In the late stage of the business cycle, we start seeing an avalanche of advertising that encourages us to jump into high-priced investments. In 2017, it was Bitcoin at $20,000/coin. In 2007, it was stocks and real estate, and before that the New Economy promised that Dot Coms would be your ticket to Dream Come True Living. Today is no different. People are calling me to brag about their recent real estate purchase, or cryptocurrency, or cannabis, offering a long litany of the merits of the plan, without enough consideration to the price that they are paying.
It is never a good idea to buy high. Buying high risks the following.
It’s important to remember that your strategy for purchasing real estate, stocks and bonds should be based in real data and information, not headlines, ads or the opinion of a “financial expert” who might have incentives to sell you more than you really should take on (at a high price).
As you can see in the chart below, real estate and stocks are back to all-time highs, while debt (bonds) has shot to the moon. If you buy today, you are paying a premium over what you would have paid just a few years ago, and likely far above the true value of the asset. Most of these assets lose value when the economy slows or runs into a recession.
Below are a few key points of how to navigate and think about these assets as we enter the 11th year of the bull market.
Fast Facts for Successful Investing in Real Estate, Stocks & Bonds in 2019 & Beyond
Homeowners are worth 46 times more than renters, so owning your own home is definitely something you want to do. However, purchasing real estate high can destroy your life for a decade or more, so buying for a good price is an essential key in the equation. Millions of homes went to auction, were foreclosed on or sold in short sales during the Great Recession. Most cities saw home prices lose more than half in the Great Recession. If you were on the Buy Side of that equation – buying low in 2009-2011– then you have doubled your money (in many cities).
The 3-Ingredient Recipe for Cooking Up Profits
Learn more about the 3-Ingredient Recipe in the chapter of the same name in my first book, Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is.
There is a lot of risk in stocks these days. Alan Greenspan, Professor Robert Shiller and Warren Buffett have all warned that stocks (and bonds) are in a bubble.
Proper diversification, keeping enough safe, knowing what’s safe in a world where stocks and bonds are in a bubble, and annual rebalancing works in your nest egg. These strategies earned gains in the last two recessions and have outperformed the bull markets in between.
In individual stock investing (something you should not be doing in your nest egg), you need to apply the 3-Ingredient Recipe for Cooking Up Profits, and take your profits early and often. The Stock Report Card and 4 Questions that are outlined in my first book, Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is, can help you pick the leader. When determining the right buy low and sell high prices, you’ll consider what the company can do, what the industry can do and what the general marketplace can do. This is something that I teach in my Investor Edu Retreats.
There is far too much debt in the world. Companies have borrowed money very cheaply and used that to buyback their own stock. This makes their earnings look stronger than they really are and their share price look lower than it really is. Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul has an expiration date. The leverage in corporates is at an all-time high, and has the Feds concerned.
Companies like Apple, Oracle, QualComm, Cisco, Wells Fargo, Amgen, Microsoft, Citigroup, Pfizer, Abbvie and Broadcom all spent more money on buybacks and dividends than they earned in income. Apple spent $88 billion on buybacks and dividends in 2018! The rest of the companies spent between $15 billion and $32.8 billion. This is all money that rewarded investors, but didn’t add employees, invest in R&D or upgrade tools and factories. In other words, it’s a short-term financially engineered fix, rather than a long-term vision and investment toward a better business with innovative products. The last time that buybacks were at an all-time high, before 2019, was 2007. We all know how that story ended...
You can educate yourself further by reading my 3 books (links are below), by receiving a 2nd opinion on your current investing plan and by attending my Wild West Investor Educational Retreat. It’s time to mute all of the noise, bad ideas and advertising that you hear constantly in the mainstream media and online. Wisdom is the cure.
Listen back to my free teleconference on this subject at BlogTalkRadio.com/NataliePace.
If you'd like to learn time-proven strategies that earned gains in the last two recessions and have outperformed the bull markets in between, join me at my Wild West Investor Educational Retreat this Oct. 19-21, 2019. Click on the flyer link below for additional information, including the 15+ things you'll learn and VIP testimonials. Call 310-430-2397 to learn more. Register by June 30, 2019 to receive the lowest price and a complimentary 50-minute private prosperity coaching session (value $300).
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