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  • Tech Bargains
    on Jul 30, 2011 in Curious Investments
    As the market for “new” tech stocks has gone wild again (see LinkedIn, Groupon, and the omnipresent chatter about Facebook), my interest has been piqued by the surfeit of tech bargains that seem to have appeared in the “old” t...
  • SP500 to GoldOnce again, thanks to Zero Hedge, saw this very interesting chart in an article promoting a return to the gold standard. To be honest, I have no idea what it means to return to the gold standard or what merit it’s perceived to bring. The commen...
  • Effect of Oil Prices on the US ConsumerGreat chart courtesy of Zero Hedge. This is part of the reason that from a portfolio perspective, I always like to keep some oil exposure for diversification. Full Disclosure: Author long shares of TOT and LINE at the time of writing...
  • In Defense of Groupon – Part I
    on Dec 1, 2010 in Company Analysis
    It seems that Google is poised to make a potential $6 billion acquisition of Groupon which has been described as $5.3 billion in upfront consideration and $700 million in performance awards for management. Investor reaction yesterday was negative wit...
  • Is there good cash flow and bad cash flow?
    on Sep 9, 2010 in Fundamental Analysis Tutorials
    Motley Fool printed an interesting article, “Can you trust the cash flow at Johnson & Johnson?,” yesterday. The author points out that “not all cash flow is equal” and shows this graph analyzing the sources of Johnson &...
  • Net1 UEPS TechnologiesIt’s been a while and for that I apologize. Truth be told, I had gotten my portfolio almost fully invested by mid-last year. And, as the stock intense rally we’ve seen in stocks through 2009 has turned flat since the new year, I’ve...
  • ISIS: Technical Analysis Case Study
    on Nov 15, 2009 in Technical Analysis Tutorials
    This is a follow up to my post, “ISIS Pharmaceuticals breaches long term support.” As many of you may know, posts from this blog are often (though not always) syndicated on In the case of my previous post on ISIS, I caug...
  • Arbitrage Opportunities in the Public Market
    on Nov 10, 2009 in Stock Strategies Tutorials
    In my previous post on the Allied-Ares merger arbitrage opportunity, I introduced a topic which I realized I’ve never quite talked about here on The Curious Investor. As I intend this blog for both beginning investors and seasoned investors ali...
  • Ares Allied Merger Arb OpportunityIn my prior post, “Allied Capital Goes from Value Trap to Deep Value,” I made the point that the Ares/Allied acquisition created a potentially interesting merger arbitrage opportunity. As astutely pointed out by commenter BeauZeau at Seek...
  • Are Apple bulls exhausted?I’ve written extensively about Apple this past year. And, not without reason. Investing in the stock has been a very fun ride ($89 – $200 in a little over 6 months). The Company whether it be delighting users with new products or frustrat...
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