Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stock Carnival Ecstasy - October 27, 2011

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Welcome to the October 27, 2011 edition of Stock Carnival Ecstasy.In this issue we have Super Saver taking a look at October, and its not historically the worst month of the year to invest. We have the Four best Reasons to Try Forex Trading by Bill Smith. Dividend Growth Investor sees AT&T and Coca-Cola being more expensive than most perceive. And finally The DIV-Net presents an analysis of Genuine Parts Company (GPC). Hope you like the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook, and come back soon.

Michael Donelly presents Get a Better Deal on Insurance posted at, saying, "Whether you like it or not, if you own a car or a house, you need insurance – in fact, in the case of car insurance at least, it may be required by law. So there’s no getting away from it – and actually, it’s a pretty good idea, as unfortunately try as we might, accidents do happen..."


Super Saver presents October: Bear or Bull Month? posted at My Wealth Builder, saying, "Contrary to popular belief, October is not the worst month to be invested in stocks."

Bill Smith presents Four Reasons to Try Forex Trading posted at Forex Trading System Central, saying, "If you’re considering starting up a Forex trading account of your own, here are four good reasons why you should go ahead and take the plunge."


Dividend Growth Investor presents AT&T and Coca-Cola are more expensive that you think posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, "Many companies however generate one time gains or losses which directly affect earnings per share. As a result, I tend to “normalize” this key indicator, in order to have an objective analysis. Two companies, which appear to have higher earnings per share, due to one-time items include AT&T (T) and Coca-Cola (KO)."

Aussie Investor presents Highest Dividend Paying Shares - The Micro-Caps posted at Australian Investing, saying, "Over the long term dividends make up a large part of a share portfolio's returns. With that in mind, lets see what attractive dividend yields are available to us at the moment. We've already looked at the large caps and the small caps, so now it's time for the micro caps."

The DIV-Net presents Stock Analysis: Genuine Parts Company (GPC) posted at The DIV-Net, saying, "Genuine Parts Co is a leading wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies, and office products."


Will presents “The Greatest Trade Ever”, Or How To Profitably Go Against The Herd posted at Former Banker, saying, "When being a contrarian pays off in spectacular fashion!"

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stock Carnival Ecstasy - October 18, 2011

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Welcome to the October 18, 2011 edition of Stock Carnival Ecstasy.In this edition we have 20 articles from some of the best financial blogs on the Internet. Mike Piper takes a look at Vanguard’s New LifeStrategy Funds. Charles Chua C K has a great post on Ways to Determine the Worth of a Stock. We have an HELE Earnings Preview from Doug. And finally SteveR presents The Pitfalls Of Doing Your Own Taxes, which includes missing the extension deadline which occurred yesterday. Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back soon.

Gordan Smith presents 10 Most Useless Statistics in Professional Sports posted at Internet Provider, saying, "We sports fans love our statistics, don’t we? Get a group of us together and the numbers just start flying. That’s because nothing conveys an understanding of, an abiding reverence for, and an unassailable expertise in, our favorite athletic pastimes than quoting lots of stats."

Everything Finance presents Visa Black Card Review posted at Everything Finance, saying, "The Visa Black Card is a unique card made of carbon, not plastic, that touts impressive benefits for its members, but also carries hefty fees. This card is available for a limited number of members (1% of the American population) and may be a good fit for those who travel frequently and are looking for travel perks."

Sandra Adams presents Historically Low Interest Rates? Not For Consumer Credit posted at Credit Cards for No Credit, saying, "The Federal Reserve Board has promised that interest rates near zero will remain in place through this year and next. Yet consumer credit card interest rates are still usurious. For an economy struggling to free itself from a balance sheet recession and based in large part on consumer purchases, a focus on lowering consumers’ debt burdens by lowering the interest rate paid on consumer debt instead of focusing on the overnight funds rate makes sense."

Michael Donelly presents It’s not Expensive to Prevent Burglary posted at, saying, "There are certain cases in which being frugal might actually cost a lot. And one of these cases is related to home security. Hoping that burglary won’t happen is not going to protect you against one of the most common crimes."


Mike Piper presents Evaluating Vanguard’s New LifeStrategy Funds posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, "Vanguard recently announced major changes to their "LifeStrategy" funds. Are the changes positive? And what type of investors should be considering these funds?"

