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1. You need to save, be able to save at least 10 to 15 percent of your earning.
2. Take calculated risk, in doing your reseach before investing in stock or ETF.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
To get a read on business sentiment, Behravesh suggests looking at the Institute for Supply Management's nonmanufacturing index, a monthly survey of conditions in the service sector, which accounts for 80% of jobs. A reading below 50 is typically regarded as a recession signal; the lower it goes and the longer it stays down, the more severe the slump. Once it returns to 50-plus territory, a rebound is likely.
During the brief recession of 2001, the index dropped below 50 just as the slowdown started and hovered between 45 and 50 for most of the next eight months. A month before the recession ended, the index rose sharply to just under 50 and soon stabilized in the low 50s.
For a second opinion: Look to the real estate market. "Housing is what got us into this recession," says Gus Faucher, director of macroeconomics at Moody's Economy.com. "In terms of what's going to get us out of it, we're going to be looking for a bottom in the housing market."
How do you spot that? Brush up on supply and demand. Historically, the inventory of homes on the market - particularly how many months it would take to sell it off - has soundly predicted home prices. Six months of inventory appears to be the sweet spot. In 1996 inventory fell below six months and dropped for much of the decade - and prices climbed steadily.
What they're saying now: A mixed outlook. For March the ISM nonmanufacturing index stood at 49.6 - up from the precipitous drop to 44.6 in January but still below 50 for the third straight month.
"If the index goes to 40 and stays there, we're looking at a much deeper recession," says Behravesh. "If the number goes back up to 50 and remains at those levels, that's definitely a signal that things are going to get better." Housing inventory, however, has recently hit nearly 10 months' worth - bad news for prices and growth.
To keep track: The ISM nonmanufacturing index is released on the third business day of every month. It's widely reported in the press; or you can find the releases in the ISM Report on Business section of the Institute for Supply Management's Web site.
As for the real estate inventory yardstick, the National Association of Realtors puts out the data monthly (usually between the 22nd and 25th). Look in the Research section on its Web site.
The wild cards: As Federal Reserve governor Kevin Warsh recently quipped: "If you've seen one financial crisis, you've seen one financial crisis." Indeed, this slowdown has seen a massive credit crunch, a free-falling dollar and record oil prices. At the same time, exports to China and India are helping U.S. businesses offset weakness at home. Any or all of these factors could cloud the rebound picture.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
- P/B less than 2 implies chances of undervaluation
- P/B between 2 and 3 indicates possible fair valuation
- P/B more than 3 probably indicates over valuation, anything above 5 possibly means grossly overvalued
- P/E less than 10 implies chances of undervaluation
- P/E between 10 and 20 indicates possible fair valuation
- P/B more than 20 probably indicates over valuation, anything above 50 possibly means grossly overvalued