Chevron versus Exxon – An Experiment in Long-Term Wealth Creation

Oftentimes investors will debate whether one stock is superior to another within the same industry sector. In some cases, the answer is not clear cut especially when comparing companies within a somewhat volatile industry. In today’s article I take a look at two major integrated oil and gas behemoths in the energy sector to bring [...]

Pitney Bowes – What a Toxic Investment Looks Like

Periodically I will skim through other blogs in search of companies which may warrant further investigation. Occasionally, however, I will stumble across an article in which a company’s common stock is recommended and I just have to shake my head as to what would possess someone to recommend to readers such a company as a [...]

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Cisco – Transforming to Drive Sustainable Shareholder Value

This is an introduction to my Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) stock analysis which is based on Q3 2018 results and management's guidance for Q4. Summary CSCO continues to shift toward the development and sale of more software and subscription-based offerings so as to improve the predictability of its revenue. It has an extremely strong balance [...]

By |May 19th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Cisco – Transforming to Drive Sustainable Shareholder Value

Berkshire Hathaway – Added to the FFJ Portfolio

Typically I will write an article in which I analyze a company and indicate in advance what investment action I intend to take. In the case of my Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) investment, however, this is an 'after the fact' article; I acquired 200 Class B shares (NYSE: BRK-b) for the FFJ Portfolio on May 16, [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Berkshire Hathaway – Added to the FFJ Portfolio

How Top Managers Motivate Their Team Members

We work an inordinate number of hours over the course of our lifetime. Here are some thoughts on how managers can motivate their team members so that everyone achieves more. At the request of a regular reader I previously shared my thoughts as they relate to career advancement in my 24 Career Advancement Tips to [...]

By |May 14th, 2018|Career|Comments Off on How Top Managers Motivate Their Team Members

General Mills – Too Many Headwinds

This is an introduction to my General Mills (GIS) stock analysis which is based on Q3 2018 results and the relatively recent ~$8B acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products which is part of GIS's transformation. Summary GIS’s revenue has been on the decline for the last few years due to changing consumer preferences. High growth [...]

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Brookfield Asset Management – My Way of Having Exposure to Alternative Assets

This is an introduction to my Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) stock analysis which is based on Q1 2018 results. My exposure to BAM allows me to benefit from its expertise and success with alternative asset investments. Summary BAM reported strong Q1 2018 results on May 10, 2018. At the end of Q1 2018 (March 31st), [...]

By |May 11th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Brookfield Asset Management – My Way of Having Exposure to Alternative Assets

Church & Dwight – A Better Option Than P&G

This is an introduction to my Church & Dwight (CHD) stock analysis which is based on Q1 2018 results and projections for the remainder of FY2018. I view CHD as having better potential to provide superior long-term investor returns than its much larger peer - Procter & Gamble. Summary CHD released its Q1 2018 results [...]

By |May 8th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Church & Dwight – A Better Option Than P&G

High-Yield Corporate Bond ETFs – Understand the Risks

Some investors have gravitated toward High-yield corporate bond ETFs in an effort to generate additional income. There is nothing wrong with investing a component of your portfolio in such an investment on the condition you are fully aware of the risk exposure you are taking on and can withstand a permanent impairment to your capital [...]

By |May 7th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on High-Yield Corporate Bond ETFs – Understand the Risks

Procter & Gamble – I Am Not Interested In This Turnaround Story

This is an introduction to my Procter & Gamble (PG) stock analysis which is based on Q3 2018 results and projections for the remainder of FY2018. PG is a company that generates strong free cash flow and showers investors with dividends and share repurchases. It, however, faces intense competitive pressure and is being pressed by [...]

By |May 4th, 2018|General Investing|Comments Off on Procter & Gamble – I Am Not Interested In This Turnaround Story

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