Diebold Turnaround Could Create Value for Investors

Diebold’s products are used almost every day by people across the world.  Diebold is best known as the manufactures of ATMs. It is in the midst of a turnaround that could generate value for investors.  It is not a sexy story, and that has left it under covered.  Often in those circumstances, investors can find […]

How Shark Tank is Making Me a Better Investor

I’m enjoying the new season of Shark Tank, a reality show where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to venture capitalists who decide whether or not to invest in a business. The show provides some great investment lessons from very successful business leaders, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. Here are just a few reminders that Shark Tank gives […]

Do You Make These 6 Investing Mistakes?

Everyone makes mistakes.  But if you learn from those mistakes, it never a bad thing.  However, it is even better if you can learn from others’ mistakes and avoid making them in the first place.  Here are six common investing mistakes that you could be making right now!  Read up, and try to avoid them […]

Why the Street Hates Utility Stocks

Utilities are the classic defensive investment.  Generally slow growing, but high-yielding and inexpensive relative to earnings, utilities are the traditional dividend value stock. Now Wall Street seems to have turned on the utilities business.  Should you listen?   What Utilities Really Are An understanding of what utilities actually do really helps to explain why Wall […]

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 Money.com. 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.