RIMM Reamed!



Yesterday Research In Motion, Ltd. (RIMM) reported earnings. Apparently they disappointed The Street with a 35% increase in revenues and 45% increase in units sold. However, they were a little light in their forecast and the market reacted severely. As of the time of this writing, the company is down almost 15% today. And it […]

Earnings Determine Market Price!



In the long run it really doesn’t matter what the market’s doing. Unless, of course, you own an index fund, then it matters a lot. However, if you own individual companies then only their business results truly matter. The evidence is overwhelming. In the long run earnings determine market price. There is also the issue […]

Which is the Smart Call?



During all the doom and gloom of 2008, there was one strength that I felt people were forgetting. Never underestimate the power and potential of the indomitable human spirit. So many people were focused on the past that they blinded themselves to the future. Not only have we persevered through past hardships, we become better […]

Dividend Dilemmas?



Did you know that the higher dividend yielding stock might generate less income? This is because, quite often, or even most of the time, a higher yielding stock is also the slower growing one. Companies that pay a dividend pay a percentage of earnings out to shareholders called a payout ratio. Slower growers tend to […]

Buying Earnings, Not Stocks!



I advocate investing in the business, not the stock. Therefore, I am buying the earnings power of the business. In the long-run earnings determine market price. I consider this a law of investing. It’s really based on mathematics, or more precisely compounding. When looking for growth, I seek a rate of 15% or better. This […]

Optimism Prevails!



“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” Helen Keller When you think about it, the case for optimism is compelling. Doom and gloom is always over-rated. If it wasn’t, the world economies would have collapsed long ago. They […]

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