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information on the Web. But do
you know how to use it to find the best stocks, ETFs and
Basic Training tutorials describe
how professionals employ fundamental analysis strategies
to pinpoint the best stocks and mutual funds. Each
includes up-to-date links to the data you need to
implement the described strategies. New tutorials are
added every two weeks.
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Overlooked Stocks Ready to
Here’s a screen for finding fundamentally solid
stocks that missed last year’s rally, but are now showing signs of life?
to Be In The Chips
Thanks to shrinking
computer sales and slowing Smartphone sales growth, semiconductor
chipmakers had been in slow or no-growth mode for some time. But now,
that’s changing, at least for some players.
Here are four that fit that bill
Here are two stocks and one fund that didn’t participate in the Trump
rally, in fact, they dropped. But their time will come.
Beaten Down Dividend Payers Worth Considering
During the recent market meltdown, many stocks
got hammered for reasons unrelated to their fundamental outlooks. Here
are three such dividend-paying stocks that
caught my attention.
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Closed-End Funds for this Hot Market
Closed-end funds offer many advantages over conventional (open-end)
mutual funds. Here are five that
we expect to do especially well in this strong market. Even better, all five pay high
Stocks For Six Months
five stocks for you to consider holding for six months. As usual, all are dividend
payers. That way, if the market sinks, you’ll still be collecting
dividends why you wait for an upturn.
to Consider Boring Utilities?
Is the market getting to look a little too
frothy to you? If so, maybe it’s time to consider something really
boring like utility stocks. Here's how to find
Debt - High Dividends
Not satisfied with the bank
account interest rates?
Here's how to create a portfolio of high-dividend stocks that might
serve as a higher-paying alternative to bank and money market accounts.
How to Find the Best DataCenter REITs
fastest growing REITs own datacenters that house data storage
devices along with supporting equipment that constitute the “cloud”
that you hear so much about these days. Here’s how to find them.
Do you enjoy paying income taxes? Me neither. You
can legally avoid paying federal income taxes by investing in tax-exempt
municipal bonds. Here's how.
to Consider Preferred
If the market looks a little too volatile
for your tastes, this would be a good time to consider preferred
are paying dividends equating to 5% to 8% annual yields.
Here's what you need to know plus five preferreds worth checking out.
Capture: A New Look
The fact that you only
need own a stock for one day to collect the dividend has inspired many
investors to pursue a “dividend capture” strategy, which involves
holding a stock just long enough to collect the dividend, selling at or
above their purchase price, and then moving on.
Interest Rates: Good or Bad for Dividend Stocks?
You've heard that interest
rates will rise sometime this year, and when
that happens, high-dividend payer share prices would drop. Is that
conventional wisdom true. Here's where we find out.
REITs Right For You?
Last year was a good one for real estate investment trusts
(REITs) and we expect a repeat performance
this year. Here are some ideas.
to Find the Best Dividend Stocks
With the market for growth stocks looking a little
rough, it may be time to take another look at dividend-paying stocks.
Here's how to find
solid dividend-paying candidates.
for Business Development Companies
The old adage, “buy low, sell high,” still holds true. But, thanks to
the hot market, it’s tough to find stocks that aren’t already “fully
valued.” However, one category of stocks, Business Development Companies
(BDCs), fits that bill. Here's the scoop.
Into These Hotels For High Returns
the mixed economic reports that we hear so much, you might be surprised
when I tell you that the hotel business is booming. But it’s true. All
the relevant economic numbers: occupancy rates, room rates, and total
revenues, already near multiyear highs, are still trending up.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are the best way to play the hotel
business. Here's how to pick the best of the bunch.
Can Pay High-Dividends Too
You probably know about
using exchange-traded-funds (ETFs) to hop on and off market
sector swings. But you might be surprised to learn than many ETFs
also pay high
dividends as well.
Time to Hedge Your Bets
Escalating debt problems in Europe combined with mixed economic signals
in the U.S. are raising fears that we could be headed back into
recession. If that happens, stocks are likely to head down, but
bondholders will probably still make money. Since bonds are not as
easily traded as stocks, it's more practical to invest in bond funds.
Here are four ideas.
Since no one can
predict when the market will recover, pundits are advising buying
dividend-paying stocks on the premise that you will be getting “paid to
wait.” Problem is, that only works if you pick stocks that don’t cut
their payouts. Here’s how to find them.
of the Dow
Are you too busy
to do the analysis required to select stocks for investment? How about
a stock selection approach that requires less than one hour per year.
This intriguing stock selection strategy called the Dow Dividend
Approach, more popularly known as the Dogs of the Dow, has beaten the
overall stock market substantially over the last 26 years.
