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When you go through a complete market cycle—from the start of a new bull to the bottom of the next bear—your real objective is to nail down as much of the profits you’ve built as possible. But most investors give back more of their profits than they should, and too many...

It may not be comforting, but individuals are rewarded over the long term for investing in stocks because stock prices can go up or down. Short-term market volatility and uncertainty creates a risk premium to entice investors to buy and hold stocks. It is important to note, however,...

Technical analysis is a bit of a misnomer since it is really not that technical. A better name for the use of charts to make investment decisions might be risk/reward analysis or even market psychology. Sure, there are some complex mathematical concepts involved with some of...

Value investors are always seeking undervalued stocks to add to their portfolios while pruning those that are overvalued. However, a stock’s price doesn’t always reflect a company’s true value. The dividend yield is a useful measure of value for selecting undervalued securities...

Momentum investors seek rapidly growing companies with prices to match. Their hope is that continued growth will attract additional investors who will continue to drive up the stock price. That investment philosophy, centered on earnings growth, underlies the approach used by...

Many individual investors embody value investing—Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett immediately come to mind. Among investment management firms, perhaps none is as devoted a follower of the principles of value investing as Tweedy, Browne Company. In his book “Smarter Stock Picking”...

Facing criticism from a colleague over modifications he made in his economic analysis, the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes once said: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Keynes’ question is a relevant one for investors. Unless you...

One theory of valuation is that a stock is worth the cash distributable to shareholders. An advantage to methodologies based on this concept is that cash distributions are not influenced by accounting adjustments. Cash is either returned to shareholders or it’s not. Investors...

Not all that long ago, “stock-picking” entailed tedious, relentless research. In order to get the complete financial picture of a firm and its shares, individual investors had to scour the pages of financial newspapers or pore over scores of thick, dull annual reports. You...

The Dow Jones industrial average finally crossed the 20,000 mark this morning. It took the blue-chip average 64 days to make the 5.1% leap from when it first crossed 19,000 on November 22, 2016. The big reason the move has received so much attention is 20,000 is a big, round number....