Category: Investing 2013The analysis published under this category are as follows.
Friday, December 13, 2013
John Paul Whitefoot writes: When it comes to building a balanced portfolio, investors like to find stocks that provide both value and growth. If you’re a value investor, you’re always on the lookout for companies that are cheap relative to their earnings, assets, or price-to-book value; in other words, they look for what’s undervalued.
A growth investor, on the other hand, likes to look at publicly traded companies that are in a position to rapidly increase their revenues and profits; they want stocks with excellent long-term growth potential. This could include those stocks that have provided revenue and earnings guidance that is expected to outperform the market or industry.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A friend of mine used to have three financial advisors whom he forced into competition. If one started underperforming, he would pull some money from him and give it to the other two. I’ve heard of similar strategies several times now. In some ways, it makes sense. However, this strategy misses the real purpose of having a financial advisor.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, December 02, 2013
Dr. Kent Moors writes: We've already made good money playing publically traded oil and gas companies.
125% on Cheniere... 200% on Halliburton... 210% on Western Refining... 542% on Westport Innovations... 300% on Golar LNG...
And given energy's across-the-board potential, our focus on growth isn't going to change.Read full article... Read full article...
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Dr. David Eifrig writes: What I'm about to say might anger you...
But if you're holding gold as your only hedge against inflation... you're likely making a big mistake.
Many folks believe this common "myth" about gold: As the price of everyday goods we buy rises, the price of gold will increase in lockstep.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Robert Hsu writes: It's interesting that an investor in the "communist" Peoples' Republic of China can make millions tax-free... while investors in the United States - the supposed bastion of free enterprise and capitalism - have to pay, in some cases, a near-50% tax on investment gains.
If trading and investing is all about weighing risk and reward, then the tax code itself makes Uncle Sam the ultimate trader. He gets a nice chunk of your reward, even as he avoids your risk.Read full article... Read full article...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Robert Hsu writes: My favorite kind of money does three things.
First, it grows. And it keeps growing every single year - by double digits.
Second, and unlike most corporate profits, it only gets taxed once.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Analyzing a company is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle that you bought at a garage sale — some pieces will always be missing. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never have a complete picture. But the beauty of investing is that to succeed you don’t need all the pieces, just enough to see what the picture is trying to tell you.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, November 04, 2013
Central banks may have foolish policies, but central bankers are no dummies.
They know exactly what they're doing. They even comprehend a few of the implications, too.
Which is why it's interesting that some American central bankers have suggested doing away with the debt ceiling altogether.Read full article... Read full article...
Sunday, October 13, 2013
David Fessler writes: Most income-oriented investors don’t have Vladimir Putin’s name in mind when searching for high-yield stocks. Perhaps they should.
In November 2012, Russia’s strong-arm leader began requiring that state-owned companies pay a minimum 25% of profit as dividends. The dividend plan, combined with the fact that Russian energy stocks are currently trading at bargain prices, makes for an appealing opportunity.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Don Miller writes: When it comes to stocks, it's easy to equate size with quality. But over the past year, smaller has been better, which means you need to be looking for small-cap stocks to buy.
In fact, the market's practically screaming that you should be putting some chips to work in the small-cap arena.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
When it comes to just about any sport, you don’t blindly use a strategy without considering your opponent’s next move, his strengths, and his weaknesses. To win, you have to adapt.
While the investment world can seem like the same old game with the same old rules, it’s always changing around the edges. If you don’t adapt, you won’t win this game either. With the ten-year US Treasury recently closing as high as 2.98%, we face new threats, and the definition of a good defensive stock has changed accordingly. Now they must be defensive and immune to higher rates.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
David Mamos writes: The organic foods business is a $60 billion global industry, and no other grocery chain has profited from this boom as much as Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM).
Whole Foods is leading the charge of supplying organic, natural, and locally grown foods to the health-conscious eater. Founded in 1980, it now has a count of 355 stores in 40 states and 3 countries.Read full article... Read full article...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Diane Alter writes: In the biggest Dow Index changes in nearly a decade, Alcoa Inc. (NYSE: AA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) are being dumped from the closely watched 30-stock index.
Athletic gear maker Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE) steps into the place of Alcoa, a Dow component for 54 years. Payments company Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) will unseat HP, which joined the blue-chip benchmark in 1997. And Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) replaces BofA, which joined the index five years ago.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Alex Daley writes: One set of investors has managed to catapult themselves to near-demigod status in recent years, with revelers hanging on their every word. They even have their own TV shows. Yet, with one simple investment, you could make double what they do. Here's how.
In some circles, they've become as iconic as Babe Ruth or Ted Williams. You overhear people talking about the time they met one in a surprise encounter in a swanky bar, as if they'd just brushed shoulders with a resident of Olympus. The mix of reverence, fear, and giddiness in the conversation is almost palpable.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
By Louis James, Chief Metals & Mining Investment Strategist
I've always wondered why we tend to glorify pirates and treasure hunters: the Indiana Joneses, the Jack Sparrows, the Long John Silvers. I think it's because most people, while it may not be reflected in their daily lives, are adventurers at heart.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
One of the biggest challenges facing retirees is how to bridge the gap between ever-rising expenses and virtually stagnant Social Security checks and other sources of income. While we are all finding ways to be more frugal, many folks still fall short every month.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Too often investors get caught up in their political allegiance or parties, focus on the negative and lose confidence in stocks. As a result, they can miss great bull markets. I believe when it comes to finding investment opportunities, it’s not about the political party, it’s about the policies, both monetary and fiscal.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, July 29, 2013
William Patalon writes: I was at work here at the office last Monday night when I heard about the Boeing 737 crash at New York's LaGuardia Airport. A nose wheel on the jetliner had apparently given way after a hard touchdown just after 5:30 p.m. (EDT), leading to a crash that injured about eight of the 150 folks on board
"Uh-oh," I thought to myself. "Here comes another feeding frenzy."
You're an exceptionally sharp group of folks, so you know what I'm getting at here.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Some folks may think we have returned to a pre-crash environment all over again, where the market moved on multi-year highs. Year to date, the major indexes are up roughly 15% depending on when you’re reading this article; and that’s on top of 7% returns from the year before and 5.5% the year before that. To the uninitiated, this almost looks like acceleration. To the more pessimistic, it looks like a trap: we’re in for a nasty correction that will pull down the entire market. You can’t turn on the television or read through a financial news website without being overwhelmed by stories telling us the market will crash in the next “X” number of weeks or months.Read full article... Read full article...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tim Melvin writes: Many investors know how to take their first profitable step in the search for ideal stocks to buy: Look for extraordinary growth potential selling at a significantly low valuation.
Even with markets up double-digits this year, there are still stocks to buy that are trading at a discount to what they're worth.Read full article... Read full article...