothers went bankrupt you would’ve lost 46% over the next 6 months or so. On the other hand, if you bought that day but never sold…

Don’t Take Asset Allocation Advice From Billionaires

Josh Brown shared some notes from a talk he sat in on this week with JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Here’s Josh with a tidbit on how Mr. Dimon thinks about his own asset allocation: Jamie despises bonds. “I wouldn’t own any” he says in response to a question about asset classes and opportunities. He does…

Is Software Eating Value Investing?

Marc Andreessen wrote one of the more prescient pieces of this century in the Summer of 2011 called Why Software is Eating the World. He laid out his reasoning behind the idea that technology is fundamentally changing the way we do business, likely for good: My own theory is that we are in the middle of…

Animal Spirits Episode 46: How the Financial Crisis Affected Millennials

On this week’s Animal Spirits with Michael & Ben we discuss: The lingering impact from the financial crisis on investor risk appetite. How a financial crisis in your formative years can leave lasting scars. Every generation has their own ‘Death of Equities.’ Even the Fed makes decisions based on pasts crises. Cliff Asness on how…

Wage Growth vs. The Stock Market

The unemployment rate has fallen off a cliff since reaching double digits in October of 2010. It now sits at just 3.9%. To put this in perspective, from 1970-1999, the unemployment rate never fell below 4%. Job openings in America now outstrip the total number of people actively seeking employment. Economic textbooks would tell us when demand exceeds supply…

The Other Failure Risk in VC

Venture capital is one of the most unique forms of investing in the asset management industry. The business model is predicated on the fact that the majority of the early-stage investments made by these funds will fail. In fact, multiple failures are expected. The hope is one big winner — a la Google, eBay, LinkedIn,…

Watch What People Do, Not What They Say

Conventional wisdom says you’ll need to replace roughly 70-80% of your income in retirement. These rules of thumb are always situation-dependent and rely heavily on a number of assumptions but this is the baseline most people set for themselves. However, most people only say this number because it’s conventional wisdom. When you dig a little…

Avoiding a Single Point of Financial Failure

In 1995, Pixar was on a rocket ship growth trajectory. Toy Story came out in November of that year to rave reviews and made more money than almost anyone thought was imaginable. It was the first full-length animated film done entirely using CGI and ended up grossing over $360 million worldwide. The team at Pixar…

Animal Spirits Episode 45: Do We Need a Recession?

On this week’s Animal Spirits with Michael & Ben we discuss: The financial independent, retire early movement. Does the 4% rule work if you retire in your 30s? Why you’re paying so little for all your new services Taking private jets for college tours. Is venture capital propping up a bunch of terrible business models?…

Is Real Estate a Non-Correlated Asset Class?

Investors have spent a lot of time and energy since the financial crisis in search of non-correlated assets. Most of their efforts have led to disappointing results, mainly because stocks are up huge since then but also because liquid alt and hedge fund strategies have left much to be desired in terms of performance. Real…