Archer Daniels Midland: The World Needs To Eat

Illinois based Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) traces its roots back over 110 years to a partnership between George Archer and John Daniels in 1902; their business was to crush linseed. After working together for 21 years they acquired Midland Linseed Products Company and the Archer Daniels Midland Company as it is known presently was formed. […]

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Stocks for 2014: Fairly Valued Dividend Growth Stocks with an Emphasis on Dividends – Part 4


I am a firm believer that common stock portfolios should be custom-designed to meet each unique individual’s goals, objectives and risk tolerances.  With that said, I believe it logically follows that in order to create a successful portfolio, the individual investor must first conduct some serious introspection to be sure that they truly “know thyself.”  Therefore, I believe the first, and perhaps most critical step, towards designing a successful equity portfolio is to ask your-self, and honestly answer several important questions.


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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[…]

Is Ingredion The Missing Ingredient In Your Portfolio?

Illinois based Ingredion (INGR) is a global ingredient solutions provider to the food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical world.  Think corn, wheat and potatoes being turned into things like sweeteners, starches and fibers. What’s not readily apparent is that many ingredients show up in the rest of your world as well. For instance, did you know that starches are used as adhesives in the corrugating industry and binders in the paper industry? Or that they are oil and water absorbent and thus are used in personal skin care products? Perhaps you might even be interested in knowing that various medical tablets are formed via these ingredients. […]

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Stocks for 2014: Something for Everyone: Part 1

Introduction Chuck Carnevale My biggest pet peeve regarding common stock investing is how so many people have a tendency to over-generalize this asset class.  Commonly held beliefs such as investing in stocks is risky, or that the stock market is overvalued, or that the fed is driving stock prices, etc., are just a few examples[…]