SLM Corp

  • College, the American Dream, and Wall Street

    By Marie Palumbo - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: DFS, NNI, SLM

    In an effort to achieve the “American Dream,” college students are amassing student loan debt at an alarming rate. So, the student loan business is booming. And, the Fed’s Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) has brought life to the student loan asset backed securities (SLABS) market.

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    Since new legislation in 2010, the government has been lending directly to students. The government now oversees about 90% of all more »

  • 4 Cheap Dividend Stocks for Income Investors

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: HUN, SLM, WLP, WU

    Several renowned investors have pursued a strategy of investing in stocks with low price-earnings multiples. Stocks with low P/E ratios could be mispriced relative to their peers and could represent companies with low implied growth. However, some low P/E stocks represent good value plays that are subject to near-term adversity, which is negatively affecting their profitability, without denting their long-term earnings growth prospects.

    In the current market, there more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: COF, FCX, SLM, UNH, XL

    Value investors often start by considering the P/E multiple as a measure of a stock’s “cheapness” and then evaluating the company’s other financials to see if it is a good value. We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds, primarily as part of our work developing investment strategies, but we also think that it can be useful to screen picks from top managers according to more »

  • Potential Split Could Create New Opportunities and Increase Shareholder Value

    By Mike Thiessen - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, KEY, SLM

    Through its board of directors, once-mighty student lender SLM Corporation (NASDAQ: SLM) has received official permission to execute a long-anticipated spin-off. The split would separate SLM's education loan management division from its student loan origination business and create two smaller companies that would operate in tighter, better-defined niches. It may be the surest sign yet that the American higher education sector will face tremendous challenges in the years ahead more »

  • From London to Dubai, This Fund Is Bullish

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: C, HIG, ICE, SLM, BX

    Toscafund Asset Management is an asset manager based in London and Dubai. The firm was founded in 2000 by Martin Hughes and is a part of Old Oak Group. The fund recently filed its first quarter 13F with the SEC, describing some of its main investments during the first three months of 2013. A quick look at Toscafund’s top five equity positions is a good place to start. See more »

  • Barnes & Noble Is Not Doomed

    By Alexander Cho - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BKS, SWY, SLM

    Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) is well on its way to becoming profitable again, despite all the negative attention associated with Barnes & Noble and the sensationalizing of digital media formatted books along with the cheaper content collection provided through the Amazon book store. The fact is that there are people who prefer buying books in a retail store. In fact, I prefer buying books in person. The current short interest as more »

  • Hmm….This Bostonian Hedge Fund Is Bullish Alright

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: LAMR, NXY, SLM, TEVA, WAIR

    Abrams Capital Management is one of the largest hedge funds in Boston. The fund is run by David Abrams, and has a $5 million minimum requirement. Currently valued as an equity portfolio alone worth $1.1 billion, Abrams’ investment vehicle primarily invests in financial, services and basic materials stocks and tends to favor securities that are undervalued. In accordance with our market-beating strategy, we’re going to take a look more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s High Upside Potential Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: ASPS, ESRX, NYX, SLM, RIG

    One way to estimate a stock’s upside potential is by looking for a low PEG ratio, which incorporates both the P/E multiple and analyst expectations for earnings growth. While analyst projections are often too rosy, investors can at least treat the PEG ratio as a screen, and then do more research on appealing companies.

    We can also use our database of hedge fund 13F filings, which we use more »

  • An Ideal Candidate for Shorting the Student Loan Bubble

    By Piyush Arora - March 29, 2013 | Tickers: DFS, JPM, SLM, WFC

    Although student loan companies have had a profitable ride till now, cracks have started to appear in their growth story. According to recent data, college enrollments are now estimated to remain flat through 2020, even as tuition fees grow and student loan default rates spike. Given the massive size of the industry, even a modest pop in defaults could destroy companies like SLM (NASDAQ: SLM).

    SLM, formerly known as Sallie more »

  • This Education Company Is Clearly Smart Despite Trouble

    By Shas Dey - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, SLM, STRA

    The for-profit US education sector is a lesser favorite among investors, given the current decline in student enrollments, high student loan balances and negative publicity regarding government funding. However, this sector posted strong results prior to the recession and I am of the opinion that in the long run, as the economy picks up and the unemployment rate goes down, this sector will prove to be a good turnaround investment more »

  • Strong Growth Drivers Will Propel SLM Corp.

