Investing

Derivatives

Gain A Better Understanding of Derivatives

Investing has taken on a more complicated side to it over the past 10 to 20 years due to the fact that a selection of different kinds of derivative instruments has been designed. Derivatives themselves have been around even longer than that and in years gone by were used in the farming industry. The way it works is that one party agrees to sell a particular good while another party agrees to purchase the good at a specific price on…

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Invest Strategy

Establishing Buy and Sell Rules For Your Investment Strategy

In a previous post, we discussed four simple steps to help you create your own investment strategy. The first step is to select the stock screen you want to follow. The second is to choose how many stocks you will own. The third step is to determine how much you will invest in each stock. Finally, you need to set “buy” and “sell” rules. Establishing proper buy and sell rules is arguably the most critical step in creating an investment…

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Forex-trading

Problem Solving Tips for Investing and … Life

In a way, investing can be viewed as a metaphor for life. Success or failure depend on your approach to the topic. We began this blog almost five years ago (anniversary coming up!) to address a situation that had bothered us for several years. IFO has wonderful, intelligent, witty, hardworking friends. Most have some assets, including financial assets: cash, land, livestock, stocks, bonds, mutual funds. Many were recent widows. Several do not take responsibility for their own wealth, but are content…

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Naked Options

Naked Options are options you sell that are not covered by an opposing long position. It can provide you an opportunity to be paid while you wait for an overpriced stock to drop to a price worth buying. The common warning is that it leaves you open to unlimited risk. We’ll explore that risk in a bit to determine if this claim is true. There are several other risks to consider. This strategy requires a good working knowledge of options…

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market correction

How To Hedge Against A Market Correction At All Times

The U.S. market has changed, there’s no doubt about it. The situation is drastically different than it was ten years ago. What’s more, it will most likely be completely distinct in ten years, as well. Still, we are all trying to make proactive steps and get ahead of the market, or at least not stay too far behind. However, that’s not an easy task. Market corrections make it very difficult to guard against losses. So, what to do? Well, the…

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The 5 Basic Value Investing Techniques

  The vast majority of the world’s investors prefer to hold stock in one of the many index funds available nowadays, which simply track the performance of a particular index by owning almost all of the shares listed on the index. This is considered by many to be the smartest and safest investment choice, since the efficient market hypothesis posits that there is no way for investors to consistently beat the market. However, there is a way to be smart…

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The Four Fundamental Strategies for Investing and How To Apply Them

With the advent of new communication technologies, trading in stocks has proliferated worldwide, and sped up to such an extent that it seems as though only computer algorithms are able to follow the pace of the market nowadays. With these new technologies, the line between investing and speculation has become blurred, though the two were clearly delineated by John Maynard Keynes as early as the first half of the 20th century. Nowadays, however, there are at least four distinct types…

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Portfolio in Action: 4 New Buys

Last week I went a little crazy and made 4 new purchases for my dividend growth stock portfolio.  On a day when the market was down, I took advantage to make my buys using my monthly capital contribution plus some additional savings that I decided would be put to better use buying some shares of some solid quality dividend growth companies.  The monthly income savings and my additional savings allowed me to buy 4 new companies to include in my…

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Share Growth

Earnings Per Share Growth is the Creator of Wealth

When it comes to investing, the first thing I consider about a company is dividend growth.  I prefer to invest in companies that have at least a 5 year history of annually increasing their dividend payment to shareholders.  For me, a company that is able to grow it’s dividend over a period of time is usually a successful company.  Also, management is showing their faith in the future performance of a company by committing to pay out a higher and…

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tax-planning

How to Cut the Crap and Invest Like a Pro

The following is a guest post written by Mike from The Dividend Guy Blog and Dividend Stock Analysis. Mike has an MBA in financial services and writes about dividend investing since 2010. His goal is to use dividend growth power to retire early. When I was a kid, I always wanted to work in the investment industry. I had a grand perception of the financial industry and thought it would be so cool to be able to buy shares of…

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