Topley’s Top Ten – April 5, 2018

1.Another Reminder of How Tough it is to Time Markets…..Final 12 Months of Bull Account for One-Fifth of Gains.

Behind it all are facts of investing known well by anyone who sold after Brexit, the U.S. election, or five market corrections since 2009 that look just like this. One, it’s hard to see the end of things. Two, a lot of money is made at the top. Three, you miss any payoff in equities right now at grave risk to your career.

“It can be 6 or 8 percent costly, or even 10 percent costly” if you bail too soon, said John Augustine, chief investment officer for Huntington Private Bank in Columbus, Ohio, in an interview at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters. “That can mean a lot to folks in a 2 percent nominal world.”

It can actually mean more. A study by Bank of America Corp. on market peaks since 1937 shows that being uninvested in the last year of an advance meant foregoing one-fifth of the rally’s overall return. While every episode is different, that math translates into additional 470 points in the S&P 500, if the bull market goes on for another year.

Crash Course in Market Timing Shows Cost of Being Wrong at Tops

By Lu Wang
and Sarah Ponczek

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Topley’s Top Ten – March 29, 2018

1.Dwindling Public Stock….In the Past 20 Years, U.S. Companies Purchased Back $3.6 Trillion More Than They Offered

Over the past two decades, U.S. companies bought back vastly more stock than they issued. On net, according to a new paper by Craig Doidge and colleagues, companies purchased $3.6 trillion more stock than they offered. Stock buybacks are a perfectly appropriate way to return value to shareholders, but the disparity is still surprising.
Found at Abnormal Returns Blog

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Topley’s Top Ten – March 28, 2018

1.This Week is the Largest Supply of U.S. Debt Sales Ever. 

 A Big Test for BondsThis week’s planned $294 billion of U.S. debt sales — the largest slate of supply ever — point to “a volatile near-term path for the Treasury market,” according to Bank of Montreal. The auctions begin with Monday’s $30 billion two-year note sale, which will be the biggest since 2014.

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