By Brian M. Nelson, CFA
This is the first episode of a series that I have started called "Off the Cuff," where I get in front of the camera and talk for about 10 minutes each episode. It's low-tech. I know -- but it's "authen-tech." I like that. I'll do my best to incorporate feedback and questions going forward, so stay tuned! We have a number of the videos already filmed (the first seven), just so you know. We're revving the engines first, and I hope to get into the questions by episode 6.
In this episode (episode 1), I talk about the hazards of ultra-low interest rates, and how it may be inflating equity prices, why I think indexed products should be considered on an all-in cost basis, including financial adviser fees, and one of my pet peeves with respect to style-based ETFs: There aren't really value and growth stocks, folks! I also set the stage with a discussion of the non-zero probability of a nuclear war, but don't jump to conclusions. I only do so because I think it is one of the market's most overlooked risks. Somebody should be talking about it, right?
Give these videos and the discussions time to get warmed up. They're not made to be fancy. I don't like bells and whistles. They're made to be conversational. I hope you enjoy the first episode! Let me know what you think. Don't forget to comment. Thanks!
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