Crude Oil tops $100/barrel again After the February 7 th low of $88.11, it began steadily rising again. After the President’s Day weekend, the New York Mercantile Exchange rose prices by $4.51, 4.7%, to $100.01 for the March delivery. Due in part to OPEC’s seasonal production cuts. Also, the “Big Spring” refinery in Dallas, with a 70,000 barrel a day capacity was shut down due to blast.
Effects Analysts are unsure whether the market demand, due to the slowing economy, will legitimize the rise in price. Inflation could rise due to “supply jitters”. Drivers could see a an increased price at the pump due to the approaching spring “driving season”. * Information from Article titled “Supply worries spur crude back above $100 a barrel ” from MarketWatch by DowJones; http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/crude-makes-swift-climb- back/story.aspx?guid=%7B463E952B-0B60-48BA-901C-0874DDC7CE70%7D
February 19 - Dow Jones, S&P, and NASDAQ plummet as crude prices rise above $100 a barrel for the first time - crude oil closes above $100 a barrel - Why??? 1.Alon USA in Texas shuts down because of an explosion and a fire 2.Speculation that OPEC will lower production 3.March crude oil contract expires February 20 – crude prices rise due to short-covering in advance of the expiration
Determining Your Financial Goals Investing is a long car trip. There needs to be a lot of planning that goes into it. – How much money do you want to make? By when? – Will you need to live off your investments in future years? – What will you be using your money for? Having a good understanding of yourself will allow you to align your risk tolerance with various strategies
Determining Your Investment Style What kind of person and investor do you want to be? – Shooting for singles and doubles, aiming for slow and steady gains? – Sitting on the sidelines, relying on and cheering someone else? – Willing to take risks, go for homers, and achieve maximum gains? Think about your risk tolerance, time horizons for your investments, and your time commitment
The Risk / Return Tradeoff “principle that expected return rises with an increase in risk” – Lower risk with lower returns – Higher risk with high returns Important to know your personal risk tolerance when choosing investments – Balance between risk and reward
Risk Tolerance Young people should be in stocks – Time is our best friend BUT, need to be able to handle the market’s volatility – If not… then get out!
Source: Investopedia. “Determining Risk and The Risk Pyramid.” May 2 2003 What is Your Risk Tolerance?
Source: Investopedia. “Determining Risk and The Risk Pyramid.” May 2 2003
Portfolio Definition: “collection of assets—such as stock, bonds, and mutual funds— held by an investor” Portfolio Management – Deciding type of investment mix and allocation for your portfolio – Risk versus performance
Active versus Passive Management Buy, sell, buy, sell… versus Buy and sit?
Active versus Passive Management Examples (Active Management) – Buying / selling individual stocks – Discuss with your broker which stocks to buy – Choosing between different mutual funds Example (Passive Management) – Buying an index fund that mirrors the S&P 500 – Having your portfolio match the index fund at all times (relatively hard and expensive) – Typically has lower fees
Distribution of Returns of Actively Managed Funds
How many stocks should I own? Diversification versus Concentration
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” Diversification
Mixing a wide selection of investments within a portfolio – By industry, sizes, geographic locations, or other characteristics Positive performance of some investments may neutralize the negative performance of others
Diversification…What’s the Catch? Limits your upside potential – Hot stock makes up only 5% of your portfolio – 50% increase will have small effect Many investors tend to over-diversify – Harder to keep track, slower to react – Know a little bit about every industries – Over-diversification usually leads to underperforming the market (What’s the point then?)
Concentration “putting your eggs in a few baskets that you know well and watching them very carefully”
Concentration Goal: Keep losses small and ride profits for big gains – Effect: big gains have major effect on your portfolio value Increases risk – Potential for big profits/losses is magnified Fund managers can’t do this
Other Investment Securities Mutual Funds & Exchange-Traded Funds
Various investment securities Money market funds (~3-4%) – Type of risk-free debt investment that has slightly better returns than savings – Typically mature in less than 1 year – Very liquid (i.e. easy to buy/sell and convert to cash) – Usually automatically get this in a brokerage account Certificate of deposits (CDs) (3-6%) – Certificate to the bearer to receive interest – Issued by commercial banks from 1 month to years – Interest varies with length of maturity
Various Investment Securities Bonds – An IOU issued by a borrower to a lender – Loaning money for pre-determined time – Borrower pays a coupon payment during time-span as well as lent amount – Borrowers range from banks, government, to corporations Advanced / Alternative Investments – Options – Hedge Funds – Private Equity – Futures / Derivatives
Mutual Fund Basics Nothing more than a collection of stocks and/or bonds You contribute your money to a company that manages a large fund (made up of other people’s money) and invests in a portfolio Often, these mutual funds can manage hundreds of millions and billions of dollars
Mutual Fund Basics Various types of mutual funds – Equities, fixed-income, money market – Mutual funds usually variation of these assets classes Also, other special types: global, international, specialty, index funds Costs: – Yearly fees (0.15%-2%) – Transaction fees paid when buy / sell shares – This is called the “load” – look for “No Load” funds
Buying and Selling Funds Can buy mutual funds by contacting fund companies directly or through brokerages Can withdraw your money from fund at the end of market days usually If purchase mutual funds through third- parties (brokers, banks, planners), usually faced with extra sales charge (these are called loads)
AdvantagesDisadvantages Professional Management Periodic Reinvestment (Dollar Cost Averaging) Diversification Liquidity Simplicity Professional Management (huh?!) Costs Dilution Taxes Reaction Time
Choosing Mutual Funds Always compare fund performance to stock market averages (S&P500, NASDAQ) – Pay attention to the years in which market averages were down (anyone can make money in the bull market) – Look for solid track records Make sure objectives of mutual fund are in line with your goals and risk / rewards desires – Aggressive growth? Slow, steady returns?
Exchange-Traded Funds Like mutual fund, but trades like stock – Represents a basket of stocks that reflect an index / industry such as the S&P500 or alternative energy – Diversification like an index fund, but the flexibility of a stock Value of ETF updated daily as supply and demand fluctuates
Exchange-Traded Funds Number of ETF for various industries and markets – International, oil, retail, emerging markets, etc. Buying and selling ETF as simple as buying / selling a stock – Symbols assigned to each ETF (QQQQ for Nasdaq 100 average) – Go to broker & enter buy order for QQQQ Can buy / sell at any point of the day
Advantages over Mutual Funds Lower costs Greater tax efficiency Easier asset allocation No fraud (ETF’s are transparent) Flexibility Shorting opportunity
Sample ETF Symbols ETF TickerFund NameFund Description IVViShares S&P 500 Index FundLarge cap US stocks IJHiShares S&P Mid Cap 400 Index FundMid cap US stocks IWMiShares Russell 2000 Index FundSmall cap US stocks EFAiShares MSCI EAFE Index FundLarge cap foreign developed market stocks EEM iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund Large cap emerging market stocks RWR streetTRACKS Wilshire REIT Index Fund Real estate investment trust index fund LQD iShares GS $ Investop Corporate Bond Fund US corporate bonds SHY iShares Lehman 1 to 3 Year Treasury Bond Fund US short-term Governement bonds IEF iShares Lehman 7 to 10 Year Treasury Bond Fund US long-term Governement bonds TIPiShares Lehman TIPs Bond FundUS Governement inflation-protected bonds
Additional Resources for ETF’s Index Funds & ETFs – a Tiny Useful List http://moneychimp.com/articles/index_funds/fund_list.htm Radical Guide to ETF Investing http://seekingalpha.com/article/15134-the-seeking-alpha-etf- investing-guide