Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Congress Waivering on Fiduciary Issue

Justin here. An article last week from WSJ's Jason Zweig highlights what fiduciary duty means to Joe Investor. The element of how congressmen play into the reform is interesting. After seeing how Senator Colburn trades his account, it seems a lot like letting my two year-old decide her bedtime . . . or if she has to hold my hand when she crosses the street (depending on how important you think fiduciary duty is.) Full article here.

In a recent interview with the Journal's Brody Mullins, Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) said that most of his money is managed by a professional adviser. The senator explained that his portfolio is heavy on oil and natural-gas stocks because energy is big business in his home state of Oklahoma.

Sen. Coburn added that he has his own account at TDAmeritrade, valued at about $70,000. He said he trades actively based on tips he gleans from Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" show on CNBC.

In 2008, Sen. Coburn traded Transocean four times in less than a month on Mr. Cramer's advice. "I lost my shirt," the senator said. He fared better with Tyson Foods, which he bought on Nov. 20, 2008, and sold less than three weeks later. "I bought it and got out because it went up," Sen. Coburn said. He added that he regretted selling Tyson so quickly, because its price kept rising after he sold.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Grantham on Bubbles

Justin here. I'm fairly certain that all the 1000+ hours I spent studying for the CFA and CFP exams might have been better served taking a class on "How to Speak with a British Accent." Jeremy Grantham is brilliant (see his bio here, and latest commentary here) but his accent adds a good 20 points in perceived IQ.

The following short (6 minute) video discusses bubbles, how to spot them, what purpose the serve, and how "bloody mad" you have to be to buy into one. Y'all enjoy.