InvestorsFriend Inc. Newsletter April 9, 2005
With the first quarter of the year now over, the performance of
InvestorsFriend Inc.'s stock analysis continues to be strong. Currently 6 stocks
are rated Strong Buy. Sectors included are two property insurance stocks, a
mutual fund company, a retailer, a paint manufacturer and a forestry company.
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How to Get Started Investing in Stocks
Most subscribers to this free newsletter are well aware of how to invest in
stocks. However, I occasionally get questions from people just trying to get
started. I have added a new article to the Site that gives some guidance on on
how to get a trading account set up.
Stock Market Direction
My strategy in investing is to look for individual stocks that re bargains.
It is always very difficult to predict where the overall market will go in the
However, I am hopeful that the market will do well in the next month or so. I
base this on the fact that long-term interest rates have started to fall again,
hopefully the first quarter earnings reports will be good and oil prices have
retreated from their highs, which will help most stocks.
However, whether the overall market rises or falls, I believe I will do well
in the long run if I stick with profitable companies that are available at
I recently updated my analysis of the overall level of the
Dow Jones Industrial Average and the
S&P 500 Index. As
earnings have climbed over the last few years, the markets are looking like a
better value than they were several years ago when the P/E ratios peaked.
Investing in Bonds
It is a surprising fact that overall, bond trading is a much larger market
than is stock trading. But bond investing and certainly bond trading seems to be
the domain mostly of institutional investors and not retail investors. Bonds do
not trade on a central exchange like the Toronto Stock Exchange, instead they
trade in a less organized fashion, with individual bond dealers quoting their
I've tried to shed a bit of light on this in a new short article on
investing in bonds and one on
Opportunities in Thinly Traded Stocks
I recently became a bit more conscious of the fact that thinly traded stocks
can be an opportunity area for the do-it-yourself investor. The reason is that
analysts usually cannot cover them because they are so thinly traded that the
analysis could result in a (probably temporary) spike in the price when the
clients of that analyst tried to buy. I have added an
article on this subject.
Are available here