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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Monster Game Babeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

This ain't me!
Monster game this past Sunday.  Not Michael Jordan monster, but personal monster.  3-for-3 from the 3-point arc and 5-for-6 from the field - 19 in total - blew them out of the gym.  Start the bus up, the team is on a roll.

So what did I do?  Did I do an NFL endzone dance?  Did I make the motion to move the chains as footballers do when they eek out a first down?

Nah.  I passed on all of these and not just because my dance would be horrible.  The fact of the matter is that the game was not the goal.  The goal is to win the championship, and this was one small step.

You're probably wondering what all of this has to do with investing.  Well, fact-of-the-matter is I'm being run over by more and more people doing a victory lap after last year's monster year in the stock market.  Some are the same people who, of course, were walking the ledge in 2008 looking for a good spot to jump head first.

You know what's coming.  YOU HAVEN'T MADE ANYTHING OR LOST ANYTHING UNTIL YOU SELL OR START DRAWING DOWN THE NEST EGG!  In fact, one day I'm going to write a post titled "I didn't lose anything in 2008 even though I was 70% in stocks."  Maybe this will fool some people into thinking I'm the world's greatest stock picker ;)

As it turned out, I stuck with my asset allocation and accumulated funds at bargain basement prices, as many people did, and today we are way, way ahead of the low point in 3/2009.

If you're getting the message here, you are understanding that victory laps here can very well be premature. I n fact, if you feel the need to do something, this is a good time to review your asset allocation and make sure it is where you want to be.  It is a good time to review your bond positioning to make sure it is where you want to be.  Save the high-fiving for down the road.

A tidbit for the older crowd as you do this:  New York Life is advertising a 6.3% payout rate on single premium annuities for 66-year-old males.  For $100,000, you get $525/month as long as you live and, if you kick the bucket soon, your beneficiaries get back what you paid in.  As always, you should limit the amount of assets you put into annuities because you lose control of the money!  Just as important - know what you want going in.  Insurance sales people are some of the best on the planet at selling you what you don't need!

Disclosure:  This post is solely for educational purposes.  Investors should do their own research before making investment decisions.


  1. Curious how many people will be reading in the financial magazines how all of these funds made such great returns in 2013 and will begin buying these said funds at their peak in 2014. Stop chasing the returns!

  2. The bears are becoming bulls and the confident are getting over-confident! This cycle will never get old!

  3. There will always be Ponzi scheme artists, piling in at market tops, and those who walk out past the "danger, thin ice" sign. It is just human nature.

  4. Everyone is a great stock picker in bull markets ;-) You raise a very good point, one that I have found myself trying to make lately but have not been as articulate as you. The fact of the matter is a severe correction or crash is on the horizon and this will be a true test to portfolios around the world. I believe the speculative positions will lose the most while blue chip dividend stocks will hold up the best. But only time will tell. I also think there is a massive bubble forming in bonds as well.