Money Girl – Stock Screens

June 11, 2008

Excerpt from the recent MoneyGirl Episode:

(Yes, I am still guest host!)

Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary states that the word Quantitative can have varied meanings. For our purposes, we will look at only two:

(Math.) The resolving of problems by reducing the conditions that are in them to equations.
(Logic) The tracing of things to their source, and the resolving of knowledge into its original principles.

So, essentially, we are looking to utilize simple or even complex equations to find stocks that meet certain criteria through an automated system…

…Once you get the hang of the idea, the process is simple. What you need to do is to get your hands on a good screening tool to help with process. The one I recommend is provided by MSN Money. While you can use MSN’s screener for free, in order to make use of the advanced features, you will need to have an MSN Hotmail or Passport account, which again is free and after you’ve completed the quick registration you can navigate to the MSN Money screening page.

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Money Girl – Mortgage Short Sales

May 28, 2008

In this edition of Money Girl, I will be discussing a term that unfortunately, many of us will need to know…. mortgage short sales.

Here is the excerpt from the episode…

Having trouble making your mortgage payments or know someone who is? Close to foreclosure but hope to avoid it and looking for another way out?

Well, you are not alone. Today with the housing market plunge, a slowing economy, gas at $4 a gallon and massive job layoffs, many people are on the brink of losing their homes. Every day, hundreds of honest, hard working people who have always paid their bills on time and were living the American Dream decide to just pack up and walk away. The proof is in…

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Money Girl -The Preferred Way to Make Money

May 21, 2008

I am still the guest host for Money Girl and this episode teaches about preferred stocks.

Episode Text:

…Back in episode 26 of Money Girl there was a little shortcut discussed which is used in finance known as the “Rule of 72”. It states that dividing 72 into the interest rate you are earning will tell you how many years it will take for money to double. So if you have money invested in an account earning 2% and reinvest the income, it will take 36 years to double. Yuck! That is not going to get us anywhere fast, especially when inflation is running at 4% and taxes will take a piece out of it as well. If the bank pays you even as much as 4%, you still are swimming upstream!

Here is The Disciplined Investor’s “Preferred” way of investing for income. This a strategy that we use in our client’s portfolios regularly and offers a good deal of safety that is designed to help you with your investing sleep-factor. In fact, this idea helps you earn money while you are sleeping. Now that is is my kind of investing. It offers yields approaching 7 or 8 percent and even offers some tax advantaged. You like that don’t you! (I see you smiling…)

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Money Girl – 7 Common Investing Mistakes

May 14, 2008

I am continuing to guest host for the Money Girl Podcast (No funny comment!) Actually, it is great fun indeed. Mignon Fogarty, the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips “qdnow” Network has a great group of very committed hosts that are changing the landscape the portable audio world. It isn’t music, but the shows are quite remarkable. Click to check out the entire network.

Each show episode has the stated goal of providing immediately usable tips to help you in all aspects of your life. This week, I talk about 7 common Investing Mistakes. These are the ones made by the noice to the expert. Take a listen in and subscribe.

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