Shoeboxpublish presents The Short Selling of America posted at DCTrader, saying, "The repeal of a little known trading rule back in July of 2007, is shown to be the primary cause for the stock markets extreme volitility in the past few years. Wild swings of 300 or more points have become common place. This article explores why that is, and why stability will not be returned to the markets or the economy - until this little known trading rule is reinstated."

Nathan Richardson presents Benefits and Drawbacks of Credit Score Monitoring posted at Deals & Tips, saying, "For roughly $15-$20 per month, consumers will receive information from the credit bureau monitoring their score showing any changes to that score - is that fee worth it?"

Mark Roberts presents What You Should Know About Federal Income Tax posted at Tax Brackets, saying, "This weeks blog post is a guide on federal income tax. We highlight what income is federally taxed and what deductions you can claim."


Charles Chua C K presents 7 Effective Ways to Determine the Worth of a Stock posted at All About Living with Life.

Doug presents HELE Earnings Preview, Part 1 - the Kaz Impact posted at The Strategic Investor, saying, "Earnings preview of a deep value consumer staples company. The company reports earnings on Thursday. Part two is already published."

Frank presents Best Swing Trading Indicators | Leaked Stock Trading Tips posted at Leaked Stock Trading Tips.

Nesher presents How TheStreet helps you to become better investor? posted at Internet Stock Trading for Beginners.

John Border presents Gold Stocks List posted at Stock Market Basics, saying, "Gold stocks are a must in your portfolio and these definitely serve as proxy for holding the gold in physical form and help you gain from price rise of gold."

Dividend Growth Investor presents Ten Top High Dividend Growth Stocks for Long Term Returns posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, "Dividend Growth Stocks are one of the best kept secret in the investing world. After all, these are high quality companies which have strong competitive advantages that allow them to generate rising earnings over time. As a result, most of these companies generate so much in excess cash flow, that they are able to pay a higher dividend over time without sacrificing long term growth."

The DIV-Net presents Two Industrials Catching My Eye posted at The DIV-Net, saying, "I'm a huge believer in investing in dividend growth stocks. In fact, I'm such a huge believer that I'm going to be investing the majority of my net income into such stocks every single month for the next 11 years."


Paul Stogner presents What is a Good Credit Score? posted at Credit Cards Truthiness, saying, "The majority of the general public doesn’t understand how their credit score is calculated, much less what a good credit score is. Generally speaking, one has to establish a record of timely payments and available credit to increase their score."

Jennifer Hill presents Effectively Balancing Income and Expenses posted at How Does Rent To Own Work?, saying, "When balancing your income and expenses becomes difficult, you will first need to decide to live frugally. This means you need to take control of your finances and learn how to organize them to make you successful."

Deborah Brown presents Frugal Living posted at First Credit Card, saying, "Frugal living doesn’t just consist of the decisions you make before a trip to the grocery store; it is a daily choice that makes up the lifestyle a frugal shopper must live by. There are so many ways you can save money with a slight change in your shopping habits."

Linda Rodriguez presents Jury Bias in East Texas Green Patent Litigation posted at Credit Cards for Fair Credit, saying, "The Eastern District of Texas is known as a great venue for plaintiffs in patent litigation. It has it all. The district has judges who know the issues, rules and courts that get cases to resolve quickly, juries who give out large plaintiffs’ verdicts, and a reputation that increases the risk on the defendants and encourages settlements. But there may be an underlying bias against green technology that may make this venue less appealing for green patent litigation."

SteveR presents The Pitfalls Of Doing Your Own Taxes posted at 2010Taxes, saying, "Doing all your own taxes might seem like an easy enough thing to tug off. You recently draw W-2 form, make the numbers and you really are good to go. However, there are often more to making your taxes than just simple math, and in many cases that could be hard to practise for some people."

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An Introductions to Options Trading

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission defines options as contracts that give purchasers the right to sell or buy securities like stocks within a given period at a fixed price. They are binding contracts whose properties and terms are strictly defined. Although the buyers have the right to sell or buy the securities, they are not obligated to do so.

When the period of an option passes, the contract becomes void. However, a purchaser makes an initial deposit that is not refunded in such an eventuality. On the other hand, the seller is obligated to sell the security in question at the agreed price if the buyer goes ahead with the purchase within the agreed timeframe.

