Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How To Know When To Sell A Stock?

One of the most difficult decisions in stock market investing is to know when to sell a stock.

I've been investing for over 20 years now, but I still struggle with this decision. It is especially true when the stock in question is one of my top performing stocks. It can be quite tempting to take a profit and run; however, taking a profit may not be a good long-term decision.

To make a decision to sell such a stock, I go through a sequence of questions that I ask myself and then depending on the answers I get, I would either keep the stock or sell it for a profit.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Utah Summer Vacation Part I

Thought, I write about our recent Utah summer vacation and take a break from usual investment related topics and "market is falling" rant.

For 2017 summer vacation, we picked Utah as our destination because we wanted to visit Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

My Dividend Stock Shopping List

Check out my stocks shopping list!

I maintain a shopping list of stocks that I'm interested in buying under right buying conditions.

The right buying conditions come true when certain valuation, dividend, and price movement metrics reach a reasonable value or an attractive range.

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Half Year Stock Buy Performance Analysis

Price Performance on Stock Buys from January - June 2017 (click image to zoom)
In this post, I will share with you the performance of my recent stock picks using a simple back-testing method.

You can use short-term back-testing to fine-tune your stock picking ability to maximize long-term profits and margin of safety.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Should You Be Investing In The Current Stock Market?

We are at or near a peak of a second longest bull market in the US history. A bull market is defined by a stock market that keeps on rising without being interrupted by at least a 20% decline.

So how long will this bull market continue? Let's look at what has been driving this bull market and then maybe we can get a better understanding of where it may be going.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Signs You Should Quit Your Job

Do you hate your job? Are you frustrated at work? Do you wish you could do something else with your life?

Well, you are not alone. According to a new Gallup study on the American workplace, two-thirds of employees are disengaged at work, or worse resent their jobs.

This is no way to live your life!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Is Apple A Buy After Recent Sell-Off?

With a market value of nearly $750 billion, Apple is by far the most valuable and well known technology companies today. In terms of its stock price, it has had a great run for the past 12 months with a one year return of around 20%. In comparison, S&P 500 has returned about 15% for the same period.

Apple also pays a current dividend yield of 1.74% and has recently increased its dividend in access of 10%. Barring the low yield, the dividend increase is quite good and qualifies it as a high quality dividend growth stock that is also a fast growing technology company.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lessons To Be Learned From My Stock Sale History

I believe, there is some truth to the following investment quotes:
More money is lost selling stocks than just keeping the shares and enjoying the ride through ups and downs of the market.
Your stock portfolio is like a bar of soap, the more you touch it, the smaller it gets.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Consider These Issues Before Investing In Foreign Stocks

Market pundits and investment experts have been telling us to start investing in foreign stocks. This is mainly because the US stock market is at its all-time highs and due a major correction whereas foreign markets have been lagging considerably for the past few years and now are primed to grow again in double digits.

If you look at the 5-year chart below which compares developed international stocks fund MSCI EAFE ETF (blue line) with US S&P 500 Index (green line), you will notice that international stocks have been grossly lagging US stock market since about mid 2014 and it is only recently that they have started to grow again.

Source Yahoo Finance

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Having A Stock Watchlist Can Help You Become A Better Investor

What is a stock watchlist?

Stock watchlist is simply a list of stocks that one wants to buy when the conditions are right. Buy conditions can be triggered by a short-term company issue or industry specific downturn, but many times they can also be triggered by a broader market correction.

My watchlist contains stocks that I've already researched and interested in buying at sometime in the future when they are trading at the right valuation or price.