Second-Quarter Earnings and Tips on Analyzing the Numbers

Second-quarter earnings will begin to heat up next week. Thomson Reuters projects S&P 500 index earnings growth of 20.7% and revenue growth of 8.1% on a blended basis. (The blended number uses results from both the 20 S&P 500 companies that have reported as of this morning and the consensus forecast of analysts’ estimates for…

 

Don’t Be Quick to Sell (or Rotate) in May

This week marks the start of what the Stock Trader’s Almanac refers to as the “worst six months” for the stock market. Relative to the “best six months,” stocks historically underperform during the period of May through October. Underperformance, however, should not be confused with losing money. Sam Stovall, the U.S. equity strategist at S&P…

 

Planning for the Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Though the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families and friends from a lifestyle and emotional standpoint has been well-documented, little research has been done into the financial impact of caring for some afflicted by the disease. To determine the impact, the Alzheimer’s Association conducted a nationwide survey. The results are discussed in the association’s 2016…

 

Simple Guidelines for Calculating Price Targets

An AAII member called last week asking for guidance on how to create price targets. Though very much a fair question to ask, it is not a question that’s very easy to answer. Do a search on Google for “how to determine a stock’s target price” and you’ll get 151,000 results. You have a better…

 

AAII Investor Update: Binary Option Contracts, A Really Bad Idea

Companies are very aware of our tendency, as humans, to overestimate the odds of making money. They use this to their advantage by pitching products and services as money-making opportunities that in reality are highly effective tools for separating us from our money. One bad idea for a financial product brought to my attention in…

 

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for October

AAII’s Top 10 Articles for October  16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses An in-depth look at the most commonly used financial ratios used for analyzing a company. The article includes a downloadable spreadsheet that automatically calculates these ratios using financial statement inputs you provide. This article has generated 12 comments. The…

 

AAII Weekly Features: 16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses

This week’s AAII Weekly Features highlights these valuable AAII articles: 16 Financial Ratios for Analyzing a Company’s Strengths and Weaknesses Managing Cash Flow in Retirement Quantitative Strategies for Selecting Stocks 18 Recommendations for Minimizing Inheritance Conflict The featured AAII stock screen this week is the InvestWare Quality Growth approach. Our Member Question for this week…