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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. How much money do I need to get started with Conscious Investor?How much money do I need to get started with Conscious Investor? [Article]
    Most people when they start with Conscious Investor either have cash that they can use to invest with or they have an existing portfolio. But we also have many subscribers who st
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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]
    ...ous book called The Intelligent Investor. In it Graham wrote that the three most important words in investing are “
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. What are the cumulative and norm features of the charts? What are the cumulative and norm features of the charts? [Article]
    In the company charts it is possible to select “cum” which means “cumulative”. In this case the level at each year is the sum of the levels for all the previous years. For ex
  9. Why do the growth rates for sales and earnings differ between an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) and the original share? Why do the growth rates for sales and earnings differ between an American Deposi... [Article]
    We know that to avoid arbitrage there is always a direct correlation between the price of the share in its home country and the price of the ADR in the USA depending on the number of shares represen
  10. 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
  11. How important are dividends?How important are dividends? [Article]
    Aesop could well have been talking about dividends when he declared over 2000 years ago that “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” There is something very comforting about recei
  12. Can I evaluate every stock using Conscious Investor? Can I evaluate every stock using Conscious Investor? [Article]
    ...at he can only evaluate a “handful” of stocks and even then only when he uses ranges of values for the input variables. It is the same with Conscious Investor. Putt
  13. 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
  14. What is a circle of competence? What is a circle of competence? [Article]
    A circle of competence is a collection of industries or sectors that you understand the most. Or perhaps that you have the most interest in. Warren Buffett makes it very clear that it is important t
  15. Why does Warren Buffett consider that knowing your circle of competence is important?Why does Warren Buffett consider that knowing your circle of competence is impor... [Article]
    It is an essential part of investing like Warren Buffett to understand the company that you are investing in. Buffett explains, ?Draw a circle around the businesses you understand and then eliminate
  16. Does Warren Buffett visit companies or talk to management?Does Warren Buffett visit companies or talk to management? [Article]
    When asked this question during the Annual Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in 2003, he replied, “About 40 or 50 years ago, I did a lot of talking to managements. I used to go out and tak
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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