C-Tracks Miller/Howard Dividend Reinvestor: New Strategies for Elevated Markets

April 13th, 2015

Stock markets in most regions of the world continue to press forward in their bullish trends, and this has left many investors wondering whether or not there are still opportunities to be found in equity markets. There are legitimate questions that should be asked here, because it was not long ago that benchmarks like the … READ MORE

Interview With Value Investor Mohnish Pabrai

April 8th, 2015

It is my privilege to bring you the following interview I recently conducted with value investing superstar Mohnish Pabrai. His stock selection style is similar to mine, except that he’s more successful at it. Much, much more successful. I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves: A $100,000 investment in Pabrai Funds at inception (on July … READ MORE

An Intro To Stock Analysis: Criteria vs Criterion

March 30th, 2015

If we’re being pedantic, the difference between criteria and criterion is just one of grammar. A criteria is one point of data, while criterion are many points. When we’re talking about stocks instead of grammar — which is something tends to do — there are a few other key points to keep in mind. … READ MORE

A Look at Bid vs Ask and How it Impacts Your Trading

March 30th, 2015

One of the biggest mistakes that new investors make is looking at the latest stock prices and thinking that they’ll be able to enter the market at those levels. In practice, traders use a system called bid vs ask, which lets them control how much they’re willing to sell or buy a stock for regardless … READ MORE

Making an Investment Plan: Tactical vs Strategic Moves

March 27th, 2015

When it comes to creating a successful plan, it’s important to understand the difference between tactical vs strategic investment. This is an issue that can be confusing, but defining the differences between investment tactics and your overarching investment strategy is the real key to making money in the market. Planning Strategically Just about everyone who … READ MORE

Everything You Need to Know About the Heinz Kraft Merger

March 27th, 2015

Ever since news broke at 5:30AM Tuesday morning that Heinz, owned by Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.A), is buying out Kraft Foods (KRFT), has been looking through the S-4 filings and accompanying paperwork. We’ve gone through hundreds of pages of documentations and pulled out the core facts that every investor needs to know about the upcoming merger. … READ MORE

How Will Interest Rates Influence the S&P 500?

March 26th, 2015

When markets started trading at the beginning of the year, one of the biggest questions on the minds of investors was: When will the Federal Reserve start raising interest rates, and what will be the overall impact on stock markets? There were widely varying forecasts on the total number of increases in interest rates that … READ MORE

Pros and Cons of a Demo Account in Forex

March 20th, 2015

Several forex brokers and experts advise you to practice and hone your forex skills by creating a demo forex account first. A demo forex account is a sort of a virtual training program where you get to operate in a totally risk free environment. Practicing your trading skills in a demo forex account helps you … READ MORE

Monetary Policy vs Fiscal Policy — What’s the Difference?

March 16th, 2015

Armchair economists and expert policymakers alike often mix up the ideas of monetary policy and fiscal policy, two very different elements that both heavily influence and alter the livelihoods of peoples all over the world. Both forms of policy involve economics at micro and macro levels, and both are largely decided by state governments. When … READ MORE

HPQ’s Spin Off: Here’s Why Investors May Face Tough Challenges Ahead

March 16th, 2015

Hewlett-Packard may be at a disadvantage by focusing on selling to the consumer market in 2015. 2014 was perceived as a year of the corporate spin off in America, as enterprise companies such as Hewlett-Packard turned heads in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley. This year, corporate spin offs are expected to deliver another success. … READ MORE

5 Facts You Need to Know About the Etsy IPO

March 5th, 2015

The popular online marketplace Etsy announced plans for an IPO yesterday. They filed the necessary S-1 with the SEC in order to be listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker ETSY. The ink on the paperwork is still wet, but we have dug through the documents, looked at the market, and put together these 5 … READ MORE

Stakeholder vs. Shareholder – What’s the Difference?

February 16th, 2015

One of the most important important distinctions when discussing business practices and business ethics is that between stakeholders and shareholders. While the two sound interchangeable, they are two differentiated concepts, with concern for stakeholders becoming an important point of consideration for increasingly socially conscious businesses and business models. Shareholder The definition of a shareholder has … READ MORE

Strategies For Investing in Solar Energy

January 16th, 2015

My dad and I were discussing alternative energy investing and were wondering if you knew anything about solar investment that you might be able to share. Solar investment represents one of the fastest growing areas of energy investing and has the advantage of being relatively new compared to other industries. Solar technology makes up the … READ MORE

Pitfalls and Strategies for a New Investor

January 16th, 2015

I have only recently come into enough money to begin investing, how can I avoid the pitfalls that a new investor might fall into and what kind of strategies do you recommend for a new investor? Knowing what strategies to use and avoiding pitfalls for a new investor does not need to be difficult. The … READ MORE

What Companies Should I Invest In?

January 16th, 2015

I’ve only bought stock once on a company that went bankrupt and my stock wound up worth pennies on the dollar. What I’d like to know is, what companies to invest in? I don’t want to make the same mistake twice. To answer the question of “what companies to invest in?” the first thing to … READ MORE

What is Investment Interest?

January 16th, 2015

I recently bought a bond for the first time ever, what I’d like to know is how does investment interest work and how can I start collecting? Basically, you most likely bought your bonds in some type of brokerage or other financial account, if the bond is a bearer bond, which means that the bond … READ MORE

Tips for Investing in Bonds

January 16th, 2015

My grandfather died and left me as executor of his estate which includes sizeable cash assets. I want to keep the money safe for the rest of the family through bonds investment. Can you give me some ideas on how to make bonds investment? Bonds investment makes up one of the most conservative investment strategies … READ MORE

Investment Strategies for Beginners

January 16th, 2015

I just inherited some money and want to make an investment in shares of stock. Do you have any advice for someone who has never invested in the stock market? Basically, the first thing to do would be to open a brokerage account with a reputable stock broker. Depending on how you want to go … READ MORE

What are the Best Strategies for Energy Investments?

January 16th, 2015

I think that given current global conditions, prices on oil, natural gas and solar power might be a good place to invest. What do you think about energy investments and what are the best strategies? A number of different strategies exist for people to make energy investments. The most traditional strategy has been in oil … READ MORE

What are the Benefits of Investing in Stocks?

January 16th, 2015

Many of my friends have invested in the stock market over the years, some have done well while others have been less fortunate, is it a good idea to put my extra cash in stock, why invest in stock? Investing in the stock market has traditionally been how the affluent hedge inflation risks. The stock … READ MORE