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Investing Tips

Sometimes, all it takes is one or two good pieces of knowledge or information to improve your portfolio's performance. These short and to-the-point investing tips can make a tremendous difference in your returns and help you make sense of the market.

David Fisher
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Warren Buffett's 20 Ticket Punch Card
Warren Buffett has often told students and investors that they should act as if they have a punch card with only twenty slots and those are the only allocation decisions they can make in their entire life. This punch card has been quoted by famed investor Lou Simpson in helping to account for his success at GEICO.

Reducing Risk 101
Risk reduction. Insurance companies do it every time they underwrite a new policy by estimated probable outcomes based on past behavior and other factors. It's about protecting what you've earned and worked hard for from the dangers of this world. These tips and techniques might be able to help you find a risk reduction plan for your own life and give you some things to think about.

Patience is Not Only a Virtue ... It's Profitable
Buy and hold investing is incredibly important because it allows you to make money from the underlying business, not just trading pieces of paper in the stock market. Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett have both talked about the importance of buy and hold investing in their various speeches, letters, and talks.

Share Repurchase Plans Aren’t Enough
Sometimes, a share repurchase plan isn't enough. There are three tips to help you watch out for limitations on share repurchases.

Confusing Cash and Profits
Many investors make the mistake of confusing cash and profit. This can result in them focusing ont he wrong thing - higher sales - rather than that which can make a difference in their net worth - higher profits and return on investment.

Dow Jones Reaches 14,000 – Time to Buy, Sell, or Hold?
When should you sell stock? One historical investor suggested that the time to sell stock is when three conditions are met. To find out which of these three suggestions might help you discover when to sell stock and when to hold on or buy more.

When a High Price to Earnings Ratio Isn’t So High
How can you tell when a high price to earnings ratio isn't as high as it looks? The price to earnings ratio is important because it tells you how much you are paying for each dollar of earnings.

Eight Secrets to Improving Your Portfolio Returns
In the step-by-step guide Building a Complete Portfolio, we gave you practical insight into what your balance sheet might look like if you were focusing on creating a total solution to your current and future monetary needs. In this follow up, Eight Secrets to Improving Your Portfolio Returns, you’ll discover how a few small, intelligent moves can mean a world of difference in the amount of money you find in your pocket as you sail toward retirement.

To Improve Your Chances of Beating the Market - Analyze it as a Stock
One way to beat the market is to view and analyze the S&P 500 and Dow Jones as individual stocks. This technique allows you to analyze the economics, valuation, and characteristics of each hopefully bettering your chance of beating the market.

Focus on Cost
One of the ways you can improve your investing performance is to focus on cost.

Tax Considerations Should Play a Role in Your Investments
Capital gains tax management should play a role in your investment portfolio. These tips can help you think about investment taxes and how they should influence your positions.

Know When to Sell a Stock
When should you sell a stock? What types of things should you consider before you sell a stock? This investing tip will teach you when you should, and when you should not, consider selling a stock in your portfolio.

You Don't Need to Have an Opinion on Every Stock
Investors often mistakenly believe they need to have an opinion on every stock. Successful investors, on the other hand, know that it just simply isn't necessary to have an opinion on every stock because they are looking for what Warren Buffett calls fat pitches - perfect opportunities they understand and are priced attractively.

Know Every Company - Or at Least, a Whole Lot of Them!
When asked what advice he would give a young investor trying to enter the business today, Warren Buffett (remember, this is the man that had you invested $10,000 in his partnership in 1956 you would now have around $259 million) said that he would systematically get to know as many businesses as he could because that bank of knowledge would serve as a tremendous asset and competitive advantage.

Focus on Return on Inventories and the Plant Account - Not Just ROE
The return on average inventory and property plant and equipment is a good test of a company's return on capital.

Look for Shareholder Friendly Management
Investors should look for shareholder friendly management that treats their capital like their own. Shareholder friendly managements often exhibit certain behavior that shows they have the best interest of minority shareholders in mind.

Stick to Stocks within Your “Circle of Competence”
In investing, as in life, success is just as much about avoiding mistakes as it is about making intelligent decisions. You must stick to your circle of competence.

If You Don’t Know What You’re Doing, Diversify!
In the words of famed economist John Maynard Keynes, diversification is insurance against ignorance. If you don't know what you are doing or have a limited financial background, you need to diversify your portfolio.

Know Financial History - It Can Save You a Lot of Pain!
Financial history can save you a lot of pain when you are investing your portfolio. All bull markets may feel different at the time, but in retrospect it becomes clear that throughout financial history, bull markets are the same.

Always Reinvest Your Dividends!
Reinvested dividends can add up to enormous wealth when given enough time to compound. That's why an investor should almost always reinvest his dividends to buy more shares of excellent businesses.

A Great Business Is Not Always a Great Investment
Although a great business is something every investor should want, it does not always make a great stock or investment for several reasons.

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em and Investing in an Index Fund
Don't know the difference between the Dow Jones and a doughnut? An index fund may be the best investment option for you. Discover the advantages of index funds and how they can make sense for your portfolio.

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