Investing - The Basics

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Re: Investing - The Basics 01 (Jun 09 - Dec 16)

Postby winston » Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:43 pm

Why Most People Will Never Be Good at Investing

by Vishal Khandelwal

…because most people in the stock market, most of the time, don't do investing, which is…
Thinking how markets work,
Understanding how people behave,
Studying businesses,
Sticking only with what is simple and what they understand, and
Buying stocks at appropriate valuations.
Instead, they are busy…

Envying (others making money fast or losing money slow),
Cloning (others' stock ideas mindlessly),
Predicting (future of markets, stock prices, and economy),
Fearing (missing out on future gains),
Regretting (past mistakes),
Avoiding (accepting current mistakes),
Denying (reality, especially when it's harsh), and
Indulging (in useless information and noise)

And if that's not all, these often lead us to -

Trading (frequently, which adds to our costs),
Averaging down (on bad businesses),
Boasting (about our lucky short-term gains), and sometimes
Trolling (other investors on social media, who have not performed as well as us in the recent past).

With such a busy schedule, where is the time to practice investing?

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Re: Investing - The Basics

Postby winston » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:16 pm

A Crash Course in Financial Freedom

by Alexander Green

1. "A share of stock is not a lottery ticket. It's an investment in a business." - Peter Lynch

2. "The big money is not in the buying or the selling, but in the sitting." - Jesse Livermore

3. "A great business at a fair price, is superior to a fair business at a great price." - Charlie Munger

4. "In a bear market, the winner is the man who loses the least." - d**k Russell

5. "Easy money - isn't." - Ken Fisher

6. "Investors should purchase stock like they purchase groceries - not like they purchase perfume." - Benjamin Graham

7. "You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree." - J.P. Morgan

8. "Never confuse genius with a bull market." - Humphrey B. Neill

9. "The one investment certainty, is that we are all frequently wrong." - Bill Gross

10. "If you don't profit from your investment mistakes, someone else will." - Yale Hirsch

11. "Investments should be based not on optimism but arithmetic." - Benjamin Graham

12. "My broker told me to buy this stock for my old age. It worked wonderfully. Within a week I was an old man." - Eddie Cantor

13. "If past history was all there was to the investment game, the richest people would be librarians." - Warren Buffett

14. "Investment success accrues not so much to the brilliant as to the disciplined." - William J. Bernstein

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Re: Investing - The Basics

Postby winston » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:16 pm

8 Critical Tests a Stock Must Pass Even in an Explosive Bull Market

by Louis Navellier

1. Sales Growth: the percent change in a company’s sales this quarter versus the same quarter last year. Companies that show increasing sales at a very high rate are among the best candidates to become big winners over time. If a company can continually increase sales over long periods of time, then it would seem to indicate that they have a product or service that is very much in demand. I look for companies that show year-over-year sales growth of 20% or more.

2. Operating Margin Growth: the profits left after direct costs such as salary and overhead are subtracted. I then look at whether this percentage margin is contracting or growing year-over-year. A company’s operating margin will increase when its product is in such high demand that the company can continue to raise prices for the product or service without an offsetting increase in costs.

3. Earnings Growth: the percent increase in a company’s earnings per share (EPS) this quarter versus the same quarter last year. EPS is just the company’s earnings divided by the number of shares they have outstanding. Naturally, companies that are continually growing earnings year-over-year get a higher score than those that aren’t.

4. Earnings Momentum: how rapidly a company’s earnings have been accelerating over the past four quarters. Companies that are accelerating and growing earnings faster year-over-year are stronger candidates for my Buy Lists than those where earnings are slowing.

5. Earnings Surprises: a company’s ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimate among Wall Street analysts. Here I am looking for stocks that can exceed what Wall Street believes they can achieve. Stocks that deliver positive surprises for several successive quarterly earnings periods often go on to become growth stock megastars.

6. Analyst Earnings Revisions: the size of raised magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month. When an estimate is raised, it has tremendous positive implications fora company and its stock. If the expectation is up, then the stock should be worth more —and rise in price to reflect that fact.

7. Cash Flow: the money the company has left after paying the cost of doing business and the upkeep and the maintenance needed to stay in business (relative to its total market value). In simple accounting terms, free cash equals operating earnings minus the capital expenditures needed to run the business. This is especially important for dividend stocks. And in a bear market, analysts suddenly emphasize this part of the balance sheet above all others. It shows if the company has the liquidity it needs to ride out the storm.

8. Return on Equity: a company’s profitability in terms of profits made from the money shareholders have invested. It is calculated by dividing the earnings per share by the equity (book value) per share. The higher the number, the more profitable a company is, and the higher return management is providing to shareholders.

From there, a stock must also prove its mettle, so to speak, on Wall Street. When it also earns a strong Quantitative Grade (my proprietary measure of institutional buying pressure), it becomes an urgent buy in my Portfolio Grader.

This system allows me to avoid the bad stocks and also signals when to sell a stock if its fundamentals begin to deteriorate or institutional buying pressure dries up. By concentrating on the numbers, my system takes the guessing out of picking winning stocks.

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