The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is one of the newest additions to the investing community at Fool.com, and it's another great way for investors to work together to beat the market. One of the features in CAPS allows users to set up a blog to talk about their picks, investing strategy, market view, or their favorite football team (if they so desire).
I've scoured through the CAPS blog universe to bring you a generous helping of the top blog posts of the past week.
85% annual returns?!?!
Jump over to camistocks' blog for a very interesting story about a Swiss pension fund manager who managed to pull off 85% annual returns in his personal portfolio over a nine-year period! Though maybe not as eye-catching, he also produced notably impressive annual returns of 14.3% for the fund he managed. In the post, camistocks points out that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A ) (NYSE: BRK-B ) returned 16.2% over the same period and didn't have to deal with the same restrictions as the pension-fund manager.
Why housing bears are wrong
It's not all that hard to find people who are bearish on the housing sector right now -- you might say it's very in vogue. CAPS player EScroogeJr has a different take, and thinks that the housing market will recover. The interesting part of his argument, though, is how he sees it recovering. I'll give you a hint: It's not because he thinks fundamentals at Hovnanian (NYSE: HOV ) are better than people think.
Homebuilder 101 -- operational excellence
CAPS player floridabuilder has delivered once again this week -- but this time from a somewhat different angle. Angry about the Fed's huge rate cut and the big upside moves for the homebuilder stocks, my favorite housing bear "[throws the] longs a bone." Translation: Instead of focusing on potential bankruptcies, he gives his thoughts on which builders investors should keep an eye on when housing finally does hit a bottom. He names Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL ) as No. 5 of his top five, but you're going to have to click over to his blog to get the other four!
For those interested in random statistics, this blog post also links to an article that notes that every human on earth could live in Texas and still have more space than residents of San Francisco. I knew there was a reason I moved out of San Fran!
Over 100 subscribers!
Bringing together investors is what CAPS is all about, and a few stock-lovin' CAPS members have joined up to put together a free weekly stock newsletter. Check out rvanzo's blog for more information on this CAPS venture.
A real hidden gem!
No matter how you chop and cut all the features of CAPS, at the end of the day it's really about a community of investors helping each other get better results. In his blog this week, CAPS All-Star reddingrunner highlights a player that he thinks has a CAPS portfolio "chock-full of great ideas." While you'll have to visit reddingrunner's blog to find out the identity of this mystery player, I will note that his two top-performing picks from this player are Baidu.com (Nasdaq: BIDU ) and Blue Coat Systems (Nasdaq: BCSI ) .
OK, so it's not sports highlights, but Dan "TMFHollywoodDan" Rubin never fails in The Motley Fool's goal to educate, amuse, and enrich. This week, he brings us some highlights from the world of CAPS, including a pitch for Mexican beverage maker Fomento Economico Mexicano (NYSE: FMX ) .
Did you really think I'd go through this whole article without sharing somebody's thoughts on the Federal Reserve's rate cut? Saunafool discusses the rate cut and its implications. And in case you couldn't tell from the title, he didn't think it was particularly advisable.
For more on the rate cut, you can also check out my blog, where fellow Fools had some great comments in reaction to a post of mine.
So now it's your turn -- get off the sidelines, join CAPS, and start up your own CAPS blog to share your own knowledge and insights with the rest of the CAPS universe.
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