Archive - April 27, 2009

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Trash is King
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Investing Lessons We Can Learn

Trash is King

Since the recent stock market rally began on March 9th, the S&P 500 is up 28%. Interestingly, the market sectors that were beaten down the most since the crash that began on October 9th, 2007, are the sectors that have performed the best during the current surge. Financial stocks, down about 70% during the market pullback, are now up 76% from their market lows. Industrials, which dropped 50% during the decline, are now up about 45% since the recovery.

It had been widely believed that the best place to be whenever stocks recovered would be high-quality companies with the resources …

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Investing Lessons We Can Learn

I don’t blame the Madoff investors for investing in his hedge fund. Truth is, we all make some mistakes when investing. But, like Ben Franklin used to say; “Experience keeps a dear school, but fools learn in no other.” It makes sense to take a critical look at the way Madoff set up his scheme, then figure out how to avoid the mistakes his investors made.

Why Madoff had such a successful scheme

First and foremost, Madoff had a lot of credibility. He created an over-the-counter trading firm in the 1970s and was the chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange. …

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