Stocks

Greed and the Penny Stock

We all know that greed is bad, and disciplined investing is the best way to go. But too often, our emotions take us off track. A disturbing case in point is the tale of the most recent hot-stock phenomenon, called Cynk.

Investments in 2020

The pace of recovery makes most investors edgy, yet regardless of the short-term pains, the years leading up to 2020 promise to be big, exciting and rewarding with all the opportunities surrounding technology and innovation.

Apple, High-Flying Value Stock

It’s not every day that a hot tech stock is also a value play. Apple, the highest market value company in the world (a distinction it trades with Exxon Mobil), has that distinction. And even though some worry that this innovation mill will peter out now that founder Steve Jobs is dead, there’s ample evidence that what was once known as Apple Computer still has its mojo.

Goals Trump Beating Market

When you want to evaluate your investment returns, what do you compare them with? Those of friends and neighbors? The latest market trend? To fairly assess how your investments perform, you look at your goals.

Now that summer is well along, stocks have pushed well beyond a five-year bull market run. You hear people talk at company picnics, club get-togethers or family events about how well their stocks do. The more successful the stories you hear, the more you feel like you’re falling behind even given occasional down days on Wall Street.

Prozac Nation, Street Version

It’s all stress-free bliss these days, at least for anyone who’s not paying attention. Downdrafts, like the one in early July, are brief. Wall Street sees nothing really bad on the horizon. It should, like when today’s low interest rates rise, for instance.

How the Past Hurts Returns

We all tend to use experience to predict the future. The technical term for this is recency bias and it’s one reason many investors fall short of potential success. How do you purge your own bias and improve your portfolio’s returns over time?

Trouble in a Quiet Market?

Some indicators point to a complacent market lately. Boon or warning? How scared or comfortable are investors now and, for that matter, how reliable are our indicators?

U.S. Industrial Rebound: Why?

Many factory jobs fled our shores years ago. Now, though, a U.S. industrial renaissance is occurring. Behind it is a technology-driven boost in domestic energy production. Here’s why this trend is going to gather even more force.

Confidence Up Means P/Es Up

Looking for a reason to be bullish? Consumer confidence is on the rise, and so are stock multiples, known as P/Es. There is a longstanding relationship between the two, as increased confidence translates into higher stock valuations.

More Wall Street Hoopla

Rah-rah assessments are powerful forces in the world of stocks. You’re wise to disregard them and stick to your investing plan. But acting on them can be tempting. Let’s look at some notable over-optimism.

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