If you’re thinking about investing in stocks that pay dividends then you need to know the meaning and importance of “record date” or “date of record” and the “ex-dividend date” or “ex-date.” Why? BecauseĀ  these dates determine when a stock purchaser is entitled to dividend payments. If you don’t know what those terms mean you […]

While markets can have cycles certain markets are better defined as “cyclical”. One example of a cyclical market is the “energy and production” or “E & P” market. At the moment the price for a barrel of oil is down, significantly, from not too distant highs. Is this movement unpredictable? No. The question is “do […]

Hot Stock Tip Number 101

This “stock tip” requires a bit of homework. I know you want fast easy money. Patience. This is close to that. Do a bit of research about companies in a vertical. Identify companies in that vertical that share similar metrics. Look at summaries of corporate data: cash on hand, cash flows, debt, etc. In other […]

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If a Stock Pro Says Sell Should You be Selling?

If you, like I, make your own stock picks then you know the potential frustration or anxiety of every day finding stock analysts advising you to hold, maintain a neutral position, sell and buy shares of stock in “Company X”. Same company, four differing opinons. I recently invested in a company whose share price has […]

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Brainless Oil & Gas E & P Opinionists

In the age of online media supported by eyeballs and ad revenue stockmarket opinionists, pseudopundits, blowhards, halfwits and dimwits are now $.10 / dozen. Anyone can play the game. Rightfully, that judgment (at least in theory) attaches to me. Here’s the big oil and gas secret, which I now bring to the attention of anyone […]

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Value Investing in a Everyone Wants to Make Money World

Everyone wants to make money. Some would like it handed to them. Who wants to make – to add – value? Wait! Value? What’s that? Valued by whom? Demanded by who? Valued because . . . ? One current buzzphrase, that hovers around the idea of value, is “solution”. Something that fixes something or solves […]

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Emotional Versus Rational Investing – Part Two

As I previously described I have sometimes bought or sold shares of stock in a company based upon little more than a poorly researched belief accompanied by a heightened state of excitement or anxiety. YOU know the scenario, the mentality: “I better sell (this stock) now!” “I better buy shares now!” Why? Because “I believe […]

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Emotional Versus Rational Investing

Investment decisions should be well researched. Stock trades should follow careful analysis and trades should be executed with a cool hand and cool head. Does that describe your investing style? Does it describe mine? No, probably not for many readers and, unfortunately, not always for me. So, what to do? How can we all be […]

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