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Entries for 2012

Labor Market Only Marginally Better

 February 3 2012     David Templeton
Although the equity market liked the employment report this morning, the labor market is far from where it needs to be to absorb the jobs lost since the last recession. The 243,000 jobs that were added was the highest in the last nine months; however, the number of employed is far below the level prior to the recession--5.6 million below.From The Blog of HORAN Capital AdvisorsCertainly the additio...

Stock Buybacks Do Not Benefit Future Stock Performance

 January 29 2012     David Templeton
In a recent research report by Thomson Reuters they note that a company's stock buyback activity generally does not add value subsequent to the buyback. A reason cited is the fact companies generally have more cash on hand in good economic environments and this tends to be after the stock price has already reflected a more positive operating environment. The report concluded:"...most companies in ...

Fourth Quarter 2011 Investor Letter

 January 27 2012     David Templeton
Fortunately for investors, the calendar has turned to a new year and 2012 has gotten off to a strong start in January. As our 4th Quarter Investor Letter notes, 2011 was a flat but volatile year for the market (S&P 500 Index); however, as of 12/31/2011, the 3-year annualized return for the S&P is 14%. Not bad for a 3-year time period. The disparity in valuations between stocks and bonds is near re...

High Ratio Of Public Debt To GDP Constrains Economic Growth

 January 15 2012     David Templeton
Approximately two years ago Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff completed a comprehensive study, “Growth in a Time of Debt”, which looked at public debt levels around the globe and the resultant impact on economic growth for the respective economies. The study noted the historical consequences of various debt levels relative to an economy's GDP growth with the impact of increasing public debt...

The Dangers Of Leveraged ETFs

 January 15 2012     David Templeton
From time to time questions arise about using leveraged ETFs in one's portfolio strategy. We caution longer term oriented investors to not use these type of ETF investments. For example, if an investor believes the market will rise in the near term, why not consider a two or three times ultra bull ETF. In this case an investor would expect the ETF to generated two or three times the return of the ...

Forecast For 2012 By Ed Hyman And Bob Doll

 January 7 2012     David Templeton
The recent WealthTrack interview conducted by Consuelo Mack features Ed Hyman, Chairman and Founder of ISI Group, and Bob Doll of BlackRock. Ed Hyman has been rated the #1 economist by Institutional Investor for 32 years running. Both strategist see the U.S. as the best house in a bad neighborhood for investors. Hyman notes the US economic data has been better, but not great, every week for the pa...

Equity Risk Premium Near An Extreme

 January 2 2012     David Templeton
The equity risk premium recently reached levels last seen at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The high risk premium level suggests equities are attractive at this point in the market cycle. One key is whether corporate earnings can continue to make new record highs in 2012. Earnings growth is expected albeit at a slower rate than achieved in 2011. Given the level of stock buybacks and m...

Dogs Of The Dow For 2012

 January 1 2012     David Templeton
The Dogs of the Dow in 2011 significantly outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJIA) and the S&P 500 Index on a price only basis in 2011. The Dow Dogs returned 12.2% versus the DJIA return of 5.5%. The S&P 500 Index was essentially flat on the year.The Dow Dog strategy consists of selecting the ten stocks that have the highest dividend yield from the stocks in the Dow Jones Indust...
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