Eagle Financial Publications – Chris Versace

PowerTrend Brief

Are You Profiting from Living Longer?

Subscribers to my investment newsletter, PowerTrend Profits, know I look at the intersection of economics, demographics, psychographics and more to zero in on profitable, long-term investments. As a part of my filtering process, I look for companies with strong earnings growth prospects, solid cash flow, pristine balance sheets and, if they have it, a rising dividend yield policy. That’s the financial side of the equation, but there is another aspect that I look for in PowerTrend candidates for my subscribers – pain points.

Pain points are those problems or vexing issues that a company or even a person may have to contend more»

Money Awareness Can Aid Your Retirement

Money.

A simple word that, if you aren’t careful, can cause you a lot of problems. If not you, then maybe for a family member or a close friend.

Some have more than others, but the bottom line – and that is what we are all about – is we all need it.

Whether it’s to put food on the table, buy the latest whiz-bang device from Apple or Samsung, buy clothes for that soon to be tween that is rapidly outgrowing their clothes or simply to treat yourself to dinner and a movie, let alone to save for your golden years or pay down more»

What’s Loaded in Your Valuation Tool Kit? Hopefully More Than Just P/Es…

Last week, I shared with you one of the techniques that companies use to boost their earnings per share (EPS) results and give the appearance of a business that is firing better than may be the case. Towards the end, I raised the question about what this means for price to earnings (P/E) ratios, which I’m sure you recognize as one of the easiest valuation metrics to use, but also one that is fraught with issues. That’s why in order to get really comfortable recommending a company to subscribers of my PowerTrend Profits newsletter, I need to triangulate the more»

How You Can Use a Technical Analysis of Earnings to Make Smarter Investments

One of the easiest and simplest metrics that investors use to screen for, as well as value, stocks is the price-to-earnings ratio, better known as a stock’s P/E. Of course, on its face, a P/E is nothing more than a snapshot in time, but what if I told you it was far more complicated than that?

There are several P/Es that you need to keep in mind. Sure, there is the current P/E, which reflects a stock’s price divided by the current year’s expected earnings per share, but there are also trailing P/Es, as well as price-to-peak-earnings and price-to-trough earnings. Obtaining more»

Investing is as Easy as Understanding the Dynamic of… Milk?

There are many things that we take for granted in this country. WiFi connectivity, water, streets and roads are some, as is milk. Yep, that whitish fluid that you put into your cereal, morning coffee, pancake mix and so on. What you may not realize is that milk prices, just like those for beef, pork, shrimp and others, have jumped significantly. Year over year, during the June quarter, raw milk costs increased 31% and rose 6% from the March quarter to an all-time high.

Dairy company Dean Foods (DF) shared that figure when it issued its most recent quarterly earnings results. more»

Making the Most of the Recent Sell-off with PowerTrend Profits

If you had never looked at a chart of any of the major stock market indices — the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 or even the Nasdaq Composite Index — before and you saw one from last week, you would likely say, “What happened?”

You and I know we saw a sell-off in the stock market that was started by talk of an Argentinean default and then continued with the sharp rise in the Employment Cost Index, which climbed 0.7% in Q2 2014, up from a 0.3% increase in the first quarter, and the initial more»

Trust in the Investment Process

During the last few weeks, I’ve shared strategies to prepare your portfolio ahead of putting your dollars and savings to work. I’ve also shared an important technique to hone your investing skills — the postmortem breakdown of your investments, and how to recognize where you made smart decisions and where things may have deviated from what you hoped.

If you’ve been a longtime investor or even if you’re just a novice, you and I have many things in common, including wanting to generate profits. I mean, is anybody investing with the intention of losing money?

Like anything worth doing, let alone making more»

Follow the Money — to Options

No doubt you’ve noticed that hundreds and hundreds of companies are reporting their quarterly earnings this week, with hundreds more to come next week.

These announcements tend to put Wall Street in a rapid-fire mode that results in a “shoot first, ask questions later” scenario.

Of course, it’s only later that you can put all of the pieces together and reconcile them with your larger investing mosaic.

As you sit back and sift through the data, you’ll also notice that even though the stock market is setting new highs, the S&P 500 is up only 7.5% year to date. Even if the stock more»