Dividends are the hottest thing on Wall Street, but they’re not always the most important part of finding quality investments. In more conservative times, companies were valued based entirely on their dividend policies. Investors know that you can’t fake a dividend; a company has the cash or it doesn’t. In 2001, fewer than 20% of […]
Hidden in the small cap corners of the investment universe are hundreds of closed-end funds overlooked by Wall Street. These funds do it all, from private equity-style investments in small companies to leveraged junk bond investments you can’t find anywhere else. Let’s look at the closed-end fund category and explore why investors might choose to […]
How the ABC show Shark Tank is making me a better investor because I can learn lessons from successful investors, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists.
Here is a look at why Wall Street has started hating utilities. And, are utility stocks still a good investment? Utilities are like bonds.
No one cares more about a business than the person who started it. Proud founders watch their businesses beat new challenges, hit new revenue targets and, if they’re lucky, make many of the early believers incredibly wealthy. But as great as having a founding member in a C-suite can be, some founders overstay their welcome. This year […]
Water is a business worth more than half a trillion dollars around the globe including everything from infrastructure to treatment. It’s also the most in-demand commodity around the world. Once cleaned, water is necessary to sustain life, grow crops, and recently, bring oil and natural gas to the ground via fracking. In the developed markets, […]
Master Limited Partnerships are all the rage on Wall Street. Known for high yields, favorable taxation, and exposure to a very popular sector (oil and gas, primarily), MLPs are the new “designer drug” for enterprising investors. Let’s work through the basics of MLPs, their tax structure, and their suitability in your portfolio. So, what is […]
Ahead of tax concerns from the fiscal cliff, there is potential that the investing universe will again shift its focus to taxation. One integral method of avoiding corporate and personal taxation is the spin off. What Happens in a Spin Off? A spin off is what happens when a piece of a company is disconnected […]
One of my (foreign) economics professors always said that Americans are good at two things: gaining weight and human storage. Human storage was referring to the millions of Americans locked behind bars. More than 2.2 million Americans currently call a jail cell their home, and the industry is booming. Thanks to a favorable legal environment […]
Timber prices run hot and cold, but for right now, the timber trade is absolutely on. This year, Weyerhaeuser Company (WY) –the largest company in the timber business – has logged an impressive 40% return. Can Weyerhaeuser ride the waves in timber to a record valuation? What Drives Weyerhaeuser Weyerhaeuser is much larger than its […]
Companies and their shares of stock come in all shapes and sizes. The amount of stock that trades hands daily also varies. Contrary to convention, stock volume isn’t just about the size of the company. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) A shares are worth more than $210 billion, but only 509 trade hands on an average day. […]