An Investment Philosophy: Who Needs It

The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino sourced from Wikipedia   Despite the opulent or debauched images one might have about the investment industry (depending on one’s perspective), the fact is that investing is a highly intellectual pursuit. I don’t mean this in the colloquial sense where one ruminates on meaningless abstract ideas purely for..

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Playing For A Potential Yield Curve Inversion

If you’ve consumed any financial media lately, you’re likely well aware that the yield curve has been flattening. Since roughly 2014, the yield differential between the 10 year U.S. Treasury bond and any number of short-maturity ones has been compressing (the 2 year is most commonly used). Why this has much of the investment community..

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Disintegrated Thoughts: ECB Volatility, Business Building, Speculation, & Judo

Image source: pixabay   For this post, I’d like to offer a few “Disintegrated Thoughts” on some things I’ve been thinking about in the investment markets.  These include: The ECB and volatility deleveraging Business building and ignoring valuations Sticking up for “speculation” Notes from the judo mat A spontaneously “live” ECB meeting and volatility deleveraging..

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Passive & Private Market Force, Ecology & Evolution

Source: Wikipedia. Engraving depicting the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, built by Hendrik de Keyser c. 1612 by Claes Jansz. Visscher   Central bankers catch a lot of flak these days. To be sure, much of it is deserved in my opinion. However, there are two dominant trends in the market place – increasing allocations towards passive..

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Technically, Considering Technical Analysis

S&P 500 Index chart by TradingView   As faithful Integrating Investors may know, my purpose for creating this blog is to further develop and refine my investment process. Recently, I’ve been giving some thought to incorporating technical analysis into my framework. Being open-minded, I should technically be willing to consider any technique that could provide..

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Reminiscing On Reminiscences Of A Stock Operator

Source: Wikipedia   I recently finished reading Edwin Lefèvre’s classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, marking my second time through the book. I first picked it up nine years ago on the recommendation of a former coworker who was a flow trader. A burgeoning credit analyst at a bulge bracket investment bank at the time, I..

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The Bursting Of The Volatility Bubble: Part 2

Image by Peter Selbach sourced from pixabay   The following is Part 2 in a two part series. Part 1 of this series discussed my view of what volatility is and how it impacts investing. Here in Part 2, I present my read of the current volatility landscape and examine what it might mean for..

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The Bursting Of The Volatility Bubble: Part 1

Image by Kira Hoffmann on pixabay   The following is Part 1 in a two part series. If there were a Word of the Year award in finance it most certainly would go to volatility.  It seems like nearly every article you read makes some reference to it.  Is volatility gone for good or is..

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Knowing When To Walk Away, And When To Run

Source: pixabay   I’ve been suffering from a bout of writers block lately.  I simply don’t have much to say with respect to how I’m thinking about the investment markets.  This has been a little anxiety producing for me given that The Integrating Investor is still young and building an audience (many thanks to all..

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