Nicholas Vardy

Posted December 13, 2014

When it comes to clichd wisdom, Wall Street is full of it. Investment maxims such as buy low, sell high and dont fight the tape are all too common. Yet perhaps the most pedestrian of proverbs is that the trend is your friend.

Posted December 05, 2014

John Bogle has been a thorn in the side of active stock pickers ever since the 1970s. As an evangelist of index fund investing, Bogle has been preaching for decades that on average, stock pickers cant outperform the market over the long term.

Posted November 27, 2014

Russia is a mess. Plunging oil prices, a ruptured ruble, years of a corrosive kleptocracy, Western economic sanctions and an unprecedented flight of capital have teamed up to wrestle the Russian bear to its back in 2014.

Posted November 22, 2014

Despite its mixed reputation, todays Nasdaq is a different animal from the days of the dotcom era.

Posted November 15, 2014

The economist John Maynard Keynes once famously dismissed gold as a barbarous relic. Keynes was actually referring to the gold standard. But his inflammatory description reflected his heartfelt sentiment about gold.

Posted November 07, 2014

Just when you thought the financial world would take a much-needed break from quantitative easing (QE), the Land of the Rising Sun comes in and juices up the markets with more QE.

Posted November 01, 2014

Warren Buffetts investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) is having a terrific year. Yet, these impressive returns belie that several of Berkshire Hathaways higher-profile public investments have fallen out of bed recently.

Posted October 24, 2014

For all the handwringing about the recent stock market gyrations, the U.S. market hasnt budged much at all in 2014.

Posted October 18, 2014

If youve been invested in a stock market anywhere in the world over the past month, then I feel your pain. Thats because no one whos been invested in the market (myself included) has made any money in their long stock positions, particularly over the past four weeks.

Posted October 11, 2014

The greenback is on the march higher. Last Friday, the U.S. Dollar Index (which tracks the greenback against a basket of major trading partners currencies) leapt to a four-year high.

Posted October 03, 2014

Once again, look for the smartest guys in the room to catch a lot of flack for being unable to match, let alone beat, a simple S&P 500 Index fund.

Posted September 24, 2014

Of course, every top athlete strives to be #1 in the world. But at events like the Olympic Games, athletes still get recognized if they make it on the podium. The same applies to the world of global economic competition.

Posted September 19, 2014

Looking back, the decade between 2000 and 2009 marked the glory years for emerging markets. Investors were making a mint in the stock markets. Emerging giants India and China even hit economic growth rates above 10% per year.

Posted September 12, 2014

U.S. investors have lost a lot of money betting on the China Miracle since the market peaked in the fall of 2008. But after more than five years of suffering disappointingly poor returns, the Chinese stock market just might be making a comeback.

Posted September 06, 2014

As the summer draws to a close and traders return to their desks today, the mood in the financial markets is as nervous as ever.

Posted August 29, 2014

The hedge fund industry is enduring yet another difficult year. Once renowned for risk-loving cowboy trading and double-digit percentage returns, hedge funds have failed to live up to their reputation as money-making machines.

Posted August 22, 2014

Much like the Great Depression did to the Greatest Generation, the financial crisis of 2008 seared the souls of millions of investors.

Posted August 15, 2014

Even in the best of times, the Arab World is not a place you’d normally think of as a red-hot investment opportunity.

Posted August 01, 2014

When you buy a share of Facebook (FB), this stock carries U.S. dollar risk with it. You just don’t think about it because the U.S. government does not have a history of announcing an overnight currency devaluation — as governments elsewhere in the world have done in the past.

Posted July 25, 2014

The U.K.’s Sunday Times reported yesterday that Russian rebels on the ground were now claiming that it was a Ukrainian fighter that shot down the Malaysian airliner, which was already pre-loaded with dead bodies. The level of denial boggles the mind…