investing in stocks
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. Timing and the right concepts. 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.The. 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. Read More
The sovereign debt issue in Europe is a direct threat to the U.S. stock market. 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. Read More
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.
It’s funny how investor sentiment can change on a dime. An expectation gets created for a solution to a problem, the action occurs, then it’s okay for investors to buy stocks. Institutional investors—or traders more particularly—always do this. It’s the game of the equity speculation business and it’s a reflection of human nature.
I want to bring to your attention what a great stock market investment looks like. In this case, it’s a silver stock, and I chose this particular company for a reason—because it’s a great example of the ultimate “package” that an investor can hope to find in the huge universe known as the stock market. I’ve always found it a great exercise to review stock market winners of the past. That’s right; I like to look up stocks that I didn’t own that made a ton of money for those lucky shareholders who owned it at the right time.
Even the most seasoned institutional equity investor is asking him or herself, “…so now what?” There really is a lull in the equity trading action and volume is low. We’re not quite into first-quarter earnings season and corporations aren’t saying much. The economic data are mediocre at best and the stock market has already gone up tremendously. So, it really is a time when everyone is wondering what’s going to happen next.
The big U.S. banks must be ecstatic.
After 100 people at the Federal Reserve ended their review of major U.S. banks, the Fed concluded that some of the largest banks in this country could increase their dividends, buy back shares and repay government loans.
The New Year has started positively and it looks like we could be set for another up year.
The key is to make sure you are well-diversified. I would like to discuss the concept of asset allocation as a critical part of any prudent portfolio management strategy.