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5 Financial Myths You Should Ignore

The financial terrain is strewn with robust fables cleverly disguised as facts... The tenacious nature of outdated financial tenets is never questioned.

The Myth Of The "Passive Indexing" Revolution

Investors need to be cognizant of, and understand why, the chorus of arguments in favor of short-sighted and flawed strategies are so prevalent. The meteoric rise in passive investing is one such “strategy” sending an important and timely warning. Just remember, everyone is “passive” until the selling begins.

Explaining Today's Market Action (Hint: Blame Risk Parity)

"The punchline is that the passive / smart beta / risk-parity / risk-control systematic universe often times ARE the entities in the market causing counter-intuitive trading behavior, such as today’s price-action."

"There Is A General Softening In The Consumer's Ability To Pay" - Why Credit Card Companies Are Crashing

On the day in which the government reported modestly stronger than expected retail sales for the month of May, signalling a return to strength for spending and the US consumer - the driving force behind 70% of US GDP - a far more ominous statistic was revealed by credit card company Synchrony Financial, which earlier today announced in a regulatory filing that it expects write-off rates to climb 20 to 30 basis points over the next 12 months, and will increase reserves for soured loans beginning this quarter.

The New Millennial Dream: Make Over $200,000 And Retire At 90

Faced with an economy that is creating lower paying jobs, millennials are making less, piling up more debt, and more than any other time since the Great Depression, are returning home to live with their parents. In a video produced by Morningstar's U.K. unit, millennials discussed what their career aspirations are, and what they expect from their financial future. There were certainly some interesting, if not telling, responses as to the confused state of expectations vs. reality that millennials are dealing with at the moment.

"This Is The Most Crowded Trade in History"

"Instead of looking for manager’s and investment opportunities to beat the market, investors are opting to be the market and are likely creating the most crowded trade in historyStagnant monetary policy fosters a groupthink outlook.  The Fed Put prompts the same positioning.  Computerized programs trade correlations and relationships established during an extended period of abnormal policy.  Active managers continue to retrench as the market diverges from the fundamentals, but the blind buyers continue to participate - it does not matter if the market is 10x, 15x, or 20x earnings, they buy for one reason, it is the market."

"It Been Horrendous" - Investor Tries To Pull Cash From Valeant-Heavy Fund, Gets Shares Instead

When Tom Bentley tried to pull his money from a mutual fund troubled by its large stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., he instead received shares in a Springfield, Mo. auto-parts retailer. Sequoia Fund Inc. sent the retired computer hardware engineer about 5% of his money in cash and the rest was stock in one company–O’Reilly Automotive Inc. Mr. Bentley said he sold the shares as soon as they appeared in his account on April 7, but they had already dropped in value. "It has been pretty horrendous," Mr. Bentley said.