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

2019-08-12

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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

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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

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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 […]

Designing The Appropriate Common Stock Retirement Portfolio: Stock Selection Options: Part 2

2019-07-25

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Introduction This article is a refresh and an update of an article I originally posted in 2015.  However, the principles I am presenting are timeless and worthy of being revisited.  Moreover, I have updated the supporting examples to more precisely reflect our current market environment. In part 1 of this series I discussed two important […]

Illinois Tool Works: An Exercise In Fair Value (ITW)

2019-07-18

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Illinois Tool Works, Inc. manufactures industrial products and equipment. It operates through the following segments: Automotive OEM, Test & Measurement and Electronics, Food Equipment, Polymers & Fluids, Welding, Construction Products, and Specialty Products. The Automotive OEM segment produces components and fasteners for automotive-related applications. The Test & Measurement and Electronics segment manufactures equipment, consumables, and […]

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