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I (Sort Of) Predicted the Amazon – Whole Foods Merger

By now, Amazon.com’s (AMZN) purchase of Whole Foods Market (WFM) is old news. I’d love to tell you that I expected this merger to happen… but that might be stretching the truth a little. Though back in October of last year, I did tell Newsmax TV that I expected to see Amazon make a major […]

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Where to Look for 6%-Plus Yields

The following is an excerpt from 9 Dividend Stocks to Buy for 6%-Plus Yields. Dividend plays with seriously high yields aren’t particularly easy to come by these days, at least not without stretching and probably taking more risk than we should. But for those willing to look, there are still plenty of dividend stocks to […]

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10 Best Dividend Stocks for the Market’s 10 Sectors

The following is an excerpt from 10 Best Dividend Stocks for the Market’s 10 Sectors. I’ve been a big believer in piling money into the best dividend stocks, then staying there for a long time. Perhaps because the start of my career coincided with the nasty 2000-02 bear market, I’ve always taken the view that […]

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How To Scew Up Your 401k Plan

The following is an excerpt from 5 Ways to Screw Up Your 401k There are all sorts of creative tax loopholes out there for savvy investors to exploit, and over the years I’ve looked at (and even tried) plenty of them. But the truth is, you don’t have an army of fancy Ivy League tax […]

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Advice to a Recent Graduate

The following is an excerpt from 5 Things You Must Do As Soon As You’re Employed. 20 years ago, long before I starting managing money professionally, I remember a little nugget of wisdom my mother’s financial advisor Daniel gave me: “Your career is a far more important investment than any stock or bond I’ll ever […]

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On Straight Talk Money: A Conversation with a Short Seller

Earlier this week, Peggy Tuck and I interviewed short seller and forensic accountant John Del Vecchio. I call John the “Horatio Caine of finance” because he knows where the bodies are buried in the financial statements. We discuss what exactly short selling is and how it’s different in real life than how it might be […]

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Twitter Rumblings on the Retail Rout

Random musings on the meltdown in REIT prices: This is a bloodletting in triple-net REITs. $VER $O $NNN. — Charles Sizemore (@CharlesSizemore) May. 8 at 02:35 PM Glad to see $VER buying back shares. At current prices, that’s a better use of funds than buying pricey real estate: https://seekingalpha.com/pr/16832306-vereit-inc-announces-200-million-share-repurchase-program — Charles Sizemore (@CharlesSizemore) May. 15 […]

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On Straight Talk Money: A Cutthroat Battle In Men’s Razors

I joined Peggy Tuck today on Straight Talk Money. On the agenda? A cutthroat battle in men’s razors pitting Procter & Gamble (PG) against Unilever (UL). But the biggest lesson to be learned is that few competitive “moats” prove to be permanent. Warren Buffett was a major investor in razor blades and did well on […]

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On Straight Talk Money: Will Apple Be The First Trillion-Dollar Company?

I joined Peggy Tuck and Chase Robertson this morning on Straight Talk Money. First on the agenda, we discuss black swans. People who say they’re looking for black swans clearly don’t know what a black swan is. By definition they are unpredictable and unforeseen and can only be identified after the fact.   Up next […]

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Invest Like a Guru: How to Generate Higher Returns at Reduced Risk With Value Investing

I use the research site GuruFocus almost daily. It’s my go-to source for fundamental stock research, and the screeners and graphing tools alone would be well worth the subscription cost. So, I was thrilled to find out that GuruFocus founder Charlie Tian, PhD recently authored a book, Invest Like a Guru: How To Generate Higher […]

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