The Interpretation of the Earnings and Price Correlated F.A.S.T. Graphs™ Made Simple

The Interpretation of the Earnings and Price Correlated F.A.S.T. Graphs™ Made Simple

At their core, F.A.S.T. Graphs™ are easy to interpret and understand. When you are clear on what the lines and shaded areas on a F.A.S.T. Graphs™ represent, you will experience an instantaneous and comprehensive understanding of the business behind the stock, and how the market has, and is, pricing it. […]

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. […]

What The Great Recession Taught Me About Dividend Growth Investing

Introduction

Ever since I first got interested in investing in stocks circa 1965 I have been confronted with a constant and persistent admonition about the next pending market crash.  In those early days I contributed much of the negativity toward stocks to a lingering overhang from the Great Depression.  Many of the people I was talking with had been literally traumatized by stern warnings from their parents or grandparents about the risk of investing in the stock market.  Stocks were too risky for prudent people to invest in and serious money should never be invested there. […]

Calculating A Stock’s Fair Value Based On Future Growth Expectations: Part 2A

Introduction In part one of this two-part series I focused primarily on calculating the intrinsic value of a common stock based on an analysis and review of historical information and data.  Although I strongly believe that there is much that investors can learn by studying the past, I even more strongly believe that since we Read more about Calculating A Stock’s Fair Value Based On Future Growth Expectations: Part 2A[…]

The Truth About The Impact Of Dividend Reinvesting

Introduction There is a growing trend towards doing-it-yourself (DIY) portfolio management.  Many individual investors have become disillusioned with professional investment management at various levels, to include mutual funds as well as custom-designed professionally-managed portfolios. Consequently, they have become motivated to take their financial futures into their own hands and manage their own portfolios. Generally, I Read more about The Truth About The Impact Of Dividend Reinvesting[…]

The Essence of Valuation is Soundness Not Rate of Return

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 Read more about The Essence of Valuation is Soundness Not Rate of Return[…]

The Unbridled Truth About Dividends Contribution to Shareholder Profitability

The Two Components of Total Return There have been many recent published articles and discussions that indicate that dividends have become the Rodney Dangerfield of the investing world.  In short, dividends get no respect, as many believe that dividends do not add to a shareholder’s profitability.  We believe that dividends represent a return bonus.  This Read more about The Unbridled Truth About Dividends Contribution to Shareholder Profitability[…]

Ross Stores Inc: Stock Research Analysis

This article on Ross Stores Inc (ROST) was instigated at the request of a reader.  The Earnings and Price Correlated graph on Ross Stores Inc tells the story of a company with a strong and consistent record of historical earnings growth. We believe this is important information for prospective investors to know. About Ross Stores Read more about Ross Stores Inc: Stock Research Analysis[…]

How to Know What Rate of Return to Expect from your Stocks: Part 2

Introduction In Part 1 of this series found here, we voiced the notion that there are two primary attributes, valuation and the rate of change of earnings growth, which prudent investors can use to forecast the potential future returns on their stocks. However, Part 1 was primarily focused on ascertaining the principles which laid the Read more about How to Know What Rate of Return to Expect from your Stocks: Part 2[…]

Part Two: The Truth About Earnings and How Forecasting Earnings is the Key to Success

In part one of this two-part series on the importance of earnings I focused on the historical relationship between earnings and market price utilizing cyclical companies to illustrate the validity of my thesis.  In this part two, I am going to focus on how since we learned from the past how important and highly correlated Read more about Part Two: The Truth About Earnings and How Forecasting Earnings is the Key to Success[…]