Types of Inflation: Demand-Pull vs. Cost-Push Inflation

With inflation now running over 4% in the U.S. and other developed countries, investors are wondering how to classify the seriousness of the situation. As this article will discuss, the two main types of inflation are demand-pull inflation and cost-push inflation. Both demand-pull inflation and cost-push inflation are likely contributing to the economic environment we […]

Building A Portfolio with ETFs: A Beginners Guide

Successful investing doesn’t have to be complicated; the most important factor is to find a method and strategy that works for you. Whether that be picking individual stocks or building a portfolio with ETFs. The growth in ETFs (exchange-traded funds) since their introduction in the 1990s has exploded across the investing universe. Since the first […]

Dividend Theory: For Big Tech, Dividends are a Moral Imperative

The theory of dividends has long been disputed. As interest rates have declined, dividends have become less attractive. As growth stocks have reigned supreme, dividends have taken the backseat. In today’s fast, high, and big tech world, we need to reconsider dividend theory. Shareholders need to push companies, like the big 4 tech companies, to […]

What are the Stock Market Sectors? – Global Industry Classification Standards

One of the most common ways investors think about a company and analyze their portfolio diversification is by sector. There are 11 main sectors used by the S&P and MSCI in their popular Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS), which was started in 1999 to offer investors a standardized way to segment the market. From these […]

The Two Main Types of Quantitative Stock Analysis Described

Quantitative analysis for stocks means finding the value (or “valuation”) of the stock using numbers. There are two main types of quantitative valuation methods for stocks—relative and absolute valuation. Both relative and absolute valuation metrics use numbers only, making them purely a quantitative analysis. Both have already been defined, so we don’t have to reinvent […]

Quotes about Inflation from Famous Investors – What We Can Learn

The most successful investors in the stock market probably know a thing or two about inflation. Of the many great quotes about inflation from these investors, perhaps no single quote sums it up better than this one from Charlie Munger: “I remember the $0.05 hamburger and a $0.40-per-hour minimum wage, so I’ve seen a tremendous […]

Stock Market Cycles: How to Analyze and Profit

“Warren Buffett tells us, “The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs.” ― Howard Marks, Mastering The Market Cycle: Getting the odds on your side Stock market cycles, represented by the bear and bull markets, ebb and flow through time. Investing during different market […]

“There is Always a Bull Market Somewhere.” Or is there?

Brand new investors might look at a rising stock market and all-time highs as a potential indicator that stocks are expensive. However, new investors should consider the quote I heard from the popular Jim Cramer when I first started investing—that “there is always a bull market somewhere”. If there’s always a bull market somewhere, then […]

How to Find High Quality Dividend Stocks that Are “Simply Safe”

My name is Brian Bollinger, and I am the founder of Simply Safe Dividends, a website that helps individual investors responsibly build and manage their dividend portfolios. Prior to starting Simply Safe Dividends, I worked as an equity research analyst at a multibillion-dollar investment firm that actively managed several equity funds. I am also a […]

Assessing The Capital Allocation Skills of Management

Capital allocation is job number one for any management team. The problem is that most CEOs lack this skill, intending to build long-term value for both shareholders and the company. Warren Buffett talks about finding management teams he trusts, who act in the best interests of shareholders; part of that is the capital allocation for […]