Investing Ideas: July 2019

Investing?  Who has time for investing?  Like many families, we’ve been enjoying a very busy summer in the warmer weather.  Investing has been on the back-burner compared to other activities like going to the pool, BBQ’ing, riding bikes to the library, and working on summer projects.

Even with investing on the back-burner however, I still find myself reading 10Q’s and news about all the investments I’m interested in.  Call me crazy, but investing is where my interests are.  Some people like to watch TV, but I read a quarterly earnings reports…

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Investing Ideas: June 2019

They say the time to buy is when blood is in the streets… Well, I’ve starting to see plenty of red over the last couple of weeks.  I guess that means it’s time for another investing ideas post!

Yep, it really has been months since I last wrote one of these investing ideas posts.  It wasn’t because I lacked any interest in investing; I just couldn’t find any great ideas.  Everything just looked too expensive to my eyes over these last 6 months…

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Should I Be Investing In Master Limited Partnerships?

I need to admit I made a mistake.  At first glance, master limited partnerships ( ‘MLP’ for short) always seemed like the kind of investment I would automatically dislike — With flat share prices, large debt levels and high dividend yields.  They ticked a lot of my “don’t invest” boxes pretty quickly.

It should come as no surprise, that I’ve essentially ignored MLP’s for years…

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Defensive Stocks: A Investing Strategy For Mr. Market’s Bad Mood

Once upon a time and not so long ago, I told a fairy-tale about Low Beta investing.  It’s one of those great investing fairy tales backed up by plenty of research which attracted lots of attention and money.  When I looked at the actual results of the strategy, it didn’t fair so well.  It made for a good bedtime story however.

Fortunately, there’s plenty more investing bed-time stories where that came from!  Today we’re going to look at one of the classics — a equity investing strategy used to protect the investor during recessions and other market downturns…

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Low Beta Investing: The Anomaly of Lower Risk And Greater Returns

Greater risk means greater rewards.  That’s the mantra we’ll taught about stock market investing.  Take the risk of investing in the stock market and you could lose money… but you might also make considerably more than you would in a bank account, or money market fund.

“Without risk there is no reward.”

That’s the story we’re told as newbie investors anyway…

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Lessons On Investing: Kraft-Heinz

Last time I wrote one of these “Lessons On Investing” posts, the chosen stock was a HUGE success.  It was one of those successes that everyone dreams about investing in.  The kind that make you rich.  I still criticize myself for not investing in the company 20 years ago.  That company was Apple, Inc.

Investing successes are great of course, but we can also learn from investing failures.  Some people even say you learn more from failures than you do from successes…

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Investing Ideas: October 2018

I’d like to nickname this October’s Investing Ideas the “falling knife” edition.  A new bear market may have finally begun.  Why do I think this?  My stock screens have been a sea of red the last couple of weeks, with values falling far from the high-water marks.

While a bear market is not necessarily bad thing, investing when 12 of the last 14 days have been negative feels a lot like trying to catching a “falling knife”…

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