How to Read an Annual Report

 
Every publicly traded company is required by the SEC(Securities and Exchange Commission) to provide annual reports to it's shareholders, and the general public as well. These annual reports contain very important financial information, as well of summaries of the companies progress made by the CEO, board members, etc. I use annual reports to decide whether or not im going to buy stock in that company. How to obtain an annual report - There are basically two ways to get an annual report from a company....
 

Duck

 
Duck! No I don't mean a quack, quack. I meant get down, look out for a huge blob of brown stuff is heading your way. This one is so large it is going to make Enron and Worldcom look like Boy Scouts stealing cookies at a picnic. As a result of these latest revelations we are going to have to find someone new to blame. So far the blame has been on the World Trade Center tragedy and dishonest executives at a few large corporations. These are a pittance when you see what is coming. Does your company have a defined benefit pension plan?...
 

Investment Attorneys and Garbage Stocks

 
How is it possible that trash Companies are posting less than expected results? Trash Companies are thought of by prudish investors as some of the safest stocks to own. Ask Warren in his Buffet of Essays on Corporate America. Companies which service the needs of the people tend to stay afloat longer and respond very little to economic down turn. Most investment advisors and attorneys would agree. And anyone who has ever stopped to ponder the idea of recession proof businesses would inevitably put Trash and Refuse companies at the top of the list....
 

Kick The Tires

 
Before you buy another car you walk around the lot, kick the tires, slam the doors and look at the mileage indicator. That's an odometer. I know. That is about all the "research" you can do other than what the car salesman tells you and I hope you know better than to believe him. The same goes for buying stocks or mutual funds. All the brokerage companies tell you to do your research before you buy. Kick the tires. Slam the doors. Look at the odometer. But how do you do this and can you really get the true story about any equity because you can't take it for a test drive and you don't want to believe any broker....
 

VIX

 
No, this is not a symbol for some Latin number. The Wall Street mavens talk about this market timing device as if they knew how to use it to determine which way the stock market is going - up or down. It is pretty obvious that brokers, analysts and financial planners have not learned the language. What does it mean and can it be used to predict market moves? The VIX is actually a measure of volatility for those who buy and sell stock options think about the market. To make it simple you can find it displayed as a chart on the Internet at www....
 

Choosing An Investment Stock Broker

 
If you want one. And I don't recommend any broker with whom to trade who will be giving you advice on what to buy and sell. When a broker speaks it is a eulogy for your money. My definition of a broker is one who makes you broker. The reason I say this is that when I owned my brokerage company I hired and supervised over 300 brokers. The actual number of good traders I could count on one hand and have fingers left over. Let's understand that a broker is hired by a brokerage company for one reason - to generate commission, not to make you money....
 

Market Globalization

 
Just 30 years ago the stock market was a shadow of what it is today. There were many fewer shareholders and the daily volume was a fraction of what it is at present. No one thought you would every be able to trade a billion or more shares in one day. Of course that was in the old days when they had tickers and the word digital was something you did with your fingers. Now we have world markets. There seems to be a stock exchange in almost every country. Did you know there is a stock exchange (of sorts) in Baghdad?...
 

Bull or Bear?

 
Cat or dog? Maybe Zebra. Shucks, I don't know, but my broker keeps telling me it is a bull and to buy this and that. It looks like he is right - for a change. I remember he said the same thing in 1999 and 2000 and I ended up losing most of my money. But it looks good right now. Yes, it does look good now and I have been a buyer since the middle of last year. Is this another bubble? The talking heads on CNBC-TV say we are back in the bull market again. My one rule has been to buy when the market turns up and it sure has done that;...
 

My Neighbor Got A New Car

 
I don't know what kind it is, but I saw iton TV running full speed along the shore (I don'tlive near the shore) throwing up spray or maybeit was that one climbing up the steep mountaintrail thru the mud, rocks and snow. Veryexciting. (I don't live near the mountainseither.) WOW! Just what I need. But there are a few obstacles. It costs about $28,000. (That's close to theaverage annual wage.) I have perfect credit andthey'll give it to me for no money down. All Ihave to do is make the monthly payments for thenext 5 years of only $541....
 

Economists #2

 
Economists know more about how the fragments of society work than anyone. In school they are taught to break down the economy into its tiniest parts and to quantify each minutiae so it can become part of a formula. Once done those econometric formulas should become a viable equation to predict how the total economy will react when a change occurs to any part of the formula. Since economists know all this I must ask if these formulas are so good at predicting the economy why aren't all economists rich?...
 

Wal-Mart: Discount Store, Discounted Stock?

 
As GuruFocus updates the stock buys and sells of gurus, Wal-Mart (WMT), the discount retail giant, stands out as the stock with a high ValueRank (7 out of 10). Just recently, Clipper Fund's James Gipson and T. Rowe Price Equity Income Fund's Brian Rogers bought Wal-Mart. Oakmark's legendary fund manager Bill Nygren was the first guru that bought Wal-Mart. He bought at price of $53 a year ago. Bill Ruane, the Graham-and-Doddsville superinvestor recognized by Warren Buffett, bought about 700,000 shares Wal-Mart at similar price in the fourth quarter of 2004....
 
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