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Financials: The Market's Most Volatile Sector

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Monday, June 27, 2016

In our last post, we discussed the correlation (or lack thereof) of various sectors and industries and the overall stock market.  As a result of the post, I received a lot of good feedback as far as how to investigate further these relationships.   Read More

Examining Industry Return Correlations

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Since the financial crisis, there has been a certain amount of chatter about how important financials in general (and banks in particular), are to the performance of the overall stock market.  This makes sense to a certain extent; after all, as this JP Morgan graphic reveals, since 1990, the financial sector has been a steadily growing weight within the S&P 500:    Read More

The Amazing Self-Storage Stock

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Friday, June 03, 2016

I have a fascination for investments in industries that seemingly fly under the radar, and that investors sometimes overlook in their pursuit of the "next big thing."  It's a theme I've touched on many times before (see here, here, and here), when I examined the returns and characteristics of industries such as tobacco that historically have offered outsized and steady returns, perhaps because they are less subject to technological disruption than others. Read More