Category Archives: Investment 101

Everything You Need to Know About 10-K Statements

A successful investor understands the value of due diligence. While technical traders follow patterns of momentum and volatility, those with long term winning track records use fundamental analysis. Understanding comparative ratios, earnings growth and other financial details are what helps an investor know the real value of any stock they want to invest in. Information … Read More

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Stock Trading 101: When to Cut Your Losses

There’s no worse feeling than selling a stock after it’s lost money – except when you hold on far past when you should have sold, as the stock drops more and more, making you question every trading decision you make from then on. Warren Buffet famously has just two rules he lives by – Rule … Read More

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How to Evaluate an IPO

An IPO launch can be an exciting opportunity for investors who want to get in on the ground floor of a newly-made public company. Companies decide to go public in order to accumulate a massive influx of cash, which is then used for product development, capital investments and other things that help it grow larger. … Read More

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Short Selling and Other Bear Market Strategies

If you were to take a step back and look at the stock market over the long term – say 10 years or more – you’ll notice that despite the roller coaster chart, it always trends higher eventually. This important detail is the primary reason many financial advisers recommend holding on for the long term … Read More

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VIX, Volatility, and Investor Behavior

For decades, investors had very few schools of thought for investment philosophies. Benjamin Graham’s value investment platform and EMH (efficient market hypothesis) were the most popular. But in recent years, a new school of thought known as behavioral finance has begun to take center stage. This new model takes into account things like volatility and … Read More

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Should You Use Leverage in Your Portfolio?

There’s only one goal when investing in stocks – to make money. With that goal firmly in mind, investors have developed numerous methods and strategies intended to filter out winning stocks and execute trades in a timely fashion in order to maximize rises and minimizes falls in value. But even the most successful investors don’t … Read More

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What Market Capitalization Means for a Stock Trade

Investors analyze many different aspects of a stock before deciding whether or not it’s a worthwhile investment. Ratios such as price-to-earnings, price-to-sales and debt-to-equity are poured over while financial statements are reviewed from past quarters to determine trends. But one important thing that seems to go unnoticed often is the company’s market capitalization. Market capitalization is … Read More

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Does the Value of the Dollar Really Matter?

The value of the U.S. dollar is quoted daily on wall Street and even used by some politicians as a way of assessing America’s strength around the world. But considering that currency values are always in flux and dependent upon the relative value of another currency, does the actual value of the U.S. dollar really matter? … Read More

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Investing in Stocks with Negative Earnings

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 … Read More

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How to Profit from a Stock that Does Nothing with Options

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 … Read More

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