Investment Fads and Themes, 1996-2014

Another year in the books and I’ve updated my Investing Fads and Themes by Year guide accordingly. It begins with 1996 because that was my first summer working on The Street and my earliest exposure to the market. I do this every December because I agree with the eminent philosopher Bob Marley in that “If you know your history,…

BofA Merrill’s RIC Report – 7 Investment Themes for 2015

Regular readers know I’m not a fan of forecasts, but I do love cogently argued takes on whether or not current trends can persist into the near future. I also find it valuable to get a sense of what The Street’s expectations are and to think about whether or not I agree with them. Bank…

Barron’s Couldn’t Find a Bear

Oh boy. Barron’s is out with it’s 2015 Outlook issue this weekend and, of 10 major Wall Street strategists, they couldn’t find a single bear. Something tells me my friend Peter Boockvar is giggling to himself as he reads it. Full article at the link below: Outlook 2015: Stick With the Bull (Barron’s)  

This Week on TRB

Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies  These were the most read posts on this site this week, in case you missed it:

They’re all making it up.

This past June, crude oil prices were hitting highs above $110 a barrel and the narrative was that this was why stocks were selling off. The S&P 500 had a weekly correlation of .55 with oil, meanwhile, and had actually spent most of the year rising with it. So not only was the “story” of…