Investing Fads and Themes by Year, 1996-2011

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.

So what was 2011 about?

Well, it was basically about Risk-On Risk-Off.  Stocks were the most correlated they’d been in 80 years and by the fall it was shown that 84% of S&P 500 stocks were moving in the same direction as the S&P 500 each day.

This meant that investors could skip out on doing intense stock-specific research and just focus on getting the market right.  In order to get the market right, one needed to pay closer attention to the euro versus the dollar more than anything else.  When the euro was in favor, so were stocks and risk assets, when the dollar was in favor, stocks and commodities were schmeissed almost universally.

This seesaw arrangement meant paying attention to the headlines coming out of Europe – and none were more important than those mentioning Angela Merkel.  As the chancellor of the Euro’s strongest economy (and shotcaller), Merkel has held the key to whether or not Europe’s monetary union and common currenc y would survive.  We still don’t know as of this posting.

Dividend stocks were all the rage this year as interest rates remained low and bond yields remained paltry.  This was easy to foresee and many of us positioned in the highest-yielding and most consistently paying sectors.  The big winners this year were those who overweighted Healthcare, Telecommunications, Consumer Staples and Utilities.

Social media IPOs were also a major trend this year – on the bull side and the bear side.  I correctly predicted this at the end of 2010 and I was not disappointed with the hype and headlines of these deals.  LinkedIn, Groupon, Pandora and Zynga were the most talked about deals of 2011.  Spectacular opening valuations gave way to gravity for many of them but the incessant interest in them has not yet abated.  Besides, Facebook and Twitter are still waiting in the wings.

Anyway, here is my updated guide to the Investing Fads and Themes by Year, 1996 – 2010.  Enjoy!

Follow Me on Twitter

Tags: $LNKD $GRPN $ZNGA $P

 

Tags: , , ,

Full Disclosure: Nothing on this site should ever be considered to be advice, research or an invitation to buy or sell any securities, please see my Terms & Conditions page for a full disclaimer.

What's been said:

Discussions found on the web
  1. kegel balls commented on Sep 05

    kegel balls

    […]below you’ll discover the link to some internet sites that we feel you need to visit[…]

  2. hard times riassunto in inglese commented on Sep 06

    hard times riassunto in inglese

    […]very handful of internet websites that transpire to become detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly really worth checking out[…]

  3. خرید vpn commented on Sep 06

    vpn ایفون

    Hey! I know this is somewhat off subject matter but I was asking yourself if you knew where I could get a captcha plugin for my remark form? I’m utilizing the same site platform as yours and I’m getting troubles obtaining one particular? Many thanks a…

  4. خرید vpn commented on Sep 07

    vpn ایفون

    Do you have a spam difficulty on this site I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your predicament several of us have produced some wonderful methods and we are seeking to trade methods with other folks, why not shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  5. farming simulator 2019 mods commented on Sep 12

    farming simulator 2019 mods

    […]we prefer to honor many other world wide web sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[…]

  6. hot erotica commented on Sep 13

    hot erotica

    […]The data talked about within the report are a number of the very best readily available […]

  7. Stepfamily Porn Online commented on Sep 14

    Stepfamily Porn Online

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated information, nevertheless seriously worth taking a search, whoa did a single understand about Mid East has got more problerms also […]

  8. Stepfamily Porn Online commented on Sep 14

    Stepfamily Porn Online

    […]usually posts some extremely interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]

  9. پروکسی Mtproto commented on Sep 14

    vpn ایفون

    Great story, reckoned we could blend numerous unrelated knowledge, however truly genuinely value taking a research, whoa did one specific learn about Mid East has got a lot much more problerms also

  10. houses for sale in norwalk ca commented on Sep 16

    houses for sale in norwalk ca

    […]below you will find the link to some web-sites that we believe you ought to visit[…]

  11. Dolce and Gabbana commented on Sep 16

    Dolce and Gabbana

    […]Every after inside a though we select blogs that we study. Listed below are the most up-to-date sites that we opt for […]

  12. Jimmy Choo commented on Sep 17

    Jimmy Choo

    […]here are some hyperlinks to web pages that we link to since we assume they are really worth visiting[…]

  13. Givenchy commented on Sep 18

    Givenchy

    […]Here are a number of the internet sites we advise for our visitors[…]

  14. خرید وی پی ان commented on Sep 19

    vpn ایفون

    Good put up! We will be linking to this excellent submit on our web site. Hold up the good creating.