Invisible Alpha Blog


Jul

15

2016
Take Advantage of Your ESPP

Take Advantage of Your ESPP

One common way employers choose to compensate their employees involves the purchase of company stock.  Many employers offer Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPP) that allow employees to buy company stock through simple, after-tax payroll deductions.  These plans give employees a...

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Jul

08

2016
Eating Your Dog Food

Eating Your Dog Food

Last week I wrote about free lunches.  Let’s stick with the food theme and discuss a less appetizing meal; dog food. Those of you who have been reading my posts each week know that I don’t exactly sing the praises...

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Jul

01

2016
Free Lunch Investing

Free Lunch Investing

There’s a well-known saying in the investment industry that “diversification is the only free lunch in investing.”  The phrase was first coined by Harry Markowitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist in 1952.  So what exactly does it mean? The “there’s no free lunch”...

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Jun

24

2016
You Know Nothing, So Invest Like It

You Know Nothing, So Invest Like It

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” When I sat down to write my blog post this week, it started like this: “China, Grexit, Ebola, China, Brexit, Taper, Donald Trump, Russia, China, Oil, Debt...

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Jun

10

2016
A Guaranteed Good Investment

A Guaranteed Good Investment

When most people think about investing, they think about the stock market.  The stock market is the glamorous way to invest.  Mr. Market makes headlines.  We hear stories about people getting rich on IPOs or cashing in on a biotech...

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Jun

03

2016
To Roth, or not to Roth

To Roth, or not to Roth

I get a lot of questions about IRAs so I thought a quick crash course in the basics would be helpful.  Tax laws, regulations and individual circumstances change frequently so always check with your advisor or tax consultant before making...

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May

27

2016
Breaking a Bank

Breaking a Bank

For the unofficial kickoff of summer I thought I’d share a crazy/sad story about the collapse of one of the oldest banks in the world.  No lessons this week, just an interesting story about how a few very bad bets can...

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May

24

2016
Hedge Fund Roulette

Hedge Fund Roulette

Paul Tudor Jones is an investment legend.  He founded Tudor Investment Corporation in 1980 and has delivered net annual returns of 19% since inception.  That is an incredible track record. However, the returns are somewhat skewed.  PTJ had massive returns...

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May

20

2016
The Power of Doing Nothing

The Power of Doing Nothing

Investing is much different than most other endeavors in life.  Usually, when we want to accomplish a goal, we have to do more.  If you want to lose weight, exercise more.  If you want a promotion at work, stay later...

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