The Financial and Personal Security Letter
The Fed has not raised the funds rate once during the economic recovery. Long interest rates are in a trough, ending a three-decade-plus secular decline in rates, which has resulted in the bull market for bonds. Anyone making projections for investment returns over the next decade had better not be basing expectations on any historical performance. But I am afraid that this is exactly what most individual investors are doing.
In this month's issue, I explain the three biggest risks for your money. To frame risk parameters, I use inference reading—what I call outcome analysis—and on-the-ground anecdotal evidence. I exert minimal effort worrying about what I am going to make on my investments. I concentrate on dividends, portfolio balance, diversification, and compound interest—in other words, I know what I am being paid up front. So where does all this leave you? Depending on your risk tolerance, I have several allocation options to help you build a well-diversified investment plan consisting of equities, fixed income, precious metals, and foreign currencies—a mix that has historically provided consistent, positive, prudent returns. And if you're not a fan of metals, I've got a plan for you, too. No matter which one you choose, you can start with two foundation holdings you can add to with impunity through the years. More >>
Each month, I provide you with an Economic Analysis supplement to the issue. This supplement provides you with a bird's eye view of the indicators that I monitor on a regular basis. The incisive, story-telling charts included in this supplement are updated every month and range from "The Leaders" to "World Currency Reserves/World Gold Reserves." There will always be great new material as well as timely reference dates, and my comments spell out the meaning of each chart for you. Download in pdf format.
July 28, 2014
You read last week about putting margin of safety to work in your portfolio. I told you about three strategies we use to pick stocks with the margin of safety in mind. The first and most important is that the only stocks we buy pay dividends. Below you’ll read an excerpt explaining the benefits of […]More »
Dick Young grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with a B.S. in investments, began his investment career in 1964 with Clayton Securities in Boston, and founded Young Research & Publishing, Inc. in 1978 to publish Young's World Money Forecast. More »
I have been following Richard Young's advice for about 25 years. I often read other sources, but if Richard doesn't support the same thing, I don't do it. I like his philosophy and it's served me well through all the ups and downs of the market. My portfolio continues to grow. I don't count the amounts. I just make sure I have enough to last as long as I do.
— Carol Woods