Market Speculator’s Knowhow

Market Speculator’s Knowhow: Process, Discipline and Focus Ever wonder what it takes to be a successful market speculator? The first answer that usually comes up is the mastery of chart reading, or another common perception is that one needs to gain lots of information about the companies or markets that he or she chooses to trade. The former is known as technical analysis, while the latter is referencing fundamentals. While it doesn’t hurt to understand both ways of looking at the markets, what I  most commonly see that poses the biggest challenge…

Share Buybacks

Share Buybacks: What You Need To Know Share buybacks are the most misunderstood way for a corporation to return cash to shareholders. Misunderstanding surround share repurchases is unfortunate.Many investors analyze a variety of financial ratios and metrics, but fail to look at share repurchases. It shouldn’t be this way.A definition of share buybacks is below: Share buybacks (also called share repurchases or stock repurchases) are when a publicly traded business uses cash to buy back some of its outstanding shares. Share buybacks reduce the amount of shares outstanding.This is good for the…

Best Dividend-Paying Funds

3 Best Dividend-Paying U.S. Financial Mutual Funds (FSVLX, PRISX, RYSFX) After a strong performance in 2015, the financial sector is off to a rocky start in 2016. Through March 17, 2016, the sector was down 5.71%. After an initial surge following the lead up to the Federal Reserve Board interest rate hike, bank stocks have come under pressure from concerns over low oil prices and troubling emerging markets debt. Banks and other financial institutions are expected to perform better with higher interest rates, but they may not rise fast enough to turn…