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  • The link does not work. Read elsewhere that Russia demands the payment in rubles instead of Euro or US dollar as stated in the sale contract. It is a way to prop up the rubles when Russia is experiencing high inflation near 16% since the Ukraine in…
  • The latest survey of people's homes clearly showed how antiqued the postal service is. The questions are laughable and showed how little they understand their customers. They really missed the opportunties more than once to make themselves relevant…
  • I have fair amount cash/stable value, and in no hurry to deploy them. I share similar view with @sma3 that rising the interest rate will not lower the inflation as it did in the past. Supply chain constraint and geopolitical conflicts are difficult …
  • I agree, especially for 401(K). Fidelity is one of the largest pension plan administrator and they have fiduciary responsibility to the investors.
  • The man is one of his biggest donor. He lacks the technical skills to truly critical changes to the USPS business model while making them profittable. Changing toward electrical postal fleet trucks makes most sense since these are important infrast…
  • Four index bond funds/ETFs have a decrease of 0.5-1 bps while 3 active managed funds have an increase from 3-13 bps.
  • Yes, another day in a sea of red. Few asset classes have decouple from the rest - emerging market (VWO). Why?
    in OUCH ! Comment by Sven April 29
  • They must be beefing up their customer service either at their branch offices, phone and online services. Now that the pandemic has eased up, reliable and consistent service are the key to hold on to your customers while gaining few more from their …
  • Thanks, yogibb for the complete list. AMAZ is widely owned by many growth and index funds. No wonder the broader index is falling today after a big gain on Thursday. I understand the AWS part of AMAZ is even bigger than that of Microsoft’s cloud…
  • Timing may not be the best right now considering the country is slowing down or entering a recession. I would be careful with smaller cap funds, especially growth style.
  • Would consumer staples sector be more connected to food prices? Below is a link to VDC and its portfolio. Noted not all of them are considered “food”, i.e. tobacco. https://investor.vanguard.com/etf/profile/portfolio/vdc
    in 2022 YTD Damage Comment by Sven April 28
  • Take a look at Fidelity Strategic Real Asset fund, FSRRX, which invest in a combination of real estate stocks and debts, commodity, precious an industrial metals, convertible sec, and bonds. https://fundresearch.fidelity.com/mutual-funds/compositio…
    in 2022 YTD Damage Comment by Sven April 27
  • Great! Just want more vehicles to counteract the high inflation. Bonds are struggling this year with rising interest rate. Lots of talk on the increased probability to recession.
    in 2022 YTD Damage Comment by Sven April 27
  • @MikeM and @hank, in addition to commodity futures (COM) and gold (IAU), food prices are rising rapidly this year. Perhaps, agriculture futures such as DBA may present another opportunity. https://finviz.com/futures.ashx
    in 2022 YTD Damage Comment by Sven April 27
  • TQQQ = 3X leverage QQQ. Some would accept hitting a home run once every 5 years.
  • Grandeur Peak funds invested in domestic and overseas mid- to micro caps stocks. These areas are not readily available in ETFs. Right now, money is flowing toward large caps and GP struggles. The business cycle perspective also points toward lar…
  • Look like we are retesting the low on mid-March. Big tech companies are reporting this week…
    in OUCH ! Comment by Sven April 26
  • Future of EVs lies in new battery technologies to enable the EVs. Most of today’s lithium ion batteries have many limitations ranging from safety hazard (fires from accidents and battery failures), raw materials and immature charging infrastructure.…
  • Really good find to learn more about Ms Kofman from M* (forgot the old M*). She also manages Hartford Dividend and Quality Values funds. The track record is quite good.
  • @old_Joe beat me to it. BlackRock has one of the largest Russian exposure, $17 billion. For now Russia stocks are delisted from the west’s stock exchanges and the securities are mark-to-market as they underwent free fall… Even if the sanction are l…
  • Several experienced Wellington managers retired in the last 5 years. But Wellington have deep bench where newer managers typically have more than 5 years severing as co-managers in similar funds. Wellington is also advisors to Hartford funds and y…
  • Companies are increasingly deciding not to have their chief executives serve as chair Given Warren Buffet’s advanced age, they may have a point to have a second person to assume part of the responsibility. The vice chairman, Charlie Munger, is se…
  • Gold is still ok so far. The future market for Monday continues to decline today. At least you did not invest with Cathie Wood. Her flagship ETF is down 45% so far.
  • My mistake, it is VGWLX, Global Wellington. A global version of Wellington. Wellington also manages International Core Stock fund, VWICX. I reduced my EM and growth exposure in late 2020 as part of risk reduction. Now bonds are falling as well…
  • Large US tech companies are reporting next week. Netflix took a big hit the week and will the rest of FAANG stocks do better. Also crude oil future declined to $99 per barrel as the Chinese demand has soften due to lockdown on several large citi…
  • @bee, once again, thank you for Alex Umansky’s interview. Lots of good insights on his stock picking process and the risk of high growth stocks. These stocks are the future Amazon and Apple before they become so dominant today. Mentioned that Russi…
  • I'm a VWILX ¹ investor and the fund has performed poorly over the past year and YTD. Same here, but I exchanged most of VWILX to the more value-oriented VGWEX for reducing risk. Growth is out of favor now after it out-performed value for many yea…
  • The point of going to short duration bonds is to minimize interest rate risk, especially when are more rate hikes coming until 2023. Going to long duration bonds make sense when rates are falling. Bank loan bonds referred in the article are shor…
  • and long government-bond funds saw inflows." Last I checked long term treasury index funds are down over 17%. Please help on why these bonds attract investors? In addition, there is likely several rate hikes this year and 2023.
  • The addition of Zeo funds will expand the ESG universe for the Osterweis funds. OSTIX is not ESG-based bond fund.
  • Funds that invested in commodity futures use TIPs as collateral which is affected by higher rates. Several 50 bps hikes are planned this year. So commodities will likely to give back some of their earlier gain. This year there are few safe optio…
  • Situation is worse than that of Wuhan back in 2020. Several large industrial cities are being affected and production for Tesla and Foxconn have stopped as OJ posted above. The worst is the Chinese vaccines are barely passing the WHO benchmark wi…
  • @yogibb, this board had a discussion on FRDM last year. https://mutualfundobserver.com/discuss/discussion/57904/investing-in-freedom-freedom-100-emerging-markets-etf-frdm/p1 For what it worth, this year this ETF is having a much smooth ride given …
  • I have no issue wearing mask on flights, especially for oversea flights. We found double-layer silk mask from traveling shops to be most comfortable in term of breathability and comfort versus KN95 mask. Price has doubled since the pandemic. Still…
  • Please take a look at Freedom 100 EM ETF, FRDM. Fact sheet is provided below. https://alphaarchitect.com/wp-content/uploads/compliance/etf/factsheets/FRDM_Factsheet.pdf Country selection and weights are based on composite freedom scores derived f…
  • The situation with Russia is worse than that of 2008, where everything took several years to fully recover. Is there a turn-around this time? BlackRock stands to loss the most - billions $ since they have the largest Russian exposure. Earning s…
  • Not my kind of money manager. Make no sense to concentrate the risk to a single stock? Being #1 this year means little for my $.
  • Agree with Mark. The underlying risk on EM is always there and are now clearly shown in plain sight. Multiple cities in China are undergoing lockdown.
  • It will sell up to $60 billion of U.S. Treasuries and $35 billion of mortgage-backed bonds per month. Wonder which direction balanced fund managers will tilt toward ?
  • The fund is not made available on Vanguard’s site. Not confident to put money in high growth area on the risk we are facing today.