Saturday, September 17, 2016

Exclusive: Fund Tracking Index of Digital Currencies Like Bitcoin to Launch

By Jemima Kelly

LONDON (Reuters) - A London-based start-up said on Wednesday it would launch the first fund to track an index of digital currencies such as bitcoin in the coming weeks.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Silicon Valley Could Bring Down Wall Street

By Michael D. Bodman

Computer technology continues to advance into a place that's dear to our financial lives: money. What constitutes “money” has evolved over the centuries, from hard commodities like gold and silver to paper money minted by governments. Now, computerized units of value have emerged in the online crypto currency market. Crypto currency could develop into a free-market force that disrupts traditional money printed by governments and intermediated by banks.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Why Warren Buffett Recommends Index Funds

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By Michael D. Bodman

Warren Buffett is a billionaire investor famous for his talent at picking stocks that outperform the market. As the head of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's performance record is exceptional. His company is now one of the most valuable in the world. So why would a man like Buffett recommend index funds, when he built his fortune picking individual stocks?

The Paradox of Lower Risk Stocks

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By Michael D. Bodman

In investment finance, risk is measured by a statistic called beta. A beta coefficient of 1.0 signifies that a stock moves up and down in the same manner as the market a whole. Beta less than 1.0 means that a stock is less volatile than the market and, you guessed it, beta higher than 1.0 is more volatile than the market. The question is, which would you rather own, high beta or low?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Rebounding Energy Stocks Bode Well for Emerging Markets

By Michael D. Bodman

Historically, there has been a strong correlation between energy stocks and emerging markets. As goes energy, so go emerging markets, you might say. Over the past few years, the price of oil has plummeted. But now energy stocks are starting to rebound, which bodes well for emerging markets.

What Ails Health Care Stocks?

By Michael D. Bodman

Health care is suffering in the wake of scandals at Valeant Pharmaceuticals and elsewhere in the industry. In the first quarter, health care was the worst performing sector in the market, according to Alliance Bernstein. So far this year, the market is up about 1.5% while health care is down about 4%. This divergence is due in part to worries about price controls for prescription drug manufacturers.

The Rise of the Machines in Finance

By Michael D. Bodman

In the recent past, machines such as computers were fast and efficient but not very smart. All they could do was what people explicitly programmed them to do in structured language. Today, machines can learn independently, transforming the way that business gets done. This trend is affecting financial markets and the economy as a whole.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Why Saudi Arabia Is Investing in Green Energy

By Michael D. Bodman

Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s largest oil reserves. The country relies upon the energy sector to keep the economy afloat and fund the government. But the recent downturn in energy prices has prompted Saudi Arabia to reduce its dependence on oil. Green energy is now part of the kingdom’s long-term economic strategy.

Gold: A Potent Diversifier for Your Portfolio

By Michael D. Bodman

Gold is one of the best ways to diversify your investment mix. Long before paper currencies were invented, gold has been used as a store of value. The shiny golden metal was, in many respects, the original currency. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Quote on

BOULDER, Colo. (Portfolio Economics) - Recently, I was asked by ETF Reference to provide my opinions about investing. As a result, I was quoted in an article titled "101 ETF Investing Tips from the Experts." My tip is #46, concerning buy-and-hold investing. Hope you enjoy the article, which I think is well worth reading.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Why Index Funds Are Better Than Stock Picking

By Michael D. Bodman

BOULDER, Colo. (Portfolio Economics) - Critics say: "you'll never beat the market if you invest in index funds." This is misleading if not wrong on two counts. First, the vast majority of those who actively pick stocks fail to keep pace with the indexes they attempt to beat after accounting for all expenses. On average, index funds are by definition the winning strategy after all relevant expenses. Second, while it's true that you can't beat the market by investing in an index fund such as the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (MUTF: VFINX) -- since it is the market -- you can outperform through a portfolio of index funds tracking separate asset classes. This portfolio strategy based on asset classes is used by major university endowments, which have consistently outperformed the market.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Radio Interview

By Michael D. Bodman

BOULDER, Colo. (Portfolio Economics) - My recent article titled "HACK: How to Invest in Cyber Security," published by Seeking Alpha, led to a radio interview on Market Wrap with Moe Ansari. The show is syndicated across the country. My interview starts around minute 25.00 of the segment titled "Investing in the Cyber Security Sector" and continues for about 15 minutes. Enjoy the show.