Here you’ll find articles on traditional and not-so-traditional approaches to investing — primarily in individual stocks, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and bonds. Along with my breakdown and scrutiny of general strategies are first-hand experiences in implementing these approaches. Specific topics include building an investment portfolio and possible ways to determine whether a stock is bargain priced. Information and insights in the Investing category can help you develop a framework for making investment decisions.

How I Find Beauty in a Balance Sheet

When I’m evaluating a company and its stock, one of the places I look is the company’s balance sheet. A great balance sheet is beautiful to me. It either attracts me to a company and its management or repels me. Let’s delve into how this essential financial statement can hold beauty.

What Not to Buy When Investing

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been updating my portfolio. The good news is that I locked in a gain with NVDA by selling 100 of my shares for $212 per share, which I had bought at an average price of $25 about two years ago. The bad news is that I lost money on other investments. To follow Warren Buffett’s rule of investing (“don’t lose money”), you’ll need to determine what not to buy. Honed from my experience, here’s a short list.