10 Year Blogiversary

Did you know that on this very day in 1512, the Sistine Chapel opened to the public?

Also on this very day in 1952, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb.

Last – and most certainly least – on this very day 10 years ago, I penned my very first blog post!

It wasn’t quite the work of art as the Sistine Chapel, nor did it pack the punch of the hydrogen bomb, nevertheless… In honor of this blogiversary, I’m going to give you five free gifts and will only ask for one small thing in return.

But first, a quick look back.  Over the past 10 years, I’ve penned over 1,700 articles (about 15 per month) which have been read by over 10,000,000 visitors from 220 countries.  With only 195 or so countries in the world that means we have had visitors from 30 or so that no longer exist…We’ve published 10 white papers and five books.  Our old QTAA paper is the most downloaded in history on the SSRN database out of over 500,000 academic papers.  (We’ll update this in February for its 10-year anniversary.)  That’s a lot of writing…

So, to celebrate, this is a week of free giveaways.

First, I’m making all of my ebooks free to download on Amazon all week.  My gift to you, no strings attached.  (Exception is Ivy which is Wiley published so I can’t control that.)  Head to Amazon and you can download all of the ebooks to read on any tablet or computer.

Second, I’m giving you a free month subscription to my investment research website The Idea Farm.  Again, no strings attached. If you don’t like it, you can cancel anytime.

So that’s four free books and one free month-long subscription. Five freebies! And there’s only one small thing I’m asking of you.

Please check out our new Cambria Digital Advisor offering.  I’m very proud of it. And as I believe it’s an excellent choice for managing your wealth, I’ve sunk all my investable net worth into its portfolios.  After all, I know of no bigger compliment than to vote with my own money. (By the way, if you’re interested in investing not only in Cambria’s market strategies, but in Cambria itself, now you can join the team.)

Lastly, I’d like to say a big thanks to all the readers.  People often have asked me over the years how I’ve managed to continue to churn out so much content, particularly for free.  My answer, ironically, is “you’re how.” I have benefited far more than any of my readers thanks to all the wonderful feedback on my published research, the new ideas sent in that have stimulated my own thinking, and the constructive criticisms offered over the years.  So thank you all for the tremendous role each of you has played in creating this decade’s worth of content.

But I reserve my final and greatest gratitude for all of the amazing people I’ve met over the years, including the amazing experiences we’ve shared together.  From wakesurfing in Argentina, to catching a Sox ballgame with John Henry, to the countless happy hours and lunches – thank you all for being such wonderfully interesting, quirky, brilliant, and fun readers.  I couldn’t do it without you!

Below are a few of the most popular posts since 2009 when I got around to installing Google Analytics…in no particular order:

The All Seasons Portfolio (2014)

Betterment vs Wealthfront (2016)

50% Returns Coming For Commodities And Emerging Markets? (2016)

Combining Rotation And Timing Systems (2009)

F-Squared Post (Since edited due to their lawyer inquiries, 2013)

Hedge Fund Analyst Checklist (longer lists in new Invest with the House book, 2014)

Asset Allocation Strategies (2013)

Paul Tudor Jones on the 200 day moving average (2014)

What Happens When You Buy Assets Down 80%? (2013)

Risk Parity vs Endowment Model vs Permanent Portfolio (2012)

 Which Institution Has The Best Asset Allocation Model? (2016)

Cloning the Largest Hedge Fund in the World (2014)

Three Way Model (2015)