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Archive for May, 2018


Should You Invest in US Steel Companies?

It started with Trump threatening to start a trade war with China. And now it has come around a trade war with our North American neighbors and the European Union. Today the president announced that there will be tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. While economists and free-traders wring their hands in anguish we wonder this, should you invest in US steel companies?
United States Steel Producers
There are only two steel producers in the USA, Nucor and United States Steel Corporation.
US Steel was once the largest corporation in the world and a century ago […]

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Is It Possible to Reproduce the Microsoft Investment Experience?

The point of profitable investing tips is that they result in investment profits and help you avoid investment losses. One of the ways to make money investing is to study successful investments and investing strategies. And then you try to copy them. One of the all-time greatest investments was buying Microsoft when it went public in 1986. Is it possible to reproduce the Microsoft investment experience? The stock opened at $21 a share and ended the day at $35.50 a share. In their article about three stocks that feel like Microsoft in 1986, The Motley Fool notes how those who […]

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How Do You Pick an Investment to Short?

The popular movie, The Big Short, dramatized how hedge fund manager Michael Burry made a profit of $2.69 billion by anticipating the collapse of the US housing market in 2007. Burry created a credit default swap market when he realized that the vast number of high risk subprime loans made the housing market unstable. There is a lot of detail in the movie but the point which interests us here is how do you pick an investment to short? This thought came to mind as we consider and re-consider the aging bull market, the risk of a trade war with […]

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Are Commodities a Good Investment?

The looming US China trade war has been put “on hold” according to US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. Trump tweeted that
“China has agreed to buy massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products – would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!”
However, many are skeptical and you can include Profitable Investing Tips among the skeptics. Our eventual question for our readers will be, are commodities a good investment? But, first a little background.
CNBC quotes Moody’s chief economist as saying that the proposed trade agreements are face-saving and lose-lose.
China consented to continue discussing measures under which it […]

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How Can You Use Options to Protect Your Investment Portfolio?

The stock market has had a long bull run and now is in danger of a major correction. We have written about how to deal with this possibility in our articles about safe investment niches, if you want to buy gold, and how you might switch your investment focus from growth to value. Today, we would like to look at another approach. How can you use options to protect your investment portfolio?
The Use of Options in Investing
Stock options can be useful in getting into an investment, providing a little extra income along the way, and protecting your investment. The tools […]

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What Affects the Current Value of an Investment?

We have written at length about determining intrinsic stock value as a guide to value investing. But, what affects the current value of an investment? How can the current value of an investment vary over time? Along this line of reasoning Bloomberg writes about how stocks today do not seem to reflect the improving economy and earnings.
Neither this year’s impressive corporate earnings results nor the synchronized pickup in global growth nor record levels of stock buybacks by companies has led to impressive gains in stocks.
The performances of the Dow and the S&P suggest the improvement in economic and corporate fundamentals […]

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Do You Use a System for Investing?

Investors are always on the lookout for profitable investment opportunities. And a profitable investment tip may make the difference between a dismal investment portfolio and a stellar one. But, profitable investing tips may require some work before you can put them to use. Do you use a system for investing? You should because that is how you can sort out good tips from bad and pick the best opportunities. Years back we wrote about investing tips.
The best investing tips commonly have to do with how to go about the business of investing. Specific investing tips from your broker, your best […]

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Will Selling Starbucks Coffee Help Nestle?

Nestle just paid Starbucks $7.15 Billion for the right to sell Starbucks coffee worldwide. The question is, will selling Starbucks coffee help Nestle? Reuters reports on the global coffee alliance.
The deal on Monday for a business with $2 billion in sales reinforces Nestle’s position as the world’s biggest coffee company tries to fortify its place atop a fast-changing market.
It is a bold stroke by new Nestle Chief Executive Mark Schneider, who has made coffee a strategic priority as he tries to convince uneasy shareholders, including activist Third Point, that he can boost the sprawling group’s performance.
Bernstein analyst Andrew Wood said […]

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What to Look for in Value Investing

As the bull market ages and becomes more volatile many investors are starting to hedge their bets. For some this simply means selling and holding on to cash for the time being. For others it has to do with re-balancing their investment portfolios. More and more we hear that it is time to switch over from a focus on growth and move to value investing. This is probably good advice but how do you do that? Today we consider what to look for in value investing.
Value Investing
Years ago we wrote about value investing for long term profits.
There is always a […]

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