Five Things to Look for When Buying A Mutual Fund

Five Things to Look for When Buying A Mutual FundThere are plenty of reasons that show how very bad mutual funds are for investors: weak performance, high fees, closet indexing, you name it. But mutual funds can serve a purpose and, yes, there are some good ones out there. Such funds can still be a good place to start investing, as minimums can be low and diversification can be instantly achieved. Instead of highlighting some top funds (which will…

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Five Ways Companies Turn Investors Off

Five Ways Companies Turn Investors OffIt is pretty hard to pick a good stock: You need to find competent management, a good business, a competitive advantage, a good balance sheet, a low valuation, a good growth profile and solid cash flow, among dozens and dozens of other subjective and quantitative factors. What’s more, even when you find a good company, you need other investors to like it and push the price up, or you still…

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Why Some Investors Can’t Say Goodbye to BlackBerry

Why Some Investors Can't Say Goodbye to BlackBerryKim Kardashian wasn’t the only one expressing her desire to keep BlackBerry Ltd. around for a long time this week. The company’s chief executive John Chen took to LinkedIn to let everyone know he’s in this for the “long haul” too. Such pronouncements should be of some comfort to BlackBerry investors, though the value of Ms. Kardashian’s endorsement is dubious at best, but they also know that the “long haul”…

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5 Signs of a Good Financing

5 Signs of a Good FinancingInvestors should generally dislike companies that issue stock because it’s better if they are self-financing and don’t need to dilute their shareholder base. However, companies do need to grow, and financing is one of the prime reasons the stock market exists in the first place. Rather than dismiss all financings, here are five points to consider in determining whether one is good or bad. 1. A new share issue should…

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2 Things Investors Don’t Want in a Dividend Stock

2 Things Investors Don’t Want in a Dividend StockThere is a lot of information on the web that covers how to select stocks, even dividend stocks. In this post I am going to take the negative angle and present what I feel to be three things that I, as a dividend investor, do not want to see in a dividend stock. In my view, if any of my own dividend stocks exhibit any of these traits then that…

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