Should We Worry About Apple?

There are relatively few companies in which we associate a single person as the company. Steve Jobs and Apple is one of those companies. The initial announcement of the resignation of Jobs came quietly and calmly. It was not completely unexpected as Jobs has been having health issues that have been public since 2004. Even so the repercussions in the market have been significant. Current off-hours trading is seeing Apple stock drop a tremendous 5%,... Read More

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... 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... 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... 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... Read More

LinkedIn IPO: Predictions

I wrote earlier about LinkedIn and raised questions about a social media bubble. Here we are a few months later and LinkedIn is expected to start trading Thursday morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LNKD”. Reports are showing that the asking price has gone as high as $45 per share. At that price LinkedIn would have a market value of over $4 billion, which is more than 17 times the value of its revenue in 2010. So... Read More

Charter Communications doesn’t make any sense

Whenever I mention Charter Communications, the majority of the responses I get from people within earshot is “I hate Charter!” I don’t blame them. Charter Communications is available in this area and are notorious for their service interruptions and lack of customer service. When they filed bankruptcy in 2009, it came as no surprise to most. Paul Allen and his lack of leadership almost guaranteed Charter’s failure. The bankruptcy... Read More

How do you think the market will react to Osama’s death?

  By now I’m sure most of you have heard of the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. This is a major and great occasion, and there will be much celebration. So with what I blog about, how do we think the market will react to Osama’s death? Do we think it will shoot up? Go down? Stay the same? I’ll make my own prediction here: I think the market will remain steady and take a wait and see approach While Osama’s death is indeed great news,... Read More

My Own Home Improvements

Last week I wrote about ways to improve the value of your home. To show that I really mean what I write, here I am practicing what I preach. My low cost home improvements consist of: Painting walls and replacing wall fixtures Installing a ceiling fan to a ceiling box Adding low cost and creative decorations Adding low cost window treatments Installing lights and electrical work through family/friend connections I cannot recall some of the prices... Read More

Setting and Managing Investing Expectations

Here is the cliché response to winning the lottery: I would quit my job, pay off all my debt, spend a little on myself, invest the rest, and retire. So what does it mean to “invest the rest?” When posed with the question I have heard many responses: Put it into savings and live off the interest Put it in mutual funds Put it into stocks Diversify Start a business So what is the correct thing to invest into? Well, it really depends on... Read More

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