What is the Piotroski F-Score?
Piotroski F-Score We mention the Piotroski F-Score in a lot of our articles, videos, and even within a lot of our prebuilt screens. So, it poses the question, what exactly is the Piotroski F-Score? Created by a professor of Accounting at the University of Chicago named Joseph Piotroski, the score is used to identify possible investments.…
Funds Vs. Investing Yourself
Every investor has their own preferred investment. Two of the most popular choices are investing in funds such as ETF’s, Mutual Funds, or Hedge Funds, and self-investing using a strategy that you’ve either built yourself or adopted from a well-known investor. It’s finally time to figure out which choice has more potential.…
Explaining Quantitative Investing
What exactly is Quantitative investing? Investing is an extremely difficult endeavor regardless of your goals. It takes both intelligence and strong will in order to do it successfully. With the invention of the computer and the more widespread use of data science, people eventually realized that you could take out much of the human error when it comes to investing in favor of complex investment algorithms that trade based solely on math.…
A historical look at IPO performance
   In my last article, I wrote about the Snap IPO and how other fairly recent IPOs performed after going public. The results, for the most part, weren’t too impressive. To get a better understanding of how IPOs have done over the last two decades I back tested the IPO screener to go back all the way to 1998.…
Are Solid Companies Really That Solid?
Firing on all four Cylinders The world is run by computers. Almost every field has been automated to a degree that the workplace wouldn’t be able to really function without technology, and finance is no exception. With HFT firms and algorithms dictating how we trade, let’s take a step back and assess the fundamentals.…
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Plotting the distance Having not read anything written on Seeking Alpha in some time, it was nice to see Chuck Carnevale’s articles again using strong fundamentals and taking a look at the big picture of investing rather than the short term trading that takes place today. In the specific article that I was reading I saw that he was using (insert name of program here) to plot the stock price and that company’s earnings to compare.…
Private to Public: The IPO
The IPO Wall Street has been salivating over for months is finally becoming a reality. Snap Incorporated, the parent company of Snapchat, officially announced it will be going public. The company will have its first day of trading at the New York Stock Exchange sometime in March (No specific date as of yet) with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as the underwriters.…
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SCTR – Technical Analysis The SCTR no longer gets the performance pictured here, even when backtested on the dates shown.  This article is retained as a warning for why we no longer allow comparisons between split-adjusted Closing prices and constants, or ranking of split adjusted closing prices.  The stocks with higher split adjusted closes in the past turned out to have lower SCTR scores. …
Market Momentum
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news about Dow 20K. You might be asking why Dow 20K matters and what it even means. Well, Dow 20K is a major milestone for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been around since May 26, 1896, and is an index of 30 large publically traded companies based in the United States to give investors a general idea of how those stocks were traded on a day to day basis.…
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What is rebalancing? When you first start screening and backtesting for companies you are going to be presented with a number of different variables that need to be decided. One such variable is the rebalance period. Think of a rebalance as the following. – When a portfolio is rebalanced it is assumed that all positions within that portfolio are sold, and all companies that are returned by the screener are purchased at the same weight at the same time.…
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  When I’m going through a testing process to check for a new update, my go to screen is “Close > 444”. This seems all fine and well, and will return companies that have a close greater than 444, but, believe it or not, this usage of “close” is incorrect. Within the Equities Lab system, there are two types of close – Close, and RawClose.…
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How are investments like apple pie? Think back to the last slice of apple pie you have had. My last slice, eaten with my wife and two daughters, was delicious. It was out of this world. For me, it was the best apple pie. What makes it special? The recipe (passed down from my mother in law to my wife, Emily) is simple: Ingredients: 6 Granny Smith Apples 1/2 cup of sugar cinnamon nutmeg Four Pillsbury frozen pie crusts First question: why are we using four pie crusts for one pie?!?…
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The Curious Case of Sudden Past Growth With every screen that is released into the Equities Lab system, we go through a verification process to make sure that the results aren’t just because of some random fluke. This process contains a six steps, and is how we check each of our screens.…
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   In my last blog, I wrote about getting used to the Equities Lab software and how it can be so very useful for finding value in certain sectors with advanced screening. Another useful way to use the stock screening software is to find investments you should avoid. For example, let’s take a look at some big retail names.…
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So you’ve just downloaded the Equities Lab software and you launch it, eager to start screening stocks. If your experience is anything like mine, then you’re probably intimidated and a bit overwhelmed by all the available options and the Equihack language. You spend about 10 minutes playing around with the software trying to find all the secrets and tricks to best help you find what you’re looking for in the market.…
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About the book I’m about 1/3 of the way through “The Complete Turtle Trader” by Michael W Covel, and I’m enjoying myself.  His narratives about the people are entertaining, though that’s not why I bought the book.  It does give me color into how technical traders think, though. …
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The last time I did helped a friend develop an investment strategy he was under the impression that as long as he put stop losses in place that he couldn’t lose more than that amount of money under any circumstances. That sounds all fine and well since that’s what stop losses seem to be for, and in some cases that’s the truth.…
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Exploration of Increasing Income Yesterday I posted an article exploring a single parameter – whether or not a year-after-year increases in net income for the past five years was an investable idea. Lo’ and behold, it was. However, it wasn’t the most appetizing investment, and, as stated in the article, shouldn’t be the sole parameter used when determining a potential investment.…
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Stocks that have increasing net income over the past five years     This screen is nothing special. It looks for companies whose net income has been steadily growing over the past five years, and at year 5, the net income was greater than 0. That’s it. So how does this long term momentum style strategy actually fare in the markets since the year 2000?…
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Is Short Interest a Good Indicator? In Equities Lab, if you subscribe to our professional level, you have the ability to access certain fields that aren’t available to our more basic membership levels. One such field is the short interest that is held in companies across the market, and it was this field that got me thinking.…