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Redecorating: Beware!
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NASDAQ Closes at Record High
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A 40% Chance
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Several Things
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Human Capital, Education and Wealth
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Another Stock Market Update
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Some Thoughts on Savings
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A Stock Market Upfate
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Who Can You Trust? Part II of II
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The Christmas Decoration Pre-worn Jeans Hustle
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2018 Outlook for Financial Markets
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Who Can You Trust? Part I of II
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Life Insurance Settlements
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Commodities and Buying the Breakout
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Buffett Wins His Bet
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Practice Real Estate and Free Agency
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Outlook for 2018: Part III: Stocks and Bonds
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My Outlook for 2018: Part Ii: Precious Metals
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Outlook for 2018: Hard Assets: Part I of III
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More Thoughts on Bitcoin
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Fees and Good Relations with Bankers
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Salvator Mundi
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Should You Rent or Own a Home?
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A Gift Subscription
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When Good Enough is Fine
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Stocks vs Real Estate: Asset Allocation. Part I of II
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The Saudi Arrests and the Perils of Foreign Investing
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Gambling and Las Vegas
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Some Tips on Auto Insurance
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Bitcoin and the Digital (Crypto) Currencies
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The Coming Bear Market: Part II How to Prepare
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The Market makes New Highs
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The Importance of a New High
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A Little Insurance: Wealth, War and Wisdom
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How to be Successful in Your Career
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How NOT to Buy a Home
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This Week in the Market
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Is the “Trump Bump” Running Out of Gas?
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Gold is on the Move
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The Importance of Estimation
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Buying Art and Collecting: Part II of II
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Buying Art and Collecting in General, Part I of II
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Physicians need to be More Forceful
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Your First “Real” Investment
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Leasing a Watch: Don’t
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The Problem with Medical Student Debt is—the Med Schools
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Critters and Varmints in your Home and Yard
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Leveraged ETFs
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Leasing a Vehicle: Don’t!
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Buying Jewelry: Gold, Diamonds and Pearls
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Thomas Sowell: Part III of III
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Thomas Sowell: Pat II of III
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Live Close to Where You Work
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Medtronic in Hospital Management
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Thomas Sowell: Part I of II
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A Political Contribution a an Investment: Part II of II
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A Political Contribution as an Investment: Part I of II
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Buffett Selling Vacation Home
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Advanced Placement (AP) ourses
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The Importance of a Credit History
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A Credit Card Scam
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The Electronic Health Reord
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Issue #457, February 13, 2017

Platinum and Palladium
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Economic Outlook for 2017: Part II of II
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Economic Outlook for 2017: Part I of II
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A Story From Vegas
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Land Donation Deals and the IRS
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The Theory of Gambler’s Ruin
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Student Loans: But Wait, There’s More!
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A Second Home
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The Consumer Confidence Index
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Social Security
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My Outlook for 2017: Part II of II
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My Outlook for 2017: The Market
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Medicine in 20 Years
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Higher Interest Rates
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Trump and the Markets: The Bad and Ugly
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Trump and the Markets: The Good
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Negative Trends: The Suits aren’t Makin’ Steel
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The New DOJ Fiduciary Rule
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Barron’s Conference, Part IV of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part III of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part II of IV
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Barron’s Conference, Part I of IV
Issue #440, October 20, 2016


By Robert M. Doroghazi, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Barron’s Conference, Part I of II

