Keep INVESTING Simple and Safe (KISS)
****Investment Philosophy, Strategy and various Valuation Methods****
The same forces that bring risk into investing in the stock market also make possible the large gains many investors enjoy. It’s true that the fluctuations in the market make for losses as well as gains but if you have a proven strategy and stick with it over the long term you will be a winner!****Warren Buffett: Rule No. 1 - Never lose money. Rule No. 2 - Never forget Rule No. 1.
The Federal Reserve has announced bold, open-ended steps to stimulate the US economy and reduce high unemployment, saying it will spend $US40 billion ($38 billion) a month to buy mortgage-backed securities for as long as necessary.
After trading flat before the Fed’s announcement, US stocks surged to multi-year highs and Australian stocks are set to follow. The Dow and the S&P 500 both closed at their highest levels since December 2007, while the Nasdaq ended at the highest since November 2000.
The US dollar fell, oil prices rose and gold hit a six-month high, and the Aussie dollar shot higher to $US1.0543, its highest level since August 10. Locally, the futures market is pointing to gains of about 0.75 per cent when the market opens.
The central bank also extended a plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows - close to zero - until mid-2015, or six months longer than it had planned. And it said it’s ready to take other steps even after the economy improves under a ‘‘highly accommodative stance of monetary policy’’.
‘‘The idea is to quicken the recovery,’’ Fed chairman Ben Bernanke later told a news conference. But he made it clear he thinks the economy will need the Fed’s intervention even after the recovery strengthens, saying the country’s employment situation ‘‘remains a grave concern’’.