Author Archives: Chris Karcher

Who Are You?

|“All card playing is not gambling, all stock purchases are not investing…”|  – Jim Paul, What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars What the heck is an investment plan? Open a brokerage account or interview a financial planner and you … Continue reading

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Time for a Change

Invest-Notes continues to forcefully urge that individual investors anchor their investment and retirement portfolios around exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Specifically, indexed funds of the S&P 500 and international blue-chip stocks. Around this central component, it might make sense to add specialty … Continue reading

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What is the definition of wealth?

The idea that being a part-time investor is going to bring you wealth and make you rich enough anytime soon to retire and enjoy the life of as a country squire, tending grapes at your chateau in France is delusional. … Continue reading

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This will be the last Invest-Notes in its current iteration. Actually, there’s only been one version of the Invest-Notes blog since my friend Rob set it up as a birthday gift in 2011. Your next visit will still find thoughts … Continue reading

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Market Drops

After an explosive move up in January, we were subsequently reminded that stocks (and indexes) can still go down. This is a time when it is especially important to avoid emotional reactions and focus on intelligent decision-making. Here are a … Continue reading

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Coin of the realm

That Bitcoin, and its ilk, are experiencing a “Netscape Moment” should serve as a cautionary note on many levels to investors. The practical similarities between the web browser Netscape Navigator as an investment, and Bitcoin as an investment are obvious. Netscape … Continue reading

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Oh time, thy pyramids

Let’s start with a reminder that equities and fixed income instruments don’t respect the Gregorian calendar. Why should it? At what point does the fact that a year consists of about 356 days, and further divided into twelve months of … Continue reading

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Foreign Affairs

Invest-Notes has always been a big advocate of investing in enterprises operating beyond the borders of the United States. And while the world has not turned out to be quite as flat as predicted during the close of the last … Continue reading

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Train keeps a-rollin’

10-29-17 With market valuations at nosebleed levels and market sectors like technology going parabolic, it is easy to make a case that a correction must be immanent. This is not a good bet. The current bull market started in October … Continue reading

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A Happy Anniversary

10-16-17 Ten years ago today the first Investnotes was sent by email to a handful of family and friends. In 2010 my good friend Rob Simons gave me a WordPress blog site, set-up and ready to go, as a birthday … Continue reading

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