Your Questions About How To Pick Stocks To Trade

Ruth asks…

How Do I contact Yahoo Board of Directors and Chairman?


I am posting this message on this Yahoo story to see if any of the reader of this article can tell me how can I reach to Yahoo’s chairman of the board and/of Yahoo’s board members.

I have been constantly researching about Yahoo over the web, wall street related magazines and investors journals of all types especially after departure of Yahoo’s CEO – Carol Bartz. I also sent a snail mail to Yahoo’s corproate secretary at Sunnyvale, California. Besides, I also tried to contact an acitivist investor who holds more than 5% of total Yahoo stocks. I even contacted Carol Bartz and someone else picked up, promised me to convey the message and I never got any call back.

So far, my all efforts to contact Yahoo Chairman and board members have not met with any success.

I currently work as CTO for a publicly traded cloud software company in Southern California. I believe I can significantly contribute to Yahoo’s growth, enable the company to reclaim its market and industry leadership in Search, Display advertising and Media and ultimately achieve significant ROI to Yahoo Shareholders.

Shareholder returns and stock prices are byproducts of a well managed company. Yahoo as a company has become like a ship wondering in ocean in no particular direction to search for a lighthouse. Yahoo needs a business vision with a detailed, carefully crafted execution strategy. A paradigm shift of the way costs are being managed, operationilze efficiency in R&D and demorcratize innovation at all levels and all geographies within the company. Motivate technology workforce to produce ground breaking ideas and incentivize with rich rewards by making engineers as co-owners in bringing these ideas to market.

In Short, all is not lost for Yahoo. Possibilities are bright. I have prepared a documented turnaround strategy for Yahoo and would like to deliver this document to Yahoo Board and to those who ever listens and make an impact. Afterall, why shareholders should be punished if company is not doing well only because of past wrong moves of various executives.

Finally, not knowing where to go, I am posting this message here. Please help me reaching out to Yahoo Chairman of the board or board members in general.

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John answers:

I’m assuming you’ve tried Yahoo’s corporate website? If the board and officers are not listed there I’m not sure. You can also look at one of their annual filings which lists the board members and maybe there is contact info there.

Helen asks…

When will I know if my covered call has been exercised on an option I sold 2 weeks ago? ?

A couple of weeks ago I sold an option that was set to expire this month. It’s currently In-The-Money. It has not been called or exercised yet.. and the last day to trade the option was yesterday. Today the option expires… How will I know if it truly has expired? Maybe it got exercised, and I wont know til Monday if my 100 shares were assigned? Help me out. I don’t know. I picked up a nice premium… and made money on the stock going up… so it’s not like I’m scared. Just a little confused?

John answers:

Technically it is possible that the option expired, but for all practical purposes you can be sure it was exercised and you were assigned.

I have been told by an options professional (but cannot independently confirm) that the only legal requirement is that the trade be recorded in your account before trading opens at 9:30 Eastern Monday morning.

From other discussions on the subject I do know that different brokerages update accounts at different times. It appears the majority will update your account by noon Sunday.

As long as the options still show up as part of your portfolio you know the account has not been updated yet. (No matter what happened to the option, it no longer exists.)

Laura asks…

Are there any businesses I could start for under $5,000?

I have some extra money I would like to invest. I do not want to join any marketing groups or anything like that. Please do not email me links to sign up for some multi-level business. I have considered a couple of things:
Starting a convenience store
Starting a Dollar Store
Buying a house to fix up and rent out and sell once the market picks up

Does anyone have any ideas on other businesses to start or ideas that may help with these. The startup cost of my three ideas is quite high, so ideas on how to lower that or on more affordable ventures would be very helpful. I would love to open a used car dealership or a restaurant, but both have significantly high startup costs.

I would greatly appreciate anyone’s advice. Again, please save the multilevel marketing programs for someone else. Thanks again.

PS: I am not interested in stock investing or currency trading, I want to do something more hands on.
To the first answerer, thanks, but I am not a woman who needs debt help. I will be flagging your answer.

John answers:

I know it doesn’t sound very glamorous, but it is a stable business in these economic times, but starting a cleaning business would cost about 1/10th of what you have to spend. And I would suggest an office cleaning business over residential cleaning, I think it’s easier to do, easier to get and keep clients.
I have a bunch of resources, tips and information on my Squidoo lens and blog below…

Chris asks…

Procedure/details for selling put options?

I am considering selling put options through the discount broker ‘Interactive Brokers’ (IB). How does the process work exactly?
I have never actually invested before so I only know general concepts.

When I want to sell a put option, I assume that each broker has their own particular trading platform/program. This is accessible online through their website, and from there will there be a list of what companies, option contracts available, etc to pick from? Or do I simply put in an order to sell a put option for a specific stock, with a particular strike price for a certain month?

I am looking for instructions/general procedure when selling put options, as I don’t want to sign up with IB without knowing anything about what I am doing.
If you are unfamiliar with specifics with IB, I would appreciate any contributions you can make in terms of dealing with other brokers, and how you might go about selling put options through them?

Thank you

John answers:

Selling put options can be an excellent way to earn income and to acquire stock at lower prices. Most brokerages will require you to establish option privileges with them before they will allow you to sell puts. You can do this at the same time you open an account with them. When you sell puts, you can do it in one of two ways: on margin or as cash-secured puts. Most brokers will allow you to sell cash-secured puts right away, presuming you have enough money in your account.

Mary asks…

how to calculate the value in this stock market simulation game?

Today we played an interesting stock market simulation game. It had 10 rounds and the instructor picked a value 0-9 and revealed it at the end of each round. We were then given the opportunity to go short or long based on what (i think he called it…) the expected value was. The math for this is unknown to me… we started with a value of 4.5 x 10. and we would place our “orders” around this. such that we made good trades in relation to the final price. Arbitrage occurred in round 10
please provide an example
both people are totally misunderstanding the question. you need to choose the price at which you buy or well based on the expected value. so the numbers could be 7, 8, 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 5, ect

John answers:

Uh…you’ve made the game clear as mud…
If you mean the expected price can be 0-9 on any given round (sampling with replacement), then each price has an equal weight…with 10 prices the expected price is: 0+1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 = 45/10 = 4.50 <expected price (mean), with a standard deviation of about 2.87.

With mean 4.50 and s = 2.87, 68% of the time you can expect the price to be between $1.63 and $7.37…(96% of the time the price will be within 2 std deviations of the mean)
…so you COULD base your decision to buy or sell on your expectation that over 10 rounds, the price might, on average, equal its mean price of 4.50…i.e. Buy anytime the stock is 4 or below, and sell anytime the stock is 5 or above< a risky stategy…or buy at 3 or below, sell at 8 and above.
Remember, every round, on average, you expect the price to be 4.50.

Hope this helps….

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