Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Make Margin Trends Your Friends

By Andrew M. Gordon

When investigating companies to invest in, I look at several margins - gross, operating, pre-tax, and net profit margin. But I focus on operating margin. Operating margin is the difference between how much you make and how much you spend to operate the business. If the "making" is at least 15 percent higher than the "spending," I'm interested.

But there's something else I need to know...

Was the operating margin lower or higher last year? And the year before? And the year before that? I like to see margins on an upward trend. It could mean several things, like...

Strong and/or rising pricing power
A shortage of products (Think Harley-Davidson, which deliberately makes fewer bikes than they could sell.)
Technological leadership
A transition from lower-end to higher-end products
Rising productivity
The ability to effectively manage costs

It takes more homework to figure out what is driving higher margins, but all of the above possibilities are good. So with an operating margin on an upward trend, even without doing the homework, you already know the company is running its business from a position of strength.
Profit margins go to the core of what makes a business successful. If you want a reality check, consider retailers.

Many retailers sold more product than ever during the 2008 holiday season. But because they had to slash prices to get customers to buy, their margins were squeezed to the max. So while sales were up, profits were down. That's what happens when margins go in the wrong direction.
If you want to do the research yourself, the numbers are provided online by Reuters Finance. Just look up a specific company and click on "Ratios."

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

People who are Happy for No Reason surround themselves with support.

We catch the emotions of those around us just like we catch their colds. It's called emotional contagion. So it's important to make wise choices about the company you keep. Establish appropriate boundaries with emotional bullies and "happiness vampires" who suck the life out of you.

Develop your happiness "dream team" - a mastermind or support group you meet with regularly to keep you steadily on the happiness path."Happily ever after" isn't just for fairy tales or the lucky few. Imagine experiencing inner peace and well-being as the backdrop for everything else in your life.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

China Flexes its Muscles

Finance officials from Beijing in Moscow on Thursday held a videoconference to discuss the creation of a “supra-national reserve currency,” the latest evidence of the support China is getting from developing countries as it seeks to replace the U.S. dollar as the world's main reserve currency.

This controversial proposal – and the support that it's getting – also underscores China's continued emergence as a growing global force in both the financial and political arenas.

Larry Potter



Tuesday, April 7, 2009