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Liam Turner
Liam Turner

Stock Market Buy Low Sell High ##BEST##

The performance difference between the three cheapest factors and the three most expensive factors in the US market, reported in Panel B of Table 3, was 7.2% a year over the period from January 1977 to August 2016. With a t-statistic of 3.62, the difference is highly economically and statistically significant.14 In international markets, the difference is far smaller and not significant, which is perhaps a consequence of currently stretched factor (and smart beta) strategy valuations in non-US markets. If these markets mean revert, the gap (and its significance) will presumably rise. Interestingly, even with the stretched valuations, buying the cheaper strategies and factors would have proved beneficial.

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For factor simulations in the United States we use the universe of US stocks from the CRSP/Compustat Merged Database. We define the US large-cap equity universe as stocks whose market capitalizations are greater than the median market-cap on the NYSE. For international factors (developed ex U.S.) we use the universe of stocks from the Worldscope/Datastream Merged Database. We define the international large-cap equity universe as stocks whose market-caps put them in the top 90% by cumulative market-cap within their region, where regions are defined as North America, Japan, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The large-cap universe is then subdivided by various factor signals to construct high-characteristic and low-characteristic portfolios, following Fama and French (1993) for the US and Fama and French (2012) for international markets. (Note that slight variations in data cleaning and lagging, as well as different rebalance dates, could lead to slight differences between our factors and those of Fama and French.) As an example, in order to simulate the value factor in the United States, we construct the value stock portfolio from stocks above the 70th percentile on the NYSE by book-to-market ratio, and we construct the growth stock portfolio from stocks below the 30th percentile by the same measure. Internationally, we construct the value stock portfolio from stocks above the 70th percentile in their region (North America, Japan, Asia Pacific, and Europe) by book-to-market, and the growth stock portfolio from stocks below the 30th percentile in their region.

We all know the basic idea: when demand is high, prices rise, and when demand is low, prices fall. In the stock market, this tends to happen in cycles. When rising demand for a particular stock causes a bandwagon effect, more and more investors rush to purchase it, and the stock price goes up.

This behavior causes a chain reaction in which each investor buys the stock in question, hoping to sell it down the line for a profit after the price rises even further. Thus, as the price increases rapidly with more investors buying into the frenzy, the greed of investors escalates as well.

However, after the market crashed in August 2008, investors withdrew money from mutual funds at huge losses. Even worse, they lagged the crash in stock prices by a small margin, which means that many investors liquidated their mutual fund portfolios precisely at the market bottom rather than getting out ahead of it.

Now that we know the mistakes most investors make and why they buy high and sell low, we can look for ways to combat this behavior. And since most decisions to buy high and sell low are driven by emotions like fear and crowd-following, the best ways to do the opposite involve logic and rational behavior.

1. Dividends. When companies are profitable, they can choose to distribute some of those earnings to shareholders by paying a dividend. You can either take the dividends in cash or reinvest them to purchase more shares in the company. Investors seeking predictable income may turn to stocks that pay dividends. Stocks that pay a higher-than-average dividend are called "income stocks."

2. Capital gains. Stocks are bought and sold constantly throughout each trading day, and their prices change all the time. When the price of a stock increases enough to recoup any trading fees, you can sell your shares at a profit. These profits are known as capital gains. In contrast, if you sell your stock for a lower price than you paid to buy it, you'll incur a capital loss.

The performance of an individual stock is also affected by what's happening in the stock market in general, which is in turn affected by the economy as a whole. For example, if interest rates go up, some investors might sell off stock and use that money to buy bonds. If many investors feel the same way, the stock market as a whole is likely to drop in value, which in turn may affect the value of the investments you hold. Other factors influence market performance, such as political uncertainty at home or abroad, energy or weather problems, or soaring corporate profits.

The price of preferred stock, however, doesn't move as much as common stock prices. This means that while preferred stock doesn't lose much value even during a downturn in the stock market, it doesn't increase much either, even if the price of the common stock soars.

In contrast, some industries, such as travel and luxury goods, are very sensitive to economic ups and downs. The stock of companies in these industries, known as cyclicals, might suffer decreased profits and tend to lose market value in times of economic hardship as people try to cut down on unnecessary expenses. But their share prices can rebound sharply when the economy gains strength, people have more discretionary income to spend and their profits rise enough to create renewed investor interest. Thus, their stock price generally tracks with economic cycles.

Value stocks, in contrast, are investments selling at what seem to be low prices given their history and market share. If you buy a value stock, it's because you believe that it's worth more than its current price. Of course, it's also possible that investors are avoiding a company and its stock for good reasons and that the price is a fairer reflection of its value than you think.

And remember, short-term trading comes with other costs. If you sell a stock that you haven't held for a year or more, any profits you make are taxed at the same rate as your regular income, not at your lower tax rate for long-term capital gains.

You can place buy and sell orders for stocks online, through a mobile app, or by speaking with your registered investment professional in-person or over the phone. If you do trade online or through an app, it's important to be wary of trading too much, simply because it's so easy to place the trade. You should consider your decisions carefully, taking into account fees and potential tax consequences, as well as the impact on the balance of assets in your portfolio, before you place an order.

Short selling is a way to profit from a price drop in a company's stock and, like buying on margin, tends to be a short-term trading strategy. It involves more risk than just buying a stock. To sell a stock short, you borrow shares from your brokerage firm and sell them at their current market price. If that price falls, as you expect it to, you buy an equal number of shares at a new, lower price to return to the firm. If the price has dropped enough to offset transaction fees and the interest you paid on the borrowed shares, you may pocket a profit.

Because short selling is, in essence, the sale of stocks you don't own, there are strict margin requirements associated with this strategy, and you must set up a margin account to conduct these transactions. The margin money is used as collateral for the short sale, helping to ensure that the borrowed shares will be returned to the lender down the road.

Sometimes an entire industry might be in the midst of an exciting period of innovation and expansion and becomes popular with investors. Other times that same industry could be stagnant and have little investor appeal. Like the stock market as a whole, sectors, industries and individual companies tend to go through cycles, providing strong performance in some periods and disappointing performance in others.

Microcap securities, sometimes referred to as penny stocks, include low-priced securities issued by small companies with low market capitalization. These securities are primarily traded on the over-the-counter (OTC) market. While microcap companies can be real businesses developing or offering products or services, the microcap sector has a long history of bad actors engaging in price manipulation and other fraud. However, even in the absence of fraud, microcap stocks can present higher risks than the stock of larger companies. This is largely because relatively little information is available about microcap companies compared with larger companies that list their securities on national exchanges.

When I say this board is bright, I'm not kidding. Some of my players thought it was a bit excessive, but I thought it was generally appropriate for the wild world of stock market trading. Overall, everything on the board is obvious, and thus easy to use, though I wish the board contained some additional info, as I discuss below.

Buy or Sell Stock(s): The buying and selling of stock is all done with those handy price tracks. When you buy a share of stock you take it off the bottom of the track, and pay the price revealed; when you sell the stock you place it at the bottom of the track, and receive the price covered up. This is a really clever mechanic because it simulates supply and demand--the more people want a stock, the higher it goes in price, the more people sell off, the lower it goes.

On a turn a player can sell or buy two of the same stock; or buy or sell no more than one of each of the three types of stock. Somehow this rule for what you can do (2 of 1; or 1 of up to 3) is unintuitive, as I've had to explain it multiple times for every game I've played. 041b061a72


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