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Albemarle: A Cautionary Note

2019-08-20

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Albemarle (ALB), this Dividend Champion, has increased its dividend for 25 consecutive years.  The company is a specialty chemicals company, and as such, the world’s largest producer of lithium from which it generates approximately half of its total profits.  Longer term, the lithium business is quite exciting as a result of the rapidly-growing adoption of […]

The Essence of Valuation is Soundness Not Rate of Return: Part 1

2019-08-15

Research Articles

Introduction on Stock Valuation When it comes to writing about investing in common stocks, my favorite theme typically revolves around valuation.  In fact, I once had a reader dub me “Mr. Valuation.”  Which, I might add was very flattering to me.  Moreover, in the context of discussing valuation, there are normally three concepts that are […]

Magna International Inc.: Invest For Low Valuation, High-Yield With A Total Return Kicker

2019-08-12

Research Articles

Introduction I have never been a fan of investing in automotive manufacturers like Ford or General Motors.  I’ve always found the industry much too cyclical and too difficult for the companies to make any money.  However, automobiles are certainly a major purchase for almost every person and family, not only in America but throughout the […]

The Worst Reasons To Sell A Stock

2019-08-07

Research Articles

Introduction An article on when to sell a stock would not be complete without some discussion about what I consider to be the worst reason to sell a stock. Ironically, this reason may be the one that is most commonly implemented by investors. Personally, I will rarely, if ever, sell a stock just because the […]

Microsoft Important Lessons in Valuation: Part 1

2019-08-06

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Introduction Before I get too deep into this article, I want to start out by stating that Microsoft (MSFT) has long been one of my favorite companies.  Many years ago, I invested in Microsoft as a pure growth stock and sold it in 2000 when it became dangerous overvalued after making a very healthy long-term […]

Answering the Question: When to Sell a Stock-Part 1A

2019-08-05

Research Articles

Introduction I’m going to start this article with the same opening statement that I utilized in two previous articles I wrote on knowing when to sell a stock. The most common complaint that I have heard from investors over my 49+ years in the financial services industry is as follows: “Everyone wants to tell me […]

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