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[…]

Which is Best-Investing For Income or Total Return: Part 2

Introduction There is a long running feud between investors who believe in investing for total return versus those who believe in investing for current income.  Both camps are fervent advocates of their respective beliefs, and there seems to be no feasible middle ground or compromise.  Unfortunately, I believe that the dogmatic positions of both groups Read more about Which is Best-Investing For Income or Total Return: Part 2[…]

Choosing Common Stocks That Make Sense for Your Retirement Portfolio: Part 2

Choosing Common Stocks That Make Sense for Your Retirement Portfolio: Part 2

Introduction

Choosing the most appropriate stocks for the common stock portion of your retirement portfolio is vitally important.  In part 1 of this series found here I presented the 6 broad categories of stocks (businesses) that renowned mutual fund manager Peter Lynch presented in his best-selling book “One Up On Wall Street.”  I contend that the 6 categories that Peter Lynch wrote about establish a solid foundation of understanding of what’s generally available in the common stock universe. Additionally, I pointed out that these categories were very broad, and suggested that there were significant differences between the individual companies in each broad category. […]

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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. […]

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“Ye Of Little Faith” What Has It Cost You? Part 1

Introduction

I believe that one of the most important attributes that a successful investor must possess is optimism.  Any serious student of financial history would recognize and acknowledge that economically speaking, things are good much more often than they are bad.  In the general sense, common stocks have risen far more often than they have fallen. That is not to say that bad times never come, because they most assuredly do.  However, even during bad times optimism has served investors better than pessimism.  The rational optimist recognizes that bad times are only temporary, and better times are sure to follow. […]

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Mr. Valuation disagrees with Henry Blodget: “It’s a Market of Stocks” is not a Meaningless Phrase

Introduction There are many that consider the stock market the big casino.  Because I believe in adhering to a business perspective on investing in common stocks, I am not one of those people.  To investors like me, the stock market is simply the store that we shop at in order to buy (invest in) great Read more about Mr. Valuation disagrees with Henry Blodget: “It’s a Market of Stocks” is not a Meaningless Phrase[…]

For Maximum Total Return Go for Growth

Introduction Not all investors are the same.  Therefore, not all investors share the same goals and objectives.  Consequently, there are numerous strategies and investing methods available to choose from.  Moreover, it also goes without saying that the investment strategy that’s right for me may not be right for you.  For that reason, it’s imperative that Read more about For Maximum Total Return Go for Growth[…]

Invest In Stocks With A Margin of Safety To Reduce Risk And Enhance Returns

Introduction Of all of the many sound investing principles that legendary teacher and investor Ben Graham put forward, he believed that his concept of “margin of safety” was the most important of all.  This investment lesson was so deeply ingrained into the mind of Ben Graham’s most famous student, Warren Buffett, that he created his Read more about Invest In Stocks With A Margin of Safety To Reduce Risk And Enhance Returns[…]

My Top 10 Fairly Valued Fast-Growing Stocks

Introduction This is part two of a series on investing for growth, part one can be found here. One of my primary objectives for preparing this series is to dispel some of the common myths that many investors hold regarding investing for growth.  For example, many believe that growth stocks are, by definition, riskier than Read more about My Top 10 Fairly Valued Fast-Growing Stocks[…]

Growth Stocks: There is a Lot of Value in this Market Part 2

Introduction In part one of this series we introduced the notion that in all markets whether bear or bull, there will always exist individual stocks that are fairly valued, overvalued or undervalued. In this same vein we argued that it’s a market of stocks, not a stock market. For those who missed it, here’s a Read more about Growth Stocks: There is a Lot of Value in this Market Part 2[…]