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Every investor needs an information management strategy

Today I want to talk about information overload. Investors today are bombarded with more information than ever from an expanding array of sources. Many think this is a good thing but in reality it mainly leads to investor under performance. Investors and traders need to learn how to narrow their focus, limit their information intake, in order to increase their chances of success. I’ll share a few bits of info on this phenomenon and tell you how I deal with it. First, I’ve blogged about information overload and under performance before. A snippet form that old post; Investor’s today have … Continue reading

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Risk management in an option selling strategy

The most important part of any kind of trading plan is proper risk management. This is the area where most traders fail and end up wiping out their accounts. In this post I’ll outline the components of a good risk management strategy and use the option selling strategy I’ve discussed before (here and here) as an example. Actually, risk management applies to any kind of trading whether its selling options on stocks or just buying or selling the stocks themselves. It really is a money management strategy. We’ll just use option selling as one example. There are three major components … Continue reading

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Interest rate risk in mortgage REITs

In several previous posts on mortgage REITs (mREITs) I have discussed the basics of understanding them, that there could be a good investment opportunity in them, and I presented an economic model that breaks down their sources of earnings and dividends. Now, its time to address the very important topic of the risk in investing in mREITs and how an investor can gauge and monitor that risk. There are three main sources of risk in mREITs; credit risk, liquidity risk, and interest rate risk. Note, that I do not consider the market’s standard definition of risk, volatility, as a source … Continue reading

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Yet another reason to own MLPs – lower risk

MLPs offer attractive tax-deffered yields and total returns. MLPs have handily outperformed the S&P since 1996 and look to continue to do so. With the emergence of unconventional oil and natural gas plays in North America the sector is also in major growth mode. But most investors think that MLPs are higher risk – after all we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that higher returns must come with higher risk. Turns out that nothing could be further from the truth. There is a ton of academic research that has disproved the higher risk equal higher return mantra. Today I want … Continue reading

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