Schiff: Any Stimulus Plan Will Be Disastrous

While investors are eagerly waiting to hear what the final economic stimulus package will include, author Peter Schiff, who predicted the recent housing and stock market collapses, has been issuing dire warnings about whatever version of the plan is approved In an interview with Yahoo! TechTicker’s Aaron Task, Schiff says passage of the stimulus plan will do “the exact opposite of what President Obama is saying,” referring to Obama’s statements about disaster following if the… Read More

Munger on Morality, Higher Taxes, and How The Founding Fathers Can Help Us Now

Charles Munger, Warren Buffett’s long-time sidekick at Berkshire Hathaway, offers some tough medicine for the U.S. in an editorial written for today’s Washington Post. Calling the current situation “dire”, Munger says that the current bust goes well beyond the normal boom & bust cycle, and measures should thus be taken to keep it from occurring again. “Should we opt for even more pain now to gain a better future?” he asks. “For instance, should we… Read More

Hulbert: Graham’s Approach Endures

In his latest MarketWatch column, Mark Hulbert wonders whether the recent market plunge has shown that “maybe Ben Graham isn’t old-fashioned after all”. Over the past couple decades, Hulbert says, the strict, conservative approach used by Graham — who is known as both the “Father of Value Investing” and the mentor of Warren Buffett — had fallen out of favor on Wall Street. But as the current downturn has dragged on, Graham’s approach seems quite… Read More

Hot List: How to Combine Strategies to Minimize Risk, Maximize Returns

In my new book, The Guru Investor, I detail ten of the best-performing stock-picking strategies of all-time. These guru-based approaches are a great way to get a leg up on the market, but, as I’ve found over the years, having a proven stock-picking methodology is just one part of the path to market-beating returns. Stock investors also must deal with a number of portfolio management questions, such as, “Which strategy is best for me?”, “How… Read More

PIMCO Boss: A New Take on Asset Allocation

In this month’s Kiplinger’s magazine, PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian offers some interesting insights into diversification and risk management in an economic world that is in great flux. According to El-Erian, the old rules of diversification have changed in a couple different ways. First, with other countries catching up to the U.S., he says investors shouldn’t have as much of their portfolios in U.S. stocks or bonds as they have in the past. U.S. stocks should… Read More

Tilson & Heins: Look for Safer Buys in this Market

In their latest “Discovering Value” column for Kiplinger’s, Whitney Tilson and John Heins warn that investors shouldn’t give in to the temptation to swing for the fences by buying speculative stocks after the recent market plunge, but instead should focus on solid, undervalued stocks. “Given the perilous state of the economy, this is not the time to take unnecessary risk,” write Tilson and Heins, who do a great job explaining the neuropsychology that drives investors… Read More

PIMCO’s Gross on Shadow Banking System — and the Key to Getting out of The Crisis

While policy makers continue to debate what is the best way to halt the country’s financial crisis, “bond king” Bill Gross of PIMCO says it is clear what needs to be done. “The remedy for this deflationary delivering and mini-depression is simple and almost axiomatic,” Gross writes in his latest commentary on PIMCO’s web site. “Stop the decline in asset prices. If that can be done, the real economy will level out as well.” Gross… Read More

Dreman & Dividends: Finding Value in The Market’s Unloved

One of the hardest things to do as an investor is go against the grain. Being a contrarian by investing in stocks that no one else wants to touch with a ten-foot pole is difficult, especially in markets like this. But most good value investors, including Warren Buffett, David Dreman, John Neff and others use strategies to uncover value where no one else wants to look. The Dreman strategy, in particular, has a deep bias… Read More

Buffett “Weighing Machine Metric”: Time to Buy Stocks

A metric that Warren Buffett uses to assess the market’s valuation is now showing that it is a good time to buy stocks, Carol Loomis and Doris Burke write for Fortune. According to Loomis and Burke, Buffett believes that over the long term, there should be a “rational relationship between the total market value of U.S. stocks and the output of the U.S. economy (gross national product).” If the total stock market value as a… Read More

The Dreman Strategy: How to Turn Others’ Fears into Your Profits

In my new investing book, The Guru Investor: How to Beat the Market Using History’s Best Investment Strategies, I outlined the investment approaches of ten highly successful long-term investors. One of the individuals I highlight is the well-known contrarian, David Dreman. Dreman is chairman of Dreman Value Management and a longtime Forbes magazine investment columnist. I hope you enjoy the following excerpt from Chapter 5 of The Guru Investor, which discusses who David Dreman is,… Read More