Wednesday, November 30, 2016
For many of us, we grew up watching Disney cartoons - Mickey Mouse, Lion King, Snow White and the list goes on. Walt Disney produced its first cartoon in 1923, titled Alice’s Wonderland, and since then, the company grew from a humble cartoon studio into one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, with a market capitalisation of US$157B.
Monday, May 04, 2015
Whether you’re a seasoned Skaffold member or just getting started, you’re sure to pick up a few handy tips and tricks in our new Help Portal at skaffold.com/help.
It covers everything from logging in to building a stock filter, importing your portfolio, evaluating stocks and how data updates and flows through Skaffold.
skaffold.com/help will become your one-stop-shop for all your Skaffold questions.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
In a webinar hosted at Skaffold in October 2014, financial Journalist Trevor Hoey gave his view on which sectors and stocks have the best growth prospects for Financial Year 2015. Check out the stocks and sectors trevor thinks will deliver impressive growth over the next 12 months.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Problems occur when the managers of your businesses overexpose their balance sheet to too much debt and don’t produce sufficient cash flow to support the interest payments. Failure to develop, and implement, a clear growth strategy can also unravel a highly geared balance sheet.
As crazy as it sounds, prior to the GFC some companies borrowed the funds necessary to pay their dividend. Suffice to say none remain in business today. Ten years ago management of ‘under-geared’ companies – those with little to no debt – were accused of running ‘lazy’ balance sheets. Today they’re lauded for good financial management.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Highly geared balance sheets can unravel when management fail to implement a clear growth strategy.
Smart investors focus on debt levels. Why? Because debt has to be repaid, and creditors will always recoup their losses before shareholders.
Money magazine hit the newsstands today. Check out page 82 for three ratios you can use to understand if a business can handle its debt obligations. You’ll also discover five Aussie stocks that make borrowing work for them.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Overnight G8 Education’s (CODE:GEM) Skaffold Score fell from A3 to B3 – a decline in quality of the company’s balance sheet.
A quick check in Skaffold at GEM’s Capital History screen and bingo, there it is. In 2013 GEM had $114 million in debt on its balance sheet and a net debt to equity ratio of 0.06 per cent. Fast-forward six months to the half-year results and debt has more than doubled, to $262 million. GEM’s net debt / equity ratio now stands at 25 per cent.
Debt increases risk, and rising debt ultimately impacts how Skaffold rates the quality of a company’s balance sheet. That’s why GEM’s Skaffold Quality Score fell from A to B.
Friday, February 14, 2014
New opportunities were thin on the ground this week, with the majority of companies to report experiencing deteriorating Skaffold Scores. Many stocks also continue to trade at large premiums to Skaffold’s intrinsic value estimates.
After 6 years of membership in Skaffold’s premium group of companies, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises (DMP) has declined to B3.
This is a great example of Skaffold’s ability to demystify company results and present the facts of the case, so to speak.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Reports for around 300 global stocks flowed through Skaffold during January, including Apple, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, AT&T, Facebook, Intel, The Boeing Company, eBay, Nike, Caterpillar, Starbucks, Kimberly Clark, Yahoo!, Motorola, Xerox, Oshkosh, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Metro Inc, Prada, Singapore Exchange, PZ Cussons and SGS Societe Generale de Surveillance.
Exclusively for Skaffold members, we’ve put together a list of companies whose latest financial results are now available in Skaffold, including updated Skaffold Scores and Safety Margins.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
At our recent live event, exclusively for Skaffold members, Roger Montgomery did something a little different… he demonstrated live how he uses Skaffold to produce market-beating returns. Topics covered include Turning conventional investment wisdom on its head, Your role and Skaffold’s role in your investing, The power of Skaffold’s Aerial View of the stock market, 3 stocks to buy or 97 stocks that are expensive, The power of Skaffold’s Capital History Evaluate screen and how to identify great businesses.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
As an investor in shares you ideally want the market to progressively keep climbing, and prior to the GFC this is pretty much what it did. Within this ‘buy & hold’ environment, investors who bought (good) stocks could safely park them in the bottom drawer, knowing that the share price would ride the momentum in an upward trajectory.
In an environment where volatility is the ‘new norm’, a ‘set & forget’ approach may need to give way to a strategy for actively managing shares.
One of the ways you can balance a value investing strategy – based on the worth of the business appreciating - with share market volatility is through what’s called Long/Short investing. If done successfully, a Long/Short strategy can add significant value to your share portfolio.