Investment Red Flags: Close
Sharing a lot of characteristics with the “Ultra Low Market Cap” red flag, looking for companies with a close of less than 2 gives you a number of companies whose market cap ranges from Micro to Small. These companies tend to have extremely poor fundamentals and also have a high probability of causing negative returns in your portfolio.…Read More
Investment Red Flags - Micro-Cap Companies
Every time I get on the internet to try and find something new to learn about the markets I’m inundated with advertisements selling classes. These classes all seem to follow the same theme – they teach you how to become “rich” on penny and microcap stocks. Some people even get lucky and make some money doing it, but the vast majority is simply throwing money into a pit.…Read More
Investment Green Flags - Increasing Sales and High Asset Turnover
Revenue Growth and High Asset Turnover When it comes to finding green flags, sometimes the simplest idea is the best. In the case of our flag–Revenue Growth and High Asset Turnover–we look for just that. It’s self-explanatory that if a company brings in more money and sells units faster, its long-term price should increase.…Read More
Investment Red Flags – Bad Beneish Score
How negatively does a bad Beneish score affect your portfolio? With all of the recent articles regarding red and green flags, I realized I should begin writing articles on the flags within the score. One such flag, the bad Beneish score, is a key component of the red flags score.…Read More
Disruption in any industry is exciting, but it’s especially exciting in the field of autonomous driving.
Disruption in any industry is exciting, but it’s especially exciting in the field of autonomous driving. Autonomous driving or “self-driving cars” seems like something out of a movie, yet it is very close to becoming a reality in our everyday lives. From small start-ups like Drive.ai, a start-up company that looks to fix the uncertainties of autonomous driving through deep learning, to Fortune 500 companies like General Motors, everyone is racing in this highly competitive field to see who will beRead More
Learning about Green Flags and their score
Green Flags Now that we’ve gone over red flags, it’s time to look at the other side of the equation and learn about green flags. In our previous article, we discussed that red flags don’t necessarily mean that an investment is going to lose money. Green Flags are the polar opposite from a red flag, but it still doesn’t guarantee anything.…Read More
I have noticed one major theme among every person(myself included) when it comes to screening for potential investments – we are all far too selective.
It isn’t uncommon for one of our users to call us up and ask for help. To be honest, there have even been times when I will help a client at their site to get them up and running. In the past two years of working in this industry, I have noticed one major theme among every person(myself included) when it comes to screening for potential investments – we are all far too selective.…Read More
millennials want to invest in something that they feel is groundbreaking and familiar to them within the culture of their age group. Many times, this results in them asking me for advice on marijuana stocks. So, instead of going into it with every single friend, I've decided to compile my thoughts on the Marijuana industry here.
Being the 20 something year olds that they are (myself included), millennials want to invest in something that they feel is groundbreaking and familiar to them within the culture of their age group. Many times, this results in them asking me for advice on marijuana stocks. So, instead of going into it with every single friend, I’ve decided to compile my thoughts on the Marijuana industry here.…Read More
Ohlson O-Score
If you’re a short seller, then I’d like to introduce you to the Ohlson O-Score. This is a score created by Dr. James Ohlson of New York University, aimed at predicting the financial distress of a company. The Ohlson O-Score is the result of a nine-factor linear combination of coefficient-weighted accounting ratios that are found from financial disclosure statements that are provided by publicly traded companies.…Read More
With the publishing of our Synopsis with red flags article, I thought it was time to discuss what exactly a red flag is and why they should be looked for when identifying and eliminating potential investments
With the publishing of our Synopsis with red flags article, I thought it was time to discuss what exactly a red flag is and why they should be looked for when identifying and eliminating potential investments. At its core, a red flag doesn’t mean that the investment is bad. It just means that you are more likely to lose money on the long position than you are to make a profit.…Read More
The semiconductor industry is an important one, in fact, if it weren’t for semiconductors then you wouldn’t even be able to read this. So what exactly is a semiconductor, and why should you care about them?
The semiconductor industry is an important one, in fact, if it weren’t for semiconductors then you wouldn’t even be able to read this. So what exactly is a semiconductor, and why should you care about them? A semiconductor, in a nutshell, is a materials product usually made of silicon, which conducts electricity more than an insulator but less than a pure conductor, such as aluminum or copper.…Read More
I've been seeing a lot of articles recently that are very focused on the idea, that by purchasing the industry or sector that performed best over the past year you are giving you the best chance at making returns. I'm a little skeptical, but just as hopeful to see whether or not this is a potential new avenue to take in my portfolio.
I’ve been seeing a lot of articles recently that are very focused on the idea, that by purchasing the industry or sector that performed best over the past year you are giving you the best chance at making returns. I’m a little skeptical, but just as hopeful to see whether or not this is a potential new avenue to take in my portfolio.…Read More
 When investing, for every fairy tale stock like an Amazon(AMZN) or Nvidia(NVDA), there’s an equally disastrous stock like MoSys(MOSY) or Gevo (GEVO). To avoid getting into stocks like these, it’s important to look at their failures and analyze them to avoid getting into the next potential train wreck of a stock
   When investing, for every fairy tale stock like an Amazon(AMZN) or Nvidia(NVDA), there’s an equally disastrous stock like MoSys(MOSY) or Gevo (GEVO). To avoid getting into stocks like these, it’s important to look at their failures and analyze them to avoid getting into the next potential train wreck of a stock. …Read More
The term "red flags" is synonymous with "bad things are going to happen," and, for investors, they are a sign that you should likely stay away from that investment. However, all this talk of red flags being able to predict that a company is going to do poorly makes you wonder, does it work?
Just how telling are red flags? The term “red flags” is synonymous with “bad things are going to happen,” and, for investors, they are a sign that you should likely stay away from that investment. However, all this talk of red flags being able to predict that a company is going to do poorly makes you wonder, does it work?…Read More
Creating Your Own Score
Most anytime we analyze a company or build a screen; we use any number of scores that are pre-built in the Equities Lab system. These scores are tried and tested, but they lack that personal touch. I think it’s time we learned how to build our own scores within the software.…Read More
Is Biotech Back From the Dead?
Background Biotech, a sector that can make or break your portfolio. But first, what even is “biotech”? In a nutshell, biotech is the use of living organisms to make products or run processes. People know biotech best for the vital role it plays in the field of medicine. However, biotech is not limited to just medicine.…Read More
Are the FANG stocks invincible?
Tech has been on an absolute tear this year with the whole sector up almost 20% since the beginning of 2017, with an outstanding performance from the FANG stocks. FANG is an acronym used for arguably the most notable tech companies in today’s market which have continuously churned out tremendous returns.…Read More
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In my years of using Equities Lab as a quantitative investment tool, I have never lost sight of the core values of long term investing. Many of these values are in the teachings of Benjamin Graham and used by an idol of mine, Warren Buffett. Remembering this, no matter how much risk I take on in my portfolio, I always keep a subsection for value investments.…Read More
Insider Ownership
  High insider ownership is something commonly associated with value investors. The idea behind it is rather simple. If the management owns a large portion of the company, then they are incentivized to perform well – benefiting not only themselves but the shareholders as well.  The other side of that coin is that owners may not listen to the advice of people within the company, using their position as majority shareholder to push for things the company wouldn’t do otherwise.…Read More
Low debt vs. High debt
Debt, a word that consumers and college students know all too well. How do companies view debt, and how does it affect their stock price? Let’s find out by taking a look at both high-debt and low-debt companies. High Debt This screener finds companies with a debt to equity ratio ranking them in the top 25% of the market, total liabilities to assets ranking in the top 25% of the market while outperforming by 2%.…Read More