Jeff Russell, B. Comm., MA

Jeff Russell is a financial writer for Profit Confidential at Lombardi Financial where he covers large-cap stocks and stock trends. His interests lie in micro, macro, and labor economics. He holds an MA in economics from York University and a business management degree from Ryerson University, where he graduated with honors.

Get to Know Jeff…

What was your first job and how did you become interested in investing?

My first job was as a lighting artist in the computer animation industry. I first became interested in investing after reading numerous books on investing and the stock market. I was instantly hooked by the idea that by owning a piece of a company, I could potentially turn $1.00 into $2.00 or more.

What did you take away from that experience?

I made my first investment in the stock of a company that I thought was “cool” without doing any research. Over the next couple of months, the stock declined significantly and I lost quite a bit of money. I shouldn’t have blindly thrown my money at a stock without looking first at the fundamentals. The lesson I learned was to wait for the right buying opportunity.

What is your investment philosophy?

I like to think of myself as a value investor and I’ve tried to align my investing philosophy with that of Warren Buffett. I like to invest in companies rather than the stock. I look for good companies that the market has unfairly punished due to an over-reaction to bad news.

Jeff Russell's Articles

Intel to Cut 12,000 Jobs Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) stock was up 1.6% intraday Wednesday, reversing an earlier loss of about three percent when Intel reported earnings after hours on Tuesday. Intel’s first-quarter revenue and earnings beat analyst expectations, but analysts didn’t like hearing about lower revenue guidance for…

Is Netflix, Inc. Doomed? Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock got killed on Wednesday, falling about 10% for the day. That’s enough to give most investors a heart attack. The problem with NFLX stock is that when expectations are so high, even the slightest bit of bad news can trigger…

More Upside for SBUX Stock? You almost can’t go anywhere these days without eventually coming across a Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) coffee shop. Starbucks is everywhere and SBUX stock has been riding high on that kind of growth. Going into its earnings report on Thursday after the bell, SBUX…

JNJ Stock a Top Dividend Name for 2016 and Beyond Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is an old stalwart, known for being one of the most reliable stocks for dividend investors. It is among an elite class of companies that have increased their dividend payouts every year for at…

The Next Catalyst for Google Stock Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock has rewarded investors nicely over the past year, reaping a gain of about 43%. That’s an impressive run, especially when you consider that Google is massive, with a market cap of about $527 billion. But now investors are…

More Upside for AMZN Stock? When Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) added its online streaming video service, “Prime Video,” to its “Prime” delivery subscription, it looked like little more than an afterthought. It definitely wasn’t in the same league as Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). There wasn’t much of a selection and…

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is set to report its Q1 earnings results after the bell today, and investors are hoping that IBM stock ends its streak of disappointing results. Although in the last five IBM earnings reports the company has beat profit expectations, it has missed on…

When Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) started taking pre-orders for its “Model 3” electric car, I don’t think anyone doubted that the number would be huge. On the day after CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3 to the world, Tesla reported that it had secured about 180,000 reservations,…

Analysts: Upside for CMG Stock Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) stock is down about 36% since October, when a series of food virus outbreaks hit several of its restaurants across the U.S., leaving dozens of customers ill. Sales have been plummeting ever since the outbreak, but it looks…

Analyst: Huge Upside for Facebook Stock Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) really wants to make its “Messenger” platform the only app you ever use on your mobile device. What Facebook is planning next for the messaging service could turn out to be an app killer—and that could mean big things…

Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) is one of the largest digital payments companies in the world and now it may be teaming up with one of the largest credit card companies in the world. If this deal goes through, it could mean big things for PYPL stock. Virtually every…

Analyst Raises NFLX Stock Estimates Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock has fallen as much as 23% following the company’s 2015 fiscal fourth-quarter earnings back in January. But NFLX stock has recovered significantly ahead of earnings next Monday and is now only down about three percent for the year. Can…

Analysts Raise FIT Stock Estimates It’s been a tough year for Fitbit Inc (NASDAQ:FIT) stock, having shed nearly 50% since the start of the year. That actually sounds decent considering that FIT stock was down about 60% for the year when it hit an all-time low in late…

Analyst Downgrades SBUX Stock Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) is getting a lot of attention over the past couple of days, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. SBUX stock is up nearly 75% over the past two years, but at least one analyst is saying that the stock is…

More Upside for BABA Stock? Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) stock is down about 15% since its initial public offering (IPO), but its latest move may turn its fortune around. The Chinese e-commerce giant is now trying to become a global giant by betting big on Southeast Asia.…

Analyst: Huge Upside for Facebook Inc Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) stock is up nearly seven percent for the year. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s pretty decent considering that the market dragged down most tech stocks earlier this year, putting them into negative territory. FB stock was no…

Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA) stock has rewarded investors nicely over the last few years. If you put money in UA stock five years ago and looked at your bank account today, you would see that your investment has more than quadrupled. But UA stock fell 5.1% on Monday…

Time to Dump TSLA Stock? Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) stock is up a staggering 70% since hitting a 52-week low on February 10 this year, rallying on upbeat guidance given during the company’s latest earnings call. Oh, and the fact that Tesla has now received about 325,000 pre-orders…