I do not know why I do this to myself, but once in awhile I head over to a certain website to see what other commentators are saying about stocks. One story was just too good to ignore: Barnes & Noble is going to have a turn around. No, no they are not. They still have zero potential. In fact, they have never been worse, and in this article I will lay out exactly why.
In my article on investing in dividend stocks, I mentioned that anyone investing in a dividend stock should be sure to sign up for a Dividend Reinvestment Program, also known as a DRIP. Since DRIPs are so important to successfully investing in dividend stocks, I wanted to dedicated a separate post to DRIPs to discuss exactly what they are, how they work, and an example calculator that you can play with to see just how lucrative these can be over time. Continue reading
Dividend stocks are stocks that pay shareholders a regular payment, called a dividend, for each share they hold. This is a way for shareholders of a company to enjoy some of the profits that the company earns. Dividend stocks can be a great investment, but there are a few things you should know about dividend stocks that will allow you to invest in these stocks more wisely.
In this post, I will be discussing how dividend stocks work, the pros and cons of these stocks as well as providing an additional section containing answers to common questions along with tips and tricks for maximizing your return on these types of stocks. Continue reading
I often espouse upon the importance of understanding the direction the world is headed. In other words, you never want to invest in a company with a business model in decline. While some advanced traders may have luck riding a declining industry (such as those who invested in BBY early in 2013 and sold in the last month), this is not a viable strategy for most investors.
Instead, investors should look to identify where spending dollars are likely to move based on changes in technology and culture. To provide an example, it is not difficult to see that PC sales are declining due to the invention of the tablet. It would be a poor decision to invest in a PC maker – people are not going to give up their tablets and go back to PCs no matter how much you may personally like using a PC.
Below, I have listed all sectors from Yahoo! Finance’s Sector List and laid out my thoughts as to where each sector is headed in the future. Use this information as a guide for any investing decisions. Also, use this as a model for making your own decisions, as you may possess specific information about a certain sector that I may not that could lead to a great investment. Just remember not to confuse what you like personally for what society as a whole likes. Continue reading
In this post, I wanted to discuss how I would invest my money in stocks if I was just starting out today. I am operating under the assumption that you have at least $5000 to invest. If you had between $1000 and $5000, I would put $1000 into each stock in the order that the stocks appear on the list below. As you save up more money, you can purchase the additional stocks until you hold about $1000 of each stock.
Apple (AAPL) had a hot November, up 6.3% in November of 2013. However, I believe this run is just beginning. If you follow this blog, you would know that on October 18th I sold my shares of GOOG and bought AAPL at $507. While I could sell today for a quick 10% profit, I believe that AAPL is just near the beginning of its run. Read on to discover the 3 key factors that will allow AAPL to continue to rise and why it is still not too late to buy this stock. Continue reading
Last night on 60 Minutes, Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled their plans for using octopter drones to deliver packages. That’s right, Amazon is planning to use aerial drones to carry and drop off packages at your house after placing an order on Amazon. This technology could completely reinvent eCommerce and truly be the proverbial nail in the coffin for brick and mortar stores. Continue reading
From time to time, I take a break from investing articles and discuss different strategies for making money online. The purpose of these articles is to provide potential investors with means for making additional income to use for investing. Even if you are an excellent investor, you will need a lot of starting capital in order to generate meaningful returns. A 16% annual return is considered fantastic, but 16% on $1000 is only $160 – about a day’s pay for the average working adult in the USA. Making extra income online can help boost your funds available for investing in order to jump start your portfolio.
In this particular article, I wanted to discuss Google’s AdSense program. This blog itself is monetized by AdSense, so as you can imagine I believe this is a great way to make money online. Read on to discover how to use this program to make money online including how it works, how to use it, and the best way to implement these ads. Continue reading
About a month ago, I made a post declaring that Best Buy was the most overpriced stock of 2013. In just a little over a month since I made that post, Best Buy is down around 9%. If anyone out there is on the fence and thinking the recent drop is just a pull back or correction – please do not throw away your money. I would go as far to say that even though BBY is down around 9% in the last month, this stock is still the most overpriced of 2013! Read on to find out why.
There is a front page article on Seeking Alpha today claiming that J.C. Penney (JCP) is poised for a “Bank of America type recovery”. I do not even want to link to this article as by linking to this article, I would help give it exposure, in effect helping to promote the spread of misinformation. If you really want to read it, you can visit Seeking Alpha and see for yourself.
That being said, I would not recommend wasting even a single minute of your day reading this article. The idea that JCP is going to recover and even thrive can only be described as ludicrous. In this article, I will layout the case for why it is inevitable that J.C. Penney is going to go bankrupt and there is not a single thing anyone can do about it.