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Fiscal Fitness First
whether we're in a strong or weak market, you’ll always do best owning stocks with
rock solid balance sheets. Here's how to spot them in
to Evaluate Credit Market Risk
the credit markets tight, if not stuck completely, it’s important to
evaluate each of your stocks for credit risk. But there’s no website
where you can look this stuff up. You have to do it yourself. Here ‘s
state of the credit markets, holders of stocks that rely on debt to
finance growth could be in for some unpleasant
surprises. Here's how to find out if your stocks are in that category.
Cash Flow to Spot Bankruptcy Candidates
heard a lot about accounting fraud, but recently bankrupt Consolidated
Freightways simply ran out of cash to pay its bills. Here’s how you
could have used cash flow to determine that Consolidated was risky
business months before it filed bankruptcy..
Stock Market Advice
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More Money: Buy Sell-Rated Stocks
How reliable are those buy/sell ratings? You'd make more money buying
"sell-rated" stocks than you would buying "strong buys." Here are the
Sell Means Buy
analyst’s rating downgrade usually drives a stock price down. But
if the reason for the rating change was solely valuation, the
downgrade could be a buying opportunity.
Here’s an idea. Instead of spending hours find
and researching stocks on your own, why not simply mimic the trades of
your favorite investing guru? Here’s how to
find out what these proven winners are buying and selling.
Pay Attention to Analysts - Just Don't Follow Their Advice
Analysts' earnings forecasts contain important
information that could help you make money. But ignore their ‘buy/sell’
ratings. Here are the details.
Investors Can't Make Money Following
you make money following stock analysts’ advice? The answer depends on
who you are.
those with the big bucks such as hedge funds and other big players, the answer is yes. But it’s a different story for
individual investors. Here’s why.
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Funds: Unlikely to Disappoint
Here's my annual best
mutual funds list. But these flowers are not likely to wilt. All five
are consistent outperformers.
Wisdom of Crowds When Picking ETFs
substantially outperform most ETF investors by avoiding the most popular
ETFs. Here are the details.
ETFs For the Long-Term
Do your ETFs fizzle right after you buy them? Here are five
currently hot ETFs that are likely to continue their winning ways.
Up To Closed-End Funds
like many investors, you probably don’t pay much attention to closed-end
funds—but you should. Here's why.
Rich Slowly: Harness the Power
Probably the most
important thing you need to know about building wealth is the power
of making regular periodic investments and reinvesting rather than
spending the profits. The results you’d get are astounding.
Here are the details.
Works Best: Mutual Funds or ETFs?
Are you better off owing conventional mutual
funds or exchange-traded-funds (ETFs) focusing on the same sector?Here's
what you need to know.
ETFs to Spot
What's Hot & What's Not
money in the market is all about being in the right place at the right
time. Here's how to use free ETF performance reports to spot "what's hot
& what's not."
to Pick the Best Mutual Funds
The amount of mutual fund
performance data can be overwhelming. Not to worry! Here
are a few simple rules for picking the best funds.
For Mutual Funds
Mutual funds offer advantages over owning individual
stocks in this rough and tumble market. Here's how to use
Morningstar's free mutual fund screener to find worthwhile
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Hot Tech Stocks
Technology stocks are hot and likely to continue their winning streak
for some time. Here's how to get in on the action.
Works & What Doesn't?
You hear many theories about what works
best for picking the best stocks. Here's what works, and what doesn't.
Market's in Rally Mode
you want to participate, in-favor, large-cap growth stocks
are your best bet. Here's how to find them.
Stocks Before They Get Big
Since stock prices
typically follow EPS,
growth stocks, that is, stocks that grow EPS while you hold them, is
the most popular investing
strategy. Here's how.
to Pick Better Stocks
Need to improve your stock picking skills?
Here are six tips to help you pick better stocks.
Big Losses By Checking Balance Sheet Red Flags
Boston Beer Company shareholders lost 21% in two
months. Here's how they could have avoided those losses by
checking for balance sheet red flags.
Stock Investing Rules
Don't make stock investing
Here are seven simple rules that will help
you make better investing decisions.
good stocks is only the
start of your job. Then you must manage your investments. Here’s
Ideas for Improving Next Year's Returns
Here are eight suggestions
that could help you be a better investor in 2016.
Risky Are Your Stocks?
Sure, you've heard that
stock investing is risky business, but do you know how much risk is in
your portfolio? Here's how to find out.
Stocks Like a Pro
Do you think analyzing stocks is too difficult?
It doesn’t have to be. Here's how to analyze stocks
like a pro.
Out for Pump & Dump
you’re like me, you probably receive frequent e-mails from people
you don’t know alerting you to opportunities to get in on the
ground floor of exciting new businesses. Unfortunately, in many
cases, it’s more about making money from selling stock to
unsophisticated investors than about starting a groundbreaking new
Moves Share Prices
Until recently, when a
firm reported earnings, its stock went up if earnings beat analysts’
forecasts and down if they didn’t’ But that was then. Now, the rules
have changed. Here are the details.
