Friday, May 1, 2020

This week's interesting finds

EdgePoint Academy: The big day has arrived
“Am I ready for retirement?” and “How do I get ready?” are questions on the minds of many. Our latest article in the Retirement series discusses four things you need to consider to help answer these questions when planning for retirement with your financial advisor.

Advice for young people from Buffet
The best advice Warren Buffett can offer to young people who want to invest is to learn accounting. Furthermore, he warns investors against obsessing over stock price charts and urges them to focus on buying good businesses instead.

This week in charts
Nasdaq-listed stocks were briefly worth more than the entire developed market ex-USA.
The largest US tech stocks (FANMAG) aggregate market cap trails only the US (ex-FANMAG) and Japan. 
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is now above its outperformance trend versus the S&P 500 (the ISM Composite is a measure of US business activity). 

Investing in "top dog" stocks globally (largest stocks by market cap) returned considerably less than the overall market over the past 50 years.

Cities face 100 million 'new poor' in post-pandemic world
About 100 million people living in cities worldwide will likely fall into poverty due to the coronavirus pandemic. Densely populated cities are poised at the frontline of the contagious outbreak, hard-hit, where people live in poverty with little or no running water, sewage systems, or health care access, said experts at the World Bank. "Our estimate is that there will be possibly upward of a 100 million so-called 'new poor' on account of losses of jobs and income," said Sameh Wahba, global director for the World Bank's urban, disaster risk management, resilience and land global practice. He warned that cities will see a drop of between 15% to 25% in tax revenues next year, making it difficult for authorities to invest in improving slum areas.

Wealthy New Yorkers flee Manhattan for suburbs and beyond
New York’s wealthy are moving their money — and often their families — into surrounding suburbs as they look to escape a crowded lifestyle and reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus. “I can’t remember the last time we were this busy,” said real estate advisor Owen Berkowitz. Eighteen people are waiting to see a home in Greenwich, Connecticut, that is renting for $65,000 a month, another broker said.