• Regulators mull reforms to fragile U.S. bond markets
    Markets | Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:59pm EDT
    U.S. government regulators puzzling over what to do about frugalities in the increasingly electronic bond markets said on Tuesday reforms may be needed that emphasize stability over what one called the 'never-ending competition for more speed.'  More...
  • Automated Robo Trading Now Available for the Public
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Innovations in automatic investing stand to benefit the general public
    Automatic investing, also known as algorithmic investing, grew in popularity within the finance community in the early 2000s following the release of an IBM report showing their algorithm's ability to outperform a human trader. For years, this cutting-edge tactic was limited to institutional investors who had the necessary technology and knowhow to maintain it. Today, sophisticated platforms are available to the general public and it could not have come a better time.  More...
  • Hillary Clinton and High-Frequency Trading
    Posted: 10/19/2015 8:54 am EDT Updated: 10/19/2015 8:54 am EDT
    Hillary Clinton has recently attacked high-frequency traders. In response, some scholars have agreed with my position that Mrs. Clinton's policy is off-base. Some say this is by design. Only Matthew Yglesias believes it is her 'wonkish best'.  More...
  • 'Robo' investment advice can't automate hopes and dreams
    The Australian Financial Review
    Technology has come along to disrupt financial planning, in the form of online "robo-advice" tools. In the US, robo-advice tools ask customers about their income, life stage, risk appetite and investment funds, and then algorithms allocate customer money to products that match their profile. "Robo-advice is better than no advice, provided that there's the appropriate disclosures, and people know what they're getting through these robo-advice propositions", says Ian Pollari, head of banking in Australia at KPMG. On the other hand, good advisers know all about your dreams and aspirations, a lot about your health scenario and family health history - stuff that can't be automated.  More...
  • Mark Cuban unleashes on high-frequency trading
    Jacob Pramuk | @jacobpramuk Friday, 16 Oct 2015 | 2:56 PM ET
    Billionaire Mark Cuban questioned the stock market's safety Friday, bashing perceived apathy toward high-frequency trading.   More...
  • Solution Without a Problem? A Tax on High-Frequency Trading
    Nathaniel Popper | OCT. 13, 2015
    If there's one thing that the Democratic presidential candidates can agree on, it's that high-frequency traders are a problem. Hillary Rodham Clinton has now followed Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley in calling for a tax on the traders who, they complain, use their high-speed computers and expensive data lines to pick the pockets of ordinary investors.  More...


The five stages of death are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, acceptance. We bring it up, because right now, Wall Street is really struggling with that last one, acceptance. We’re talking about the death of that time honored investment strategy, buy-and-hold. Investors just can't let go, and they need to. Read More…



If you hold onto an investment for longer than five days, consider yourself the new millennium's version of Benjamin Graham. The average holding period for the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY), the ETF which tracks the benchmark for U.S. stocks, is less than five days, according to shocking statistics in analyst Alan Newman's latest Crosscurrents newsletter. Read More…


The conventional advice retail investors received from the financial advisors over the last several decades was to “buy and hold” good-quality stocks, bonds and mutual funds.
This strategy, we were told, would finance our kids’ college educations and our retirement.
Now, it seems that “buy and hold” is just for suckers.
Such investors are sitting ducks for the new breed of “high frequency” traders, the nefarious “dark pools” and Wall Street firms who use retail investors as dumping grounds for their dubious products and shares. Read More…


I’m losing patience with financial rules of thumb especially the tried and true concepts of “Buy & Hold” and infamous “Buy Low & Sell High.” Not only does the “Buy & Hold” concept lack relevance in today’s markets but technically you can’t apply both a “Buy & Hold” strategy with a “Buy Low & Sell High” approach. Read More…


In its August 14, 2000, issue, Fortune went out on a limb with an article titled “10 Stocks to Last the Decade.” The story described a “buy and forget” portfolio meant to capitalize on overarching trends the magazine predicted would dominate the next ten years. It recommended two companies in each of four categories -- media (Viacom, Univision), finance (Charles Schwab, Morgan Stanley), technology (Broadcom, Oracle) and telecommunications (Nokia, Nortel) -- as well as Genentech and, ahem, Enron. Read More…


One of my favorite academics to follow is Dr. Andrew Lo. His adaptive market hypothesis is one of the best papers on stock markets and investor success I have ever read. He tells us that markets adapt and the forces of evolution and natural selection apply to market returns just as they do to the rest of the world. Investment styles come and go so investors must adapt to succeed according to Lo. At the end of the day, the ultimate job of a long-term investor is to survive. That makes a lot of sense to me. One of the reason I favor the deep value and distressed approach to markets is that it reduces the risk of permanent loss of capital and helps ensure survival. Read More…


CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, Kiplinger, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Street, Mark Cuban and others say that buy and hold is dead.
Lubos Pastor of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his colleagues have recently documented that buy and hold may never have been a viable investment strategy.
Wall Street Journal columnist Brett Arends wrote in 2010:
For years, the investment industry has tried to scare clients into staying fully invested in the stock market at all times, no matter how high stocks go…. It’s hooey…. They’re leaving out more than half the story. Read More...


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