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Archive for the ‘Value Investing’ Category


Most Reliable Criteria for Picking Investments

The stock market has had an impressive rally. Those who chose the right stocks a few years ago have done very well. Anyone who bought Apple in November of 2008 for $12.88 a share has a stock that today is selling for $189 a share. Likewise, Alphabet (Google) sold for $142 a share in December of 2008 and sells for $1,120 today. On the other hand, General Electric sold for $8 a share in January of 2009 and sells for $13 today. How could you have predicted which of these investments would go up in value and which would stagnate? […]

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How to Invest without Losing Any Money

No investment is a sure thing, guaranteed to succeed and never lose money. But, there are ways to improve your chances of success and reduce your risk of loss. In this article we look at how to invest without losing any money.
How to Invest without Losing Any Money

Bank deposits with Federal Deposit Insurance
US Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds
Investment Grade AAA and AA Bonds
Long term value investing, intrinsic value

How to Invest without Losing Any Money: Federal Deposit Insurance
The ultimate in investment safety is a bank deposit insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation).
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) preserves and […]

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How to Choose Profitable Investments

The stock market is going up and the real estate market has largely recovered from the crash a decade ago. If you have not already started investing again you are probably thinking about it. If you are new to the game you are wondering how to choose profitable investments.
How to Choose Profitable Investments 1: First steps
Years ago we wrote about how to invest $10,000. Here are some basics about how to choose profitable investments and get on the road to profits.
In deciding how to invest 10,000 dollars let’s look at investment horizon, risk tolerance, growth versus income, and diversification as […]

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Treat Your Investments Like a Cash Machine and Not a Slot Machine

How do you make money with your investments? There are two basic strategies. One is to pick a solid investment based on strong intrinsic value and hold for the long term. The other is always to follow the old adage to buy low and sell high. The first approach assumes that timing the market is difficult and not worth the risk. The second approach uses a lot of technical analysis in an attempt to time the market. Our suggestion is that for the long haul you should follow the first approach for the majority of your investments. You should treat […]

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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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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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Should You Invest in a Bear Market?

The bear market that people have been predicting for years may have actually arrived. Market Watch is writing about a big bear market of several months duration.
The “big bear market” for stocks that market timer Tom McClellan has been expecting appears to have begun, as Tuesday’s broad selloff turned a key technical indicator down from an already negative position to convey a “promise” of lower lows.
McClellan, publisher of the McClellan Market Report, said there could be a pause in the downtrend this week, as his market-timing signals point to a minor top due on Friday. But with his “price oscillator” […]

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What Can You Do to Avoid Confusion about Investments?

The bull market is getting old. Should you sell? Some of the tech stocks still have good earnings. That implies a good intrinsic stock value. Should you buy when stock prices fall? Interest rates are edging up. Is that bad for stocks? What can you do to avoid confusion about investments? We wrote about the risk of higher interest rates three years ago.
The cost of doing business (borrowing) is about to go up for companies that can least afford it. The expectation that stocks with speculative credit ratings will outperform blue chips seems to be going away as blue chips […]

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