Friday, February 4, 2011

Investing in the Stock Market

Investing in the Stock Market
It can be rather daunting if you do not know what exactly your investment goals are. You have several options. That can actually be a bad thing.
You can self invest, which I prefer, but the comfort level of doing such a thing will vary based on the individual.
You can invest with a mutual fund. You would simply contact one. There are smaller mutual funds and larger ones. Most of them would require you to set up an online account. Some will even help you with doing so, especially if you have a lot of money to invest. People will bend over backwards for you if you have a lot of money that you are interested in investing.
You can simply put your money in a CD. You can often times do this through your local bank. The interest rates on these are not that great, but they are much safer in comparison to the market.
You can look for enticing savings bonds. The rates will vary with interest rates and with the bond rating. If you choose a bond that has a worse financial rating you will get a higher interest rate, but your money is at a higher risk than if you got your savings bonds with the government.
As you can see there are numerous ways to invest your money. Each of them carries some sort of risk. Some more than others. It is up to you to decide your risk level and learn a little about your options.
It can be a lot of work, but it is nice to know where your money is.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Akeena Solar, Inc.- Penny Stock

For those of you that are looking for a good penny stock play, Akeena Solar, Inc. The ticker symbol is WEST.
They will see a good surge in sales when summer comes along. This should coincide with a strong movement on their stock price.
I also feel they are a good long term company. Solar energy is something that we need to harness to help combat the energy crisis that will be forthcoming.
This company is on the smaller side. This fact would allow them to see dramatic growth when the demand for solar energy increases.
They are trading at .54 per share as I write this. Hopefully you will get into this company and they will be trading at $1 by the end of the year, after they receive their summer surge.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Direction Blog Is Heading

It has been about a month of me having this blog and I still have not exactly settled into exactly what I want it to be.
Some things that I will start writing about:
1). Book Reviews
2). Stock Picks & Detailed Analysis
3). Financial Industry News
4). Reasons/How To save
5). Job Market
Anything that any of you can think of please email me with your ideas.
It is my goal to become very knowledgeable about finance and investing. I will do that through reading and studying of different subject matter.
I know for certain that I am a value investor, however I remain cognizant of overreaction to news items and finding good prices as a result of this.
A new post will be forthcoming each day that the market is open about stocks. I will sprinkle in additional posts throughout the week.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Company on the rise

CWTR- Cold Water Creek Inc.

I feel strongly that by the end of this year that CWTR will prove to be a fantastic investment. They are working on paying down their debt as profits return in the retail industry.
They are at a great price of about $2.95, at the moment. Their market cap is under 300 million, which is great if a big investor takes notice.
Any sort of good news can have a dramatic effect on a smaller cap stock such as CWTR.
In checking the open interest for options on this stock, I found that there is strong interest for the $5 dollar calls. This bodes well for the long and short-term of the price. With the price being so low for a fairly strong company it deters short sellers, that otherwise would have driven the price down even lower.
I think 2011 will be the year that we see a good recovery from the financial mess that we all have endured as American citizens. A recovery will lead to more spending, and investor sentiment will go in the direction of BUY! BUY!
CWTR is one of the stocks that have not made a dramatic recovery yet. Reason being is because consumers have not fully returned to their pre-meltdown spending habits.
Time heals all wounds and the time for dramatic healing is near. In addition, to their retail stores, CWTR also owns spas, which will see a rise in sales.
All in all, I think this is a great company, with very limited downside, to own.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


AT&T announced today that they are changing the way that they recognize profits in accounting. Rather than amortize them over a period of many years they will recognize them on the year that they are incurred. What exactly does this do for the company’s long-term outlook?
I contend that it does nothing. Their obviously is a short-term market reaction based on the stock currently being up over 29%. I feel this news, conveniently, is a response to them losing the market of being the only exclusive carrier of the Apple Iphone. Verizon already has a stronger and larger customer base for the simple fact of fewer dropped calls.
I feel AT&T needs to do more than change their accounting procedures to mask the fact that they have just taken a shot in the gut.
Long-term, I would say, short AT&T and invest in the growth, and stability of Verizon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Penny Stocks

A friend of mine has asked me to help him invest. He wants me to look at penny stocks. The outlook when investing in penny stocks is usually not very long-term. You typically enter a position looking to make a quick buck and then get out. There are several things to consider when choosing to put your money in a penny stock.

You have to make sure that your entrance/exit does not influence the stock price to drastically. To combat this you must make sure that the stock that you deem a good buy has high enough volume that you can act upon it fairly easy. If the stock is really low volume it makes it much harder to accumulate enough shares to get a good return if the stock actually goes up. You also have to be aware of the stock being delisted from the exchange. This can happen when a stock has an average below $1 for too long. If this happens your investment is not looking great because the amount of people that would potentially buy the stock from you is now greatly dropped and the volume will subsequently follow.

Penny stocks are usually more of a gamble than investing in stocks with a higher market cap. They also have the potential to give you the highest returns, this is what is so attractive about them from an investors standpoint. They also have the greatest potential to lose money. That is precisely what scares me.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Great Dividend Stock!

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP)
Here is the description of the company given on Google Finance:
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP) is a pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America. KMP owns an interest in approximately 28,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. It has five business segments: products pipelines, natural gas pipelines, CO2, terminals and Kinder Morgan Canada. On October 1, 2009, KMP acquired the natural gas treating business from Crosstex Energy, L.P. and Crosstex Energy, Inc. On November 1, 2009, KMP acquired 40% ownership interest in Endeavor Gathering LLC, the natural gas gathering and compression business of GMX Resources Inc. In May 2010, the Company completed a 50/50 joint venture with Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (Kinder Morgan) involving the Company's midstream business in the Haynesville Shale, and the sale of Terryville Field.
Kinder Morgan is one of the largest pipeline master limited partnerships in the United States. The definition of a MLP is here:
On October 20, 2010, KMP raised their quarterly dividend to $1.11 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders on record as of October 29, 2010. The distribution is scheduled for November 12, 2010. As of today KMP is trading at 70.51, which would put the dividend at 6.296%.
If you are looking for a great dividend paying stock with an even better past of dividend payouts, then KMP is a good choice. They have a 30 year history of raising their dividend yearly. Aside from consistently raising their dividend they often raise it more than the rate of inflation. Inflation has averaged 3.36% a year since 1913. If you are looking for a dividend stock to add to your portfolio, one that outpaces inflation is very important. Otherwise, the value of your money will be decreasing yearly. This will defeat the whole purpose of investing. Adding KMP to your portfolio will help you battle inflation by making use of their fantastic dividend.
 They are a consistently growing company. Their gross profit has risen the past four years. The stock price of the company has gone up over 75%, since early 2006. The company also appears to have great management with shareholders best interests aligned with their own. This is a quote I found on their website  At Kinder Morgan, we pride ourselves on being a different kind of energy company. What makes us different?
It starts at the top with Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder, who earns a salary of $1 per year and does not receive a bonus, stock options or restricted stock grants.  As a shareholder/unitholder, Kinder’s financial rewards are directly aligned with the company’s investors – if the company does well, he does well.

I will end my post with that. If true, it says more than I even could about the strong foundation and bright outlook for this company.