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Getting a Second (or third) Opinion on where a Stock is Heading

When you are experiencing a medical condition, you will often reach out to a second doctor to get another opinion and (hopefully) confirming diagnosis on your proposed action. Likewise, you would probably like a second or third opinion before you invest in a stock to ensure that you are making the best investment possible. At …

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Portfolio Diversification: Four Common Mistakes That Investors Make

When it comes to portfolio diversification, investors are taught from an early age that they should not put all their eggs in one basket. By investing in a well-rounded portfolio you can still maintain your returns while decreasing your risk.  What does that mean in practical terms? Think about a portfolio where you had put …

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Blue-Chip Stocks Explained: What They Are & How To Invest In Them

The term “blue-chip stock” is used as shorthand for the stock market’s biggest industry leaders. They are the A-list of stocks—you probably know their names, and they’ve been prominent for years and years. These are stocks like Amazon, Apple, and Berkshire Hathaway. Here is a closer look at where the term “blue-chip” came from, as …

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Momentum To Value Investing Explained & What The Switch Means For The Chaikin Power Gauge

Value investing, momentum investing, and growth investing: what is the difference, and why are investors changing their approach right now?  There have been lots of stories in the financial media over the last week about the fact that investors are fundamentally changing their investment strategies from strategies that chase returns (aka find the best performing …

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Why Investors Should Care About the Monthly Employment Report

Investors follow an avalanche of news every day, digest it, and apply it to their investments in the markets. For example, a negative Donald Trump tweet on China will lead technology investments down. A report on JUUL e-cigarette regulation will drop Altria and other tobacco stocks.  Economic reports are a little different. They do have …

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Free Cash Flow: What Is It & Why Does It Matter In Investing?

Free cash flow should be an important consideration for any investor. Warren Buffett, one of the most successful value investors of all time, considers this his most important metric. Despite its utility, not everyone understands how it works. While it has a unique resistance to “creative” accounting techniques, it can have some drawbacks as well …

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