Multi Manager Funds: Same Old Pig With A Different Lipstick

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I guess there is a reason that I called this blog ‘The Wall Street Bully.’ Sometimes it is very difficult for me to silently accept and go along with new ideas that are essentially a different twist simply designed as a new marketing plot with no tangible benefit to the investor; at least not to my way of thinking. I …

ETF Master List – Mid-Week Update As Of 10/16/2007

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Higher oil prices and a mixed earnings picture had the bears take charge for the last couple of days. Not helping the bulls’ cause was the realization that the housing debacle might be a drag on the economy for some time to come. Below please find the link to the most recent ETF Master list, which has been updated with …

ETF/No Load Fund Performance Surfing – It’s A Good Thing!

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MarketWatch featured a story called “Tide’s Out – Fund Investors have wisely stopped performance surfing.” It goes into detail about the “dangerous” habit of always trying to own funds that always top the short-term performance charts. It’s media ignorance at its finest since the assumptions are flawed due to the fact that not every investor uses the brainless buy and …

ETFs For Your 401k Plan: Fact Or Fiction?

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Many readers have expressed regret about not having ETF choices available in their 401k plans. A lot is being done to change that in the future although the mutual fund companies handling most of the custodial functions like the status quo. SmartMoney’s article “Coming Soon: ETFs in your 401k” sheds some light on the dominant positions that the major players …

Sunday Musings: A Nice Place To Stay

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For many years, when visiting Hamburg, Germany, I have stayed in a small hotel near my mother’s apartment. The set up is unique and unlike anything you see nowadays when traveling in a world of mega hotels, poor service and employees who do not care nor do they speak your language. The Condi Hotel in Hamburg features a grand number …

No Load Fund /ETF Investing: Who Else Is Bullish?

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Mark Hulbert of MarketWatch featured a story called “Still Bullish,” in which he looks at the best long-term timing newsletters to see whether they had maintained their bullishness since early August or reduced their equity market exposure. Interestingly, the bottom line was that nobody was bearish with the average equity allocation having reached 86%. He further mentions that the best …