The Hog Blog

Where To Invest In 2015

January 28th, 2015 by Bill Valentine


This week, Bill shares with you something he’s doing with his portfolio, as was recently shared with clients. Also, we introduce you to five-asset class bench-marking. A bit longer than usual, this video promises to be a hit, especially if you like octopus.

Our Prediction for 2015 (and it’s not good…)

January 9th, 2015 by Bill Valentine


Every year at this time, Bill gives you his outlook for the year ahead. And for the last four years, the message was the same: Bullish on the economy, bullish on stocks (especially U.S. stocks).

But not this year…

What Falling Oil Means For Your Portfolio

December 19th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


A few weeks ago, we advised against playing the drop in Oil prices by buying the commodity. Well if that’s what’s NOT to be done, what IS to be done? We have two ideas this week about how to use the Oil development to your advantage. (The next MM will be after New Year’s).


About Preferred Stocks…

December 12th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


This week, Bill takes a question from the audience. The topic is Preferred Stocks.

Have a listen…


Is Oil A Buy?

December 5th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


The price of oil has fallen an awful lot…in an awfully short period of time. That begs the question, “Is Oil a buy at these levels?”   Thanks to Exchange Traded Products, it’s never been easier for investors to trade this commodity in their brokerage accounts.

Thus, the real question is, “Should they?” This week Bill addresses the desirability of playing a recovery in oil prices.



Is There A Time Bomb Ticking In Your Portfolio?

November 26th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


It’s during late-stage bull markets for growth assets, such as now, that investors can be tempted to make bad choices that they come to regret dearly. One such notion is the focus on a single area, creating a “time bomb” of sorts that will eventually create great damage.

This week, we help you identify if you have one of these in your investment mix right now, and if so, how to get rid of it.


I Don’t Read The Journal

November 21st, 2014 by Bill Valentine


No one ever beat the markets by following consensus.  And consensus is formed the same places everyone goes to get investing insight.

Do your own thinking.


“Sell in May?” Say “No Way!”

November 7th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


There’s an old adage on Wall Street: “Sell in May, and go away.”

It’s based on the idea that the worst months historically have been the summer months into early Autumn.  “Sell in May…” is based on the idea that you liquidate stocks every year on May 31, and buy them back November 1.

Having recently completed that cycle on the calendar, the question is: how would you have done?

This week, Bill tells you the real truth about “Sell in May…”


October 31st, 2014 by Bill Valentine


Halloween came early on Wall Street, with investors scared out of their wits a couple weeks ago. And for what? It’s a reminder that the fearful get eaten up and spit out in the investment world.

If you get spooked that easily, maybe this is the year you turn your lights off and hide from the trick-or-treaters.

How Much Fear Is Out There?

October 17th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


There is a fascinating development in the Bond Market that speaks volumes about today’s stock investor. See the stunning information in this “graphic” description of how today compares to past sell-offs – in emotional terms.