The Best Way to Judge Past Performance: Part Two

Introduction

On virtually every financial website on the planet there is a never-ending daily stream of stock tips and recommendations.  Consequently, the investing public is literally flooded with information and advice regarding what stock to buy today or not to buy.  Some of what is offered is supported by factual information and logic, but unfortunately, much of what is offered is merely based on the opinion of the author.  This presents quite a challenge to the prudent prospective investor seeking sound advice or guidance.  The recommendations are presented and it is left up to the individual to act on the advice or not based on the content as written. […]

Stocks for 2014: Growth and Income For Total Return Part 3

Introduction When investing in common stocks, there is no one strategy that fits all investors.  Some investors are focused on investing for income, some for capital appreciation and others for various combinations of both.  Additionally, there is the issue of risk tolerance.  Some investors are willing and capable of assuming greater risk if they believe Read more about Stocks for 2014: Growth and Income For Total Return Part 3[…]

International Business Machines: A Road Map To Reasonable Valuation

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) likely isn’t flying under anyone’s radar. From its humble beginnings as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in the early 20th century, this Armonk, New York based mega technology corporation has grown to a top 20 company in the world.  But even without that tidbit of information, you’ve surely heard about the company. Read more about International Business Machines: A Road Map To Reasonable Valuation[…]

Improve The Productivity Of Your Dividend Growth Portfolio With Technology

Introduction and General Observations of the Information Technology Sector Dividend growth investors seeking quality dividend growth stocks to fund their retirement portfolios have not historically looked to the Information Technology sector.  Traditionally, the Information Technology sector has been associated with higher growth and higher risk. However, in addition to higher growth, many technology companies are Read more about Improve The Productivity Of Your Dividend Growth Portfolio With Technology[…]

This Is What Real Bubbles Look Like

With the stock market currently doing so well, numerous articles are popping up playing the bubble card.  Personally, I don’t believe we are anywhere near bubble levels for equities, at least in the general sense.  I do think there are certain stocks that are currently overvalued, but very few that I would describe as dangerously Read more about This Is What Real Bubbles Look Like[…]

Oracle Corp: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis

Before analyzing a company for investment, it’s important to have a perspective on how well the business has performed.  Because at the end of the day, if you are an investor, you are buying the business.  The FAST Graphs™ presented with this article will focus first on the business behind the stock.  The orange line Read more about Oracle Corp: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis[…]

How to Properly Think about Stock Prices in Today’s Volatile Markets

Price volatility is an unavoidable aspect of investing in common stocks. During periods when emotions are dominating reason, price volatility can become more pronounced than is normal during calmer times. The insidious part of this fact is that the more volatile stock prices are, the more fear and stress they generate, which only feeds even Read more about How to Properly Think about Stock Prices in Today’s Volatile Markets[…]

If Apple Were Not A Tech Stock It Would Be Trading at $1000/share and Worth Every Penny

Introduction: The Current Mispricing of Technology At the risk of jumping on the everybody’s-writing-articles-on-Apple-bandwagon, this article is offered at the request of a loyal reader.  Our objective is to put not only Apple’s valuation into perspective, but also what we believe to be the current undervaluation of technology stocks in general.  If looking at how Read more about If Apple Were Not A Tech Stock It Would Be Trading at $1000/share and Worth Every Penny[…]

Retirees Beware Of The Many Dangers of Holding Overvalued Stocks

We often write about valuation because we believe it is one of the most misunderstood aspects of investing in common stocks.  This causes many people to hold what we consider to be unjustified biases that are based primarily on price action.  For example, the concept of the lost decade, which many almost gleefully point to Read more about Retirees Beware Of The Many Dangers of Holding Overvalued Stocks[…]

Oracle Corp: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis

This article is going to look at Oracle Corp (ORCL) through the lens of FAST Graphs™ – fundamentals analyzer software tool – which at this time shows a picture of a company that is currently undervalued.  Oracle initiated dividends in 2008.  This might be a great time for the dividend and growth investor to do Read more about Oracle Corp: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis[…]