• What's Driving the Dow?

    What drives a stock market? Is it strictly gambling sentiment that tosses stock prices around, or is there something more that underlies stock prices? According to this article by Euronext : Simply put, the price of an individual stock is determined...
  • Contrarian and Momentum Investing

    No one knows when a stock market crash will come, though some investors believe they can time the market. Followers of technical analysis believe that they can use historic trends in prices and volumes to buy and sell and outperform the market. These...
  • Should You Invest In This Market?

    The equity market has been climbing, and this video tells how investors are finally getting used to the idea. In fact, it claims that investors are learning to love this market where they have been nervous to join it so far For discussion What is...
  • What Is The Fear Index

    This video describes the relationship between stock prices and the volatility index called the VIX. This index tracks volatility based on the current prices for options on the CBOE. Call options allow holders to buy shares at a predetermined strike price...
  • The Rise of Roku

    The maker of the streaming video service, Roku, issued shares for the first time on September 28, 2017. From the Financial Times Shares in Roku, the video streaming platform, jumped 67.9 per cent on its trading debut on Thursday, after raising about...
  • How The Stock Market Works...Then and Now

    This very old film from 1957 describes how the stock market worked back then. Buying shares of stock meant investing in firms that employ people and produce goods and services. Owners of shares are entitled to any dividends that the company pays and they...
  • When Companies Issue Stock for the First Time

    From the New York Stock Exchange , here are six signs that companies are ready to go public and issue an IPO or an "Initial Public Offering" The company is able to forecast financial performance accurately The right executive team is in...
  • The End of Open Outcry Trading

    The day of the trading pit with the shouting came to an end in 2015 when open outcry was replaced by electronic trading. We've all seen videos of the "old days," but this video below gives a brief picture of what that style of trading used...
  • Investor Expectations Already Reflected in the Market: The Case of Amazon

    Modern Portfolio Theory teaches that financial markets are efficient in that all information about a company is immediately and fully reflected in the stock price. We can argue this all day. Some point to the fact that investors can consistently beat...
  • Charley Ellis: The Shift in Active Investing Over 50 Years

    Active managers charge a fee to make investment recommendations, in contrast with passive investing where the investor accepts the same return that would be earned by buying a basket of stocks that match the market average. Active managers charge a fee...
  • Is an Investment In Tesla Worth It?

    Investors in Tesla are buying a "money-losing, cash flow burning company that does not make the car that might ultimately deliver us value. It's all about belief." Watch this interview that discusses the value of Tesla stock. For discussion...
  • What Are Robo-Advisers?

    Will robo-advisers replace humans in the financial advisory industry? Probably not. But that doesn't mean that robo-advisers won't take a chunk of the market share away from traditional financial advisers. From Bloomberg : Banks are watching...
  • Using Fundamental Analysis to Choose Investments

    Fundamental analysis is the process of examining a company's financial statements and future prospects to determine whether you should own a stock. Analysts use fundamental analysis to identify the "intrinsic value" of an asset, and then...
  • Snap IPO: Healthy Demand or Classic Underpricing?

    Snap Inc. shares were priced at $17/share in its widely anticipated IPO, raising $3.4 billion for the original owners. Almost immediately after issue, the shares were up 40 percent. [ read more here ] The question is why this huge run up in the price...
  • Much Anticipated Snap IPO

    From a recent NPR article by Selyukh : When a 2014 Forbes cover featured a grinning cofounder of Snapchat, the accompanying text described CEO Evan Spiegel as "the 23-year-old who told Zuckerberg to take his $3 billion and shove it." Snapchat...
  • Warren Buffett: How to Be Successful

    In this video, legendary investor Warren Buffett says he doesn't have to understand thousands of companies. He just has to understand some. The idea is that genius IQ is not required to be a successful trader. Instead, what is required is emotional...
  • Disney's Great Year

    Have you seen Rogue One yet? If you haven't, you may find yourself in a movie theater watching it this Christmas season. You and many others. Disney has hit another home run with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, second in largest grossing opening...
  • High Speed Traders

    Many US stocks aren't traded by humans. On the contrary, many transactions are executed by computers based on algorithms created by "quants" or quantitative analysts. The trading instructions are programmed based on probabilities that are...
  • The Snapchat IPO Valued at $25 Billion

    Snapchat, the tech messaging platform started by a group of Stanford students, is said to be worth $25 billion, the third largest of the former tech unicorns. Alibaba still holds 1st place at $167 billion and Facebook comes in second with $104 billion...
  • Launch of the iPhone 7

    The iPhone 7 launched this week, and Apple's stock price rose with the news: Markets are anticipating the good news that comes with the launch of the next iPhone. This infographic shows the sales that have accompanied prior launches. You will...
  • Ford versus the Investors

    Growing a business from a sole proprietorship to a corporation has its benefits and its drawbacks. As a privately held company, the owner has the sole decision making authority, but also has to come up with all the money. Becoming a larger company means...
  • Share Buybacks Boost Share Value...Or Do They?

    Share buybacks or repurchases are a "magical" way to boost the value of a company, and this video explains how they work. Unfortunately, share repurchases aren't all they're cracked up to be. According to this 2014 Wall Street Journal...
  • Will Spotify Ever Turn a Profit?

    You will find more statistics at Statista The most popular music streaming service in the world has reported rising revenues and falling profits--again. Spotify has over 89 million listeners. Revenues are up nearly 80 percent, but losses continue...
  • Investing in Government Bonds

    Investing in bonds or "fixed income securities" currently does not offer very attractive returns because interest rates are so low. This video from the Financial Times explains a few ways that investors find higher yields in bond markets. But...
  • How Is Apple Doing?

    What should investors expect from Apple? According to the Motley Fool, key variables to watch are iPhone sales revenue guidance dividend announcements From the Motley Fool article ( Cardenal, 23 Apr 2016 ): The iPhone generates almost 70...