Your Questions About How To Pick Stocks To Buy

Sandra asks…

How to pick up a good share on the stock market?

I’m new to stock market and I’d like to know what to consider before you buy something on the market? Also, is there any forum or helping websites out there to help? Thanks for any answer.

John answers:

You have to know about what you’re investing in. For example, if you understand the computer industry then you may want to see about purchasing shares in companies that are in related industries. You should purchase shares of stock in things that you understand. If you really think about it there may be many things that you have enough knowledge about to know whether companies in those industries are worth buying.

Research is very important. If you go to EDGAR online you can find reports that public companies have filed. The 10K and 10Q reports are the most important because they will give you information specific about most companies that are publicly traded. You can learn a great deal about specific companies and investing in general just by reading them.

If you know how to decide what a stock is worth on a per-share basis then you will know whether it is worth buying at its current price. Remember that a stock’s price is not the value of the stock. It can be equal to that value but most of the time it is priced at more or less than actual value.

In order to understand what the actual value is you have to know about the balance sheet, the income statement and the statement of cash flows. You also need to know the number of shares outstanding. The number of shares outstanding is the number of shares the company has actually sold to the public. When doing your calculations on the different financail statements you will divide the totals by the number of shares outstanding. The number of shares outstanding is always found toward the top of the report.

The two books that are the most excellent for learning about how to decide what stocks to pick are The Intelligent Investor and Security Analysis. Each one has very good advice about how to value a company and also explains different caluclations that will help you decide if a given company is worth purchasing.

The idea is to be careful about what you invest in. The idea is to make your money work as hard for you as you did to earn it. That means carefully researching each stock you purchase.

Helen asks…

Trying to raise my pick up to stock height?

I bought a 2006 chevy silverado crew cab 2wd that is lowered. I believe it’s called a 2&4 lowering. Anyhow I was wondering how hard it would be to get it back to stock height and how can I tell for sure what method was used for lowering?

John answers:

Replace the springs and take out the lowering blocks. Should be good to go after that.

Lizzie asks…

How to reverse a lowering on a pick up?

Wich methods are there to lower a pick up truck? I have a 2006 chevy silverado that when i bought new, was already lowered by the dealership. Initillay I loved it. Fast forward 6 years and I hate it. I want to get it back to stock height but don’t know how it was lowered, and if it can be reversed easily(I don’t know much about lowering vehicles) Any help is appreciated, thank you for your time.

John answers:

It really depends on how much it was lowered and exactly how it was lowered. Sometimes its a matter of different springs, sometimes its all new control arms and steering knuckles and so on.

Your best bet is to figure that out first before trying to reverse it, it may be a matter of just buying the stock springs and throwing them in, but then again it could mean replacing most of the suspension set up.

Charles asks…

Where can I buy Cerelac in the Washington DC Area?

My baby refuses to eat Gerber any more. He just cries and cries and cries. We picked up some Cerelac while visiting the Philippines and he speeds through that so fast. Anyone know of any stores near or sort of near Washington DC that stock that? We have tried a few specialty stores so far, but no luck. We are not too fond of how expensive it is at Amazon.

John answers:

That brand isn’t marketed for sale in the US. You might try calling Nestle and see if they could recommend which of their American brands would be most similar.

Joseph asks…

What guitar should i buy?

Quickly im buying tomorrowww!!! =)))

Im sorta in the 200$ area to buy a new guitar, im reaaally looking at the ibanez rg120 candy apple red (mostly because of the slim neck which is very easy for soloing and slides) and adding 2 emg humbucckers (81-85’s).good? I play metal but just unsure of how nice the rg120 is with distortion (of corse after i change the stock pick-ups and strings to some thicker gauged strings)

Also, would it be that difficult to swap the pick-up’s myself? (I have patience, soldering tools, many other tools, plennnnnnty of batteries, and lastly some youtube advice if needed lol =)

Suggestions please?

John answers:

First let me say that choosing a guitar is really more of a personal taste kind of thing. You want quality of course, but it’s important that it feels right in your hands and has the sound you want. And the $200 price range is going to limit your choices to “entry level” guitars.
That being said; it’s hard to go wrong with Ibanez! Even their lower priced guitars are pretty good. Add the EMG’s and heavy strings and you should have a killer metal guitar! If that’s the one you like, I say buy it!
The EMG’s are easy to swap. They come with their own volume and tone pots and most of the soldering is done for you, but you do need to know how. (the pots also come in different sizes because the mounting-whole-depth varies from guitar to guitar, so make sure to say what you’re putting them in when you buy them). I also recommend experimenting with pickup-placement (you’ll see, this is easy to do). I have one guitar that I like the 81 at the bridge, and another that I prefer the 85 at the bridge!

Hope this helps!
~ The Reverend

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