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Cash Is King: Follow the Money Flow to Begin Your Stock Analysis

Cash Is King: Follow the Money Flow to Begin Your Stock Analysis

Cash flow is the foundation of a company’s financial health and is a critical tool for deciding whether a stock might be worth your time. Some analysts say that cash flow trumps price/earnings ratio, dividend yields, earnings surprises, or even technical analysis. Let’s simply say that cash flow can be valuable currency as you begin your stock search.

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Transportation Stocks Diverge: A Dow Theory Red Flag?
June 2, 2015

Transportation Stocks Diverge: A Dow Theory Red Flag?

This spring, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) climbed to new all-time highs, the Dow Jones Transportation Average—a mix of airline, railroad, and ...

Health Care Sector Surges: Not Just for Playing Defense?
May 27, 2015

Health Care Sector Surges: Not Just for Playing Defense?

The health care sector is no longer just a corner of the stock market for investors to play defense. This category has chalked up the best performance in the S&P 500 ...

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Topsy Turvy: Crowdfunding and the Financial Sector
May 11, 2015

Topsy Turvy: Crowdfunding and the Financial Sector

The rapid acceleration of crowdfunding—the latest among potential systemic shocks to the financial services industry—is leaving traditional banks ...

Spoiler Alert: Investing in Your Grandkids is Smart
May 11, 2015

Spoiler Alert: Investing in Your Grandkids is Smart

Being a grandparent gives you new opportunities to invest. Learn how investing for grandchildren may help you spoil them long into the future.

Weak Q1 GDP May Flash Warning for Earnings, Stocks
May 5, 2015

Weak Q1 GDP May Flash Warning for Earnings, Stocks

A much weaker than expected Q1 gross domestic product (GDP) reading could be a red flag for corporate earnings. That means stock investors may need to ...

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Stocks Hit All-Time Highs (Again): Time to Review and Rebalance?
April 28, 2015

Stocks Hit All-Time Highs (Again): Time to Review and Rebalance?

Break out the champagne—that is, if you have any left after the year that Wall Street has had. With Federal Reserve interest rate hikes looming, and at the ...

Greek Debt Steals Stock Spotlight: Focus on Position Size
April 21, 2015

Greek Debt Steals Stock Spotlight: Focus on Position Size

Concerns about Greek debt are dominating financial headlines again. That means U.S. investor jitters are heating up as the cash-strapped nation’s ...

Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention
April 16, 2015

Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention

On a construction site, you’ll hear the phrase “measure twice, cut once.” When constructing an investment portfolio, you may need to measure, re-measure, and ...

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It's Stock-Picking Time: Finding Sector Bright Spots
April 8, 2015

It's Stock-Picking Time: Finding Sector Bright Spots

It's time for individual investors to take a cue from the pros by looking not only at the broader equity market, but drilling down to individual sector analysis.

IRA Oops Moment, Pt. 2: Crunch Your Net Income Attributable
March 30, 2015

IRA Oops Moment, Pt. 2: Crunch Your Net Income Attributable

If you find yourself needing to remove part or all of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution to avoid a tax penalty, there is a way. As we learned in ...

Why Rising Interest Rates Could Be Good for Stocks
March 26, 2015

Why Rising Interest Rates Could Be Good for Stocks

Many stock investors wonder: if the Federal Reserve takes away the punch bowl—as some observers think could happen as soon as mid-year—will it be the end ...

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Sentiment Hits Two-Year Low, but Stocks Climb Wall of Worry
March 24, 2015

Sentiment Hits Two-Year Low, but Stocks Climb Wall of Worry

Are stocks still climbing a wall of worry? At least some measures of investor sentiment show market participants are questioning the soundness ...

Listen Up: How Language about the Future Affects Our Savings
March 23, 2015

Listen Up: How Language about the Future Affects Our Savings

Did you know that the way you talk about the future may impact how much money you save? It’s all in your language. Speakers of languages that require...

  Plunging Crude Oil Could Leave the Economy Low On Gas
March 18, 2015

Plunging Crude Oil Could Leave the Economy Low On Gas

Getting more comfortable filling up your SUV lately? Although those extra dollars give you more spending power away from the pump, the benefits of cheaper ...

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IRA Contribution Oops Moment? Here's Your Penalty Fix
March 16, 2015

IRA Contribution Oops Moment? Here's Your Penalty Fix

Congratulations! You’re a conscientious saver with an eye on a comfortable retirement, and you regularly maximize your annual Individual Retirement Account...

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