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The Asset Allocator: Investment Decision-Making In An 'Everything Rally' (Podcast)

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  • It’s never a good idea to invest as if the world is about to come to an end. You’d have been wrong every time so far.
  • The best approach is to prepare for bull and bear markets simultaneously. Take risks (i.e., stocks), but take precautions (i.e., cash) as well.
  • When considering which risks to take, know that your ability to perform an analysis is compromised by the expectation that the Fed will always step in to rescue the markets.

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The Fed’s interventionist policies are the primary source of our current “everything rally,” and it is this same factor that will eventually upend it.

This podcast (7:50) argues that discounted cash flows and other tools of fundamental analysis are compromised when the so-called risk-free rate of money has been openly distorted for so long, and makes the case as to why other factors are worthy of consideration. It also suggests that investors always be prepared for risk-off scenarios.

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GIL WEINREICH - Author of "The Mentor," a unique parable for financial advisors and those who aspire to become one. I have worked in the FA arena since 1997, and during that time, the New York State Society of CPAs twice awarded its prestigious Excellence in Financial Journalism award to me for a monthly column I wrote on business ethics. Previously, I reported on international news for Voice of America (where I was awarded a newsroom writing award) and prior to that worked as an editorial assistant at U.S. News and World Report. I live with my wife and children amidst the verdant and vibrant hills and dales of Jerusalem.

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Comments (2)

Do you think is late to enter the value trade? My portfolio is heavily exposed to tech with little exposure to value/ traditional companies. And if not what type of plays would you recommend?
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@A Young Financial Advisor I think value is ultimately recognized, and no it's not too late to make such investments (avoid trading) because the market typically ignores some good companies for one or another reason. Ambev is a case in point. It seemed like a screaming value, yet has fallen even further in the two weeks since my podcast. And yet...today's glowing Q1 results will likely send it flying when the market opens. There will be other such stocks. Pay attention to a variety of analysts and withhold judgment until you've followed them long enough to appreciate their thinking and feel you've found someone from whom you can genuinely learn.
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