The Big Short, Part Deux?

An excerpt from my recent article published at SeekingAlpha.com. Passive investing has enjoyed a tremendous rise in interest and popularity from investors over the past decade. Following that rise, the number of passive investment products, like index funds and ETFs, has also taken off. So much so that some fear passive investing is the next … Continue reading The Big Short, Part Deux?

Unpacking Pakistan

An excerpt from my recent article published at SeekingAlpha.com. Pakistan goes back some 5,000 years and has a storied history of assimilating European, Asian, and Arab influences over millennia.  Today, Pakistan has an equally interesting future that should be promising, but it's also debilitated by some serious problems.  In this article, we'll unpack what's right and … Continue reading Unpacking Pakistan

One Country, Many Reasons

From a Western perspective, many things about China are hard to understand.  For example, a communist government with a market economy, or the "one country, two systems" arrangement between Hong Kong and the mainland. The Chinese stock market is even more confounding.   Quotes flash red on upticks and green on downticks.  There are more share … Continue reading One Country, Many Reasons

Actually, Technically, the Longest

Longest ever? The US stock market closed August to the accolades of  "the longest bull market in history."  By some measures, the S&P 500 achieved its longest rally ever.  Then again, by other measures, it did not. S&P 500, 1927 to 2018  Monthly close, inflation adjusted. Souce: MacroTrends.net There's a lack of consensus on how this … Continue reading Actually, Technically, the Longest

Egypt Waits for Spring

Cradle of civilization  Egypt has been called the "cradle of civilization." Egyptians are tied to some of the earliest forms of language, agriculture, and technology that's known to man.  While the country has experienced its share of modern social and political issues, Egypt today is ripe with potential.  Consider the following characteristics. The most populated … Continue reading Egypt Waits for Spring

Dimming the Lights

Last year I made the case for solar stocks.  I was reasonably optimistic about the long-term prospects for the industry and thought stock prices looked meaningfully undervalued.   I got lucky timing-wise because solar stocks were up 54% in 2017 -- that much I did not expect. Source: etfreplay.com Of course, I'm not complaining. But valuations … Continue reading Dimming the Lights