It has certainly been an interesting year for the stock market. If you want to illustrate the concept of climbing the wall of worry, you couldn’t pick a better year to do it as concerns about both the Coronavirus and inflation have been a consistent presence. But the market has just continued higher.
Throughout all of it, we have tried to keep a level head and a long-term focus with the investment commentary we have published. In total, we have published over 40 articles this year covering a wide range of topics.
As we head into year end, we wanted to share some of our most popular articles of the year.
Here are our five most read articles of 2021.
 Put Down the Dividends – And Slowly Walk Away
In this article, Jack Forehand shows that he is not above going with a clickbait title to get more views. He looks at why the hype surrounding high yield stocks might be greater than the reality. Read now.
 The Most Ignored Investing Premium
Jack looks at how investors can earn a premium from simply rebalancing their portfolio. Read now.
 Value Investing is Back! Or is it?
Value stocks have had a huge run since the COVID-19 bear market bottom. But it turns out that run may have been driven by factors other than value. Jack looks at why. Read now.
 A Walk Down Drawdown Lane
2021 has been a year largely free of significant drawdowns. Justin Carbonneau looks at why that is the exception rather than the rule based on history. Read now.
 The Challenges of Avoiding Value Traps – And Some Criteria That Might Help
Avoiding value traps is the holy grail of value investing. Unfortunately, it also isn’t possible. But we have found that they can at least be reduced. Jack looks at some criteria we have found helpful. Read now.
Thank you to everyone who spent the time to read our articles in 2021. We look forward to producing more investment research and commentary in 2022.
Jack Forehand is Co-Founder and President at Validea Capital. He is also a partner at Validea.com and co-authored “The Guru Investor: How to Beat the Market Using History’s Best Investment Strategies”. Jack holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. Follow him on Twitter at @practicalquant.