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  1. Understanding and Evaluating Future Risks of BusinessesUnderstanding and Evaluating Future Risks of Businesses [Article]
    All businesses face risks that could weaken the continuing success of their operations. There are a number of advantages in trying to understand these risks. For instance, when they are properly und
  2. What is the Conscious Investor Wizard?What is the Conscious Investor Wizard? [Article]
    In computer language, a wizard is an expert system that provides extra help and guidance at key points. In Conscious Investor, the Wizard or expert system provides analysis, knowledge and guidance
  3. How can I invest in international companies and markets? How can I invest in international companies and markets? [Article]
    There are two ways of investing in a public company that has its headquarters in a foreign company. The simplest way is when the company is listed on a stock exchange within your own company. Freque
  4. What is the purpose of the Safety button in Conscious Investor and the Conscious Investor Wizard?What is the purpose of the Safety button in Conscious Investor and the Conscious... [Article]
    In 1949 Benjamin Graham, the mentor of Warren Buffett, wrote a famous book called The Intelligent Investor. In it Graham wrote that the three most important words in investing are “
  5. Is it better to invest in stocks with a low PE Ratio or a high PE ratio?Is it better to invest in stocks with a low PE Ratio or a high PE ratio? [Article]
    The PE ratio is defined as the current price divided by earnings per share. You can think of the PE ratio as the amount that the market is willing to pay for $1.00 of earnings per share. For example
  6. What books do you recommend?What books do you recommend? [Article]
    At an investing seminar in Los Angeles given by John Price he was asked to list the books on investing that he recommended. Before he could answer, Jim Butler, one of the seminar participants stated
  7. How do I know If I have a firewall problem?How do I know If I have a firewall problem? [Article]
    You can perform this test to check whether your firewall is blocking the price/data download. For Australian Data: 1. Click on the Start button in Windows and click on Run... 2. Type
  8. What is the purpose and the effect of a stock split?What is the purpose and the effect of a stock split? [Article]
    In the USA the stock price of most major companies is in the range of $10 to $70. For example, 80 percent of the stocks in the S&P500 lie in this range. The ranges for the smaller cap stocks tend to
  9. Can you get scuttlebutt on USA companies even if you don?t live there? Can you get scuttlebutt on USA companies even if you don?t live there? [Article]
    Even though they may not live in the USA, many people still like to invest in USA companies. One of their concerns is getting scuttlebutt on companies that they are considering. There are a
  10. What is the difference between a franchise company and a commodity company?What is the difference between a franchise company and a commodity company? [Article]
    Sometimes Warren Buffett divides companies into franchise companies and commodity companies. A franchise company is another name for a company with a strong economic moat. In the 1991 Annual report
  11. What if the price has not dropped to my target price? What if the price has not dropped to my target price? [Article]
    Our rational mind tells us that if the price is above the target price, then you should not buy. But sometimes there is more to this than first appears. After all, we have put all this effort into a
  12. I get a registration error ?Authentication Error...host not found?. I get a registration error ?Authentication Error...host not found?. [Article]
    Error message: The
  13. With so much terrorism in the world, perhaps this is not the time to invest in the stock market? With so much terrorism in the world, perhaps this is not the time to invest in t... [Article]
    In the well-known book Beating the Street, Peter Lynch describes annual meetings organized by Barron’s of eminent investors and money managers. He said that they would spend a great d
  14. What does Warren Buffett think of forecasts by analysts and market commentators? What does Warren Buffett think of forecasts by analysts and market commentators?... [Article]
    On many occasions Warren Buffett says that he never looks at forecasts by analysts and market professionals. For example, at the annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in 1992 he said, "If we
  15. Do you need a high IQ to be a successful investor?Do you need a high IQ to be a successful investor? [Article]
    Over and over Warren Buffett has emphasized that investing is not an area where a person with a high IQ beats a person with a lower IQ. For example, in an interview in Newsweek he said, "You donR
  16. What is a fat pitch in investing? What is a fat pitch in investing? [Article]
    Warren Buffett often uses analogies from different sports to make a point about the type of opportunities he looks for. A fat pitch is a pitch in baseball where everything is just right to hit it fo
  17. What is a conscious investor?What is a conscious investor? [Article]
    On one level any one uses the software Conscious Investor could be called a conscious investor. On another level the idea of a conscious investor is based on the concept of investors becoming aware
  18. What does an economic moat do? What does an economic moat do? [Article]
    A strong economic moat means that the company can price its products and services at highly profitable levels while at the same time the moat protects against changes in such things as: . the
  19. What does Warren Buffett say about economic moats? What does Warren Buffett say about economic moats? [Article]
    After teaming up with Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett has often talked about the importance of an economic moat for companies that he would consider investing in. Just as a moat around a medieval cas
  20. What is the purpose of the Scenario Analysis? What is the purpose of the Scenario Analysis? [Article]
    The Scenario Analysis is also called the What-If Analysis. It enables an investor to answer questions such as, "What if the growth in earnings over the next 5 years is only half what it was over the
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