Perhaps someone wants to buy property for $500,000 but does not expect to get the money for 3 months. He gets into an option contract with the seller to make the purchase within 3 months and pays $5000. No matter how much the property’s value rises within the period, he will still buy it at the agreed price. If the buyer changes his mind, however, he will not be forced to buy the property but will lose the $5000.

The Basics
Call: This is the contract that provides the right to purchase a security within a given timeframe at an agreed price. Investors buying calls expect the values of the securities to rise within the agreed period.

Put: This option provides the right to sell a security within a specified timeframe at a given price. Investors buying puts expect prices to fall before the period agreed on expires.

This means the options trading market is primarily composed of 4 types of participants: buyers and sellers of calls and puts respectively. Option sellers are known as writers while the buyers are called holders. While holders are not obligated to go through with their contracts, writers are obligated to do so.

Strike Price: This is the agreed price at which a given security can either be sold or bought. If the share price is more than the strike price, the option is “in-the-money.”

Intrinsic Value: This refers to the amount of money by which a given option is in-the-money.
Premium: This is the total cost of an option.

Types and Styles of Options
Over-the-Counter options involve 2 private parties. They have unrestricted terms and do not get listed on exchanges.
Exchange-traded options are settled in a clearing house. They have standardized contracts that provide more accurate pricing models.

Option styles include American, European, Bermudan, Vanilla, Exotic and Barrier.
Investors use option trading for 2 primary purposes – hedging and speculation.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Stock Carnival Ecstasy - October 4, 2011

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Welcome to the October 4, 2011 edition of Stock Carnival Ecstasy.In the top 8 stories for the week we start with Ahmad Hassam who has an ETF trading system on How To Trade ETFs For About 10 Minutes A Week. Ken Faulkenberry takes a look at Global Investment Trends. What is Net Asset value? User 'Mutual Fund' has the answer for us. And Jose D. Roncal compares Stocks to Bonds, which is the best for you. Hope you enjoy these articles, bookmark, share, tweet, link on Facebook and come back next time.

Roxanne Porter presents 10 Expenses No Nanny Should Be Expected to Pay Herself posted at Nanny Jobs, saying, "In dealing with financial responsibilities, you will need to decide what is expected of your nanny. Below is a list of ten expenses that nanny’s should not have to pay for, while on the job for their families:"


J.R. Weber presents Citi Dividend $200 Cash Back Credit Card Offer Details posted at Smart Balance Transfers, saying, "Credit card companies continue to roll out incentives to consumers. Citibank hopped on the bandwagon with a new $200 cash back promotion."

Mike Piper presents A Request for Vanguard (or Fidelity, or Schwab…) posted at The Oblivious Investor, saying, "Why don't more brokerage firms allow for one-step rebalancing, rather than having to enter a separate transaction for each of your holdings?"

Nathan Richardson presents As Debit Card Fee Caps Come Into Effect, Banks Raise Fees on Consumers posted at Deals & Tips, saying, "Are you ready for the next move in the war on consumers? Banks are preparing to institute debit card fees in response to the caps that are about to go into effect."


Ahmad Hassam presents The Portfolio Prophet -How To Trade ETFs For About 10 Minutes A Week & Safely Grow Your Investment Portfolio! | Killer Trading Systems posted at Killer Trading Systems, saying, "These Portfolio Prophet FREE Presentations show how to trade ETFs in about 10 minutes a week and safely grow your investment portfolio."

Ken Faulkenberry presents Top Global Investment Trends to Invest In – 2011 posted at Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio (AAAMP) Blog, saying, "There are some of the top global investment trends that should be included in your portfolio asset allocation in 2011 and beyond."

Mutual Fund presents What is NAV or Net Asset value? posted at Mutual Fund, saying, "This article explains what is NAV or Net Asset Value of mutual funds."

Jose D. Roncal presents Stocks Versus Bonds: Which is Right for You? posted at José Roncal, saying, "Anyone about to enter into the market for the first time is probably feeling skittish right about now. Wall Street flailed through an unprecedented crisis while Congress struggled to please everybody in the biggest financial bailout in the country’s history. When things didn’t go as planned, September 29th saw the largest one-day drop in the market’s history. Markets still have not recovered, despite an 11th hour $700 billion rescue plan Congress hammered out to prevent a real catastrophe."

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