Growth stocks usually
outperform the market in a strengthening economy; such as we’re
currently experiencing. However, not all growth stocks
are created equal. Here are six tests to help
you decide whether your candidates are potential winners.
Questions to Ask Before Buying Any Stock
Here are six questions that every investor,
whether looking for high-flying growth stocks or beaten-down value
plays, should ask before buying.
for Avoiding Catastrophic Losses
money in the stock market is as much about avoiding big losses as it is
about scoring big gains. Here are six rules that could help you to do
a Second Opinion
Even if you’re a
great stock picker, it's worth getting
a second opinion before you pull the trigger. Super Stock Screener, a
site that I only recently discovered, looks like
a good resource for getting second opinions, and potentially much more.
Important Stock Picking Factors
Want to pick better stocks?
I recently did some research that
unearthed four factors that should help growth investors pick better
stocks. Here are the details.
Assessing Management Quality
quality is one of the most important factors you need to consider when
evaluating a company’s outlook, and hence, whether you’ll make money
owning the stock. Here's how to do that from the
comfort of your easy chair.
Rules for Picking Better Stocks
Picking winning stocks is harder than it looks. Here are 10
rules that will improve your odds of success.
You can find
plenty of advice about when to buy stocks, but knowing when to sell
is equally important. Here are three "red flags"
telling you that it's time to sell.
Does January's market action really predict the whole year? How much can
you make following Jim Cramer's advice? Are high unemployment numbers
good or bad for stocks? Here's a compilation of recent research findings
that can help you make better investing decisions.
Tax Rates Move Earnings
Corporate income tax rates play a big role in determining whether your
stock will beat or fall short of forecasts at report time. Here’s how to
figure out which way that wind is blowing.
Margins to Pick the Best Stocks
Sometimes picking the best stocks in an industry
is as easy as looking at gross or operating profit margins.
For Growth in All the Wrong Places
Acquisition-fueled growth is like a
Ponzi scheme. It works until something goes
Here’s how to spot
investors are looking for the next Google: stocks with rapidly growing
earnings that will send their share prices through the roof. Here are 6
important rules for spotting hot growth candidates.
List = Risky Stocks
With the Dow
hitting new highs almost daily, the market has been fun lately.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and pay too
much for stocks that have already seen their best days. Here’s how to
identify stocks in that category.
Up On Basics
mail tells me that new investors might not understand all
of the terms that I use in these columns. So, here's an explanation
of some of the stock market jargon I’ve been throwing at you. But
experienced hands need not tune out. As usual, I’ve included
enough of my own debatable opinions to make it interesting.
Short Can Backfire
I get a lot of mail asking me to
describe a strategy for picking short-selling candidates. That mail has
gone unanswered. Now I’m going to tell you why.
Can Help You Make Money
Watching Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" TV show
is like a visit to the loony bin. But Cramer can teach you how to be a
better investor. Here's the best news: you don't have to watch him on
of the Fittest
Survival of the fittest, the law of nature that says, "Only the strongest survive," is a principal that investors should apply to qualifying stock candidates. Here's how.
a Jump on the Big Players
players move your stock’s share price big time when they buy or
sell. Knowing how they think will help you predict which way your
stocks are likely to move next.
Way to Spot Accounting Red Flags
usually take a big hit when a company reports earnings below
expectations. That’s why some investors go to great lengths to
detect “red flags” warning of such events. But you don’t have
to. Here’s an easier way.
Quick Growth Stock Checks
Don’t spend time
analyzing stupid stocks. Here are six items you can check in a
minute (no kidding) that will help you rule out bad ideas so you can
spend your time researching worthwhile candidates.
on ROE Instead of Earnings
would fare better by focusing on a firm's profitability rather than
earnings per share when researching a stock. Why? Because as you'll
soon see, one profitability measure, return on equity, can help you
gauge a firm's earnings growth prospects.
Rules for Valuing Stocks
typically rely on P/E ratios to value stocks. Now valuation is even
more important, but in many cases P/E isn’t meaningful because
recent earnings, the “E” in P/E, are either depressed or
non-existent. Here’s how to get around that problem along with two
more ideas to help you evaluate stocks in this market.
to Analyze a Company's Business Model
you were buying a real business, you’d probably spend considerable
time analyzing each prospect’s profit potential. Yet few investors
spend much time analyzing the business models of the stocks that
they purchase. They’d be better investors if they did. Here's how
to get started.
to Set Target Prices
target prices is something that professional money managers almost
always do, but individual investors almost never do. Most are not
aware of the importance of setting target prices, nor how to go
about doing it, even if they want to. Here’s a simple procedure
for estimating target prices.
