Why This Bear?

People are constantly asking me why is the stock market going down. What is causing this bear market? It is relatively simple so don't ask an economist. He will give you a 200-page answer that is undecipherable. Can you understand Mr. Greenspan?Let's first realize what it is that makes a... Read More

Kick The Tires

Before you buy another car you walk around the lot, kick the tires, slam the doors and look at the mileage indicator. That's an odometer. I know. That is about all the "research" you can do other than what the car salesman tells you and I hope you know better... Read More

How To Buy And Hold

One of the most believed bits of conventional wisdom from Wall Street is to Buy and Hold. Any stock or mutual fund should be put away for eternity and never sold. This is total hogwash and is guaranteed to reduce your investment income.Brokerage companies never will advise you to sell.... Read More

Rebalance And Diversify

The stock market has not been very kind to your investments lately. Your broker knows this so you may have received a call from him suggesting it is time to 'rebalance and diversify' your portfolio.What does this really mean? He wants you to sell some of your holdings and buy... Read More

Social Insecurity

Just about everything you have been told about Social Security is an obfuscation. That is a big word for convoluted truth or lie.In a recently published obscure government document by the presidential Social Security commission there are two pages that expose the truth. Neither Democrats nor Republicans want you to... Read More

Risk Control

Everything you invest in has risk so you want to do your research before you put your money on the line.For example, when McDonald's opens a new restaurant (please, don't call it a hamburger joint) they will investigate as many of the relevant facts as possible. The demographics of the... Read More

Protect Your 401K

Checked your 401K lately? Going back to about a year ago many of these retirement accounts have shrunk by 30%, some even more. What Happened?You have been putting money in for years and your employer may have been contributing to your plan also. It is not supposed to get smaller.... Read More

One Way Street

Ever turn down a street, get half way and suddenly realize it is one way and you are going the wrong way? Is that the way you feel when you look at your stock brokerage statement?In either case don't panic. You can get out of that one way street by... Read More

Top 25 Growth Funds

On Monday, November 25, 2000 Investor's Business Daily listed on page B1 the Top 25 Growth Mutual Funds for the last 36 months along with their performance for the year 2000 to date. Only four showed a profit this year of 21% and the other three had increases of 12%,... Read More

How To Pick A Mutual Fund

Mutual funds by definition are a mixed bag of stocks, bonds and a little cash. Their price per share is the NAV, Net Asset Value of the total amount of money in the mutual fund divided by the number of shares. They seek to be fully invested at all times.The... Read More

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No Load Mutual Funds: Investment Hype vs. Investment Help

With the internet such a huge part of our daily... Read More

What Our Investment Advisor Wont Say Off The Bat

Most advisors will tell you they can beat the market.... Read More

Living Trust Investing: Income Considerations when the Grantor Dies

A common problem I often see when working with living... Read More

Stock Market Investing: Knowing When (and when not) to Sell

One of the greatest challenges of investing in stocks is... Read More

Stock Market Education; Day Trading for Beginnners; How to Pick Stocks

The trading method you employ to approach the stock market... Read More

Inverted Interest Rates

Inverted interest rates? What's that? Who cares? Even if you... Read More

How To Buy And Hold

One of the most believed bits of conventional wisdom from... Read More

Trapeze Artist - Swinging with the Stock Market

When we go to the circus we see a trapeze... Read More

Is Your Garage Full Of Junk?

I have a 2-car garage. There are nice shelves on... Read More

Why Investors Use Financial Planners

Do you have a financial planner? Does one of your... Read More

Successful Trading ? Establish Your Risk Level

Before you embark upon a journey of trading stocks or... Read More

The Secret Art of Backtesting

If you have not back tested your trading system, you... Read More

Evaluation II

As I said in Part I everyone in the insane... Read More

Mutual Fund Commissions

You have heard about a particular mutual fund from a... Read More

Risk Control

Everything you invest in has risk so you want to... Read More

The Exclusive Club of Large Caps

Picture one of those clubs where only the real heavyweights... Read More

Wal-Mart: Discount Store, Discounted Stock?

As GuruFocus updates the stock buys and sells of gurus,... Read More

Its Better

Question: How does it get better when it gets worse?Last... Read More

Investment Discipline

One of the great "secrets" of successful people is discipline... Read More

Stock Trading - Daddy, Why Arent We Rich?

One Saturday morning, while he was sitting at his computer... Read More

Shadow Bull

As one of my regular readers you know I have... Read More

Choosing a Stock Broker

If you were to find that you had some severe... Read More

Trading Stocks ?Never Forget About A Past Trade

We all know that emotions control every decision that an... Read More

Stock Insurance

You have a lock on your house. You have a... Read More

Where Is The Beef?

Where is the beef? Or maybe it should be where... Read More

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