    By Andrew Zurlo - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, SLM, WFC

    SLM Corporation (NASDAQ: SLM) , commonly known as Sallie Mae, is the nation’s leading provider for education loans and saving plans. They have been operating for 40 years and have helped provide over 31 million Americans with college loans. Historically, college loans have been increasing year to year and SLM helps provide both families and individuals with the tools and plans they need for both short term and long term more »

  • Strong Growth Drivers Will Propel SML Corp.

    By Andrew Zurlo - March 12, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, JPM, SLM, WFC

    SLM Corporation (NASDAQ: SLM) , commonly known as Sallie Mae, is the nation’s leading provider for education loans and saving plans. They have been operating for 40 years and have helped provide over 31 million Americans with college loans. Historically, college loans have been increasing year to year and SLM helps provide both families and individuals with the tools and plans they need for both short term and long term more »

  • Potentially Powerful Value in Credit Service Companies

    By Chris Hodge - January 31, 2013 | Tickers: DFS, NNI, SLM | Editor's Choice

    There's nothing quite like value, especially when it comes in lender form. I like significant profit margins and I want something that pays. Naturally, I want to get all the value I can for the price. If you've got a similar mindset, I'd encourage you to follow along while I take a look at a few potential goodies. Just be careful -- knowing a company's name and more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s High Upside Potential Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - January 11, 2013 | Tickers: ASPS, AIG, AAPL, SLM, RIG

    One way to estimate a stock’s upside potential- while, to some degree, restricting oneself to fairly reasonable earnings projections- is to use the PEG ratio, which is derived from analyst expectations of earnings growth and the traditional P/E multiple. Of course, the sell-side is often wrong and so “high growth potential” should be treated like any other screen: a list of suggestions to consider further before making any more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - December 18, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, EXXI, HAL, SLM, UNH

    Billionaire Leon Cooperman headed Goldman Sachs Asset Management before founding Omega Advisors in 1991. The fund’s recent 13F disclosed many of its long equity positions as of the end of September (see the full list of stocks reported in the filing). We have gone though the 13F looking for stocks which were not only in the portfolio but also satisfy traditional value criteria; investors may be interested in more more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Latest Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, APL, KMI, LINE, SLM

    Leon Cooperman, former head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and current manager of Omega Advisors, has had his net worth estimated at about $2 billion. Omega files a quarterly 13F with the SEC, giving market watchers the opportunity to review many of the fund’s long equity positions and decide whether or not each is appropriate for their own portfolio. In addition to that kind of name-by-name look, we can more »

  • Karsch Capital Management’s Newest Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - August 17, 2012 | Tickers: CVS, EBAY, ESRX, SLM, TYC

    Karsch Capital Management recently filed its 13F for the second quarter of 2012 with the SEC, allowing reviewers the chance to see a number of the fund’s equity positions. Much of the fund’s strategy had been discussed on a recent conference call the fund had held to discuss results for the first quarter, helping Insider Monkey look at its holdings and identify investment themes that are being played more »

  • Billionaire Leon Cooperman's Latest Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - August 15, 2012 | Tickers: AIG, APL, QCOM, SLM, S

    Billionaire Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors has filed its 13F with the SEC for the second quarter of 2012. 13F filings disclose many of the large long positions that hedge funds and other large investors hold as of the end of the quarter, allowing us to see many of their stock positions and draw conclusions about what these successful investors might be thinking. Omega didn’t reduce any of its more »

  • Student Loans – What's The Big Deal?

    By Chad Henage - June 7, 2012 | Tickers: DFS, JPM, SLM | Editor's Choice

    A recent article released by Bloomberg News caught my attention with the headline, “Students Pay SLM 9.25% on Exploitive Loans for College.” This article proclaimed that students were being charged interest on some loans, that was as high as a credit card. In addition, the article claimed that students were having trouble meeting their payments, and that they weren't aware of the difference between the variable-rate private loans and fixed-rate government loans. There are two questions that I feel were left unanswered by this article. First, whose responsibility is it that a customer understand the loan document they are signing? Second, is there anything that can be done to avoid some of these issues in the future?

  • 2 Dividend Picks from Billionaire Leon Cooperman

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - February 24, 2012 | Tickers: APL, SLM

    The great Leon Cooperman began his career at Goldman Sachs in investment research. After spending 25 years there, working his way up to become general partner, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Cooperman left the company to start his own fund – Omega Advisors. The year was 1991. He had $450 million in capital and was just 50 years old. Since then, Cooperman has enjoyed great success, becoming one more »

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