A big part of investing is knowing what NOT to invest in. For me, I like to invest in companies with a solid plan to profitability, that even a monkey could run, like utility stocks. However, it is essential to avoid companies that have no solid profitability plans, like Best Buy. Here is what I’m […]
Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration to get motivated when it comes to anything – especially our money. If you want to start building real wealth, it takes a mindset shift. And the best way to learn the proper money mindset to have is to look at others who’ve excelled at making, earning, […]
Warren Buffett is always dropping hints and tips about how he invests his money. Here are his top investing tips for investors.
Here’s what to look for when searching for value stocks and what fundamentals to screen for. Here is a free value investing cheat sheet.
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.
There was recent economic news from China that is very bullish for the oil and natural gas sector as a whole, including stocks such as ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU), Octagon 88 (OTCBB: OCTX), and Americas Petrogas (OTCBB: APEOF). Exports and imports are increasing for China. For the month of November, exports increased […]
General Electric (NYSE: GE) has long been considered one of the best-managed companies in the country. That is a major factor and it is a holding of legendary investor Warren Buffett. Those same features make an excellent stock to help finance long-term financial objectives. General Electric is a true multinational conglomerate. It operates around the world in […]
With Warren Buffett as a major shareholder, Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) carries a strong recommendation just from that fact. Considered by many to be the greatest investor ever, Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha,” is worth over $50 billion. That wealth was accumulated largely by investing in companies such as Suncor Energy. As detailed in previous […]
As detailed in many other articles on this site, big oil and small oil stocks are excellent long-term investments. With so many having significant amounts of student loan debt now, investing to pay off the loans is a primary financial goal. ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is a major oil and natural gas company that can do […]
International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) is one of the world’s largest IT companies. The company has successfully survived several major industry changes. IBM has shifted from mainframes to personal computers, to software services, consulting and outsourcing, and now cloud computing. However, the company’s share prices have fallen recently amid declining revenues as IBM takes key […]
Legendary investor Warren Buffett, considered by many to be the greatest investor ever, has often described his preferred holding period for an asset to be “forever.” Worth more than $55 billion, Buffett has prospered from putting time and compound interest, the most powerful force in the universe, on his side in investing. For every college […]
I’ll never forget the first time I met a day trader face-to-face. He was dating a friend from college and I was a guest at their apartment-warming party. Amidst all the celebrating, I noticed him sitting alone at his living room desk, scanning a complicated-looking screen of stock data on TD Ameritrade. I was curious. […]
We all know the stock market has been on a tear the past couple years making us all look like Warren Buffett. My 401(k) is up nearly 14% so far this year and all I’ve done is stay the course. I think I’ve looked at my asset allocation maybe once this year and there wasn’t much […]
Fear is powerful, especially when it evokes irrational decisions. This is ever more the case when it comes to the stock market. It is often said that the stock market is 90% emotion and 10% reason. This can be incredibly challenging to many retail investors as they see their investment portfolios go up and down […]
When I was 8 years old, my mother started teaching me about mutual funds. I had no idea what they were at the time, but she was learning about them for the first time, and saw how important it was for children to know how they worked. She encouraged me to start mowing my neighbors […]
Warren Buffett is finally cashing in on the upside to his famous 2008 rescue of the investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS) in which he bought $5 billion in preferred stock and negotiated a generous bonus in the form of stock warrants. Those 5 year stock warrants have come due, and Buffett’s taking his stake in […]
Warren Buffett and a private equity partner 3G Capital swallowed Heinz (HNZ) whole, in a big $23 billion deal that some think will lead to activity all over the consumer staples space. As it turns out, mergers and acquisitions can be very good for stock investors. Heinz is a strong, established brand in the slow-growing […]
Berkshire Hathaway is known for its excellence in investing with Warren Buffett at the helm as Chairman and CEO. What Berkshire isn’t well-known for is the business it does best: insurance. Recently, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway cut its exposure to the municipal bond insurance market. Berkshire Hathaway previously insured billions of dollars of municipal bonds against […]
The number one investing mistake that most people make is buying high and selling low. And that is exactly the title of the recent book by Amir Avitzur – Why Do We Sell Low and Buy High? The Guide You Must Read Before You Invest! This book takes you through a journey through the basics of […]
Over the last month, investors have still been flocking to bonds despite record low interest rates. In fact the average yield on bonds issued by Group of Seven countries (United States, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Japan) has fallen to 1.23% as of June 12, from around 3% back in 2007. And for several countries […]
Warren Buffett is known for his ability to select investments with skill that perhaps not a single investor can duplicate. He’s also known for his loyalty to particular companies and brands. Think of his insistence on drinking Cherry Coke everywhere he goes, or how he seemingly always has a box of See’s chocolates on him, […]
This post was written by Meiko Acebo, who writes at Financial Bites. Walter Schloss is the ultimate zen investor. When I say zen investor, I mean his laid-back approach to investing. This is not to say that he didn’t have an outstanding long-term investment record to his name. In case you have missed it, Walter […]