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  • You're Probably Making This Mistake, and It's Costing You Money

    By Jason Hall - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, GIS, TSLA

    Investing isn’t easy, and we all make mistakes that lead to painful losses. Yet even with these painful and sometimes expensive lessons, investing in stocks is still the best tool many of us will ever have to build long-term wealth. Let’s take a look at a common mistake many of us have made, and a long-term approach that’s sure to net better results for most investors.

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  • Is a "Cheap" iPhone Destined for China?

    By Jason Hall - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, CHL

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) manufacturing partner Pegatron recently gave projections of 40%-50% growth in its "non-computing" segment for the 3rd quarter. This points squarely in the direction of a much-rumored "cheap iPhone" being a reality. And with domestic demand of the iPhone remaining robust, many think that this new product will be aimed, at least in part, at the Chinese market. This brings one question to mind: Will this restart more »

  • Why Ackman Resigning From J.C. Penney's Board Doesn't Matter

    By Jason Hall - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, M, VFC

    Bill Ackman, J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP) largest shareholder, has resigned from the company's board after a number of contentious actions created a serious rift between him and both management and fellow board members. What does this mean for investors? The company has been in a near free fall over the past five years, even as the greater economy, and other retailers have seen growth resume. Let's more »

  • Clean Energy Fuels and Profits: Are We There Yet?

    By Jason Hall - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, RDS-B, RDS-A, WPRT

    The North American energy boom is creating enormous potential. From the massive reduction in reliance on foreign oil, to keeping more American dollars in the domestic economy, to directly generating lots of well-paying jobs, the benefits to our country are many. And for investors, it's also opening up doors to profit in substantial and sustainable ways. 

    Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) is one of the companies with much promise more »

  • Cash In On Eating Out

    By Jason Hall - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: BWLD, CHUY, DRI | Editor's Choice

    The U.S. restaurant industry contracted for three years, over the recession. However, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index, or RPI, has shown two years of steady industry growth since the recovery started. In 2013, the RPI has been at or above 100 (indicating expansion) in every month except February, continuing the trend of positive momentum after a stumble last fall. While it's been bumpy, the trend more »

  • The Housing Recovery: 2 to Buy

    By Jason Hall - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: MTH, TRLA, Z

    The housing recovery seems to be in full swing; strong enough that there are whispers of an impending mini-bubble on the horizon. While there has been tremendous growth in housing over the past year, the risks of a downturn seem inflated. Motley Fool contributor Morgan Housel discusses this in more detail here, with the key points being that affordability is still relatively high, and between bank-owned properties being put up more »

  • Are These 3 Stocks Overpriced, or Is it Time to Buy?

    By Jason Hall - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CHK, MNST

    The market has roared to life this year and is now at all-time highs, leading many investors to fear that the search for good, cheap stocks is futile. Is value investing dead? Not likely. But just because the market’s up doesn't mean all the “expensive” stocks are bad investments.

    Let’s take a look at a couple of stocks that have crushed the market over the past several more »

  • Losing Money? Get Out of Your Own Way

    By Jason Hall - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BBY, SCHW, MSFT

    Study after study shows that most investors underperform the major indexes, failing to even match them; a lot just plain and simple lose money. The sad thing? You do it to yourself most of the time. 

    There are dozens of systems and methods that both purported and legitimate experts tout -- from penny-stock scams to legitimate, if overly complex and needlessly time-consuming valuation systems -- that still lead to market underperformance. Yet more »

  • Free at Last: Will Shareholders Really Benefit From a Vivendi-Free Activision?

    By Jason Hall - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, EA, NTDOY.PK, TTWO

    The recent announcement that Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) has entered into an agreement to acquire 429 million shares back from French conglomerate Vivendi for $5.83 billion in cash and debt, along with another 172 million shares being acquired by CEO Bobby Kotick and an investor group that includes Tencent for another $2.34 billion, has come as welcome news and a very big surprise. Shares shot up 15% on more »

  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Investing in Your Favorite Brands

    By Jason Hall - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, BRK-A, DIIBF, VFC

    Many popular consumer brands are owned by a parent company that you've never heard of. And for investors, sometimes it's worth doing a little digging to see if there's anything worth investing in. Are these companies practicing in diversification, or diworsification? Let's take a look.

    What do bikes, baby seats, and ready-to-assemble furniture have in common?

