Investment Activity Review - July 2015

July was highlighted by some violent turns in global stock markets, led by China. It fed into a continued drop in commodity prices, which included copper. The combination of a surging US dollar along with continued evidence that the China economy was slowing down more dramatically than thought, took down the whole commodity complex. Like always when there is fear in the market, I tend to perk up and start sifting through the damage to find hopefully some nuggets. During July it was copper. 

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8 Questions To Ask When Evaluating a Stock

Making a decision to buy a stock requires that you ask and answer these 8 questions. By answering them you can rationally formulate a better understanding of what is driving the stock price of a company and use that understanding to make an educated investment decision. There are no guarantees that every decision you take by answering these questions will be successful but the chances are good you will make more successful decisions than you will unsuccessful ones.

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Investment Activity Review-March 2014

After the February blip in the markets as a result of Central Bank tapering leading to hemorrhaging in Emerging Markets, a funny thing happened. The market seemed to have forgotten all that and just continued on its upward trajectory. I decided to use the wave and bank some profits as well as take some pretty aggressive positions.

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The Stock Market is Overpriced So Why Am I Still Buying Stocks?

For the last year or so, I would consider myself to be in the camp that stocks are overpriced and have not reflected the fundamentals of a global and domestic economy that at best has been treading water and staying afloat. Since early 2013, I have shorted a small portion of my portfolio in the US S&P500. It hasn’t been a great trade as the market has rocketed to record highs. From a market psychology perspective where investors of all stripes have remained very optimistic as well as a Monetary Policy perspective where Central Banks have been doing everything to incentivize investors to buy stocks, it’s all been golden for equity investors. Despite my skepticism and a ridiculous amount of head scratching, I have still continued to buy stocks. Why am I doing this? Am I crazy? Am I selling out?

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Investment Activity Review-January 2013

The first monthly review of our trades. It is one thing to present and educate people on investment concepts. It is another to practice what you preach. To address this, one of my goals for the upcoming year is to post my trades for each month with a brief explanation of why I made the trade. The rationale could be company specific, portfolio specific, or macro-economically specific.       

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Choose Your Games Wisely When Playing The Stock Market Casino

It is very important for investors to understand what games they are playing in the stock market casino, because some games skew in favour of the stock market casino, while some games are driven by the broader market which allow the ordinary investor a better opportunity to make better, profitable investments. 

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