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Why Are People Surprised That Savings Bonds Beat Stocks Over the Past 12+ Years?

I’ve noticed an array of articles exclaiming that savings bonds, including both the Series EE savings bonds and the Series I savings bonds, beat stocks over the past ten or fifteen years.  Nearly every time I make my way into one of these essays or news stories, I just shake my head because the surprise displayed by the men and women penning these pieces indicate a complete lack of competence.  Those of you who have any experience managing money or with history immediately know my objective: No asset class, per se, is sacrosanct.  What matters is the price you pay for the asset relative to how much underlying cash it generates.

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Focus on Total Return When Managing Your Portfolio

Focus on Total Return to Manage Your Investments Better

In finance, there is a concept known as total return.  The goal of total return is simple: To tell you what the overall results were to you, the owner, during a time period you held an asset.  This includes any fluctuations in the liquidation value of the asset itself, profits produced by the asset and distributed to you as dividends, spin-offs from activity split off from the asset, etc.

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Papa Johns Franchise

Peyton Manning Borrows the Jamal Mashburn and Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr Investing Playbook By Investing in Papa Johns Franchises

Feel good story for the day: Peyton Manning, the 36 year old legendary quarterback, bought 21 Papa John franchises in the Denver area a couple of weeks ago, according to Bloomberg.  It looks like he is borrowing from the Jamal Mashburn and Ulysses Bridgeman, Jr. playbook.  Those two former sports stars took their paychecks and, as…

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Disney Buys Lucasfilms Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse

The Walt Disney Company Adds Lucasfilm To Its Stable of Investments for $4.5 Billion

As you probably know by now, The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. in a $4.5 billion deal.  The studio owns franchises such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  Half will be paid in cash and the other half will be paid in newly minted shares of the company, diluting the existing owners.  However, the terms are so favorable that, frankly, it looks like George Lucas took a much lower price than he could have gotten elsewhere solely to have Disney protect the brand, given the latter’s reputation and massive resources.  Not even including the cash that Lucasfilm itself produces, Disney could pay for the acquisition in less than 6.7 months using the money generated by its vast empire.

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Coca-Cola Pepsi and Dr Pepper Have 88 Percent Combined Market Share

You Can Get Rich With Just One or Two Big Ideas In Your Lifetime

I often get messages from some of you expressing a desire to invest but not wanting to sign up for a life buried in balance sheets or income statements.  The good news: In investing, you can do extremely well if you have a few good, big ideas in your lifetime.  You don’t have to become a master of everything.  You just need to understand what you are doing, focus on it with the persistence of a pit bull, and be patient during the periods when there is nothing attractive to do, content to sit on cash.  There is no need to master every industry, or spend your evenings pouring over the disclosure documents of a pharmaceutical giant to make money.  It isn’t necessary.

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