This Slow and Steady Operator Is Setting Up to Win Long-Term

Some market sectors are cyclical. Others tend to be slow and steady. The financial sector has characteristics of both. It tends to be slow and steady most of the time, but fears hitting the financial sector can lead to big losses quickly. Investors who can sort through real dangers and find undervalued companies capable of growing their market share can win when the sector shifts back to slow and steady. One niche of the financial service space is asset management. This space ...
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Use Market Uncertainty to Grab Income-Gushing Brands at a Fair Price

Markets will likely remain uncertain for some time. That means daily swings will occur, punctuated with moments of extreme fear or greed. Traders can take advantage of the swings in both directions. And investors can use drops to buy great companies at a fair price. A great company, such as one with a strong brand and a history of consistent dividend growth, will rarely trade at a great price. But they’re also usually overpriced, and it takes market fear to knock it ...
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This Knocked-Down Sector Looks Like a Speculative Buy Now

Wall Street is fond of saying that investors shouldn’t look to catch a falling knife. However, once a stock has had a big drop, fears of a further decline tend to leave investors on the sidelines. That can mean missing out on the early part of a rally off extreme lows, which can be a big part of a total bull rally. That means it’s often ideal to buy when there’s still some lingering fear. Right now, the regional banks are teetering ...
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Buy The Fear and Uncertainty from Short Sellers Talking Their Book

There’s a common strategy for a company to take a short position in a company, then issue a research report explaining why. Typically, such reports will take company statements and claim that they’re embellished in some fashion. Often, these reports aren’t true, or have an element of truth to them that are grossly exaggerated, even if allowed under accounting standards. But in the short term, shares can get knocked down, allowing the short seller to profit quickly. The most recent short seller ...
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Look For Companies Squeezing Out Unneeded Corporate Expenses

Many companies hire as they need to when growing like gangbusters. But when things go down, it’s a time to assess the size of a company and its needs, no matter what sector it’s in. For some companies, the worst bloat can come from its executive offices. The growth of middle management can cause a big payroll expense to build up, and take away capital from lower-level workers that make a company’s success possible. That’s why a number of big-name, labor-intensive companies ...
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Buy Stealthy Bull Market Stocks Ahead of the Big Money Flows

The end of the first quarter of the year saw the Nasdaq rebound more than 20 percent off of its lows from last year. Technically, that means the index is in a new bull market. And that’s no surprise when looking at some of last year’s hardest-hit tech stocks. A few have managed to nearly double off their lows. And they could move higher, as the flood of money hasn’t hit this space yet. One company that’s benefited from this trend is ...
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Follow Cyclical Stocks Starting an Upswing

Some companies tend to be growth plays. Others can be steady. A few are more cyclical, having obvious booms and busts. Tech companies that fall out of favor can become cyclical companies, provided they manage to find new products to invest in to get back on the growth track, even if it’s just for a few years. Playing this cycle can lead to bigger returns than buying and holding, particularly if buying near the start of a new cycle higher. Chipmakers tend ...
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In this Market, Finding Big Savings Can Translate Into Big Profits

Ultimately, companies exist to provide a product or service that satisfy the needs of their customers. Sometimes, that need is simply to find a way to do more with the same… or less. That’s why companies that drive innovations can be big winners over time. Customers flock towards services that can provide cost savings. And that can translate into big profits for the companies that are providing that innovation. Following where the investments in money-saving ideas go can lead to those ...
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