November 2007

Benefits Of A Monthly Investment Plan

November 29, 2007

Benefits Of A Monthly Investment Plan One of the simplest, most effective, and most popular methods of buying stock is to start a Monthly Investment Plan, or MIP. Started in 1954, the MIP now has more than 93,000 accounts in force, and new ones are being written at the rate of about 180 a day.

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Learning To Factor Cost Of Living Into Your Investments

November 26, 2007

Learning To Factor Cost Of Living Into Your Investments Are you old enough to remember the cost of food, clothing, and housing back in the 1930’s, the years before World War II? If so, you know that prices in the late 1950s are a great deal higher. If your memory does not go back that […]

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Mutual Funds: Tools for Diversification

November 24, 2007

Mutual Funds: Tools for Diversification Companies succeed and fail all the time — much like individuals do in their own careers. Putting all of one’s stock into one currently successful company can result in financial disaster, but in a diversified mutual fund, the past record of a company is a far better guide, for these […]

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How Preferred Are Preferred Stocks?

November 21, 2007

How Preferred Are Preferred Stocks? In an attempt to combine the most attractive features of bonds and common stock, financial experts created preferred stock. In most cases, it pays more than a bond, but is safer than common stock because of its preferred position.

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The Vasser Plan: Learning To Use Your Judgment

November 19, 2007

The Vassar Plan, although originally a moving average plan, changed so often while it was in use that it really fits in no single category, and was finally abandoned altogether. However, it was the first variable-ratio formula plan ever to receive wide publicity and is relatively simple in its principles.

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Keeping Your Investment Risk At A Minimum

November 19, 2007

Keeping Your Investment Risk At A Minimum No one likes to be told that in order to succeed he must put his nose to the grindstone, but that’s exactly what smart investors must do if they are to stand a chance of making a profit. An amateur, wanting to avoid gambling in stock, must do […]

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Personal Opinion and Financial Decisions

November 17, 2007

Personal Opinion and Financial Decisions Fundamentally, all market activity is in one way or another a response to the interaction of personal opinions. Someone wants to buy, someone wants to sell, and thereby a market is made.

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The Constant Ratio Formula, Making History

November 16, 2007

The constant ratio formula is not a new formula. The first widely publicized use of the constant-ratio formula n the late 1930s was the “Yale Plan,” so-called because Yale University managed a part of its endowment fund according to the formula.

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Government Regulation And The Stock Market

November 15, 2007

Government Regulation And The Stock Market In a bank that is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (F.D.I.C.), a depositor has a flat guarantee from the U.S. Government that he can always get his money back, and promptly. But in corporate stocks and bonds, the government guarantees nothing. The main effort of the […]

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Insider Hint: Brokers Are People Too

November 12, 2007

Insider Hint: Brokers Are People Too A stockbroker finds his customers mostly among that minority of investors already accustomed to owning stock; he cannot rapidly make converts from among investors acquainted only with fixed-price items. Somewhat the same condition exists in any other business, and is even worse in such fields as politics, religion, and […]

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