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March 2012

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Preferred stock

March 31, 2012 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: PGF

I understand what preferred stock is, how it works, the rules, etc.  [more]

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Clear as day

March 23, 2012 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: TVIX

Straight from the prospectus of TVIX:

The long term expected value of your ETNs is zero. If you hold your ETNs as a long term investment, it is likely that you will lose all or a substantial portion of your investment

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What's the best way for somebody like me to invest in housing recovery?

March 22, 2012 – Comments (22) | RELATED TICKERS: KBH , BAC , AVB

I really think housing is starting to recover for real.  Permits are rising, mortgage rates are rising, population is increasing, buffett likes it, I notice less people are scared, and a lot of recent grads are looking to buy, and rates are still low.  Plus, the dollar is so weak, and this is one of the last hard assets to rise.  So, for those reasons I want to invest in housing.  Lets leave this part of the discussion out...I don't want to debate on if housing is cheap or neutral or expensive.  [more]

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How is QE anything out of the ordinary?

March 14, 2012 – Comments (4)

Something I often see is people writing articles about how there will be more QE, driving the price of (insert whatever here) up higher.  But, why are we waiting for an announcement of more QE?  Doesn't the fed constantly print more money...always...for decades?  Is QE really anything unusual? Why do we need an announcement or articles on it...it's a given.  It's kind of like writing "gravity announced; things may fall".  [more]

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How are you playing dsco?

March 10, 2012 – Comments (23) | RELATED TICKERS: DSCO

I tend to avoid biotech stocks, but this one seems interesting.  So the stock finally got the approval its been wanting for years, and the stock explodes...only to close barely up,and then fall the next day, back to where it was pre-approval.  [more]

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If you're using a stock screener, you've probably got the wrong idea

March 02, 2012 – Comments (14)

Stocks are dynamic, not static.  There are many variables that are not in the numbers that come up on a screener.  The chart, the management, analysis of the sector, analysis of the economy, guidance, earnings history, investor sentiment, comparative companies, news, etc. When people use stock screeners, they are trying to find a company that fits some form of magic formula.  There really isn't a formula.  There is a reason some companies trade at low P/E's. If there was a magic formula, it would be exploited too easily.  Also if you are bullish on oil, read oil articles books and websites...no need to screen for companies.  [more]

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