Focus List Stocks: Long – Update 2/22/18

We’ve added the following stock to our Focus List – Long Model Portfolio as of February 22, 2018.

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Buy the Dip on This Recently Upgraded Insurer & Asset Manager

This firm, which provides retirement planning, asset management, and insurance products, was unjustly knocked despite its strong fundamentals. After the selloff, the opportunity to buy the dip has arrived. 

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Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds: Mid-cap Value Style

The mid-cap value style ranks tenth out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in my Style Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 12 ETFs and 196 mutual funds in the mid-cap value style as of February 12th, 2013.

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Top Stock Picks: 2011 In Reivew

Everyone wants diligence. Few will ever turn it down. The problem is that diligence is expensive. New Constructs makes diligence cost-effective.

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When I ran across the recent article “270,033 pages later, a chance to catch our breath…”, I could not help but admire’s marketing moxy.
The article provides a count of the number of pages of 10-K filings that have poured in during the real earnings season. It also highlight a couple of the largest filings. At first glance, it is easy for one to assume that all of the 270,033 pages were also analyzed.

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The Real Earnings Season Begins Now

Nearly all of the invest­ing world ignores 10-K sea­son. 10-Ks contain the most important financial information that companies provide all year.

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Bleeding Reserves To Artificially Boost EPS: Sell Principal Financial Group, Inc. (PFG)

Principal Financial Group, Inc. (PFG) reported accounting earnings in 2010 that are misleading compared to the true economic earnings of the business. PFG’s 2010 reported earnings are artificially boosted by a reduced loan loss expense, which is funded by a draw down of the company’s loss reserves.

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