Follow-up on AAMRQ stock price analysis

2 months ago, I posted an article explaining the driving force behind the stock price movement of AMR Corporation, the mother company of American Airlines, since the American Airlines – US Airways merger was announced in February, 2013.

https://hiepsfinance.com/2013/05/14/the-impact-of-the-american-airlines-us-airways-merger-on-american-airlines-stock-a-curious-case-of-stock-piggy-backing/

In light of the merger getting closer and closer and more detail being released, I wanted to write a quick follow-up on that popular post. Continue reading Follow-up on AAMRQ stock price analysis

Nokia and the turnaround story named Lumia

The legendary Nokia 1110/1110i, the highest sold mobile device of all time
The legendary Nokia 1110/1110i, the highest sold mobile device of all time

Those of you who, like me, were using a cell phone in the early 2000’s, must have heard of Nokia. It was the undisputed number one brand for mobile device manufacturing. A decade later, when our world is filled with smartphones and iPad-type of tablets, Nokia seems to have vanished from the phone stores, especially in the US. Well, the company’s stock price has plunged just about as fast: it lost 90% of value in the last 5 years following the launch of the legendary Apple iPhone. So what has been going on with Nokia? Does their stock make for a good investment at this moment? My answer is yes. Continue reading Nokia and the turnaround story named Lumia

Investment basics: what is a stock?

I thought it was funny how you can partially own a company without possessing any material part. Like, I own Apple stock, but I don’t even own the company’s stapler or toilet paper, much less one of their popular iPads or Macbooks. Holding a stock doesn’t mean I’m entitled to anything valuable necessarily. It’s an interesting concept. Continue reading Investment basics: what is a stock?

The impact of the American Airlines – US Airways merger on American Airlines AAMRQ stock: a curious case of stock piggy-backing

So I have been investing in stocks for 3 months now. My portfolio is in good shape; I lost a bunch of money from some bad trades, and gained a bunch from the good ones. Overall, I have come out ahead and learned a good deal about the stock market. Funny enough, most of my gains have been huge gains (think 20% or more) and come from incredible trades. One such a good trade gave me more than 50% return and really boosted my confidence for investing. And I have American Airlines and US Airways to thank for that. Specifically, I have the merger deal between them to thank for the gains from American Airlines stock. At this point I have already sold my entire position in the stock, and little did I know at the time that the movement of the stock was such a unique case in the world of investing.

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Career is the most critical aspect of personal finance

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Recently, I’ve revisited my financial decisions since I graduated from college in the fall of 2011. You know what I found? Having a permanent, decent-paying job actually contributes the most to my assets and financial future. With money in my bank accounts and a stable income stream, I have been approved for good credit cards to build my credit history. The money I’ve saved has been put into my brokerage account so that I can learn how to invest. I’m 24, and I know there are a lot of things to be learned and a lot of money to be earned in the future, but I think I have a decent start, to which my income contributed significantly.

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Why bonds may not be safe

If you have been following financial news, you may realize what the most prominent story on bonds has been since the financial crisis of 2008: historically low interest long-term Treasury bond yields. You may also know that this was caused by investors unwilling to take risk with stock investments and feeling more comfortable putting their money in bonds, which are a lot safer. Common knowledge states that bonds are basically a guaranteed returns investment vehicle. Continue reading Why bonds may not be safe