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Sep. 17th, 2007 | 01:59 pm
posted by: anitsirc in smartinvesting

What industry is doing well these days? One that would be good to invest in?

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total n00b.

Sep. 11th, 2007 | 09:39 pm
posted by: tomahto in smartinvesting

hi! I'm really new to investing. I'm 25 years old and just signed up through my bank to have 50 dollars a month taken out of my account and put into stocks and bonds. the specific things I am investing in were chosen by my bank based on questionnaire I filled out on how much risks I want to take, etc. so I took a look at my portfolio and it says I'm investing about half of the 50 in AGG LEHMAN AGG BOND FUND ISHARES and half in SPY S&P 500 INDEX SPDR. I pretty much have no idea what these things mean, and just hope and trust that my bank knows what the hell its doing! I plan on not really touching it for a long time so I can save up to buy some real estate. I also have some sort of money market account through my work, a 403b retirement fund. I haven't touched that either and am not contributing to it, but my employer is. I post this in hopes that someone could give me a little guidance in plain english and tell me whether or not I'm making good decisions. :)

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Sep. 6th, 2007 | 07:32 pm
posted by: anitsirc in smartinvesting

Hello. I am so new to this investing thing. I am taking a business class at my school and we are playing a game on investopedia.com. However I have some questions before I start playing the game.

Okay, when is the stock market open? So I can start investing, I have until Sunday.

Okay and any good companies you guys recommend that I invest my money in. And reasons why...

Help me any way you can, I am a procrastinator but I will try to do some research. That's why I came here :)

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Utility Stocks

Sep. 4th, 2007 | 10:46 pm
posted by: barrac10 in smartinvesting

 Does anyone have an opinion on utility stocks they would be willing to share. 

I am invested in utility stocks for the same reason everyone else has for the last few years - stable, good dividends, some growth. But recently, I have read many articles saying that utility stocks are set up for a downfall with the current volatility of the stock market

I am fairly diversified, but I still have a good percentage of my money tied into various utility stocks. Is anyone selling their utility holdings

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Aug. 31st, 2007 | 11:02 am
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posted by: angelrose0127 in smartinvesting

ok so i am interested in investing but I don't know anything about it or even where to start looking. I'm only looking to invest a little bit at a time. I don't have a lot of $$ thanks to my college degrees. Is there a specific amount that people start with? Where would I even start? What am I supposed to look for?
Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Jul. 20th, 2007 | 06:15 pm
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posted by: syndicatered in smartinvesting

Hey everyone, I have a silent journal on here that I invite everyone to observe. It is a 2 year journey starting from December of last year that follows my path to my first self made million dollars over a 2 year period of time. Starting with essentially zero or more like negative zero. It follows my investments, career, my mental mindsets and beliefs that lead me on this path. Come along for the ride. I am 24 years old.

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Jul. 13th, 2007 | 09:17 pm
posted by: staticx1011 in smartinvesting

In this market right now, sticking with the winners is the best strategy you can have, so If you're invested in a company that's on the move and is poised for even more gains let us know at stock_options. We want to know what's working for you or what you believe is about to start moving bring in the money.

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Apr. 10th, 2007 | 01:02 am
posted by: syndicatered in smartinvesting

Since January 1st I have been doing a silent blog on my path to my first million dollars starting from a large amount of debt. My journey is taking place over a two year period of time although I doubt it will take me that long to accumulate this much money through my endeavors. I invite you to come join me on my journey and learn from my experiences.

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Precious Metals / Kitco

Mar. 2nd, 2007 | 06:30 pm
posted by: sotha_sil in smartinvesting

I've been toying with the idea of getting into the precious metals arena ... or at least keeping an eye on things as the prices hopefully go down a bit. Does anyone here know of a good, unbiased source of information about investing in things like gold, silver, and platinum, and their risks relative to stocks / bonds? I've visited sites like Kitco, but I have no idea if they're legit or they just have a pretty website.

Any help would be appreciated ... thanks.

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Jan. 11th, 2007 | 12:11 pm
posted by: isaacsaenz in smartinvesting

Yesterday, as a guest on Fast Money, Jim Crammer recommended Sears at a good stock.

Here are some others I heard are good for 2007:

Atrion (ATRI) Has done good job building shareholder value. Should end 2007 with no debt and $6 a share in earnings. So at current prices you are paying a multiple of 13 times earnings -- puny for a company growing at better than 15% annually. With a market capitalization (shares outstanding times the stock price) of just $145 million, the share price is apt to be volatile.

CompuCredit (CCRT) The company focuses on the subprime lending market, issuing credit cards, auto loans, and small "payday" advances to people without the best creditworthiness. CompuCredit is a smart operator in a tough business. "Earnings growth and profitability have been strong -- and figure to stay that way," but "CompuCredit's stock trades at an extremely low valuation" -- just eight times the $4.60 in earnings per share that's expected in 2007.

Emcor Group (EME), which designs, operates and maintains sophisticated electrical and mechanical systems for factories, utilities and office buildings. The stock is pricey, but growth is impressive, with profits expected to rise by one-third in 2007.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), maker of drugs, medical devices and consumer health products. Although the business could be under the gun of a Democratic Congress, shares trade at a modest valuation of 16 times expected 2007 earnings, with a dividend that's rising at a consistent, double-digit rate.

Lockheed Martin (LMT), the aerospace company. Its stock has doubled since early 2004 but still trades at a price-earnings ratio of 16, based on estimated 2007 earnings. Plus, its volatility is well below the market as a whole.

Meredith (MDP), publisher of Better Homes & Gardens and other magazines and owner of 14 television stations. At a time when traditional media are out of favor, Meredith has been increasing its profits at a rapid pace. Nevertheless, it carries a modest valuation.

Ntelos (NTLS). It sells wireless phone and Internet service to customers in Virginia and West Virginia. Also, Ntelos sells wholesale wireless service to Sprint and, it should benefit as Sprint moves its newly acquired Nextel customers to the CDMA technology that Ntelos provides. A big attraction of the stock, is that it's cheap compared with similar businesses. Why? The company, founded in 1897, is "still not very well known." That's what we like in a stock: market inefficiency.

SkyWest (SKYW), a regional airline that, in the words of the Friess newsletter, Looking Forward, "receives payment [from Delta and United] for each completed departure rather than on a percentage-of-revenue basis, minimizing the effects of load factors and fuel price hikes." Considering its rate of profit growth, the stock trades at a low valuation of nine times expected 2007 profits.

ConocoPhillips (COP), which has been rearranging its portfolio in a way that appears perspicacious. For example, Conoco's purchase of Burlington Resources in March 2006 made it the largest natural-gas producer in North America -- a smart move in a tight market. Based on expected 2007 earnings, shares trade at a P/E of just 8 and yield 2.1%.

Universal Forest Products (UFPI) makes wood and plastic building products, such as roof trusses, for the construction and do-it-yourself sectors. With the decline in the housing market, the stock skidded 40% between May and December. It is, however, a selection of one favorite analyst, Cleveland-based Elliott Schlang, of Great Lakes Review, who focuses on midwestern stocks in boring industries. He likes companies with heavy insider ownership, strong cash flow and solid balance sheets. Universal meets the criteria and, trading at a P/E of 12 based on estimated 2007 earnings, it looks awfully cheap.

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