How To Retire at 43… Start Working At Goldman Sachs At 22!

How To Retire at 43… Start Working At Goldman Sachs At 22!

When I think about extremely successful investment managers, I think of names such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gross, Michael Price, and Bill Miller. The characteristic these gentlemen have in common is that they are (definitely) over the age of 50, which is just fine with me! (Let’s just say that I share that demographic.)  I → Read More

How to Find Stocks with Economic Moats

How to Find Stocks with Economic Moats

How would you like to own a portfolio that is steered by analysts at a firm that is well-established and respected within the investment industry – analysts who monitor (on a regular basis) company developments and value and make portfolio adjustments as needed.  More importantly, the most distinctive characteristic within this portfolio is “competitive advantage”! → Read More

Increasing Probabilities on Apple Straddles

Increasing Probabilities on Apple Straddles

Apple (AAPL) has formed a well-defined trading range (see Retreat or Breakthrough for Apple?). Looking at the price chart, you see AAPL hit the top of the trading range, previous resistance, on below-average volume. You think AAPL most likely will pull back here, fall down into the middle of the trading range or further. But → Read More

Only the Strongest Survive

Only the Strongest Survive

The markets are trying to drum up sellers, but so far, not many are showing up for the parade. It is time for the markets to take a breather and we all know it. The markets are edgy, which makes holding positions riskier. The usual ways of dealing with increased risk apply, including taking profits, → Read More

Invest Like A Millionaire

Invest Like A Millionaire

In my work writing for the MarketTamer blog, I have discovered that “inspiration” can come in many forms – some stranger than others.  Over the weekend, as I trolled through several hundred email messages[1], I ran across two eye-catching “headlines”:  1) “’Earn’ 60% on your money!” (it was a blatantly deceptive “lure” to get me → Read More

Facebook Blows Out Earnings, Now What?

Facebook Blows Out Earnings, Now What?

In my original article on Dell Inc. (DELL), I compared Michael Dell with Facebook (FB) creator, Mark Zuckerberg, and offered some pejorative remarks that aggregated his responsibility for the FB IPO fiasco (including his choice for the timing of the IPO – right after FB reached 1 billion users and right before a decrease in → Read More

Are Chinese iShares Dangerously Exposed to Financials?

Are Chinese iShares Dangerously Exposed to Financials?

As we’ve discussed before, financial academicians have thoroughly documented that one’s investment return is predominantly determined by the asset allocation of the portfolio. That axiom is most often referred to as the “efficient frontier” – using a graph to compare the performance of various allocations across time.  An example would be to create a chart → Read More

AIG: The Making Of A Cash Flow Machine

AIG: The Making Of A Cash Flow Machine

I do not frequently use this space to “follow-up” on recent topics about which I have written. I also realize that I just followed up with a story regarding the extremely outsized Facebook (FB) earnings beat on July 25th and the legal/ethical quagmire into which the Dell, Inc. (DELL) buyout saga has descended.  However, those → Read More

Retreat or Breakthrough for Apple?

Retreat or Breakthrough for Apple?

In the May 28th newsletter, I speculated that Apple (AAPL) may be forming an Inverted Head and Shoulders bottom. APPL did not follow through on the upside. If a breakout above the base had occurred, buying the stock or implementing an appropriate option strategy would not only have made sense, but a good Reward-to-Risk trade. → Read More

A SINA Update

A SINA Update

I recently focused on SINA Corp, a Chinese internet company, as a prime example of A Seldom Mentioned Benefit of Covered Calls That article was just 12 days ago. I first identified SINA as a breakout stock, with a good seasonal pattern (a track record of rising in the weeks ahead), in the May 13th, → Read More

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