It is a simple shorthand, used to convey a point. But for investors, this kind of thinking can be a real danger to your returns. We need to go beyond this kind of reporting and look at the important factors underlying our investments. What used to be called the fundamentals of stock investing. You know like earnings, management and market share, to determine whether to invest in a given stock. And perhaps that's a good resolution for the New Year, let's get back to the fundamentals.Read more
Well, It's New Year's Eve, that time of the year when we say goodbye to another year and look forward to what's in store for the next 365 days. For many, if not most corporations, today marks the end of their fiscal year. The time that they account for all of the business over the last 12 months, and will use those numbers to report their profit or loss to their shareholders. But this is a very special year-end celebration: as in addition to ending the year of 2019, it is also the end of the first and second decades of the new 21st century.Read more
Yes 2019 was a good year in the stock market, but it was no where near the boffo year that most on the Street are bragging about. If you were to listen to the financial press, you would think that this was one of the all time best years for stocks in years. A real home run, with returns for the year running at nearly 28%. That this was year to end all years. And indeed, the press is correct IF you just look at the 365 days that make up the calendar year 2019...Read more
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