January 16, 2018

Can’t Compare Close or EPS to a Number

A lesson on absolute prices versus relative ones

You’ve been referred to this page by something saying “You can’t (or shouldn’t) use Close > 5.00” in a stock screener. 

Imagine you are looking at a share of GoodStock (yeah, I know that’s a lame name for a fake stock!).  It goes up and up, and up! …

December 1, 2017

An Educational Look at Apple (AAPL)

Analyzing Apple

An Apple by itself

Is Apple a stock worth buying? Other people have discussed (at length) its “questionable” product decisions, such as:

  • The touch bar
  • getting rid of Touch Id in favor of using facial recognition
  • Scrapping a whole ecosystem of connectors to push the “Lightning cable”
  • Eliminating the headphone jack from the newest generation of phones.
July 16, 2017

Semiconductors, where they’re going and where they’ve been

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.…

June 17, 2017

Monte Carlo Simulation – Advanced Investing

Monte Carlo Simulation

As investors, we all know that each investment we make comes with a certain amount of risk. We can decrease this risk by understanding all possible outcomes. Better yet, we can visualize each outcome through the use of a Monte Carlo Simulation. In a broad stroke definition – a Monte Carlo simulation allows for people to make informed quantitative decisions based on a range of possible outcomes.…

June 9, 2017

Benjamin Graham Score

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.…

May 27, 2017

Institutional Ownership

  Institutional ownership is something that is often associated with hedge funds, mutual funds, and pension funds. So what is it exactly? Well, simply put institutional ownership is the ownership stake in a company that is held by large financial organizations. Institutions generally acquire large chunks of a company’s outstanding shares and can apply considerable influence on its management.…

March 30, 2017

Green Flag: PEG Ratio Greater than Zero

Investment Green Flags: PEG > 0

Continuing with our green flag series, today we are going to be taking a look at the PEG ratio, and how well companies perform when their ratio is above 0.

Though an excellent flag, it doesn’t mean anything on its own – especially if you aren’t familiar with a PEG ratio.…

March 22, 2017

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.…

February 2, 2017

Protecting Your Portfolio in a Possible Recession

Recession Protection

As people become more jumpy when it comes to the market, I decided to take it upon myself to build a screen that we could use in order to protect ourselves in the event that we do enter another recessionary period. Now, I want it to be known that I don’t necessarily believe that another recession is imminent; rather, I just like being prepared for any situation.…

January 8, 2017

Investable Stocks

The Stocks you pay for

The other day I wrote an article discussing my distaste for penny stocks and for how they are marketed as “the next big thing”, ruining thousands of people’s financial lives. Well, if you can’t invest in penny stocks, what can you invest in? How about we invest in stocks that, at an extremely basic level, are actually worth something?…