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Kurtis Hemmerling

Kurtis Hemmerling is a personal finance enthusiast that has been putting his passion into writing since 1998. His goal is to demystify the investment world to benefit the readership of Money Crashers.
Lies Mutual Fund Managers

7 Common Lies Told by Mutual Fund Managers and How to Avoid Them

Is your mutual fund advisor stringing you along with a lie? Are you getting the facts, or a skillfully staged show full of smoke, mirrors, and misdirection? If you decide to invest in mutual funds,...
Stock Market Timing Strategies

Stock Market Timing Strategies – Do They Really Work?

Some analysts claim that they are able to time the stock market and only invest during bull markets. The premise is simple: Buy stocks when the aggregate market is climbing and sell at the...
Trailing Stop Loss Order Example

How to Place a Trailing Stop-Loss Order – Example, Pros & Cons

One of the most difficult decisions investors have to make is when to take profits and when to cut losses short. Some traders will prematurely sell as a stock rises while others will hang...
Investment Risk Management Tips Buying Stocks

6 Investment Risk Management Tips for Buying Stocks

Not to knock the popular mutual fund screening filters, but it seems a little deceptive to suggest that one can simply check off boxes for "low risk" and "high performance" to find investment opportunities...
Free Cash Flow Definition Calculation Stocks

Free Cash Flow Definition & Calculation for Evaluating Stocks

With thousands of dividend-paying blue chip stocks in the market, how can you figure out which ones are wise investments? Do you know what to look for to judge whether or not a company...
Covered Call Options Selling Writing Strategies

What Is a Covered Call Option Explained – Selling & Writing Strategies

Do you own shares of stock in a publicly traded company? You might think that your only trading options are to either buy or sell these shares, but when you factor in financial derivatives,...
Invest Gold Stocks Funds Bullion

How to Invest in Gold – Stocks, Funds & Bullion

Amid government debt, economic uncertainty, and political unrest, you're one of many investors aware of the frightening factors that can lead to heightened levels of inflation. Given these concerns and the potential erosion of the...
Fama French Factor Model Stock Investing

Fama and French Three Factor Model for Stock Investing

A logical investor might assume that the best performing stocks are massive, cash-rich companies that have been in existence for decades. A reasoning mind tells us that smaller companies (i.e. small and micro-cap stocks)...
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Dividend Payout Ratio Formula & Definition – Analyzing Blue Chip Stocks with High Dividends

When it comes to picking the best blue chip dividend-paying stock, all that really matters is dividend size, right? Wrong! As a blue chip investor, you know how important it is to do your research....
gold bars?

4 Factors Affecting Historical & Future Gold Prices – Will It Go Up?

In 2002, gold traded for less than $300 per troy ounce. In 2010, the rate popped above $1,400. Why did gold's value rocket up so high? How much higher do some analysts predict gold prices...
Price Earnings Growth

Price/Earnings to Growth (PEG Ratio) Definition Explained – Calculating Growth Stock Valuation

Stocks go up in price for a number of reasons: a favorable news report, an entire sector rising, the appearance of undervaluation based on historical fundamental data, or trading by technical analysts based on...
Canslim Stock Trading Investment Strategy

CAN SLIM Stock Trading Investment Strategy – How to Pick High-Growth Stocks

With thousands of publicly traded companies to choose from, you may wonder how you can single out a handful of stocks that have the potential for significant capital gains. Many methods for picking stocks...