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When Do Contrarian Investments Work?

A recent article in US News and World Report looked at eight
potentially profitable contrarian investments. That got us to thinking. When do
contrarian investments work and when are they just value traps? In a recent
article we asked, are there any cheap investments left? In it we visited the
same issue from a slightly different viewpoint. Here are the contrarian
investments suggested Bank of America and reported by US News and a few
thoughts about each one as well as contrarian investing in general.

Contrarian Investments to Check Out

In their article, US News
writes about stocks that are “due to bounce.” They offer stocks that are down
at […]

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Are There Any Cheap Investments Left?

The ever-higher stock market has made lots of folks rich
and is worrying more than just a few. For anyone with money to invest in the
stock market right now, there is a real risk of getting in just as the bottom
falls out! We could be looking at a decade, like the one running up to the
Financial Crisis in which the stock market will be relatively flat. As such,
the task of the investor will be to find cheap investments with the potential
for growth. But, are there any cheap investments left?

Finding Cheap Investments That Are Good Investments

When looking for cheap investments, investors need […]

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Is Microsoft a Buy and Hold Investment?

High tech stocks have been the drivers of the longest bull market in U.S. history. But, how long will the rally last and are any of the tech darlings buy and hold material? From the depths of the U.S. financial crisis and stock market collapse until now, stocks like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Alphabet (Google), and Facebook have been big winners. However, no market rally lasts forever. Fears of a permanent trade war with China, a 2020 recession, and FANG investment risks, are causing analysts to downgrade many of these companies. One venerable tech stock […]

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Why Invest in Berkshire Hathaway?

Warren Buffett has become one of the richest men in the world by using intrinsic stock value as a guide to investing for Berkshire Hathaway. But, Berkshire Hathaway is now a huge company with multiple holdings. There is a temptation to say that it has reached a mature state where there is not much more room to grow. Is that true? We don’t think so. So, why invest in Berkshire Hathaway today? The first reason is that the stock is undervalued.

Is Berkshire Hathaway Undervalued?

The Motley Fool says to in their article about three reasons […]

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Silent Warning for Investors

The man who is perhaps the greatest investor ever is silent and that should concern investors. Warren Buffett is the prime example of a long term, buy and hold investor who totally believes in the power of the US economy and the US stock market to grow wealth. Buffett’s net wealth was about $10,000 in the middle of the 20th century and today he vies with Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates for the title of the richest person in the world with more than $80 Billion in net wealth. Buffet would, in fact, be […]

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Are Stock Buybacks Dangerous?

Much of the windfall that U.S. corporations experienced with the Trump tax cut went into buying back their stock. The stock buybacks accomplished their intended purpose which was to support or drive up stock prices. This has helped keep the stock market rally going. But, is there a dark side to all this? Are stock buybacks dangerous at some level?

Stock Buybacks

Investopedia poses the question, why would a company buy back its own shares?

The most visible result of share buybacks is that it preserves or increases share price. But, there are three other good reasons […]

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Low Risk High Return Investments

You invest for two reasons. First of all, you want to put money aside for some future need instead of immediately spending it. Secondly, you want that money to make money over the years. You obviously don’t want to get into dumb investments and lose your invested money or you would have had a better time spending it! And, because there are things you want to do with that money eventually, you would prefer to see a healthy return on that invested capital. Many investors choose to split their investments into those with […]

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Are There Safe Investments in China?

China has been the land of investment opportunity for decades with many investments in China doing very well. The benefits of investing in China came from its emergence as a developing economy, huge population and consumer base, and cheap workforce which attracted lots of foreign direct investment. Over the years China’s stock market matured, offering investment opportunities for average investors and many Chinese companies became listed in the USA as ADRs (American Depositary Receipts). Likewise, many mutual funds provided reasonably safe investment options by including Chinese stocks in their portfolios. There has always been risk associated with investments in China […]

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Is There a Safe Fifty-year Investment?

This question came to mind when we read an article by The Motley Fool, 3 Growth Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Next 50 Years. First of all, we give you their thoughts on the subject and then ours.
In today’s world of high-speed trading and short attention spans, it might seem unfathomable to hold any given stock for years, let alone decades. But the world’s best investors know all too well the best way to consistently beat the market is to buy high-quality stocks and hold them for extended periods.
To that end, we asked three Motley Fool contributors to […]

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Best Ways to Invest Your Money

Everyone should be saving money for retirement, a “rainy day” emergency, or for things like putting the kids through college or starting their own business. The best ways to invest your money will have to do with what you are investing for, how long you have before you need the money, and how much risk you are willing to accept. And, the best ways to invest your money have to do with how much time and energy you can personally devote to your investments. You need to know where to invest money to get good returns over the years and […]

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