Palwasha Saaim,B.Sc

Palwasha Saaim is a Research Analyst at Lombardi Financial where she covers mid- and large-cap stocks, economic trends, and stock market movements. Saaim graduated summa cum laude in Economics and Finance and has passed all three levels of the CFA program. She has worked in diverse capacities in the financial services sector as an analyst, instructor, and writer.

She takes keen interest in politics and is a supporter of numerous social and charitable causes. When she is not writing, she is seen baking, reading or video-gaming.

Get to know Palwasha…

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

My first job was as a bookkeeper for my family-owned business. Number crunching soon became fun and led me to switch my career interest from medicine to finance. The first time I really got interested in investing was during the housing bubble when some immediate relatives reaped hefty returns.

How did you make your first foray into investing and what did you take away from that experience?

My first real experience was investing for friends and family a number of years ago. I made four equally-weighted picks for an immediate family member’s portfolio, which shot up quickly within the first few months. Without much thought, I told them to sell their positions. Turns out, had I been more patient, the investments would have jointly returned over 330% today. Lesson learnt: “good things come to those who wait.”

What is your investment philosophy?

I’ve come a long way since my first investments; transitioning from a short-sighted reckless trader to a more mature value investor. For investment advice, I look no further than the legendary Warren Buffett. Over the years, my investment philosophy has gotten more closely aligned with his. I hope to foster more stability in my investments in the years to come.

Palwasha Saaim's Articles

EXPE Stock in Great Shape after HomeAway Acquisition Online travel bookings giant Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) announced plans to buy property rental marketplace, HomeAway, Inc. (NASDAQ:AWAY) in a $3.9 billion acquisition deal last week. Of the many acquisitions this year, this is one deal that’s truly making sense. Here’s…

Twitter Stock Could Soar on a Reddit Acquisition Microblogging social media company, Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) has been getting badly hammered on the stock market for its meager user growth and lower-than-expected guidance for the future quarter. TWTR stock has fallen over 19% year-to-date and has investors worried whether…

Social media giant, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is rallying to all-time highs on Thursday. The company posted stellar third-quarter earnings and top-line double-digit growth on key parameters a day earlier. FB stockholders are nervous of whether the company will hold up to its guidance going forward or simply turn…

E-commerce giant Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is one company that never fails to surprise me. The company misses no opportunity to tap into anything and everything that comes its way. The latest bombshell Amazon unleashed on Wednesday is the opening of its first-ever brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle, loaded with…

KMI Stock is Still Paying Out Dividends Despite Low Oil Prices Top energy mid-stream company Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) has been taking a beat on the market at the hands of bearish analysts. Kinder Morgan stock has dropped close to its all-time lows in the recent months, as…

Chipmaker, Ambarella, Inc. (NYSE:AMBA) was soaring earlier this week, but AMBA stockholders are wary of the rally after the company guided next-quarter revenues to be in line with analyst estimates. AMBA stock has seen the most tumultuous times in the last six months as the stock oscillated to…

After a Tidy Run, Apple Stock is Starting to Look Expensive Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rallying this week, rebounding from its August fall and quickly closing up on its all-time highs. Unlike the majority of the S&P 500 companies, AAPL stock has had a great year, up over…

Here’s Why I’m Bullish on Fitbit Inc. Fitbit Inc. (NYSE:FIT), the leading manufacturer of fitness tracking devices, reported earnings on Monday and beat both revenue and earnings expectations by a considerable margin. FIT stock, however, fell by over seven percent on Tuesday’s premarket trade amid news of a…

Is It Time to Bail on CMG Stock? Definitely not! Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG) are getting battered on the market Monday morning after news broke out of an E. Coli outbreak associated with Chipotle’s fresh produce sold at its restaurants. CMG stock was down over…

This Could Be a Huge Catalyst for Visa Stock It’s a big day for Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) stockholders on Monday morning with two big news items. The largest payments processing company in the world reported its fourth-quarter earnings, which were largely in line with what analysts were expecting.…

Here’re Three Big Problems with LinkedIn’s Quarterly Results The biggest online professional networking web site, LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE:LNKD), reported its third-quarter earnings on Friday, beating analyst estimates on both revenue and earnings. LNKD stock shot up over 12% the same day, getting further nudged close to its all-time…

They laughed when billionaire Jim Chanos started betting against SolarCity Corporation (NYSE:SCTY). But with shares of SCTY stock crashing, they’re not laughing anymore. SolarCity has beaten analyst expectations for the third quarter on both revenue and losses, albeit the beat on losses ended up farther on the negative…

Here’s the Problem for Fitbit Stockholders Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE:FIT) crashed almost five percent on Thursday as analysts continue to cut back expectations for its third-quarter results next week. FIT stock went public only four months ago but the stock has witnessed very volatile trading ever since, peaking at…

Smart Money is Betting Against GPRO Stock GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) got the worst beating on Thursday morning after its third-quarter earnings came out. Not only did the company miss out on analyst expectations, they even missed out on their own guidance. While GoPro CEO Nick Woodman tried his…

Is it Time to Bail on Twitter Stock? No! Here's why Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) took a beating on Wednesday following its earnings call when it plummeted over 10% pre-market, albeit recovering some of the losses in Wednesday’s trading. The company beat on both earnings and revenues but guided…

It’s Impossible for the Fed to Shrink Its Balance Sheet, Says Peter Schiff As anticipated from their meeting yesterday, the Federal Reserve has yet again decided to keep rates steady. The speculation has now moved to the end of this year when, many are predicting, that the Fed…

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) announced its fourth-quarter results on Wednesday and beat on both earnings and revenue by $0.07 and $70.0 million, respectively. And yet the WBA stock is down over seven percent the same day. Prospective Walgreens stock investors are confused as to what really happened.…

TripAdvisor Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP) stock slumped over three percent on Tuesday after a Macquarie analyst downgraded TRIP stock from “outperform” to “neutral.” TRIP stock cratered in September to its year-to-date lows from the $90.00 highs it witnessed in the second quarter. However, it has since then regained some of…

The most anticipated earnings of this quarter by the biggest technology behemoth are expected to be reported on Tuesday after the bell. Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reports its fourth-quarter earnings today and all eyes are now glued to the AAPL stock. Apple stock investors want to know how the…

This Deal Could Be Huge for Baidu Stockholders Two of the biggest movers and shakers in the Chinese e-commerce market, Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) and Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP), have joined hands to shift the dynamics of China’s online travel ecosystem. CTRP stock is up over 23% on Monday’s…