• Current Events,  Return on Investment,  The Investment Industry

    How Much Is Cryptocurrency Worth?

    How much is any cryptocurrency worth? As much as someone is willing to pay for it. No more. No less. The same is true of stocks and bonds for that matter. Prices are determined in an auction market where every happy buyer’s price meets the price of a happy seller. One of the most famous quotes is that of Benjamin Graham, the so-called father of value investing: “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run it is a weighing machine”. Or as Art Cashin paraphrased Bernard Baruch: “The market is a perception market. When it believes two plus two equals five, it will…

  • Adams Financial Concepts,  COVID-19,  Current Events,  The Investment Industry

    Are Stocks Overvalued?

    Are stocks overvalued? Any number of “experts” are concluding that they are indeed overvalued. But are they? Really? When I was a rookie stockbroker back in 1987, I cold called a prospect who told me the market was overbot and overvalued. The DOW at that time had broken through 1,700, and this prospect had pulled his money out of the market a month earlier and was waiting for the DOW to drop off to 1,300. I never talked to him again. I don’t know if he is still waiting after 34 years for DOW 1,300. Those of us who stayed in the market have ridden that growth to 32,000. I…

  • Adams Financial Concepts,  COVID-19,  Current Events,  Financial Planning,  Return on Investment

    SHOW ME THE MONEY!

    One of the most famous movie quotes comes from Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money”. In my industry, I hear so many stories about making money in stocks that make me want to shout at the teller “Show me the money!” I want the authors or story tellers to show me their strategy really works. Recently, I received a new white paper from Northern Trust that was titled “Getting Paid to Lower Your Risk”.[1] The authors were credentialed (PhD and CFAs); These are intelligent people. I wanted to see how Northern Trust was paying their clients to lower their risk. I custody my client accounts at Interactive Brokers, who started…

  • Adams Financial Concepts,  COVID-19,  Current Events,  Return on Investment,  The Investment Industry

    When Is the Best Time to Sell?

    When is the time to sell and liquidate portfolios? Most advisors, according to a recent study by Howard Schneider of Practical Perspectives[1], says most advisors have seen little impact from the stay at home orders and they perceive the market will return to normal in six months. I have considerable concern. Yes, I am staying the course today and am optimistic that we will be back to normal by the end of this year. But I am not blindly staying the course. Usually, I try to accomplish at least five tasks every day. On March 12th, I spent the entire day on one task and that was to determine when…

  • Current Events,  Mile High View

    Recession Indicator Flashing Red – Is it time to head to the exits?

    “Dow falls 460 as US Recession Indicator Flashing Red” reads a CNN Headline from last Friday. Is it time to head for the exits? Are we tumbling into a recession? The “bond vigilantes” are out in force waving the caution flags. But could there be another explanation? What is the red flag? The yield on 3-month treasuries is now higher than the yield on the 10 year treasury bond, a condition known as “inverted yield curve”. The yield curve is a graph of interest rates on the vertical axis and the length of time on the horizontal. In the past and inverted yield curve has correctly predicted 9 of the…