401K and RRSP tax deadlines coming up

For all the Canadian subscribers to the Peter Lynch Investor, here’s a gentle reminder to contribute to your RRSP before March 1, 2019.  RRSP deadline Contributing to your RRSP is an easy and affordable way to invest. The government allows you to claim against contributions on your tax return. Claiming contributions is a great way […]

The advantage of being an unsophisticated investor

No one could accuse me of being a sophisticated investor. I don’t have an M.B.A. I never studied accounting. I’ve never worked on Wall Street (and never will). The reasons for why I don’t qualify as a professional investor are many. Too many to list. Despite my lack of pedigree, I’m successful at finding worthwhile […]

A free app that makes stock valuation easy

In Peter Lynch’s book, he discusses the idea of valuation. He has a few different ways of doing it. The Peter Lynch Method One way is to look at the P/E ratio over time and compare it to a hypothetical average of 15. If the stock dips below the average, it’s a signal that it’s […]

One big investment decision I regret

One big investment decision I regret is not starting sooner. If you’ve ever looked at a chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over a 30-year period, you’ll notice it always goes up. The further you go back in time, the larger the increase. Of course, there are blips on the chart where the direction […]

Should you sell your shares in Apple?

My mother asked me this question a couple of days ago. Shares in Apple dropped 10%. Tim Cook admitted iPhone sales in China were poor. Before this day, Apple shares had already dropped 35% from its high of $233. Apple… No Longer a Great Investment? For investors, Apple has for a long time been a […]

Best and Worst stocks of 2018

This is a fortuitous time to be looking back at 2018’s best and worst stocks. As I write this the Dow Jones has dropped over 4000 points since it’s high in October. You’re wondering, “How could this possibly be a good time to talk about stocks?” It’s because one of the most valuable lessons of […]

The Best and Worst Stocks in my Peter Lynch portfolio from 2017

This year, like every year, was a year in which I made some good decisions… and some bad ones. No investor ever goes without taking some hits to their pride. I’m no exception. I’ll start with three of my worst decisions. The Worst of 2017 Neulion (TSE: NLN) I lost 50% of my investment in […]

An Unlikely Growth Stock Sitting Right Under your Nose

One of the things I love about using Peter Lynch’s method for picking stocks is it gives amateur’s like me a chance to use my everyday experience to spot investments. That’s exactly the story with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). You’d never guess it to look at it but Microsoft is growing. It’s transition into cloud computing and […]

A Peter Lynch spin-off stock you’ll want to consider for your portfolio

As Peter Lynch mentions in his book One Up on Wall Street, spinoff’s can be a great investment for several reasons. Often the spin-off is well capitalized by its parent company and has a strong balance sheet. It’s value isn’t being recognized under the parent company. The parent spins it off so it can grow […]