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FT: Japan's Robotic Future Offers Investment Bonanza

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Posted by Financial Times

on Thursday, 28 September 2017 06:26

80247e5b-d274-4caf-864c-38beb7a27d1dInvestors are being urged to not overlook Japan’s robotic future as unfavorable demographics reportedly are fueling innovation and investment opportunities.

“Japan, simply put, is in the midst of a robotics revolution that will transform nearly every aspect of society and be replicated, in some shape or form, around the world given the aging populations of Europe, the U.S. and even China,” the Financial Times reported.

Japan has been pushing on the robotics frontier for years. As a result, the use of robotics has expanded beyond the Japanese factory floor to include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, airports, train stations and even temples, the FT explained.

No other country in the world has strategically embraced robots as much, with the state’s revised Japan Revitalization Strategy seeking to achieve “a new industrial revolution driven by robots,” the FT said.

The FT explained that the best way to invest is by either directly owning leading Japanese robotics manufacturers and service providers, or through the ROBO ETF, with Japanese companies comprising roughly 30 per cent of the total market capitalization.

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Build Your Economic Storm Shelter Now

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Posted by John Mauldin - Mauldin Economics

on Monday, 25 September 2017 05:45

Local Mess
The Uneven Distribution of Pension Problems
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Chicago, Lisbon, Denver, Lugano, and Hong Kong

If you’re idly conversing with someone you don’t know well, the weather is usually a safe topic. It affects everyone in some way, so it’s a shared experience – but there’s something else, too. The weather is no one’s fault. It is what it is, so you need not worry that the other person will blame you for it. None of us can control the weather. And lately, the weather has been interesting, unless you had to live through its more extreme manifestations. Then it’s been hell. Before this week, I would’ve said that Harvey and Irma wrought devastation in Texas and Florida. But then Maria thrashed Puerto Rico and took devastation to a whole new level. I have a lot of friends who live in Puerto Rico, and I’m not sure how things are going to go for them over the next few months.

We can prepare for storms when we know they’re coming, but we can’t stop them in their tracks or change their path. That’s true for both hurricanes and the public pension problem I wrote about last week. Where pensions are concerned, we have the financial equivalents of weather satellites and hurricane hunter aircraft feeding us detailed data. We know the barometer is dropping fast. The eyewall is forming. But we can’t do much about the growing storm, except get out of the way.

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Problem is, the coming pension and unfunded government liabilities storm is so big that many of us simply can’t get out of the way, at least not without great difficulty. This holds true not just for the US but for almost all of the developed world.



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Contrarian Investing: Make Money the Smart Way

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Posted by Richa Argwal

on Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:54

 

  • shutterstock 162221975-1024x819-2The best thing that happens to us is when a great company gets into temporary trouble... We want to buy them when they're on the operating table. - Warren Buffett

 

A quick history lesson...

In 1963, the world's largest credit card company, American Express, was involved in the 'salad oil scandal'.

AmEx had just created a warehousing division to make loans to businesses using inventory as collateral.

A commodities trader (and known swindler) named Anthony 'Tino' De Angelis saw an opening for a massive fraud.

He began stockpiling his warehouses with tanks of soybean oil. He then used warehouse certificates from American Express as collateral to borrow heavily from American Express and as many as fifty other lenders.

When American Express sent inspectors to check De Angelis' inventory, they did not notice that - except for the thin layer of oil floating on top - the tanks were filled with water.

When the fraud was finally exposed, AmEx stock crashed more than 40%. The eventual damage to the company would be US$175 million.



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Advice from the trader who made $1+ billion in 1929...

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Posted by Simon Black - Sovereign Man

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 06:10

Co-authored by Simon Black & Tim Price via SoverignMan 

In the late spring of 1720, Sir Isaac Newton decided to sell his stocks. 

Newton had been an investor in the South Sea Company, a famous enterprise which effectively commanded a trading monopoly with South America. 

The investment had already made Newton a lot of money, he was up more than 100% in a very short time. 

In fact, investors were clamoring to buy up the South Sea Company’s stock, and the share price kept climbing. And climbing. 

Newton sensed that the market was getting overheated. It no longer made sense to him. So he sold. 

There was only one problem: the share price of the South Sea Company kept climbing. 

All of Newton’s friends were getting rich. So, against his better judgement, Newton went back in, repurchasing shares at more than three times the price of his original stake. 

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The market then collapsed, and he lost virtually all his life savings. 

The experience is said to have given rise to his bemused response: 



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Investment Advice for My Children and Grandchildren

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Posted by Axel Merk - Merk Investments LLC

on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:42

gesellschaft-300x198Okay, so I don’t have grandchildren yet, but I want to increase the odds you read beyond the title if you are old enough to have grandchildren. Should the investment advice we give to someone young truly be different from that given to someone old? And given where asset prices are, is it responsible to tell anyone to pile into the markets? Here are my thoughts on the topic, hopefully applicable not just for my children:

Hedge fund manager Ray Dalio likes to say he chose the first stock he ever bought because it cost less than $5 a share, given that his savings from caddying at the time were, well, five bucks. That story is a great icebreaker but also highlights with what’s wrong with our industry: when we think about investing, we immediately think about the stock market. Let’s take a step back.

My oldest recently returned back to college having completed a summer job. Thanks to our “Golden College Fund” (our kids’ college savings is in physical gold; please see this 2014 Forbes article for details), our son in the fortunate position that he doesn’t have to pay off college debt with his earnings. If he did, paying off college debt – like any other debt – is a choice of whether one expects a higher rate of return with one’s investments (after tax) than if one were to pay off the debt. It’s also a choice of risk tolerance, as a debt-free person has much less to worry about. 



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