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Socially Responsible Investing in 2011

Today there is something on the order of $100 billion invested in socially responsible mutual funds and ETFs, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The Social Investment Forum estimates that, including all individual and institutional investing, there could be as much as $3 trillion in socially-focused investing today.

But the very definition of  socially responsible investing (SRI) is in flux.  Has it become easier for someone to build an investment portfolio that balances both their financial goals and social good? Continue reading

Interesting way to select dividend stocks

I just ran across an article that Kapitall has on SeekingAlpha that posits an interesting and, I believe, useful way to screen for dividend paying stocks.   The basic idea is to look for high-yield stocks that also have a high level of open interest in call options vs. put options.

What does this indicator mean?  In theory, people buy call options when they believe that a stock is likely to go up and they buy put options when they believe a stock is likely to decline.  The premise in the Kapitall article is to look for stocks with high yields that also appear likely to go up according to the open interest on puts vs. calls.  So, these stocks seem like they are likely to be winners on the perspective of yield and price appreciation.

From my perspective, the story looks a little more nuanced.  Continue reading

Portfolio Investing 101: David Neubert

How would you build a portfolio?

We put that question recently to David Neubert.

A man of wide experience, Neubert spent ten years at Morgan Stanley in a number of trading roles including head of Global Portfolio and Program Trading. Then he moved on to Lehman Brothers where he was Head of Equity Trading Strategy and Technology for a couple of years.  He knows how the big institutions on the Street trade. After retiring (early!) in 2005, he spent a few years working on investor education initiatives. Continue reading