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Archive for February, 2017

It Is a Mistake to Mix Politics and Investment Strategies

People invest in stocks, bonds or real estate to make money. Citizens vote for politicians who will pursue policies that the citizens favor. In a recent interview Warren Buffett said that it is a mistake to mix politics and investment strategies. That Mr. Buffett is following through on this philosophy is borne out by the fact that he was an ardent Clinton supporter but has poured $20 Billion into the stock market since the election of Donald Trump. In an interview with CNBC Buffett said that how Trump handles the primary threat to US security is how he should be […]


Just How Many Years Are Required to Make an Investment Long Term?

People like Warren Buffett have made substantial profits from smart long term investing. Just how many years are required to make an investment long term? We can get a hint from the so-called Oracle of Omaha who says that he cannot outguess the market in the short term but has a pretty good idea of what will sell well ten years hence. Thus we should not be surprised when Market Watch says long run for investing is longer than you think.
There are certain truths that are etched into the brains of investors. They know that in the long-run, their portfolio […]


Why Are Airlines Better Investments Than They Used to Be?

The old saying is that if you want to be a millionaire, start out as a billionaire and buy an airline! But, what happened? None other than Warren Buffett, who called airlines a death trap for investors, has poured $10 billion into the four major airlines in the last couple of years. Why are airlines better investments than they used to be? Business Insider says that Buffett’s investment is everything you need to know about the airline industry.
Over the past decade, the landscape of the airline industry in the US has changed greatly. All four airlines have reported record profits, […]


Is Ford Undervalued Today?

The so-called Trump bump has taken many already-overvalued stocks and sent them higher. Are there any good deals left in the stock market? One stock that caught our attention is the auto maker Ford. Is Ford undervalued today? The Motley Fool refers to Ford as the forgotten auto maker in an article about 4 stocks to buy that are trading near 52 week lows.
Automakers not named Tesla are having a hard time getting any love in today’s stock market. Ford has made vast improvements in the quality and attractiveness of its vehicles since the recession subsided, and now it is […]


Do You Want a Safe Investment That Yields a High Return?

Profitable investing may not always require that you analyze stocks. The most practical and profitable investments often have to do with paying off debts! We wrote about this in our article about How to Invest Your Inheritance.
The first step before you start investing your inheritance is to get rid of any high interest debts such as credit card debt. It is not easy to make a return of eighteen percent per year per year on your investments. But that is what you are probably paying on credit card debt. Pay off your credit card debt first and foremost.
Also consider buying […]


How Does the US Trade Gap Affect the US Stock Market?

Although Trump wants to move manufacturing jobs back to the USA there are still lots of imported items that Americans buy. And as the dollar strengthens US products are more expensive overseas. Thus the USA has a trade gap. First a bit about the status of the trade gap and then how does the US trade gap affect the US stock market? Bloomberg says that while both imports and exports decreased in 2016 the US trade gap widened.
The U.S. trade deficit widened last year to the biggest since 2012 as exports fell more than imports, though a narrowing gap in […]


What Stocks Made the Most Money over the Long Term?

If you are into investing for the long haul you ought to look at what stocks made the most money over the long term. In this regard an article in Yahoo Finance is useful. It turns out that just 14 stocks are responsible for 20% of all stock market gains since 1924.
In what truly is one of the most amazing statistics to ever come across our desks here at 24/7 Wall St., we recently saw a chart that showed that just 14 stocks have created 20% of all stock market gains in dollars since 1924. That is a phenomenal figure, […]


How Much Money Do You Need to Make a Living Investing?

One of the reasons we invest is that eventually we won’t need to work. Many people aim for a retirement in which investment income covers living expenses. If you are really good at investing that day may come sooner. Which brings up the question, how much money do you need to make a living investing? And that gives rise to the questions how much money you need to live on and how fast your investments grow. The Simple Dollar writes about when your investment income covers your living expenses. They talk about the cross over point.
The crossover point is the […]


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