The Riskiest Investments You Can Make

Investing is a game that involves balancing the risk and reward of the thing you’re investing it.  However, there are some investments that are much riskier than others.  And these are investments that you should really think carefully about before jumping in.  Because, even though they’re risky, when they do yield rewards, the rewards are [...]

The Easiest Way To Find Great Companies To Invest In

Thinking and finding companies to invest in can be hard.  That’s why I wanted to share with you the best way to find great companies that you can invest in right now.  It doesn’t require diligent research; it doesn’t require vast investment knowledge; and it doesn’t require any special skills.  All it requires is a [...]

3 Stock Market Investment Options

While stock market investment may have been historically associated with experienced traders or those approaching retirement, the financial landscape has changed considerably in the last decade. In fact, technological advancement and the removal of numerous barriers to entry has actually made stock market trading far more accessible to a younger demographic. This does not mean [...]

Investing Tip #116: Ignore Short Term Movements

Don’t panic when your investments show short-term downside movements. When tracking the activities of your investments, you should look at the big picture. Remember to be confident in the quality of your investments rather than nervous about the inevitable volatility of the short term. If you want to learn more check out these resources: Cash [...]

Weird Stock Market Indicators

There are a lot of odd hypotheses and weird indicators when it comes to stock market performance over time.  I thought it would be fun to share a few that have actually been pretty successful over time (there are, of course, thousands of others that are not as successful).   Who knows, maybe there is some [...]

Investing Tip #109: Learn Technical Analysis Before Trading

Technical analysis is based on the study of charts and graphs of trading patterns and prices to forecast the future movement of prices through the study of past market data. Statistical tools provide technical indicators based on price and/or volume data. They use current and past market data to indicate market trends and to estimate [...]

Warren Buffett’s Top 5 Tips For Investing

Warren Buffett is one of the best investors in history, and is widely regarded as the “Oracle of Omaha”.  Buffett is a value investor at heart, but he also shares a lot of other insights during shareholder meetings and in his annual letter to shareholders.  As such, it is pretty easy to understand Warren Buffett’s [...]

4 Finance Tips I Wish I Knew at 18

Man, sometimes don’t you wish you could go back in time and change something in your life – even your financial life?  Sometimes I wish I could go back to that time right after high school graduation and re-think some of the financial decisions I made.  While none of them have been detrimental to my [...]

Investing Tip #96: Keep Away When the Market is Volatile

When the market is volatile, the price of shares fluctuate widely. It is difficult to ascertain the right price of a stock in a volatile market. It is unsafe to either buy or sell during this period. Wait and let the market stabilize. Volatility generally remains for a short period of time. If you want to [...]

How You Can Use SWOT Analysis for Investments

SWOT analysis is a strategic planning method that looks at: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats It is commonly used in business development and marketing, but it is a great tool to apply to long term investing strategies as well.  When making any investment decisions about a company, you should carefully analyze these points.  As such, here [...]

Investing Tip #90: Select Three Funds

Mutual funds are simple and good instruments to build your portfolio. There are different types of funds such as index fund, value fund, bond funds, balance funds, sector funds, large cap, medium cap and small cap funds. Each fund has its own investment strategies and objectives. They have different risk and return profile. William J [...]

The Value Investing Cheat Sheet

Value investing is the investing idea that you can buy a company that is “under-valued” relative to its true value.  The reason that its stock is undervalued relative to its fundamentals could be market movements or other outside trends.  However, you want to make sure that you avoid value traps, which could mean the company [...]

Investing Tip #54: Have Realistic Expectations

You need to have realistic expectations when you’re investing. The stock market is not a gambling place. Don’t expect to become a millionaire overnight. You may earn reasonable returns on your investment. You can grow your money by investing but it will take time. If you want to learn more check out these resources: Cash [...]

Key Value Stock Fundamentals for Screening Stocks

The hardest part of deciding where to invest is actually deciding what criteria you want to look for in a company. I am a huge value investor, and look for solid companies that can be purchased at a discounted price (maybe due to bad short-term news). The trick to finding these companies is to use a stock screener. Most online brokerages have them, as does Yahoo! Finance or What I highlight below are some key fundamentals you may want to look at when investing in a company. Remember, a number or ratio may look good, but it is important to understand why that number looks good, or if it looks “too” good.

Investing Tip #35: Buy Blue Chip Shares

Blue chips companies are fundamentally strong companies with a track record of performance, earnings and reputation. Typically, these are large companies that have been in business for many years and are considered to be very stable. These are well known shares generally included in market index such as S&P, NASDAQE, and FTSE. Investment in Blue [...]

Investing Tip #13: Buy Leading Stocks, Not Laggards

A leading stock will out perform or at least keep up with the market. A laggard will under perform. Look for high-growth companies that stand out among their peers in an industry or the whole market. A leader is not necessarily the biggest company in its market. Compare their financials, profit estimates and long-term growth. [...]

How To Overcome the Fear of Investing in the Stock Market

Fear – it’s the number one thing holding people back from investing in the stock market.  It’s crazy how much fear controls money decisions. I recently surveyed The College Investor readers, and fear of investing was a hot topic.  Here’s some common themes: I’m uncertain about investing after the stock market crash a few years [...]

Is It a Good Time to Invest in the Motor Vehicle Sector?

Car companies are making better looking vehicles that are made better and perform better.  As a result, the stocks are doing much better.  For the last year of market action Ford Motors (NYSE: F) is up more than 24 percent.  For that same period, General Motors has risen by over 14 percent.  Nissan Motors (NASDAQ: [...]

Make Your Portfolio More Fashionable Along with Your Wardrobe

Eventually the wardrobe that worked throughout college will have to be upgraded for most students when it comes time to enter the workforce.  There is no reason not to use that experience to help you become a better investor.  As a matter of fact, there is every reason to utilize it to become a more [...]

Profit from Global Growth with the Natural Resources Sector

In its “Global Outlook” report, the International Energy Agency predicts that the bulk of the increase in the demand for energy around the world will be from emerging market nations such as China and India.  Along with that, there will be a tremendous need for commodities such as copper, gold, and coal, among others, to [...]