Author: Muscular Portfolios

  • What can this site do for you?

    Muscular Portfolios are here to enable individual investors to enjoy great market returns with no fear of crashes. This is the first website that gives away Wall Street’s secret buy-and-sell signals — absolutely free. See the three model portfolios in the menu at right.

  • New high — now what?

    The S&P 500 hit an all-time record of 2,945.83 on Apr. 30, 2019. Now the question is whether the market can push to new highs or the record-breaking day was actually the end of the 10-year bull market. Muscular Portfolios automatically tilt toward the three asset classes with the best odds of success, which doesn’t currently include the S&P 500. See Newsletter #17.

  • A proposed Mama Bear change

    The original developer of one of the investing strategies in “Muscular Portfolios” has decided to tweak one of the inputs to his formula. Should this change also be made in the Mama Bear Portfolio? This question gives us an excellent way to confirm how strategies should be tested and implemented. Your comments are welcomed. See Newsletter #16.

  • Target-date funds are hazardous

    About 70% of US companies automatically enroll employees into 401(k)-type plans. More than 86% of these firms now direct people’s money by default into “target-date funds.” Now that they’ve taken over, the products expose investors to far too much risk of crashing, experts have found. A simpler formula, with much lower costs, produces greater returns with less risk. See Newsletter #15.

  • Which way will the S&P 500 go?

    Traders have tried for centuries to find a formula that will predict the direction of the market. The truth is that there are too many unknowns to reliably determine what any free market will do in the next one year. Despite that, it’s surprisingly easy to predict where the S&P 500 will be in the long term. See Newsletter #14.

  • Trading small stocks costs a lot

    A new study reveals that the smallest stocks in the market can cost you as much as 8% when you buy and sell shares. That percentage is called the “bid-ask spread.” In the first of a new series of columns for MarketWatch.com, we show you how to avoid getting a haircut when you trade. See the details on small stock spreads at MarketWatch.

  • Rock your ‘529’ college savings plan

    There are 13.6 million tax-free college savings accounts in the US, and millions more in other countries — but most of the program administrators produce mediocre results. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways parents can get great gains out of a 529-type plan, with no fear of market crashes. See Newsletter #13.

  • StockCharts.com gets muscular

    I’m extremely pleased to report that StockCharts.com — the best platform for free financial graphing with additional expert and pro levels — has invited me to write a twice-weekly column. It appears most Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the free section of the site, which is open to everyone. See Newsletter #12.

  • Seattle/Bellevue, Nov. 17–18

    Brian Livingston will lead seminars on two consecutive days in the Seattle/Bellevue area. His 2-hour seminar on “How to Make Your Portfolio Muscular” is hosted by AAII Puget Sound on Nov. 17, 2018. There is no fixed fee — only a donation to AAII of any amount is required. A 6-hour “In-Depth Seminar” is on Nov. 18. For details and to register, see the Seattle/Bellevue seminar page.

  • Your questions, answered

    The book “Muscular Portfolios” contains 576 footnotes. To make the link destinations easy to enter, each one is supported by a Web address shortener such as bri.li/1000. The full destination of each short address is provided at our 1st edition notes page for your convenience. However, some Google Pixel phones don’t correctly redirect to the proper destination. There’s an easy workaround, as described in Newsletter #11.