Issue #389, October 26, 2015

Edwin Finn
    Finn is the Editor and President of Barron’s, and provided introductory remarks.
    They believe the bull market will last another 1-2 years and return about 10% over the next 12 months. Interest rates will stay low, and corporate CEOs are positive. Potential problems: 1) Russia is causing trouble. 2) China. 3) Europe.
    The next President will be more conservative than Obama, which is good for the market. Trump is not the best guy: there were too many problems with his business deals (bankruptcies) and he has no experience in foreign policy. Clinton and Bush would be more forceful in the Middle East. We need someone with experience and credibility. (RMD: politics will be discussed at the end of the next newsletter by Greg Valliere).
Felix Zulauf
    Zulauf is my absolute personal favorite, and never disappoints
    We have made a medium-term low (the double bottom in late August/early September). The market recovery will go through the end of the year or early next year, then it will decline through late 2016 or early 2017.
    The US Dollar will be stronger. Bond yields will decline next year, possibly dramatically, then finally turn higher. Central banks all over the world are selling Treasuries to support their currency.
    E-commerce is taking off and disrupting traditional business: GOOG, AMZN, FB, MSFT vs. WMT.
    Oil will continue to be the dominant source of energy. We must have a supply cut, and it will be from the shale/fracking industry. Price will be capped at $60/barrel. He is still bearish on commodities because of the weak world economy. We must have fiscal stimulus to reflate commodities. Monetary stimulus (more QE) won’t work.
    Next year we will do a little better than Europe. The developing economies will disappoint as the dollar stays strong. China’s growth is really 2% or less. Their manufacturing is in recession. Credit is no longer bringing economic growth. The Chinese have been so successful that they think they know how to control their economy, but they don’t. They are now doing everything wrong. Ex: they spent $250B to support the stock market and it didn’t work, and they can’t stop the slide in the yuan. Their current policies are deflationary. When their currency drops, it will be good for China and bad for everyone else. It will feel like a recession in the US.
    Europe has many different central banks with different targets. Greece will run out of money next year and go bankrupt. Europe is fragile and will enter a recession. The migrants will require fiscal stimulus, which will be positive in the short term and negative in the long term. The Euro may go higher, but then break down below 1.05 and will eventually break parity with the US Dollar. The dollar will strengthen and the Fed will have to intervene to weaken it in 2017. 
    Currency is especially important to the emerging markets, because much of their debt is denominated in US Dollars. They want to devalue their currency to remain competitive, but that immediately increases their debt load. There will be a banking crisis in Asia next year: Hong Kong and esp. Singapore.
    US foreign policy in the Middle East is very naïve. Obama wants to be known as a President who ended wars, but he has started them. The US shouldn’t get involved in the war between Saudi Arabia and Iran because it is religious: Sunni vs. Shiite. Europe can’t handle the refugees, but they will stay.
    His personal investments.
    1) Commercial real estate.
    2) Gold. It may rally to about $1,300, then fall back because of deflation. The authorities will then try to reflate, which will be the time to buy gold because of long-term inflation.
    3) He is neutral on equities. There will be another opportunity to go short late this year or early next.
    4) Bonds. Keep the duration short, about 4-5 years. He will buy US bonds later this year because rates will drop.
    The usual scenario for a bear market is rising interest rates. This time, deflation will cause profits to fall, leading to a recession.
    The Japanese market has shown the way the developed world will go. They will continue to inflate, and the Yen will weaken to 145 to the US Dollar. If you invest in Japan, you must hedge this currency weakness.
    The housing bubble in Canada is worse than the US bubble of 2007. It is a mess.
Scott Black
    Stocks as a whole are expensive. Earnings estimates are too high and will come down. We are currently in the longest period where value has under-performed. There is a lot of speculation: biotechs, Tesla, AMZN, etc., with little relation to fundamentals.
    Arrow Electronics (ARW). Growing 7-8% per year. It generates a lot of free cash and has a low multiple.
    Lennar (LEN). Will deliver 24-24.5K units next year. They have a finance unit and are developing a portfolio of income-producing properties (apartments in the Sun Belt) to make them less cyclical.
    FDX. A great company. Costs will come down by replacing old MD-80s with new 757s. They want earnings to grow 10-15% per year.
    He has owned Wells Fargo (WRC) forever. US Bankcorp (USB) is the best run bank in the country. They are not a money-center bank, more like many community banks run together.
    Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB) is his largest holding. Book value is understated. You can’t go wrong at 1.3X book value.
    High-yield bonds: a disaster waiting to happen.
    He’s mostly out of REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust), and beware of mid-stream MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships). But he does like Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. (ACRE), who make business development loans. They have been judicious, with no energy exposure, and a 10% dividend.
    Apple (AAPL): cheap. Backing out cash, the P/E is 9. 
    Energy: they sold everything a year ago. Not a good place to be, too much supply.
    What is the best asset class today? “None of the above”.
    Candidates: the people running today are terrible.
    In next week’s letter I will finish the Barron’s Conference, highlighting new presenter Jeff Gundlach (who was awesome), political strategist Gregory Valliere, (who was also excellent), and summarize the major points.
    I was notified by Elsevier that my articles in their publications: The American Journal of Cardiology, and The American Journal of Medicine, have been cited 473 times in the literature. This doesn’t include any citations from what I have written for other publishers, or the series of 5 articles on “Negative Secular Trends in Medicine” that will appear in The American Journal of Medicine starting early next year. From my understanding, that is a strong number.
    RMD comment: Although I was hesitant about it at the time, I have come to appreciate that Issue #295 (1/13/4), “The Importance of a Patron”, is one of my better newsletters. Dr. William C. Roberts, long-time Editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology, and who wrote the preface to the 2nd edition of my book The Physician’s Guide to Investing, has been the most important person in support of my financial writing. Dr. Roberts introduced me to Dr. Joseph Alpert, Editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine, who has been the most important supporter of my work over the last 2 years about trends in Medicine. My other important patron has been Dr. Eve Slater, who has opened a lot of doors over the last 4 decades since we met at the Mass General.
    I generally believe people are over-insured. In the near future, I will discuss where people can be under-insured, after hearing about two young men in their 30s who had some life insurance and knew they needed more, but had a health event before they got around to it. Now—if they can even get more coverage—it will be very expensive.
    On the train from Penn Station to Newark Airport I saw a man about 50 years old with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He kept a folded paper towel in his hand. He wiped the area between his mouth and nose 6-8 times, then above his right lip 3-4 times, then above his left lip 3-4 times, then his right cheek, then his left cheek, then the right side of his forehead, then the left side, then the back of his neck, stopping at least once or twice during the ritual to meticulously refold the paper towel so a different area was exposed to the skin. Then in 1-2 minutes, he would repeat everything.
    RMD comment: watching this poor man broke my heart. What a pathetic existence.

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