When companies want to raise funds, they sell shares to investors. When these shares trade on an exchange, the public can buy into these companies and become shareholders. Investing in stocks is a way for investors to participate in the growth of companies and the economy as a whole. Wealth is ultimately generated from owning shares of valuable businesses, not earning a paycheck. Through careful analysis, investors can own and participate in growing businesses as part owners. Of course, as in any business, success is not guaranteed and thorough research must be conducted before any investment is made.
One group of stocks with continued good potential for capital gains are the restaurant stocks. It doesn’t take much for things to turn up for these stocks, whether it is lower gas prices, a hair more disposable income, or a change in sentiment among consumers to spend on food.
Restaurant stocks have been, and will continue to be, solid cyclical stocks in which to speculate…. Read More
While the economic data have continued to come in worse, the S&P 500 has strengthened over the past few months. What is the stock analysis that can justify such a move, and is it sustainable? These two questions are critical for those interested in investing in stocks. There are several reasons for why the S&P 500 is at current levels, and it starts with how stock analysis is conducted…. Read More
Investing in stocks hasn’t been great over the last decade or so. The stock market is basically trading around the same level it was this time last year. It’s the same as it was in 2008, 2006, 2000, and 1999. Without dividends, you would have lost money owning the S&P 500 Index over the last 12 years due to inflation, which highlights how important it is to get the business cycle right if you are investing in stocks…. Read More
The sovereign debt issue in Europe is a direct threat to the U.S. stock market… Read More. It’s been like this for the last year, and it is likely to stay like this well into 2012. Prior to the European sovereign debt crisis, U.S. equity investors didn’t really care about what was going on over there, but times change—and they change quickly. That’s the one certainty in the stock market these days.
It’s pretty clear that the economy will be in a slow growth state for quite some time and the most important economic statistic to follow will be consumer spending. We know that the economy is going to be lackluster for the next several years, because government spending will continue to be reduced, putting pressure on any income growth. It’s the age of austerity and it’s going to last for quite a while.