Stock market investors must be crazy

Hat tip: Twisted Sistah blog

We weren’t going to post on the huge fluctuations on the stock market again, since we constantly repeat that we don’t hang our hopes on daily moves, but just couldn’t resist.

Clearly there is some underlying uncertainty that causes the fund managers who are the ones who actually move the markets – not us little guys – to buy, buy, buy! one day, only to turn around and sell, sell, sell! the next. This is psychologically unsound. Maybe it’s the commissions they get for trading? How’s your mutual fund doing these days?

We recommend that you read Donaldson Capital Management’s blog for a more nuanced and long-term view. They don’t post every day, but you can subscribe at no charge and get their posts in your email Inbox.

Speaking of Rising Dividends as we were, this is a good place to repeat that the WSJ’s print edition posts “Dividend Changes” four days a week. We have been keeping track of this little chart for more than a year.

Every day it reports several companies Increasing dividends, a rare few Initiating dividends, hardly any Reducing dividends and those are almost ALL financial institutions, and dozens and dozens of Funds and Investment companies reporting dividends. The chart also shows Foreign, Special and Irregular dividends.

Meanwhile, keep calm (we tell ourselves) and work at your day job (which we are).


About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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