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Around 15 years ago, Joseph Piotroski, an accounting professor at University of Chicago, formulated a strategy for pinpointing value-priced stocks likely to outperform the overall market.   In a nutshell, Piotroski’s strategy involved defining a universe of cheap stocks, based on price to book ratios. From that universe, he pinpointed…
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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market.  EQ: In last week’s interview, we discussed that investors have taken more of a defensive stance in the market as evidenced by the activity on a sector…
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If you had purchased shares of Morgan Stanley India Investment ($IIF) a year-ago, you would have enjoyed an 80% return over those twelve months. MS India Investment is a “closed-end fund” or CEF, which is a special type of mutual fund. Here’s why you should consider CEFs. Conventional mutual funds…
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“You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride “In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first…
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We have $98.7 billion reasons to be mad. That’s how much of our money, taxpayer money, the Federal Reserve gave to the U.S. government in 2014. Over just the last five years, the Fed has funneled $421 billion, or almost half a trillion dollars of our money, to the U.S.…
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I’m going to suggest seven stocks for you to consider for 2015. I know that it’s somewhat unfashionable, but this is a “buy and hold” portfolio, that is, these stocks are intended to be held until year’s end. All are dividend payers. That way, if the market tanks, you’ll still…
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I think the idea that cars, sports equipment, etc., can “talk” is a guy thing. I can’t recall seeing a woman talk to a golf ball before she teed off, and yet I know plenty of guys who do this, even before they start drinking! Guys will ever so calmly…
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Do you think that utility stocks are boring? Consider this. As of Friday, December 26, Fidelity MSCI Utilities (FUTY) , an index that tracks the performance of U.S. utilities, had returned 30% for the year, more than double the S&P 500’s 13% year-to-date return. . With the economy expected to…
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Here’s an idea: Buy stocks that pay you to own them! They’re called dividend-paying stocks, and if you pick the right stocks, you’ll make money, even if they don’t go up much. Moreover, in a market downdraft, stocks with solid dividend prospects don’t drop as much as other stocks, because…
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After 30 years of declining interest rates, bond investors are beginning to worry that rates will go higher—especially after the events of May 2013. Back then, 10-year yields went from 2% to 3% on a frozen rope. Things got very dicey in fixed income. Some holders of corporate bonds (like…
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What do Siegfried and Roy have in common with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen? Shortly after the Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment data last month showing that joblessness had dropped below 6% for the first time since the 2008 crash, the Federal Reserve announced it would stop government bond…
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War, severe weather and record natural gas production are buffeting energy stock prices. Where can investors turn for safety? In this interview with The Energy Report, Credit Suisse's John Edwards suggests that midstream master limited partnerships, while they have been volatile of late, are fundamentally stable business models, and have…
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