September 2014 How to Invest HQ Portfolio Update

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The How to Invest HQ Portfolio is a free public stock portfolio that can be viewed in full here. Each month, I add approximately $1,000 to real positions in the stock market and publish the results in this column. August was a blowout month for the How to Invest HQ portfolio, with several stocks posting huge gains thanks to strong summer ... Read More »

August 2014 How to Invest HQ Portfolio Update

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The How to Invest HQ Portfolio is a free public stock portfolio that can be viewed in full here. Each month, I add approximately $1,000 to real positions in the stock market and publish the results in this column. July was an odd month for the How to Invest HQ Portfolio based on the way earnings season fell. Most companies reported ... Read More »

How to Invest HQ Portfolio Adding YELP (NYSE: YELP)

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Earlier today, the How to Invest HQ Portfolio added 14 shares of YELP at $69.10 (total purchase price / contribution: $967.4). The purpose of this purchase is to straddle earnings, with the intention of adding more shares in August should shares dip after earnings. I plan on holding this as a long-term position and will add to it over time ... Read More »

Best Stocks to Buy Now: July 2014′s Hottest Stocks to Invest In

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Every month, I round up at least three of the best-priced stocks and post them along with justification for why these companies make great buys. This recurring column also discusses the previous month’s hot stocks and whether or not they are still attractively priced. June was another solid month for the stock market, with the S&P 500 up 1.91% over ... Read More »

July 2014 How to Invest HQ Portfolio Update

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The How to Invest HQ Portfolio is a free public stock portfolio that can be viewed in full here. Each month, I add approximately $1,000 to real positions in the stock market and publish the results in this column. June was an incredible month for the How to Invest HQ portfolio. With this month, not only is the portfolio finally in ... Read More »

How to Invest HQ: New Purchases & July’s Contribution (AMZN, LNKD)

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Just a quick note to those following the How to Invest HQ Portfolio (if you are not following it, you should be!). I made two purchases on behalf of the portfolio today: 5 Shares of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) at $324.00 per share. 6 Shares of LinkedIn (NYSE: LinkedIn) at $166.44 per share. The $1,620 used to purchase the 5 shares ... Read More »

How to Invest HQ Portfolio Update: Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) Sold at $140.14 a Share

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A few weeks ago (mid-day on June 6th, 2014), I mentioned that even though Z had run up a lot in price, I was not willing to take profits at current prices (about $118 per share). I also mentioned that I would consider selling at $124+ a share. From then until today (June 24th, 2014), Zillow has managed to move ... Read More »

Preferred Stock vs Common Stock: The Difference Explained

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Common stock and preferred stock are fundamentally different investments. Common stock represents company ownership, whereas preferred stock is closer to a bond than it is to common stock. In this guide, we will first quickly cover the definitions of each both common stock and preferred stock and then dive into a comparison between the two with real life examples. Common ... Read More »

June’s Stock Buys – AAPL Update

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Just a quick note to those who are following my Best Stocks to Buy Now June 2014 post. That post came out on June 5th, during which I stated that AAPL looked like a good short-term momentum play, capable of posting a 3-4% run later this month. Since that post, AAPL is up around 3.6%, and has been flat over ... Read More »

Bonds vs Mutual Funds vs Stocks: A Comparative Analysis

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When new investors think about first taking control of their savings or retirement, one of the first questions they ask themselves is.. what do I invest in? A little bit of initial research will lead the new investor to discover that the most common types of investments outside of a savings account are bonds, mutual funds, and stocks. In this ... Read More »