• Michael Lee
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  • $100 billion . aapl . Apple . Facebook . fb . goog . Google . Initial public offering . IPO . P/E ratio . Wayne Gretzky . znga .

Yes, Facebook changed the world. But should you buy the IPO hype? I say no, and here's why. Let's start with the numbers. The company, with an expected valuation of $75 billion to $100 billion, is profitable but not as profitable as it should be to put up numbers like that. With a 2011 revenue of $3.8 billion and an operating profit around $1.5 billion, the company has an operating margin of 39.74% (Kapitall); nothing to write home about. Top…

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  • Business . Closed-end fund . Equity (finance) . Funds . Investing . P/B ratio . Real estate . Real estate investment trust .

Many undervalued equities have been performing significantly well in this, what appears to be, very optimistic month of January. I have, in this vein, continued to target high-yielding equities with strong returns, low price to book ratios; and those that otherwise appear undervalued... Read the full article at http://seekingalpha.com/article/322709-15-equities-yielding-10-and-selling-under-book-value-part-i-reits. Read the full series: 15 Equities Yielding 10%+ And Selling Under Book Value, Part I: REITs 15 Equities Yielding 10%+ And Selling Under Book Value, Part II: Closed-End Funds 15 Equities…

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  • Business . Day Trading . Education and Training . Investing . Music . Trade . Trading . United States .

When speaking with a client recently I was reminded that many of the mundane, listless, yet important tasks that are essential to the trading success of me and my clients may not be common knowledge to all. One of these tasks is the detailed record keeping of trades, a now automatic chore that continually allows me the opportunity to analyze and learn from my trading successes and failures... Read the full article at http://seekingalpha.com/article/321465-how-to-improve-your-trading-keeping-a-detailed-trade-log

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FYI - My friends at ForexPros launched a new site design today.  Check our their press release below: (more…)

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  • Business . Capital IQ . Investing . Motley Fool . P/B ratio . Return on equity . Stock . Warren Buffett .

A company's price to book ratio (P/B) is a fundamental measure often used by investors to determine the value of the stock in relation to the overall value of the company. A low P/B can indicate that a company's stock is currently undervalued, offering a strong buying opportunity. The P/B ratio, which compares the market's valuation of a company to the actual book value of a company, is calculated as: Price to Book (P/B) = Price per Share/Book Value of…

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  • Business . Dividend . Dividend yield . Exchange-traded fund . Investing . Investment . Motley Fool .

2011 has proven to be a year of education for many, myself included. Aside from protecting from loss of capital, hedging against the risk exposure associated with equities investments has been the most important lesson I have (re)learned from the volatility our markets faced in 2011. One of my favorite hedging strategies is the tried and true method of investing in dividend-yielding stocks and ETFs. Dividend yielding stocks and ETFs, with their consistent quarterly or sometimes monthly dividend payouts, can…

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  • Business . Dividend . Investing . Real estate . Real estate investment trust . REIT . Residential REITs . Taxable income .

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are corporations or trusts that use pooled capital of many investors to invest in and manage a portfolio of real estate properties and mortgages. They are traded publicly, just like stocks, and offer the benefits of real estate ownership without directly owning real estate. To qualify as a REIT, a company must distribute at least 90% of its taxable income to its shareholders each year. (Many pay out 100% of their taxable income.) As…

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  • Business . Dividend . Exchange-traded fund . Investing . Investment . Mutual fund . Standard & Poor . Wall Street .

If you haven't read What Works on Wall Street: A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time by James P. O'Shaughnessy, you should. Using 45 years of S&P Compustat market data and a systematic, fundamental approach, O'Shaughnessy researched the performance of many different investment strategies and concluded that some produced greater returns than the S&P 500 while others produced less. This type of analysis may sound anything but groundbreaking in our current, digital trading universe but very few…

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  • BP . Business . Call option . Derivatives . Investing . Option . RadioShack . Trade .

As the markets have become increasingly unstable this year (2011), educating/re-educating my clients on strategies to trade against the market has become essential. Some like using options, which offer versatility, liquidity, leverage, and, most importantly in our case, the ability to bet against an equity. But there is some in-depth knowledge required when executing an options trade, knowledge that is above and beyond what is required to simply buy and sell stocks/ETFs. Because of this, though options are a wonderful…

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Owning rental property is a great thing. The real estate value may fluctuate, but whether it increases or decreases, the investor receives passive income from renters each month, regardless. The same applies with dividend stocks/ETFs. The stock/ETF will certainly fluctuate but investors can be confident that a dividend is coming their way, generally somewhat regularly. These dividends are calculated on an annual basis, and are usually distributed quarterly. As an example, if a stock/ETF offers a 10% dividend yield, distributed…

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