What is the perfect stock?

I was reading through some random financial blogs and I ran across a particular blog that posed the question “Is [insert stock name here] the perfect stock to invest in?” It actually made me sit up a little straighter in my chair because it’s something that I don’t normally even think about. The perfect stock? What is this I don’t even… … Philosophically I fall under the camp that believes that there is no such thing in this world as perfection.... Read More

LinkedIn IPO: Three Weeks Later

Three weeks ago I wrote my predictions on how I thought LinkedIn’s IPO would pan out. I will admit, while the prediction itself was not exactly a bold prediction, we can see the stock starting to perform as expected. While I say it is performing as expected, I will say that it is higher than I expected. I personally did not expect the stock to peak at around $120 per share. I also certainly did not expect the stock to be at $72 per share at this point. Let’s look at... Read More

Floods + Droughts = Higher Prices

Floods With the Mississippi River floods, farmlands around those areas have taken quite the beating – some deliberately.  News and media outlets have mainly been focusing on the human element and damages to homes and infrastructure, and rightfully so. Estimates are predicting billions of dollars worth of damages once everything is said and done. There have been a few stories covering the potential economic impact of the Mississippi floods, but most have not gone further... Read More

Social Media is over-valued

I have been writing for a while now about my views on social media companies and their apparent valuations. I just cannot see how these valuations can be so high, especially considering the known business models they each use. LinkedIn was first, next comes the Groupon IPO. The good folks at gplus.com gathered data and put in into a nice infographic to see the various valuations of some social media companies. I will add that there should be at least one correction to the graphic:... Read More

When is the right time to buy a home?

Same story, different day... Yesterday came news that the home-price index fell to its lowest point since 2002. It appears that now is a great time to invest in real estate! Errr… Wait a minute… Didn’t we hear the same thing last month and the month before? Are the people that invested last month suckers? I’m sure we all know the drill: Home prices go up? Great time to buy! Home prices drop? Great time to buy! Apparently it is always a great time to buy... Read More