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Investing in a stock comes with one simple goal: profit. Stocks move higher as companies grow and profits increase, making shares more valuable as a result. But sometimes, companies that post positive earnings have a losing stock performance and companies that post losses can end up with winning stock performances. Analyzing a stock with positive earnings is a fairly straightforward process. Quarterly earnings results are used to determine how much the stock is worth relative to its stock price. The price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E, is a benchmark commonly used by investors to identify whether a stock is a growth or value stock. Without earnings, valuing a stock becomes more difficult. Negative Earnings Doesn't Translate to Losses in the Market A company issues stock in order to finance further growth. Sometimes, the company is already profitable, but many times the only thing a company really sells to investors is future growth. In this case, investors will need a thorough understanding of the underlying company's business model in order to project future growth prospects. Projecting earnings isn't difficult. All it takes is… Read more

Investors look for any advantage in order to turn a profit in the stock market. And that includes doing research and developing theories in order to explain market movements and behavioral patterns. Perhaps the most well-known is EMH or Efficient Market Hypothesis. Like many market theories, EMH attempts to explain how stocks are priced and how investors can take advantage. Some ideas suggest that markets are fairly priced and offer no advantage to investors, while others indicate just the opposite. Investors that want to understand markets better need to know what EMH means and how it applies to investing. Breaking Down Efficient Market Hypothesis There are three forms of EMH: strong form, semi-strong form, and weak form. Each type makes different assumptions about the market and investors in an attempt to explain pricing inefficiencies. In essence, EMH theorizes that markets as a whole are efficient and investors cannot make a profit from undervalued stocks and can only profit from taking on higher risks. Strong Form EMH The strong form hypothesis states that all possible information, public and private, is always… Read more

There's a popular saying on Wall Street: bulls make money, bears make money and pigs get slaughtered. Regardless of where you think a stock is going, you can make money - just as long as you aren't greedy. But what about those stocks that really don't move at all? Conservative investors might suggest that investing in stocks with low volatility, as long as they offer a dividend, is a good strategy. But stock yields rarely exceed 4 percent and with yields on the 10-year treasury at 2.35 percent and rising, investors are looking for a better way of dealing with stocks that refuse to react to either bullish or bearish conditions. One way to play these types of stocks is by using options. There are a number of strategies you can employ that will end up in a profit, as long as the underlying stock doesn't move beyond a certain range. Here's a list of strategies you can use in your portfolio to broaden your horizons. The Covered Call As a general rule of thumb, stocks tend to rise in value… Read more

Stock trading isn't done blindly, at least not by those who are successful in the markets. It takes planning – developing a winning strategy that identifies which stocks have the potential to go higher. You've most likely seen or heard of the most commonly used strategies already: growth investing and value investing. What you might not know is what the difference is and which one works best for your portfolio. One of the most common misconceptions about stock strategies is that only one can be used at a time. But growth investing and value investing only apply to individual stocks, not an entire portfolio. One of the best ways to diversify is to mix up the types of stocks you hold in order to minimize risk and maximize profits. Understanding how each type works is your key to building your ideal portfolio. The Value Approach Value investing has a lot of popular practitioners on Wall Street, such as Warren Buffet and Peter Lynch making it a favorite for many beginning investors. The underlying idea is to spot stocks that haven't… Read more

The technology industry is arguably the fastest growing segment of the economy and the one industry that can affect all others through innovation and new breakthroughs. IoT (Internet of Things) promises to bring about a new paradigm in the way we live our everyday lives with technologies like self-driving cars and smart tech that can analyze and solve problems before they even become an issue. And, in a world where fiat money is king, the gold standard is gone and banks have the ability to control the money supply, technology has come up with a new way to transact business – cryptocurrencies. The first and most popular cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin was released in 2009, sending ripples through the banking industry, which didn't know how to regulate or monitor this new form of currency. Since than, a slew of other cryptocurrencies have been introduced and investors are wondering how they work and whether or not they should be diversifying into them. The Digital Age of Money A cryptocurrency is a type of digital currency that uses cryptography for security, making… Read more