Stock Selection For The Individual Investor

Stock Selection For The Individual InvestorThe latest stock market turmoil, in the fourth quarter of 2008 when stocks declined significantly, has left retail investors with a larger challenge than ever before. Many feel let down by their advisors, mutual funds, and the financial industry structure that is supposed to help them. Is it possible for an individual managing his or her own money to make their own stock selection decisions, when they likely don’t have…

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Using Put Options to Protect Your Portfolio

Using Put Options to Protect Your PortfolioAs options are a fairly sophisticated method of investing/speculating, I rarely write about them as I’m a big believer in sticking with the basics.  However, with the expectation of some sort of market correction between now and October 2010, I’ve had thoughts on ways to hedge a portfolio to reduce the potential for loss. One way to protect a portfolio is to purchase insurance in the form of put options. …

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The Kondratieff Wave: Tracking The Past Or Predicting The Future?

The Kondratieff Wave: Tracking The Past Or Predicting The Future?In 1926, Nikolai Kondratieff (also spelled Kondratiev or Kondratyev) published a study called Long Waves in Economic Life for the Agricultural Academy and Business Research Institute in Russia. Kondratieff noted that capitalist economies have long waves of boom and bust, that he described similar to the seasons in a year.  However, for presenting his work to Stalin showing that capitalism will always return, he was imprisoned and then eventually executed. …

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Dividend Increase is Not a Reason to Buy a Stock

Dividend Increase is Not a Reason to Buy a StockThere are many common misconceptions about dividend investing. For example, all dividend paying stocks are stable companies. Or, a dividend from a stock will more than offset any losses you receive in share price over the long term. However, there is one that I find most persistent in both new and experienced dividend investors. It is often viewed as a reason to buy a stock, yet it should never be…

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7 Warning Signs You Need to Repair Your Portfolio

7 Warning Signs You Need to Repair Your PortfolioDoes this sound familiar? The stock market has been going up significantly since the beginning of the year but your portfolio is down. That is one clear warning sign that it is time to do some work on your portfolio before things get even worse. There are a number of additional warnings signs that an investor should look for when analysing their portfolio. Each one of these warnings signs signal…

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