New Look at Value Investing
recently had the occasion to talk to several value-style managers
about their selection strategies. As a result, I have a new
appreciation for the craft, and in fact, value investing makes a lot
of sense to me. Here’s a rundown on what I’ve learned.
Stocks to Analyze (Screening,
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Working: Putting It All Together
reported on research regarding ‘what’s
working now’ in terms of picking winning
stocks. Here's how to combine those findings
into a screen pinpointing stocks meeting my
“what’s working now” criteria.
to Try a Contrarian Approach?
strategies involve picking currently down-and-out stocks that are
showing signs that they might be due for a comeback.
the market looking a little toppy, this might be a good time to consider
a “contrarian” approach.
on Fund Managers.
That old adage about working smarter, not harder,
is good advice when it comes to stock picking. After all, why waste time
searching out good stocks when you can get mutual fund managers to do
the work for you?
that one of your stocks is teetering on bankruptcy could ruin your day.
Thus, it’s best to stick with stocks unlikely to suffer that fate.
Here’s how to find them.
to Find the Best Biotech Stocks
With Trump in charge, the outlook for pharmaceutical stocks has
brightened, and within that group, biotechs have the most upside
potential. Here's how to find them.
Stocks for a Down Market.
The market has been shaky recently and many gurus are forecasting
further weakness ahead. Here's a stock screen for pinpointing the best
prospects for producing positive returns in a downtrending market.
Low-Beta, High Growth Screen
Whether you’re seeking fast
growing tech stocks, or beaten down value plays, you could improve your
returns by paying attention to “beta.”
Stocks (Under $10)
With the market basically going nowhere these
days, there should be plenty of bargains around.
Unfortuneately, most cheap stocks got that way for a reason. Here’s how
to find the good ones.
You Buy is Just as Important as What You Buy
You could have returned an amazing 43%
average annual return by holding Netflix for
only 30-days in each of the last five years.
Here are the details.
Helping You Pick & Analyze Stocks
It's time to revisit Validea,
the site that enables you to emulate the strategies of famous investors
such as Joel Greenblatt or Benjamin Graham to help you pick stocks?
Here's what we found.
Way to Find Value Candidates
With the market sputtering, this
might a good time to consider value-priced
stocks. Coincidentally, Zacks Research recently added a new tool to its
free stock screener that could help us spot better value candidates.
Here's how to use it.
Hot Stocks in a Hot Market
Despite the bumps, the market keeps moving up.
How long that lasts is anybody’s guess. Nevertheless, why not hop
on some hot stocks and enjoy the ride. Just be prepared to get out
quickly when the market turns.
to Consider Private Equity
Their main business is taking over major
companies with problems, fixing them, and then
taking the rehabilitated firms public again,
often realizing a big profit. Here’s how to invest in three of the
Stocks in the Value Bin
Given the market’s big
run-up so far this year, this might be a good time to consider
relatively low-risk, value-priced
to find value investing candidates.
With the Economy Picking Up: Consider Growth Stocks
Share prices generally track earnings growth expectations for a
stock. Thus, stocks with fast growing earnings usually outperform slower
or no growth stocks.
Here's how to find them.
Surprises to Pick Stocks
Here’s a stock picking strategy that doesn’t require
scrutinizing financial statements or checking price/earnings ratios, or
even worrying about how economic ups and downs might affect a company’s
to Consider Growth Stocks
With the economy no longer looking like it’s falling off a
cliff, and the stock market showing signs of life, this may be a good
time to consider edging back into the market. If you agree, here’s a
search you can run on Morningstar’s user-friendly stock screener to find
interesting growth stock candidates.
Tool For Finding Growth Stocks
It looks like the
government will get the credit markets working again. If that happens,
the stock market will begin looking beyond current conditions to the
recovery. Zacks‘ new tool for finding growth stock candidates will come
in handy. Here are the details.
For a Rebound
Despite the continuous flow of bad news, eventually, the market
will recover. Today, I’ll describe a strategy for finding stocks worth
considering in a rebounding market. Here’s why you should be getting
Book Beats the Market
The best selling stock
market book these days is “The Little Book That Beats the Market.” The
reason is no mystery. The book describes a simple formula that,
according to its author, would have averaged a 31% annual return from
1988 through 2004. It’s worth a look.
Stock Market Direction
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Month's To Be In the Market
“Sell in May and go away” is advice that you hear
a lot this time of year. But, based on recent
evidence, you'd do better by
buying in October and selling in January. Here are the details.
the Experts - Figure It Out Yourself
anyone predict the market? Apparently not!
gives you the information you need so you can
figure out which way the market is likely to head on your own.
For Predicting the Economy
Are we heading into a
recession? You can find any answer you want by picking the right guru.
That’s why it’s important to do your own research. Here’s where to