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Darwin’s Portfolio Update: Almost Doubled the Return of the S&P500

In March, I had provided my first portfolio update in some time, so I figured I’d follow up with an April update. In that initial update, I laid out brief rationale and background on each purchase.  Here, I’ll just provide returns from March 11 to represent return for the portfolio. Since the March update, an […]

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PEG Ratio: Why It’s More Relevant than P/E for Stocks

While many individual investors are familiar with the conventional Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio, the PEG ratio isn’t cited nearly as often but it really puts a stock’s valuation in the proper context.  While a P/E ratio will tell you whether a stock is “highly priced” just based on a forward earnings expectations or trailing […]

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Darwin’s Portfolio – The Full Monty

The Full Monty.  My trading portfolio in all its glory. I used to update readers on my portfolio holdings and performance at Everyday Finance, but that blog was recently locked up in unceremonious fashion by the Blogger team at Google, so until that is resolved, there may be some cross-content over here at Darwin’s Finance. […]

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Business Development Companies – Excellent Overlooked Investment Strategy

A Business Development Company (BDC) is a niche investment category that even many high yield investors don’t have much familiarity with.  While the large banks, energy trusts and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are widely known for their high yields, the Business Development Company opportunity goes widely unnoticed.  Not familiar with BDCs?  Well, think of […]

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25 Best Personal Finance, Investing & Career Posts of 2009

After sharing the best posts from around the blogosphere in Personal Finance and Investing with yesterday’s Carnival of Personal Finance I realized I didn’t do a look-back at 2009 from Darwin’s Finance.  In this list you’ll find thousands of dollars in money saving tips, career boosters, investing tricks and tax deduction ideas you may have […]

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Identifying Value in the Stock Market

Today Darwin’s Finance presents a guest post by Saj Karsan from Barel Karsan that introduces one method of identifying value in the stock market. If you want to watch value investing in action, you should subscribe to their RSS feed. If interested in guest posting at Everyday Finance or Darwin’s Finance, see these guidelines. Every […]

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The “Wash Rule” in Investing and How it Applies to You

What is the Wash Sale Rule? This is an infrequently asked question, but an important one nonetheless (especially this year while investors are likely sitting on large capital losses) since traders violate it somewhat routinely without even being aware of the rule – and if challenged by the SEC, they could face some pesky consequences.  […]

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14 High Yield Large Caps with Steady Dividends

In an effort to highlight the dearth of available blue chip organizations with high market capitalization providing investors with a high yield dividend payout as a result of the recent market downturn, I’ve captured the stocks with Market Capitalization of over $25 Billion that yield at least 5%.   This data is current as of 8/6/09.  […]

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Stockpicker Investing is Gambling Says Vanguard Icon

I read with interest some statements from Vanguard founder and former CEO John Bogle, comparing individual stock and bond picking as an investment method to gambling.  While he doesn’t shy away from courting controversy and usually touts Vanguard’s flagship low-fee funds and ETFs over individual stock-picking due to performance and fees, this is the first time […]

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