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  • The drawbacks of using the price to book ratio
  • The price to book ratio is a good ratio to use if you want to weigh up companies that have large assets, such as property companies. But the ratio uses the balance sheet for its ‘book' value. And it's from this which the problem can arise. These figures can change a lot over time. Let's take a closer look at the problems you can encounter when using the price to book ratio… The problem w... ››› more
  • [14 May 2014]
  • When to use the price to book ratio when valuing a company
  • There are several ways to value companies. A couple of the most common ways are using the price earnings (PE) ratio and the price earnings growth (PEG) ratio. But these ratios have a major drawback. They focus on the earnings of a company. And for some companies, this may not be the best way to evaluate them. Instead you can use the price to book ratio. Let's take a closer look… Earnings a... ››› more
  • [14 May 2014]
  • Why this 10% of your portfolio could deliver 50% of your gains
  • Most investors have heard of diversification and asset allocation. It's a Nobel Prize winning strategy investors use to maximise returns while minimising risk. Essentially it's the financial equivalent to not putting all your eggs in one basket. But today I don't want to focus on all the different types of assets and ways you can divide them up in your portfolio. No. I want to focus on one v... ››› more
  • [13 May 2014]
  • The PEG ratio: A handy tool to help you uncover bargain stocks with promising potential
  • If you're looking to find companies that are small, growing at speed and profitable, the price earnings growth ratio may be perfect for you. The PEG ratio can be great for finding companies that meet these criteria. So how does the PEG ratio work? And are there any disadvantages using it? Let's take a closer look at the PEG ratio… What is the PEG ratio? You can calculate a company’s PEG ra... ››› more
  • [13 May 2014]
  • Three investment approaches to help you build a solid, successful portfolio
  • If you're new to investing and looking for clues on how to build a winning portfolio, where can you start? By including a few key approaches in your investing, you can improve your chances of success. With investing, the same thing doesn't work for everyone. So it's important that you hone in on what works well for you over time. Let's take a closer look at what you should include… Investment... ››› more
  • [12 May 2014]
  • Four concepts to apply to your long-term investment strategy
  • If you're looking to the future and thinking long-term with your investments, it's not all about what shares you pick. This may surprise you, but there are other things that you should consider before investing. Read on to uncover what these are… Investing concept #1: A simple business idea An investment idea should be easy to explain and understand. If it takes longer than a minute or tw... ››› more
  • [09 May 2014]
  • Investing strategy revealed: How to find ‘value' shares
  • If you think you've got what it takes to be a value investor, where should you look for ‘value' shares? It's not just a case of picking out low share prices. The good news is there are a few things you can do to try to uncover value shares. Read on to find out what to look for… Where to find value shares Shares in companies that have hit a temporary blip can prove to be fantastic investmen... ››› more
  • [08 May 2014]
  • Have you got what it takes to be a good value investor?
  • Value investing is all about buying ‘cheap' shares. These shares are trading below their asset value and for some reason or another are unloved by the market. But to be a successful value investor, you must have a knack for picking shares in good businesses. Not companies that are poor businesses and their low share price value is a true reflection of that. Let's take a closer look at what makes... ››› more
  • [08 May 2014]
  • Why value investing yields good results
  • Value investing is all about buying shares that are trading at less than their intrinsic value. And as a style of investing, it works. So why don't all investors follow a value investing strategy? It all comes down to the psychology of investing. Let's take a closer look at how value investing works and see what it takes to be a good value investor… Investing in a good business appears to mak... ››› more
  • [06 May 2014]
  • Warren Buffett's ingenious strategy for when you buy stocks
  • Over the weekend, Warren Buffett addressed the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway at its annual general meeting. These addresses by Buffett have become almost as infamous as the man himself. He renowned for giving away titbits of investing advice. One such titbit is a great strategy to ensure that you don't invest on a whim. Let's take a closer look at Buffett's investing strategy… Warren Buf... ››› more
  • [06 May 2014]
  • Stock market uncovered: How to value a stock
  • When you buy stocks, one of the most common errors investors make is paying too much for a share. This usually comes down to emotions driving the decision process rather than being patient and waiting for the right price. So what method can you use to value a stock and make sure you don't pay too much? Let's take a closer look… A method to help you value a stock There’s no perfect way to v... ››› more
  • [05 May 2014]
  • Follow these four steps to find a good stock to invest in
  • Looking for a good stock to invest in is no mean feat. When you're buying shares in companies, you're dealing with dynamic businesses operating in dynamic markets. But you can try and whittle through the shares out there and find ones worthy of your investment. Let's see how you can find a good stock to invest in in four steps… Step #1: What’s going on in the economy? The first step to unc... ››› more
  • [30 April 2014]
  • Trying to find a good stock to invest in? You need to delve into the financials…
  • When you're trying to find a good stock to invest in, research is crucial. Once you've narrowed your search down to a few companies, it's time to delve a bit deeper. The next part of your research is to get your hands on some recent copies of the companies' financial statements. So where can you get these financial statements from? And why do you want to look at them? Let's take a closer look… ... ››› more
  • [30 April 2014]


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