Not Everyone Is A Winner

While in the midst of COVID-19, historical levels of unemployment, unprecedented levels of economic stimulus, and falling corporate profits, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) is in positive territory for 2020. The economic data would indicate we are in a recession, yet U.S. equity markets are not behaving as such. A recent article by…

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Throughout history, the world has seen many innovations created to solve problems or improve the quality of peoples’ lives that have instead gone on to cause more harm than good. The phrase “too much of a good thing” has fitting applications in both life and investing. Morgan Housel outlines how philosophies and innovations that are seemingly…

Buyer Beware

One unintended consequence of COVID-19’s impact on financial markets has been the influx of new retail investors. Online brokerages, such as Robinhood, provide a platform where almost anyone can deploy capital into public markets, regardless of their experience or financial means. While the goal of platforms like Robinhood is to “democratize” investing, the ease of…

How Much Can You Bear?

In last week’s edition of Sagacious, we explored the rationale for shifting away from a traditional balanced portfolio (60 percent equities, 40 percent fixed income) based on recent comments from Dr. Jeremy Siegel, a finance professor at Wharton. However, just because a portfolio may be deemed efficient, doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily right for all…

Good Old Faithful, or Just Old?

The popular 60/40 balanced portfolio (60% equities, 40% fixed income) has been a staple for many investors through their lifetimes and deservingly so. According to a recent piece by M. Batnick, 60/40 portfolios have boasted an annualized rate of return of 7.5% and positive rolling five-year returns in 99.4% of cases over the past half…

What is Driving the Surge of Interest in Stocks?

Whether it’s from speaking to friends and family or browsing social media feeds, it’s easy to see that there is a renewed interest in the stock market among retail investors. At first glance, having more people interested in their personal finance and investing in financial markets seems like a very positive thing. However, after closer…

Some Things Never Change

As humanity emerges from the most recent crisis, we will read about how things have forever changed. People will write about the impact on how we work, commute, interact, and shop, as well as how the economy and markets will be affected. One thing that will remain constant, however, is human behaviour. Morgan Housel shares his…

I’m Smarter Than You

Over recent weeks, the recovery of equity markets has left many scratching their heads. In particular, some distressed companies, such as Hertz (NYSE: HTZ) and Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK), have experienced monumental gains after releases of negative news. A recent piece out of the Wall Street Journal explores how the overconfidence of investors contributes…

Your Guess Is as Good as Mine

From February 19th to March 23rd, the S&P 500 plummeted -34 percent. From March 23rd until time of composition, the same index climbed approximately 50 percent. Do not confuse this as a net gain. (Refer to our blog series on risk and volatility for how path dependency is important for the geometric compounding of investment…

Active or Passive? Find Out With This Barometer

In the world of investment management, the hotly debated topic of active versus passive is ubiquitous. Managers that have built careers selecting individual securities with the hope of beating passively-managed, and often lower-cost, index funds have been coming under fire as more and more data becomes available showing just how difficult this task really is….