Investing & trading: April - June 2006 articles archive home
How smart?
Investing is about good decision-making. Most of us, unfortunately, are prone to making sub-optimal choices. If you don’t think that applies to you, try this ...
Thursday, June 29, 2006 ... more
Setting the mood
According to The Economist magazine, what upset the markets on May 11th, was a sudden, heightened aversion to risks that were always present.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 ... more
Little boxes
The ongoing goal is to move candidates into the mental box labelled 'Great Business at Fair Price'. The challenge is to avoid reaching false conclusions.
Monday, June 26, 2006 ... more
Ed Seykota tells the story of how he was having dinner with a fundamentalist, when the poor chap accidentally knocked a sharp knife off the table.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 ... more
Fear versus risk
In an August 2005 issue of USA Today Marc Siegel pointed out that terrorism is more about fear than it is about actual risk.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 ... more
Could it be that simple?
When a company announces good news over a prolonged period of time investors tend to become excessively optimistic about its prospects, pushing its stock price too high.
Monday, June 19, 2006 ... more
What to Avoid
There are always a few good ‘penny stocks’ around but, in order to find them, you need to know what to look for and what to avoid.
Monday, June 12, 2006 ... more
Bless ‘em
The Chicago Tribune, back in December 1994, claimed that, The queen of all investment clubs is a group known as the Beardstown Ladies.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 ... more
Thinking ahead
Selling is one of the hardest things to get right. Inexperienced investors often fail to make the most of their chances.
Monday, June 5, 2006 ... more
Who’s Jan Galt?
In December 2003, Jane Galt put forward an explanation for the US stock market bubble. It’s lucid. It’s fun. So, here are some extracts ...
Friday, June 2, 2006 ... more
Indecision and fear
Two reasons you didn’t buy when you should have: You'd researched the company, all the fundamentals were right. The stock price was moving up on heavy trading ...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 ... more
To reiterate
We know that as investors we don’t always act rationally or consider all of the available information in our decision-making. As a result ...
Monday, May 29, 2006 ... more
Propositions – part 2
Good companies are not always good investments / Numbers are just another story / Markets are more often right than wrong ...
Tuesday, May 23, 2006 ... more
Propositions – part 1
Be wary of new, complex, fancifully named strategies / The only predictable thing about stocks is their unpredictability /
Monday, May 22, 2006 ... more
Value versus Return
The returns on the original firms in the S&P 500 beat the returns on the standard, continually updated S&P 500 index and did so with lower risk.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 ... more
Profit warnings
Should you sell on a first profit warning? Probably. The reason is simple enough: the optimists will still be buying at this stage.
Monday, May 15, 2006 ... more
Just stories
Investing is full of stories that sound good but don't always hold up under close scrutiny. Consider a few: Buy after bad news. Buy after good news
Monday, May 8, 2006 ... more
Looking at what’s happened to the companies that were listed on the Development Capital Market in January 2002:
CASEY morphed into DATATPRO ...
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 ... more
Spilled milk
In his latest book Jim Cramer reveals 25 Rules for successful trading. Here is what he has to say about rule no. 13: No Woulda, Shoulda, Couldas!

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 ... more
VCM - Without success Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Gold soars. Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Know the signs Monday, April 24, 2006
Easy money Thursday, April 20, 2006
Last bits of advise Thursday, April 13, 2006
Cramer continued… Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Dealing with the inevitable Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Again and again Monday, April 10, 2006
Fables Monday, April 3, 2006
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