• 3 Alternative Perspectives for Investing in the Education Sector

    By Scott Levine - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: DDD, AMRC, RST, SSYS

    Often when people consider investing in the education sector, they primarily turn to for-profit education companies-- Apollo Group, DeVry, and Strayer Education, to name a few. However, investors would benefit from turning their attention to a less-obvious aspect of the sector-- the trends that are developing in the elementary and secondary schools. 

    One of the driving forces behind these trends is the U.S. Department of Education program, Race to more »

  • This Stock Requires Patience, but the Opportunity Is Tremendous

    By Brian Shaw - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMRC, RST, WPRT

    For individual investors, it is critically important to develop a simple, coherent investment thesis prior to purchasing shares of a company. The thesis should be easy enough to explain to a friend, and should be based on research rather than relying on a premise like "my cousin knows a guy who said this stock is going to skyrocket 1,000%."

    Here's an example. A barely-followed small cap company is more »

  • This ETF Is a Case Study in “De-worsification”

    By Brian Shaw - March 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMRC, FSLR, ITC, PBW, STP

    Recently, I made the argument that PowerShares’ Water Resources ETF is poised to beat the market thanks to inevitable trends in demand for fresh water. However, the benefits of owning a diversified basket of stocks that can take advantage of global trends will only lead to market outperformance if you take time to develop an understanding of the ETF's components, the weighting of specific companies (or particular niches within more »

  • How I Sold These Stocks for a Loss, and Still Gained Almost 40%

    By Jason Hall - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMRC, AAPL, GLW, F, GTAT, UPL

    I wrote an article in November, laying out part of my strategy for the 2012 tax year.  Many investors were selling off big winners like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in order to "lock in" their gains, in many cases in fear of increased taxes on future capital gains.  I wrote another article in early December laying out why I thought that was a bad idea, going so far as to call more »

  • Why am I Selling These Great Companies? Maybe You Should, too...

    By Jason Hall - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: AMRC, GLW, F, GTAT, UPL

    There is substantial evidence that the best way to grow your wealth is to buy and hold stocks for years and years.  Morgan Housel (re-creating charts that super-genius Nate Silver features in The Signal and The Noise) shows in this article how the secret is buying at cheap valuations, and holding for very long periods of time.  Despite this, and my claim to be a long-term investor, I've sold more »

  • Should your Portfolio have Greentech Stocks?

    By Kevin Gill - August 16, 2012 | Tickers: AMRC, AMRS, CDXS, CVA

    Renewable energy sources will have to replace traditional and non-renewable sources more and more if urbanization and current American lifestyles are to continue, no less the improvement of lifestyles (i.e. increased energy consumption) in emerging countries.

    The wise investor sets aside personal leanings and emotional factors to objectively assess any yield potential from any given form of stock or even a whole sector. Whether or not you’re the more »

  • A Sea of Green?

    By Kelley Ryan - December 13, 2011 | Tickers: AMRC, BAMXF, WM

    Nothing feels better than when a company you have invested in not only makes you some cash, but also does something for the greater good. It could be a large donation to a relief fund or making the switch to environmentally friendly packaging. Even better than these glimpses of goodness, however, is finding money-making investments whose main purpose is positive change. It doesn't happen very often, but every once more »