Stock Selection Options by Category: Part 2A

Introduction In part 1 of this series titled “How Many Stocks Should I Own?”  found here, I focused primarily on how many stocks an investor might need to hold in a stock portfolio for adequate diversification.  In this part 2, my focus will shift to category selections. Instead of how many stocks to own, this Read more about Stock Selection Options by Category: Part 2A[…]

U.S. Bancorp: Don’t Forget About This Fair Valued Bank

If you were to survey the field to name major banks, we’re guessing that U.S. Bancorp (USB) wouldn’t top too many lists. Instead, the likes of J.P. Morgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of America (BAC) or Citigroup (C) would probably come to mind. Yet with $361 billion in assets, the Minneapolis based U.S. Bank holding company comes in as the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. It operates over 3,000 banking offices with nearly 5,000 ATMs in 25 states – providing banking, brokerage, insurance, investment and payment services to consumers, businesses and institutions.   […]

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Is The Financial Crisis Over For Financial Stocks?

The cause of the financial crisis of 2007 -2008, also known as the Great Recession of 2008, is attributed to many different theories.  However, one of the most common theories is an easy money regulatory environment that led to an abundance of subprime loans, which in turn inflated real estate prices to bubble levels.  Additionally, Read more about Is The Financial Crisis Over For Financial Stocks?[…]

Don’t Be the Equivalent of a Stock Market Racist

There is no shortage of pundits and prognosticators willing to offer their opinions (rarely based on facts) as to whether or not stocks are cheap or expensive, or as to whether the markets are going to rise or fall.  In every case, the opinions and prognostications are directed as generalities such as stocks or markets.  Read more about Don’t Be the Equivalent of a Stock Market Racist[…]

Volatility Is Not Risk

This article was inspired by Roger Nusbaum’s post on his Random Roger blog – Sunday Morning Coffee on Sunday, April 8, 2012.  Roger is a highly respected financial blogger that I believe is genuinely interested in providing his readers meaningful and prudent investment advice and guidance.  Therefore, I have a great deal of respect for Read more about Volatility Is Not Risk[…]

Dissecting the Dow: 21 of the 30 Dow Stocks are Undervalued, 6 are Fairly Valued, and Only 3 Appear Overvalued

Introduction In this final segment, we will cover the 10 poorest performing DJIA stocks since 1995.  In part one which covered the best 10 performing DJIA stocks; we saw a group of companies that could best be described as consistent above-average earnings generators.  Consequently, it makes sense that they were the best performers since we Read more about Dissecting the Dow: 21 of the 30 Dow Stocks are Undervalued, 6 are Fairly Valued, and Only 3 Appear Overvalued[…]

Value versus Volatility

All stock price movements do not mean the same thing. For example, the market collapse last year dropped most stocks. In truth, based on fundamentals some deserved to fall, while some did not. Understanding this distinction is a vital investor attribute. Today’s video will look at financials, two banks and two insurers. See if you can see Read more about Value versus Volatility[…]