Thursday, November 7, 2013

Twitter: The IPO!


As I made my way to work this morning I passed by this beautiful billboard:

 

Yes. Today is the day that Twitter becomes an IPO and joins the ranks of the NYSE as a publicly traded company under ticker symbol TWTR. To say that I am excited and that I live for days like this (where companies I am familiar with and which products/services I use becomes public) is an understatement!!

 
As the ‘conservative’ investor that I can be at times. I wont be participating in this IPO and don’t plan to buy any shares. I feel that twitter is in fact a great company with great potential. However, it is still not clear to me how they will be able to generate sustainable and consistent profits for stock holders.

For those that got in early enough—congratulations! The stock started trading at around $26 and is now up to $46.37 (as I type this)--- which is outstanding! However, whether this is simply an “excitement bubble” or a sustainable price increase, is yet to be seen.  Lets hope for the best.
 
...And perhaps this is the perfect time to remind my dear blog followers that you can also follow me on twitter at @teachmetoinvest.

Cheers to twitter and congratulations on this new exciting chapter for your business!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Belated Blog-Anniversary

Hey dear followers!!

Just realized that today, November 2nd, 2013 my blog made one year and one month!! I completely missed the actual "birthday" of my blog which was on October 2nd, 2012 (apparently all great things happen in October. I kid. I kid).

Anyways, I just wanted to reminisce for a bit on the past year. This blog was started with the sole intention to provide basic stock-market investing information to people with limited knowledge. It was created in a way to "give back" to the world as I am very appreciative for the individual whom taught me how to invest back in 2008. As I have said many times, investing is such a valuable skill that I believe everyone should understand. I feel it should be part of schools curriculum world-wide!

But anyways, as my blog evolved, I realized that while my intention was to teach others, a lot of the times I found that I was teaching myself. Whenever I do a post about a particular company, an investing technique, or what may be going on in the market; I make sure I do some kind of research. Sometimes the research is extensive and sometimes is quick. However, I like to make sure I am well informed before my posts. This has allowed me to learn a lot more and I continue to learn as each day goes by and there is no greater feeling!

As a famous quote by one of my favorites says:



"If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” -Maya Angelou


Thank you for following me and my journey towards becoming the best investor I can possibly be. While I learn, I will continue to share my knowledge and experiences with the world!

Have a great weekend!





Friday, November 1, 2013

Apology to my Followers (and my current portfolio *star*)

Hey Everyone,

Happy Friday!!!

Just wanted to pass by and apologize for my hiatus on the blog lately. Although I still have 24 hours in one day; since the semester started again (late September) I have been quite overwhelmed with school work as well as my full time job plus other personal responsibilities. 

On the one hand, I would say there are no excuses when it comes to things I am truly passionate about, such as blogging about investing. However, on the other hand, I am not one to write mediocre posts just to fill up the blog with random entries. Every single post on this blog has 3 top ingredients: 1. My passion for the subject at hand, 2. A good amount of research, and 3. True dedication. When I am unable to find the time to apply those three ingredients and really come up with a post I feel happy about, I rather not post. As the saying goes “do it with passion or not at all”.


By The way, I know I usually don’t share much about my personal life on the blog but last week (October 25th) was my birthday! I am not one to party hard (anymore) but I did spend an amazing day (off from work). I had brunch with my best friend and then an amazingly delicious dinner with my family and the people that I truly love. Plus-- I finally got an Ipad thanks to my parents and sister. (You’re welcome, apple’s bottom line). Best.Gift.Ever.

Here is a photo of my sister and I during my birthday dinner with family:





Ok, so back to business: Earnings season is slowly coming to an end. I have been following up with it on and off with a major focus on the results for the stocks I own. I’ve seen my share of good results and not so good. However, at the end of the day, the majority of my stocks are long term investments, as I have previously mentioned. I do keep my eye and do my homework on each and every one of my securities ensuring that my current possessions are still good for the long term. If that changes at any point, I am always ready to take action! As a reminder, here are the companies where I currently own shares:


CL, COH, GOOG, JNJ, KO, NWY, V, VZ

I also closely monitor the following shares which are part of a separate portfolio:

MMM, MCD, PG



 *All have been doing outstanding---Minus one, my weakest link is COH but I am still not 100% certain what strategy I will take on that one. I welcome recommendations!

 My current portfolio star?


GOOGLE

Ladies and gents, this stock is a rock star lately! I remember getting a random text from a good friend about a week ago asking me whether ive seen Google’s share price that day. When I finally took a quick look my eyes almost left my head.


I purchased Google around the $350-$400-ish range back in 2008. Today’s price is at $1,030.58! (as I type this) If this is not a star than I don’t know what is!

 Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t own many shares of goggle. If that were the case I would be typing this from my penthouse in midtown Manhattan while sipping coffee next to  Ivanna Trump (someday). However, I am happy to know that I was able to see solid potential in Google 5 years ago and it has not disappointed me! I will continue to be bullish on goggle considering it is really #1 and nothing compares at this point (despite competition attempts from Facebook). When that chances (which may not be for a while) I will then reassess my position if needed.

Thank you for reading! Please bare with me as I improve my time management to be able to do the things I love more often (such as blogging here for you guys). Although Ive been a little MIA on the blog you can always reach me via email at teachmetoinvest@gmail.com or Twitter @teachmetoinvest.

Have fun & Be Safe!