I try to provide a lot of quality in depth analysis on this blog on individual stocks and also the stock market as a whole. But there are thousands of stocks out there and the macro environment is incredibly complex, so we all need to read a very wide range of sources to become better investors. Here are the 10 best investing blogs that I actively follow. Some are focused on uncovering individual stocks, others are more focused on macro events or investing education. Together they are a must read in my opinion.
Having shares spread over a number of brokers and accounts makes monitoring a portfolio difficult. This guide teaches you how to use Google Spreadsheets to make a custom built portfolio tracker that will automatically update via the web to give you a live value of a portfolio.
I came across this online valuation course run by Professor Aswath Damodaran at Stern School of Business at NYU and wanted to share it with readers. I have long been a follower of his blog which goes through numerous musings on business valuation as well as worked examples, so would recommend his course and the blog. This is a great way to get started if you want to dip your toes in the water without reading all the books I recommend in my learn to invest section.
The AIM market is one of the few places bargains exist today, because it is mainly small individual investors that trade on it. The problem is finding stocks, screeners don’t include AIM and there is limited info about the companies. So I put together a spreadsheet that trawls the internet for basic valuation ratios on all AIM companies to allow investors to hopefully find the best bargains.
Stock screens are a very useful tool for investing. We can’t go through every single stock, there are thousands in the US alone, so cutting that list down by some parameters that make the companies more investable saves time and energy.
But it is also something that most retail investors do very poorly, and most follow the same sorts of rules as each other which means bargains are so much harder to come by. So in this post I go through the common pitfalls of screening and how to adjust your screens to capture more undervalued companies that the rest of investors miss out on.
A few months ago I released a free spreadsheet which collected financial data from the web on a chosen stock and pulled it into a nice summary sheet. I was frustrated when doing this by the problems that occur when trawling the web for data, web pages constantly change name, data moves about and the result is the spreadsheet doesn’t work as fluently as I would have liked and continually has errors.
I have developed a new version which uses a professional data feed. Please try it out (it’s free) and let me know what you think. I have tried to pull together the most comprehensive financials data source on the market.
The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is a great place for investors to find bargains and mispriced securities. A lot of the companies have market caps too small for brokers or institutions to care about, which means small investors like us are left to competed with only each other. But it doesn’t come without its risks: stocks are illiquid with large bid/ask spreads, regulation is more relaxed than the main market and the stock prices are very volatile.
Not long ago I shared a spreadsheet which pulled financial data on UK companies. I said I’d been looking at a version for the US and promised to release it. Well not only have I cleaned up the US one, I have revamped the UK version and re-uploaded it. The US version has the full 10 year financials, and doesn’t require any logins like the UK version. Best of all I’m giving it away for free.
I’ve not been researching many companies recently and there’s a reason. I was getting frustrated with the various data websites…
I get quite a few requests for books to read on investing and am quite bored of typing out the…