    Dorel Industries (NASDAQOTH: DIIBF), in this case. Featuring such names more »

  • Looking for Cheap Income? Be Sure You Know What You're Looking At

    By Jason Hall - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: AGNC, NLY, ROIC | Editor's Choice

    REITs have been on income investors' radar for the past few years, as traditional income sources like bonds yielding record-low levels. With mortgage REITs like Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY) and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC) paying out dividends over 15%, and at times well above 20% for American Capital, it’s a tempting place to invest. 

    Warren Buffett and Mae West have both said that too much of a more »

  • 2 Expensive Stocks to Buy Now, and One That’s No “Daily Deal”

    By Jason Hall - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, GRPN, NFLX

    The market has roared to life this year and is now at all-time highs, leading many investors to fear that the search for good, cheap stocks is futile. Is value investing dead? Not likely. But just because the market’s up doesn’t mean all the “expensive” stocks are bad investments.

    Let’s take a look at a few and see if we can find some “expensive” value.

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  • Bargain Buy or Value Trap?

    By Jason Hall - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ARMH, INTC, MSFT

    With the market at all-time highs, it's getting harder to find bargain stocks. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) have just underwhelmed with their earnings announcements. Will the next few market days give investors the opportunity to get a bargain price, or are these two giants of the tech world turning into value traps? Let's take a look.

    How $2 billion in net income can be a more »

  • Is Now the Time to Buy Medical Device Makers?

    By Jason Hall - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: BSX, MAKO, MDT, STJ, SYK

    As of this writing, the S&P 500 is up over 17% this year, while many of the biggest names in medical devices have run even farther. If we go back to last June 28 -- when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Obamacare and its 2.3% excise tax on medical device makers' gross revenues, medical device stocks have run even higher. Motley Fool Contributor Dan Caplinger described more »

  • Is Costco the Perfect Retail Investment?

    By Jason Hall - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BRK-B, BRK-A, COST, WMT

    Fool columnist Alyce Lomax wrote a great article on Costco (NASDAQ: COST) this week, and it got me to thinking. With the explosive growth of internet commerce leading to the death of big-box retailers of all kinds, from booksellers to specialty retailers, how could a company already generating over $100 billion in annual sales be the perfect retail investment? At its current size, how much larger can it grow? And more »

  • Looking for Cheap Money? You Could Be Looking in the Wrong Place

    By Jason Hall - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: MO, AGNC, AGNCP, NLY, PM | Editor's Choice

    Many investors are looking for high income-paying stocks that also offer a level of capital protection. I recently ran a screener to try and identify a handful of worthwhile candidates. This is exactly the kind of search that, say a retiree could be doing; looking for dividend payers but also protection against loss of capital. I ran a screener based on the following three criteria:

  • Does Microsoft Think It's Apple?

    By Jason Hall - July 13, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT

    The news is out: Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) expected reorganization is moving ahead. CEO Steve Ballmer's recent email to employees details much of the changes, but here's one particular piece that caught my attention:

    "Improving our performance has three big dimensions: focusing the whole company on a single strategy, improving our capability in all disciplines and engineering/technology areas, and working together with more collaboration and agility around more »

  • I Bet You're Probably Losing: Try Something That Actually Works

    By Jason Hall - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: RSP, SPY, VOO, VTI | Editor's Choice

    I read two articles today, that were both stark reminders that most of us are really bad at investing. From Foolish contributor Morgan Housel:

    Most investors underperform the market. When that's the case, how to become a great investor isn't what's important; becoming a less-bad investor should be the goal. The difference is subtle, but important.

    The article goes on to list more detail about the common more »

  • Alcoa's Earnings: So What?

    By Jason Hall - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: AA, F, LMT, TSLA, BA

    Aluminum maker Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced earnings after market close on July 8, beating estimates both on total revenues and earnings, even as it saw both figures decline from the year-ago results. And while much of the decline is a direct result of the commodity price of aluminum, the company expects to see a "7% growth in the demand" of aluminum this year. Simply put, only a handful of analysts more »

  • A Regular Fool's Retirement Portfolio: The Industrial Evolution

    By Jason Hall - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, XONE, SSYS | Editor's Choice

    The Industrial Revolution, driven by a confluence of several significant innovations across multiple industries, absolutely changed the world. These innovations made it faster, easier, and cheaper to mass-produce things that had been inaccessible to the common man before, creating a huge consumer market while also making the jobs that would pay for these newly available consumer goods. 

    From Wikipedia:

    The Industrial Revolution marks a major turning point in history; almost more »

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