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Archive for April, 2016

Should You Sell Apple Stock?

Over the years we have periodically looked at Apple (AAPL). The question we have repeatedly raised is how long the company can continue to grow when it already has one of the highest or the highest market capitalization. The question has been when should you sell Apple stock? This morning AAPL fell $8 a share on the first ever quarterly drop in iPhone sales. The Apple iPhone earnings miss leads the news in USA Today as the markets also worry about Fed decisions on the interest rates and worries about the tech sector in general.
Stocks are off to a weak […]


What Are the Common Investing Mistakes?

It is unfortunately easier to lose money than to make money when investing. The famous investor, Warren Buffett, has pointed out that the first rule of investing is not to lose money and the second rule is to remember the first. So, how do you make money instead of lose it when investing? There are common mistakes that investors make and if you can avoid these mistakes your investing will proceed with fewer losses and more gains. What are the common investing mistakes? First let’s see what Investopedia says about the 7 common investor mistakes.
Of the mistakes made by investors, […]


What to Look for When Picking Penny Stocks

Penny stocks can be attractive because they are in fact cheap. But what do you look for when picking penny stocks and how do you profit instead of losing your investment? History provides some insight. First, Investopedia defines penny stock.
A penny stock is a stock that trades at a relatively low price and market capitalization, usually outside of the major market exchanges. The term itself is a misnomer because there is no generally accepted definition of a penny stock. Some consider it to be any stock that trades for pennies or those that trade for under $5, while others consider […]


How Far Will Stocks Fall?

You don’t have a profit until you take a profit goes the old investing saying. If you have seen your portfolio rise in the wake of the Great Recession it may be time to take that profit. CNBC speculates that stocks could drop 25% or more.
The first month and a half of 2016 was brutal for the U.S. equity market, as the major averages plunged over 10 percent. But since hitting the February lows, the market has managed to hobble back, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above 18,000 for the first time on Monday.
The sad truth is that […]


How to Make Money through Investing in Stocks

People invest in order to save for retirement, create a rainy day fund or simply to increase their wealth. The American stock market has provided many investors with excellent returns. But in order to succeed you need to learn how to make money through investing in stocks and not simply guess at what to do and lose money in the process. In fact, one of the most famous investors, Warren Buffett, half-jokingly says that the first rule of investing is not to lose money and the second rule is not to forget the first rule! If you watch what investors […]


Which U.S. Banks Are Too Big to Fail?

During the financial meltdown in 2008 the largest U.S. banks were deemed too big to fail. In return for bailouts the U.S. government set several regulatory measures. One of them was a so-called living will which is a plan for how to successfully handle a bankruptcy. The news today is that five of the largest banks failed this test. The New York Times reports that 5 Banks fail to pass muster with their living wills.
Five giant banks – including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America – failed to fulfill a crucial regulatory requirement that Congress introduced after the 2008 financial […]


Not All European Stocks Are Losers

The European economy is still struggling eight years after the depths of the Great Recession and European stocks have likewise had their problems. But not all European stocks are losers. In fact, Morningstar writes about 3 European stocks with growth prospects.
The first company is Deutsche Boerse (DB1). They run the German Stock Exchange and also a collection of OTC and derivative exchanges, the largest ones across Europe. They have just announced last month that they want to take over the London Stock Exchange to create a pan-European powerhouse in terms of financial transactions, settlements, clearing. It would just dwarf anyone […]


Chinese Companies Hit by Yuan Devaluation

If you were thinking of investing in Chinese stocks, think again. China troubles are not over as Chinese companies are hit by the Yuan devaluation. Bloomberg Business reports that China Forex losses jump 13-fold and there is more to come.
The impact of August’s yuan devaluation has shown up in Chinese publicly traded companies’ annual results – and investors are bracing for more pain.
Some 980 listed Chinese companies reported combined foreign-exchange losses of 48.7 billion yuan ($7.5 billion) for last year, almost 13 times the amount in 2014, Bloomberg-compiled data show. Profits at those firms slumped 11 percent last year to […]


How Will the Panama Papers Leaks Affect Your Investment Plans?

There are legal ways to take advantage of tax havens across the globe and there are illegal ways as well. The recent leak of 11.5 million secret files from the Panama law firm of Mossak Fonseca provides extensive insight into how offshore tax havens have been used to illegally hide funds. From an investing point of view how will the Panama Papers leaks affect your investment plans? The International Center for Investigative Journalism has leaked a collection of documents called the Panama Papers.
The largest cross-border journalism collaboration ever has uncovered a giant leak of documents from Mossack Fonseca, a global […]


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