Value Investors Association

Welcome to the Value Investors Association!  We highly encourage you to explore our website to take full advantage of our guides to help you become a better investor. If you’d like to learn the easiest way to manage your retirement funds while saving a ton of money consider joining our wonderful association full of other like minded individual investors. If the …

July Update

It’s no secret that loose monetary policy coupled with low interest rates, has helped propel the market to historic highs. While I still believe stocks are richly valued on traditional financial metrics, they appear fairly valued when compared to the 10-year Treasury Bond Yield taking profit margins, dividends and earnings growth into account. With the continued focus on low Treasury …

June Stock Market Update

High profit margins and low Treasury yields continue to support lofty equity valuations. The S&P 500’s 1.9% annual dividend yield is very attractive compared to the 2.16% 10 Year Treasury Yield when taking taxes into account. This has helped propel the S&P 500 to a stellar 8.7% return over the first half of the year. Optimism around equity growth remains …

May Stock Market Update

Investors have become quite complacent as evidenced by the recent 15 year low in the VIX “fear index” and the growing number of crowded trades. In the February issue, I had mentioned that the P/E ratio of the top quintile of stocks was over twice as high as the next quintile. This is a gap larger than at any other …

April Stock Market Update

Last month I mentioned I was doing well in my NCAA basketball tournament brackets. Unfortunately (for me) North Carolina overcame their heartbreaking loss last year and won it all this year. If North Carolina had lost to either Oregon or Gonzaga, I would have won one of the brackets. Now it’s time to gear up for the hockey play-offs and …

March Stock Market Update

Like many sports fans, I love this time of the year. High school sports are wrapping up their championship games and the theatrical, always unpredictable NCAA basketball tournament is in full swing. I’m in two NCAA bracket pools this year, with my final teams still vying for the overall championship. While you might not care, there is a purpose for …

February Market Update

Unless you’re a momentum investor, finding attractively priced stocks to initiate new positions in, has never been more difficult. Case in point. Legendary value investor Seth Klarman who runs the Baupost Group, now has over 30% of his funds in cash waiting for a better time to invest. “I must remind you that value investing is not designed to outperform …

Retirement Investing Outlook: January 2017

As we’ve pointed out countless times, it is impossible to predict the near-term future with any degree of accuracy. Therefore, our strategy is to focus on probabilities and risk. This is done to protect retirement funds from substantial losses while providing a return that is equal to, if not greater than our benchmarks over a 2-3-year period. This also means …

December Market Update

The market has continued to rally to new highs based on Donald Trumps proposed economic expansion plans, rather than the realization of them. This may change after Trumps inauguration takes place on January 20th as investors realize that a president has only so much power to implement their plans, rather than simply proposing them. As suspected, the FOMC finally raised …

November Market Update

What a ride the last month has been. Following the surprise presidential victory for Donald Trump, the market reacted by sending Dow futures plunging downward by nearly 800 points. After the initial panic subsided, the market rallied quickly. Institutional investors knew that Trump’s equity friendly policies, including corporate tax cuts, deregulation and fiscal stimulus could be good long-term for stocks. …

Retirement Investing Outlook October 2016

This issue will be brief, sticking to what we feel are the main tenants for performance going forward. I have often pointed out the futility of future economic predictions and trying to pick tops and bottoms in the market – particularity in the short-term. In the longer term however, we can use probabilities and valuations to our advantage. U.S. Stock …