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During the 30 years I've spent as a business journalist and financial columnist, I've developed a long list of personal axioms that have helped me identify "Best of Breed" investments.
These axioms touch on such topic areas as finance, marketing, intellectual property, and even competitive threats. But some of the most important of my personal investment aphorisms have to do with leadership and a company's management team.
And leadership starts with the CEO.
As one of my precepts holds, "A good CEO can create a very strong company. But a great CEO can create an empire."
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Know Thyself: Take My "Tech Investing Personality Test"
In Plato's Republic, protagonist Socrates takes the Delphic aphorism "Know Thyself" as his personal motto.
It's a great motto... especially for investors.
As a market veteran of many years, I can tell you that this is one of the biggest weaknesses most investors have.They don't know themselves...
Cash In Big on Russia’s Tech Market
There's an old French proverb that says: Achetez aux canons, vendez aux clarions. That's "buy on the cannons, sell on the trumpets."
As a dyed-in-the-wool Contrarian investor, I'm a firm believer in the precept. In fact, back in the late 1990s, when New York money manager Anthony M. Gallea and I penned our book Contrarian Investing: Buy and Sell When Others Won't and Make Money Doing It, one of the opening lines was "Gloom makes us glad."
Bad news, you see, can create some of the biggest profit plays that you're going to find. Most retail investors just about stampede their way out of "bad-news" stocks. Those stocks get hammered down to ridiculously cheap levels.
For shrewd investors, this kind of situation creates a double-barreled winner because...Full story
Best Stocks to Buy Now Weekly Roundup: The Ripest Picks This Bull Has to Offer
Best stocks to buy for the week ending March 21, 2014: Stock futures ended last week on a bullish note despite ongoing tensions in Ukraine, where Russia continues to trade sanctions with the West.Read more...
Stocks to Buy Now: Smart Technologies (Nasdaq: SMT) Gets an 18% Bump, with More to Come
One of the best stocks to buy now comes from Canada's tech industry - and this week it gave us a preview of its potential.To continue reading, please click here...
Best Stocks to Buy Now: These Tech Picks Promise Tremendous Upside in 2014
Best stocks to buy for the week ending March 14, 2014: Stock futures suffered worldwide on fallout from the Ukraine. A referendum set for yesterday (Sunday), in which Crimeans voted on whether to become part of Russia or declare independence first, had investors increasingly cautious as the week ticked by.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week down 2.35% to close at 16,065.67. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index closed down at 1,841.13, a 1.97% loss. And the Nasdaq dropped 1.43% by Friday to close at 4,245.40.To continue reading, please click here...
Stocks to Buy: Investing in Wearable Technology from the Inside Out
But finding stocks to buy that aren't already big, popular names is a bit more challenging.To continue reading, please click here...
Apple and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) Might Have a Secret Plan
But the two companies have been talking, and almost surely about the planned Tesla Gigafactory, an enormous rechargeable battery production plant projected to open in 2017 and cost at least $5 billion.
It makes total sense. Thanks to its sales of millions of mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, and laptops, Apple uses twice as much battery capacity as Tesla.Read More...
Icahn on eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY): "They Just Don’t Get it"
In what has become a wicked war of words between the corporate raider and the online auction and shopping site, Icahn continued to press eBay to spin off its electronic payment arm PayPal, maintaining the unit is worth more as a standalone.
The billionaire investor also wants the San Jose, Calif.-company to overhaul its corporate board. Icahn, who holds a 2.2% stake in eBay, continued to reproach the company for a "complete disregard of accountability" and took further jabs at board members.Read More...
IPO Calendar 2014: These Two Tech Competitors Are Coming to Market
The 2014 IPO calendar has been full, with 51 companies already filing for initial public offerings, up 143% from the same time frame in 2013.
And these two similar tech IPOs have just joined the IPO must-watch list.
They are both file-hosting services that offer customers cloud computing, they are both based in California, and they both share half a name. Now they're both planning to go public in 2014.
Meet Box Inc. and Dropbox Inc.Read More...
Two Numbers Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Doesn't Want Investors to See
Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) new CEO Satya Nadella could bring the company what it's been missing, as we recently pointed out, but Nadella will have to tackle two very troubling numbers just reported for Microsoft.
These are figures that give us a glimpse of what could prevent MSFT stock from climbing in 2014 following its 40.9% rise last year.
These numbers were just released last week - and they're ugly.Here's the story...
Five Fascinating Tech Facts About the 2014 Sochi Olympics
The 2014 Sochi Olympics is a story of record-breaking figures, including its $51 billion price tag, a new high of 98 total events across 15 winter sport disciplines, and a record 88 nations competing.
But some of the most fascinating stories are these innovative tech contributions by companies at this year's Games.
Here are five pieces of technology that make the 2014 Sochi Olympics a showcase for amazing advancement.To continue reading, please click here...
"Star Wars" Series Keeps Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) Momentum Rolling
NFLX stock climbed 1.7% yesterday and reached a record high of $439.35. DIS stock is up 1.7% today.
The sixth season of the series "Star Wars: the Clone Wars" will be available to subscribers in the United States and Canada starting March 7. The first five seasons ran on Time Warner Inc.'s (NYSE: TWX) Cartoon Network.
Netflix also announced that it will have exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Disney movies starting in 2016.To continue reading, please click here...
Investing in Tech: We Sure Hope You Own These Three "Wealth Building Blocks"
I get a lot of questions from you folks here at the Strategic Tech Investor.
And the single most frequently asked query is this one:
"Michael, what's the best way to get started as a tech investor?"
I'll grant you: As questions go, that's probably the most basic one that you'll find.To continue reading, please click here...
Bypass These Pitfalls to (Major) Profits in Bioscience
Anyone who's very familiar with the bioscience/pharmaceutical sector will tell you investing in experimental drugs can be an object lesson in volatility.
As the drugs progress toward FDA approval or denial, the stock prices of the companies backing them can be in for the same volatile ride.
A stock's surge or decline is often premised on general assumptions about the likelihood of FDA approval.
But within specific bioscience sectors, that likelihood varies... widely.
That's why I wanted to navigate through some types of drugs that generate a lot of enthusiasm but often crash before delivery.
That way you can avoid some of the downside risk of this often lucrative market...
- Don't Fear the Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)-Time Warner Cable Deal The proposed $45.2 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal will create a colossus within the cable industry bound to fill both consumer groups and regulators with dread, but it's not quite as scary as it looks. And the fact is, it just makes sense. Here's why the cable industry needed this deal to happen...