Friday File: Should You Get Expert Help?

Most of us are self-directed investors, for good or ill — you’re probably here because you like researching or trading stocks, and I obviously feel the same. But should we be trusting ourselves to manage our money? I know that sounds like a fatuous question — obviously, we should trust ourselves much more than we […]

“How Has This ‘Buffett Clone’ Beaten Berkshire’s Returns by 70% Since 1998?”

I haven’t written about a teaser pitch from Nicholas Vardy in a while, and I’ve been keeping an eye out for stocks I’d like to have on my “watch list” to maybe buy if we continue to see prices fall across the market… so this one about a “Buffett Clone” caught my eye. Who wouldn’t […]

What’s in a Name?

Cielo (CIOXY for the US ADR) is the biggest Brazilian credit card processor, they make their money primarily by adding merchants to their transaction network (leasing them the card swipe machine and processing the payments through whatever credit or bank card they use), and by getting a tiny slice of each payment. They came into […]

What’s the Motley Fool’s “Holy Grail investment into ‘Oil Boom 2.0?’”

The carnage in energy and oil services stocks over the last six months or so is causing a lot of contrarian investors to sit up and take notice — the combination of lower perceived demand (because of efficiency, slower growth in China, and the recession in Europe) and increased supply (because of the huge shale […]

“One of the Greatest Businesses We’ve Ever Found”, plus a look at Facebook for the Friday File

I’m on the road with my family this holiday weekend, so I’ll get this Friday File mishmosh of thoughts out to you a bit early. There are two things I want to do… chatter a bit about online advertising and Facebook, partly because I’ve been looking into the sector and partly because folks have been […]

What about ‘dem Robots? (DeHaemer’s “Ride the Robot Revolution” Stocks revealed)

This article was originally published on November 13, 2013. The ad is circulating again and generating questions from readers, so we’re re-running it for you — the ad is still largely unchanged, and the three “secret” companies are still the same. The largest, FANUY, has matched the S&P with a 9% gain since the article […]

“The Defense Contractor with the Graphene Breakthrough that Will Prevent a Nuclear War”

Our headline today is from Dr. Kent Moors, who is pitching his series of special reports/recommendations that he calls the “Great Game”, essentially a series of ideas based on the big “chess game” going on around the world between China, Russia, the U.S. and others for “global supremacy,” largely in control of resources. They’re bundling […]