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EOG Resources is a Quality Stock, But is it Time to Buy?

The shares of EOG Resources increased by 56% over the past year and 233% over the past five years. EOG is a high-quality oil shale play but with its rise, has it played out or is it still a good way to invest in the sector.  It is flirting with breaking its 52-week high and the company will report … Keep Reading...

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Investing Tip #85: Avoid Over Diversified Companies

Avoid investing in companies diversifying beyond their core competence. Such companies try to sustain growth through aggressive acquisitions. The acquisitions may dilute your shareholdings if acquisition cost is paid with the issuing of new stocks. If you want to learn more check out these resources: How to Turn Down $3 Billion at 23 Years Old 4 [...]

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How Much Student Loan Debt Students Have and How Much They Make

I’m really excited to announce a new initiative here at The College Investor.  It’s something that I’ve always been curious about, and I know a lot (and I’m talking a LOT), of readers have emailed me about.  However, I never quite knew the best way to go about figuring this out. Well, today, I’m giving [...]

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Investing Tip #84: Stay Away from Hot Stocks in the Hottest Industry

Hot stocks and hot industries are constantly in the news. And everyone talks about them. Peter Lynch tells, “Hot stocks go up fast, usually out of sight of its actual value, but they fall just as quickly”.  Hot stocks are a dime a dozen. If you’re investing for the long term do your homework and go [...]

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5 Ways to Save on College Housing

After college your biggest expense will be housing. But what about while you’re in college? Housing can still make up a huge percentage of your expenses. Unfortunately, most freshman will be out of luck in the savings department due to universities requiring first year students to live on campus. But every year after that you [...]

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Investing Tip#83: Read Benjamin Graham’s “Security Analysis”

The classic book “Security Analysis” remains as relevant today as when first published 80 years ago in 1934. It contains teachings of Benjamin Graham, “the father of value investing,” and is applicable to a wide diversity of market conditions, countries, and asset classes. It shows you a road map for investing to follow. If you [...]

Investing For College Students

Investing for College Students

College is the absolute best time to start investing for your future.  Heck, college itself is an investment in your future (just not such a financial one).  College is when I started investing.  College is when a lot of famous investors started investing.  The bottom line is that investing for college students just makes sense. [...]

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Investing Tip #82: Read Peter Lynch’s Book “One Up On Wall Street”

The book “One Up On Wall Street” ranks as one of the best investment primers ever for small investors. Peter Lynch guides you on developing strategies in buying, selling and holding equities with a preference for value investing in companies that have sound fundamentals.  His investing philosophy generally resembles the value investing and is largely [...]

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4 Things You Need to Protect Your Finances

In an earlier post, we conducted a reader poll to find out what you would consider a financial disaster. The situation mentioned most often was job loss coupled with either the inability to pay bills, or having to be the sole breadwinner as the result of someone else’s job loss. While job loss is definitely a [...]

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Investing Tip #81: Use Graham’s “Margin of Safety”

Success of value investing largely depends on the correct estimation of the intrinsic value of the stock. Graham’s margin of safety, the difference between a stock’s price and its intrinsic value, provides you cushion against estimation errors. The farther the purchase price is below its intrinsic value, the greater the margin of safety against future [...]

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Investing Tip #80: Use Graham’s Magic Multiple

You can use Graham’s Magic multiple to pick stocks. This multiple is just the multiplication of the two most commonly used valuation ratios, PE and PB. Choose stocks with Graham’s multiple that are less than 22.5. If you want to learn more check out these resources: The 5 Minute Summer Portfolio Jump Start The Value [...]

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How Student Loans Are Different In The UK vs. The US

You’re probably not surprised that UK students get students loans, just like American students.  But what you may be surprised at is how their system for paying for college is much more efficient, resulting in lower overall education expenses and less burden for student loan borrowers after graduation. Let’s take a basic look at how [...]

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Investing Tip #79: Prefer Stock Priced Less than 15 Times its EPS

P/E ratio is the ratio of market price per equity share and earnings per share. It is a common measure of how the market currently values the firm’s earnings. If you are a value investor, Graham advises not to invest in stocks where the P/E ratio is more than 15. Following this rule can help [...]

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Investing in Cisco and the Tech Giants Gets Growth and Yield

Cisco, Intel and Microsoft Battling it Out for Dividend Yield. Just five years ago the title of this article would have seemed like fiction. At the time Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) had no dividend at all and large cap tech was not known as a sector to chase yield.   This has changed after years of [...]

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Microsoft Office 365 is a Student’s Best Companion

Brought to you by Microsoft Office Whether you’re preparing for college this fall or a current student, Office 365 makes for a great companion to help you study smarter, stay more organized and manage your social life efficiently. With the ability to access all of your information whenever and wherever, you’ll always be set up [...]

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Investing Tip #78: Prefer Stock Priced Less than 1.5 Times of its Book Value

One way to find a good deal on stock is to look for shares priced less than 1.5 times the book value. Consider the P/E ratio as a valuation metric. If you are a value investor, Graham advises not to invest in stocks where P/B ratio is more than 1.5. If you want to learn [...]

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How Video Conferencing Helps People in Rural Communities

Video conferencing has opened the digital doorway to information and services for people living in rural communities in the U.S. and around the globe. From virtual learning where schoolchildren talk with foreign students in real time, to medical specialists helping people in need—video conferencing bridges the gap, bringing people and services together. Using innovative technology [...]

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Going Home for the Summer? 5 Fun Things to Do

School is out for the summer and many of you will be heading back to Mom and Dad’s house. And if you’re anything like me you’re pretty happy to be back with your family again. That’s not to say that summer break can’t sometimes get boring though. If you run out of things to do, [...]

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How to Get Your Kids Interested in Investing

Some of the most powerful men in the world began investing when they were just kids. Warren Buffett bought his first stock (with his own money) when he was 7 or 8 years old. By investing, he quickly became interested in how the economy and the investment market worked. Why does a stock go up [...]

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Investing Tip #77: Buy Stock at a Lower Price than its Actual Value

Peter Lynch warns that if you purchase grossly overpriced stock, you won’t make any money even if everything goes right. The key to successful investing is to find the intrinsic values of the stocks and then pick only the ones that are quoting at significant discounts to these values. You buy only when you get [...]

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OptionsHouse Promo Codes

Since I started investing earlier this year I’ve used Sharebuilder to buy my stocks. Since I already had an account with Capital One 360 this seemed like an easy thing to do. So like a sucker, I paid $6.95 per trade which equated to a pretty decent amount of my investments. But with so many [...]