Beat 85% of Investors with These Steps
I want to start today's article with a quick survey.
Don't worry; it's going to be short, only a couple of questions, and you're the only person who is going to know your answers. So improve your investing savvy and answer honestly.
It might just help you make a lot of money – and sleep better at night…
First question: When the markets hit a rough spot this last March, did you start selling your stocks? If the answer to that question is "yes," what methodology did you use to justify your selling?
Second question: If you did sell your stocks, what methodology do you now plan on using to know when it's time to buy again?
Here's a quick hint: Unless you can quickly answer both of those questions without having to think about it, the answer may be "none" or "no methodology."
Don't feel bad; every investor (including yours truly) has, at one point or another, made an investment decision without a clear plan (or methodology behind the decision).
Here's why that can be such a bad idea, and here's how to tap into the tremendous profits out there if you break out… Full StoryFull Story
The 7 Biggest Alibaba Stock Questions Answered
The Alibaba IPO date is just weeks away, but there are still many questions to be answered before Alibaba stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
When is the exact Alibaba IPO date? How much money does Alibaba make? What's the Alibaba IPO price?
These are just a few of the questions that investors have as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) prepares for one of the largest IPOs in history.Fortunately, we now have answers to the 7 biggest questions concerning Alibaba stock and its upcoming IPO…
What the Burger King Deal Tells Us About Today's Bull Market
The S&P 500 recently hit a new high as it drove through the 2000 mark for the first time in history on the day that Burger King announced that it would purchase iconic Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons.
Thus far in 2014 there have been $2.3 trillion of announced mergers & acquisitions (M&A) transactions around the world – $1.16 trillion in the United States alone – and undoubtedly there are more on the horizon.
Indeed, M&A activity is a major catalyst for the booming stock market and is good for investors.
Unless it's really a sign of a dying bull… If that's the case, we're in some big trouble.
Here's what's got me concerned, and why we need to exercise caution right now…
Fed Policy Failures Leave $10.8 Trillion Under the Mattress
Despite billions in bond-buying "quantitative easing" and near-zero interest rates courtesy of recent Fed policy, Americans stashed $1.8 trillion in low-yield accounts since the QE program started in 2008.
The flight from risk has raised the total stashed away in such accounts to an absurd $10.8 trillion.
And when it comes to stocks in particular, Americans aren't just holding off on investing.This trend is truly ominous…
BBY, TIF, ANF Top This Week's Hot Stocks to Watch List
Second-quarter earnings season is winding down, with 480 S&P 500 components already reported. Total earnings for members that have turned in results are up 8.2% from the same period last year, with 66% beating expectations.
A number of key industry players are still on tap to report earnings.Hot stocks to watch this week include a leading electronics retailer, a luxury jeweler, a discount chain merchant, and more...
You Can Make Money in Stocks (Especially These Three) No Matter What Rates Do
It's commonly held wisdom that stock markets go to heck in a hand basket when interest rates rise. So, the thinking goes, you'd be better off selling ahead of time before that happens.
No doubt it's tempting to head for the hills with rates at historical lows, but it pays to do your research before you hit the "sell" button.
The three companies I'm going to show you today, for example, can actually benefit from rising rates.
First, let's take an "Econ 101" look at the impact interest rates can have on stocks, especially when rates start rising…Full Story
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Stock Price Slips After Q3 Earnings – but Future Looks Good
Struggling personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) posted a surprisingly strong jump in revenue when it reported fiscal Q3 results after today's close – but the HPQ stock price still fell after hours.
Long term, though, there's reason to believe in a higher HPQ stock price.Here's why.
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) Aims to Continue Turnaround with Q3 Earnings Today
Struggling personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) is on tap to report fiscal Q3 earnings after today's closing bell.
Wall Street is looking for HP to post fiscal Q3 earnings per share (EPS) of $0.89, up from $0.86 in the same quarter a year ago. HP has said it expects EPS of $0.86 to $0.90.Here's what else investors will be looking at - as well as the secret weapon that could propel HPQ stock higher...
Why Home Depot (NYSE: HD) Stock Is Up Today, and Where It's Headed Now
Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD) stock was up 6.1% this morning (Tuesday) from yesterday's close, and touched a 52-week high of $88.72 after the company's second-quarter profits and earnings per share (EPS) topped analysts' estimates.
HD announced EPS of $1.52 on revenue of $23.81 billion. That beat consensus estimates of $1.45 per share on revenue of $23.61 billion.
HD stock may be trading at 52-week highs, but it hasn't reached its peak.This huge market condition will drive the HD stock price now...
One of the Biggest Short-Selling Wins of 2014
The case of ITT Educational Services Inc. (NYSE: ESI) proves that even in an ever-rising market, there are still companies posturing for a fall.
Already hampered by federal inquiries, the for-profit educational services firm has been drawing the short sellers in droves.And in 2014, the short sellers have been vindicated...