Tom Taulli is an investment banker and entrepreneur from Newport Beach, CA. The author of Investing in IPOs and The M&A Handbook, Taulli is also a regular contributor to print and online resources including Motley Fool, CBS Marketwatch, and others. He has also been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV.
Would you like to use a simple, low-risk investing system that beats market indexes and fund manager performance over the long term, but requires only a few minutes of your time each month? Does it sound like a lot of hard work? It's not - even the laziest investor can achieve it.
The Idle Investor includes three straightforward DIY strategies for long-term investing. All you have to do is follow the simple rules. Each method requires only a limited amount of your time and they all make use of easily accessible, low-cost funds. The reasons why the strategies work and everything else you need to know to put them into practice is explained clearly, with numerous worked examples.
The three strategies are:
1. The Bone Idle Strategy: Part of your portfolio is allocated to shares and part is allocated to bonds, with adjustments only required twice a year. The rest of the time you do nothing.
2. The Summer Hibernation Strategy: For part of the year your portfolio is allocated to shares and for part of the year it is allocated to bonds. Once again, adjustments to the portfolio are only required twice per year. The rest of the time you do nothing.
3. Multi-Asset Trending Strategy: A simple trend-following method determines whether to hold your portfolio in shares or bonds. For this strategy you will need to check your investments and make adjustments once a month.
Even on the very few occasions each year when action is required - twice a year for strategies 1 and 2, and once a month for strategy 3 - you’ll only spend a few minutes checking your portfolio and making simple changes. The activity levels range from yearly rebalancing, for the laziest investor, through to monthly reallocation, for those who are more active. How much you do depends on how lazy you are feeling.
Testing the three Idle Investor strategies for the period 1990 to 2012 resulted in average annual returns of up to 28%. Compare this to a buy-and-hold approach of investing in UK shares, which would have delivered 8.5% per year over the same period, and you can see that being idle doesn’t mean being unsuccessful!
If you are looking for a straightforward investing method that lets you get on with your life while your money grows in the background, then become an Idle Investor.
A backspread is an option spread in which a trader carries a short position in one option series and a greater quantity of long position in another option series. The backspread gives you a two-pronged bet. Since you typically structure them to yield a credit, you win small if the entire trade goes worthless. You also have extra long puts on a put backspread, and extra long calls on a call backspread, so you potentially win big if the underlying stock moves sharply beyond your strike prices. That sounds fantastic, like getting paid to buy a lottery ticket. Alas, you face risks, too. You lose if the underlying stock hovers near the strike price you own or if implied volatility of the options declines while the stock moves into unfavorable territory. Even so, backspreads provide excellent risk/reward characteristics if you want to bet on a move in the underlying stock. In this Investing Short, Adam Warner shows you how.
In this book, Everything You Know About Investing is Wrong, Sosnowy:· dispels some of the most common myths about investing.
This Element is an excerpt from Technical Analysis Plain and Simple: Charting the Markets in Your Language (9780137042012), by Michael N. Kahn, CMT. Available in print and digital formats.
Technical charts demystified: why they work, how they work, and how to get started with them.
Patterns on charts are not random apparitions. They are formed when real people, acting in their self interests, buy and sell stocks, bonds, currencies, or commodities in pursuit of financial gain. They act, that action is recorded, and the sum actions of all participants form the patterns we see. Period. There is no conspiracy and there is no randomness.
How did a college student with no real-world business experience take a relatively simple idea and then, less than ten years later, turn it into a $100 billion dollar company? What specific steps did Facebook take along its journey to creating perhaps the most innovative startup of the 21st century? What approach did it take when pitching venture capitalists, and how did it go about forging its many strategic partnerships? And, most importantly, how can would-be founders learn and effectively utilize Facebook's unique techniques and strategies in their own startup efforts? In How to Create the Next Facebook, tech guru Tom Taulli answers all of these questions and more, crystallizing the process by which Facebook was shepherded from idea to IPO to provide a guided blueprint for budding entrepreneurs who are ready to start building their own great business.
Regardless of what stage of development your startup is in, How to Create the Next Facebook provides you with clear, compelling, and ultimately actionable advice extracted from Facebook's startup success story. You'll learn how Facebook handled the very same situations your startup is confronting—from how it arrived at its mission statement to what its priorities were during its talent search process—before gaining access to all the concrete, practical guidance you need to make the right decisions for your company and continue moving forward with confidence. And, of course, because Facebook didn't get everything right at first, author Tom Taulli painstakingly details the company's most costly mistakes, documenting everything from its protracted legal struggles to its many failed attempts at establishing multiple revenue streams, so that you can arm your company against the various challenges that threaten to sink even the very best startups.
By the time you turn the final pages of How to Create the Next Facebook, you'll realize that Facebook is more than just a fun place to catch up with old friends; it is the ideal model to follow for those who, like you, are ready to build the world's next great startup.What you’ll learnAfter reading this book, you will be able to: Capitalize on the Facebook phenomenon and understand how top startups are built. Avoid the most common pitfalls that cripple young ventures and improve your startup's chances at long-term success. Uncover innovative ways to boost your startup's growth and learn the importance of developing multiple revenue streams. Understand the startup financing process, from angel funding to the IPO. Protect yourself, your company, and your intellectual property from the competition. Create a sustainable and profitable company with long-term growth prospects.
How to Create the Next Facebook is specifically designed for the more than 400 million estimated entrepreneurs worldwide who are currently in the process of developing their own company. In addition, this book will appeal to aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages who, although they have not yet begun to develop their own company, are nonetheless interested in doing so in the future. Finally, thanks to the general interest that mainstream movies, narrative books, and the site itself have generated for Facebook, those who are fascinated by the company and want to learn the ins and outs of its early business efforts will constitute a third audience.Table of Contents Introduction
Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.
Vital and indispensable, The Intelligent Investor is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.
During the average trading day, trillions of dollars’ worth of commodities change hands. If you want to snatch some profits from this booming market, you fi rst need to understand all the fundamentals—and All About Commodities is the place to go.
Without the confusing jargon and complex language of other investing guides, this book uses simple language to explain what drives price fluctuations of commodities—from energy, industrial metals, and mines to livestock, agriculture, and precious metals—and how to design a powerful, reliable strategy for profi ting from them. Learn everything there is to know about:Using futures and options to enter the commodities market Risks unique to commodities trading—and how to manage them Ways to identify important patterns to steer your investing decisions The benefits and disadvantages of commodity funds
Typically generating a great deal of interest, excitement, and volatility, initial public offerings (IPOs) offer investors and traders with opportunities for both short-term and long-term profits. In the Third Edition of High-Profit IPO Strategies, IPO expert Tom Taulli explains all facets of IPO investing and trading, with a particular emphasis on the industries that are fueling the next generation of IPOs, from social networking and cloud computing to mobile technology.
In the past year alone, many of these types of IPOs have provided enormous opportunities for nimble traders as prices have fluctuated widely for several months following the offering. This new edition reflects the new IPO environment and presents you with the insights needed to excel in such a dynamic arena.Discusses more sophisticated IPO trading strategies, explores the intricacies of the IPO process, and examines the importance of focused financial statement analysis Contains new chapters on secondary IPO markets, reverse mergers, and master limited partnerships Provides in-depth analysis of other major industries generating worthwhile IPOs Covers IPO investing from basic terms to advanced investing techniques
Comprehensive in scope, the Third Edition of High-Profit IPO Strategies offers investors and traders with actionable information to profit in this lucrative sector of the financial market.