More than 200 years of research shows that owning stocks, which represent an ownership stake in a business, is the best way to generate long-term wealth. Our stock investing guides will explain how common stocks work, what preferred stocks are, how to understand dividends, stock basics for new investors, and advanced stock trading techniques for those who are ready to learn the deep knowledge of finance.

Kennon-Green & Co. Global Asset Management, Wealth Management, and Investment Advisory

Is Wells Fargo Stock Undervalued

Is Wells Fargo Undervalued?

I am reading the Wells Fargo & Company annual report again for the fourth time this year, as well as conference call transcripts, analysts reports, and a host of other documentation.  I’ve been looking at making some additional purchases of Wells Fargo & Company for the long-term holdings through some of my personal retirement trusts and plans, including the only one I discuss on the site, the KRIP portfolio, because I’m convinced the “new” bank, which includes the acquisition of Wachovia during the Great Recession and financial meltdown that doubled the size of the “old” bank, is significantly undervalued.

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World of Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida

I Bought 100 Shares of The Walt Disney Company as a Souvenir During My Visit to the Resort

After breakfast this morning at the Animal Kingdom lodge, we headed over to Downtown Disney.  As we shopped for souvenirs before flying back to Kansas City tomorrow, I was in the enormous World of Disney store when I realized the best possible souvenir I could have would be ownership in the business.  From the kitchen section, surrounded by Mickey Mouse spatulas and Minnie Mouse oven mitts, I took out my phone, remotely logged into one of my personal brokerage accounts, and purchased a small memento in the form of 100 shares of The Walt Disney Company at $33.04 per share.  

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Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Brown-Forman Stock Report

Brown-Forman Is One of the Best Businesses I’ve Ever Seen

In recent days, I have been immersing myself in the annual reports and other filings of a company called Brown-Forman.  The company, which manufactures Jack Daniel’s whiskey, Chambord vodka, Korbel Champagnes, and other brands of spirits, is still controlled by the family that has owned it for more than a century, with two classes of stock trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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S&P 500 Dividend Reinvestment Inflation-Adjusted Data

A Look at Inflation-Adjusted S&P 500 Data for 1960 Through 2010 and Dividend Reinvestment vs. Non Dividend Reinvestment

I am working on my What is a mutual fund? category at About.com and a thought struck me.  I wanted to go back and look at the most recent investing lifetime (the 50 year period between 1960 and 2010).  I imagined that an investor could have bought the S&P 500 stock market index (obviously you can’t…

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General Electric Stock from the 1940s

Stocks vs Bonds vs Gold Returns for the Past 200 Years

I write a lot about investing in stock and investing in bonds over at Investing for Beginners at About.com, a division of The New York Times. There is a reason I tend to be far more favorable to equity investments (stocks) than fixed income investments (bonds) when it comes to long-term investing and why much…

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