June 26, 2018

Too much Standard Deviation of Close is Bad

Standard Deviation of Closing Price is Bad

I found something interesting:  stocks with highly variable closing prices do not do well.  At all.

One would not think this to be the case, since all the finance textbooks talk about a risk-reward frontier, with the idea being that as you add risk, you get more reward. …

June 20, 2018

Death Crosses Don’t Work

OK, what is a death cross, and what do I mean by “it doesn’t work”? A death cross is a (very) vivid name for a short term moving average slipping below a longer term moving average.  Technical analysts love to sell when they see death crosses, and buy when they see golden crosses.…

April 24, 2018

Active vs. Passive Investing

What is Active and Passive Investing?

To figure out which of these methods fit our investing needs, we first need to understand exactly what they are –

Passive Investing:  Assuming that the general market is efficient and that picking your own companies is pointless. Investments typically come in the form of index funds.…

March 2, 2018

The Amelia Bedelia Mutual Fund

Henry Crutcher

This how-to shows how to create a strategy in Equities Lab, and how to do some basic analysis of it. For humor value, we take the point of view of a children’s book character, named Amelia Bedelia, who has no common sense. We have all felt this way some times.

November 20, 2017

Investment Green Flags – High Cash Flow Score

Now, this flag looks incredibly simple, but whenever you see orange text in Equities Lab, it means that there is a deeper formula to explore. Clicking on that formula we are presented with the following –

Though the flag itself is simple, the underlying formula is not. Understanding and analyzing cash flow statements takes time.…

November 2, 2017

Ranking the Growth of Free Cash Flow and Finding the Leaders

Intuitively, most investors would assume that consistent growth in free cash flow within a company, would result in a high performing stock. Well today we’re going to test out that theory with the “Free Cash Flow Growth Leaders Stock Screener”. With this screener, we’re looking for:

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Large and stable companies; companies that have a market cap over a billion dollars sectioned off into their respective sectors.…

October 26, 2017

Investment Green Flags – Decreasing Shares Outstanding

Share Buyback Programs

A company purchasing back its shares tends to increase the stock price for a couple of reasons. First, it shows that the firm and its employees are confident in the direction the company is heading, and second, it cuts down on the shares available for investors to purchase purchasing the price up through basic supply and demand.…

October 19, 2017

What is your definition of “high dividend?”

How high are “high” dividend stocks?

As the markets continue to lack volatility, a number of investors are attempting to find opportunities outside of the traditional growth stocks. This leads many of them to alternatives such as forex, options, etc. However, some investors are still attempting to find gains in the equity markets, and a number of them are doing so through looking for companies with exceptionally high dividend yields.…

September 28, 2017

Investment Red Flags – Close < 2

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.…

September 21, 2017

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.…