The Best FREE Investing Books

The best things in life are sometimes free. If you have been looking for some new books on investing, but maybe some of the prices (e.g. $79.95, $129.95) have scared you away.

Wel there are some books that are available for free if you have an Amazon (AMZN) Kindle. A few of these books require that you have Kindle Unlimited.

Here is a selection for you to check out. If you find any of these to be of interest, I suggest that you order them right away, since often these books are offered at no cost for a limited time.
Start Thy Purse to Fattening: A Guide to Sound investing

INVEST LIKE A PRO IN 10 MINUTES A DAY: Book One – Getting Started: Preparation, Organization, and Risk Management

DAY TRADING: The Best Techniques To Multiply Your Cashflow In Only One Day Of Trading

Passive Income: 10 Proven Wealth Strategies to Get Rich While You Sleep, Quit Your Job & Become Financially Free for Life

Binary Options: A Beginner’s Guide To Binary Options – Learn The Binary Options Basics To Building Riches

Money Map: A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Solid Financial Foundation 

Day Trading: 4 Manuscripts: Penny Advanced,Options Advanced,Forex Advanced, Binary Advanced

The Latest Real Estate Investing Books

Previously, I posted an article about the latest books on investing and the stock market. Now it is time to cover real estate investing.

The following are books about how to invest in real estate that have wither recently been published or are about to be published.

Happy reading and successful investing.
The Effective Landlord: How Owners and Property Managers Can Attract Better Tenants, Raise Rents, and Boost Their Bottom Line in Any Market

Real Estate Investing Jump Start

Rental Property Millionaire: Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide for Newbies

The Real Estate Rookie’s Guide to Property Investment

Practical Guide to Real Estate Taxation, 2017 (Cch Tax Spotlight)

Hotels and Resorts: An investor’s guide

Magic Mirror Investing: Your Complete Guide to Property Management

Real Estate Investing: Own, Rent and Time Well Spent: How To Create Passive Income From Property Investment

Corporate Stock Earnings Reports for Week 1 of November

Looking for some interesting moves in some stocks this upcoming week? Check out the companies that will be reporting earnings this week.

If earnings exceed analysts’ expectations, the stocks can shoot up. If the numbers underperform, the stock can tank. Then again, occasionally, stocks don’t move the way you would have expected.

Anyway, many traders use earnings plays for trading strategies. Also, option traders look for high implied volatility of stocks for for option selling strategies.

Here are many of the enormous number of stocks reporting earnings this week:


  • D
  • L
  • LPX
  • OHI
  • SO
  • TSO
  • AHC
  • AEP
  • WTR
  • BYD
  • CERN
  • DENN
  • DV
  • DNB
  • ETSY
  • HLF
  • K
  • LOCK
  • OXY
  • PFE
  • SNE
  • Z
  • BABA
  • AGN
  • AIG
  • BG
  • CLX
  • FSLR
  • LNC
  • MET
  • PRU
  • TTWO
  • TWX
  • YELP
  • ZNGA
  • ATVI
  • BLL
  • BATS
  • BCE
  • CI
  • FEYE
  • GPRO
  • LVLT
  • MAIN
  • MNST
  • KHC
  • TIME
  • WTW
  • DUK
  • HE
  • HUM
  • PCG

If you like interesting stock lists like this, be sure to check out many of the free stock lists here at

How to Invest in the Halloween Industry

Just a week to go until Halloween. You still have time to buy your candy, for the trick-or-treaters, provide income for the candy companies. Maybe you can find some treats, not tricks, in the following Halloween stocks.

Watching horror movies is one of the popular activities of teenagers on Halloween. Netflix (NFLX), the largest provider of videos in the US, has a huge number of scary movies in its collection of titles. The stock trades as 146 times forward earnings. Earnings for the latest quarter were up 26.8% on a rise of 8.8% in revenues.

A major producer of scary movies is Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF), which has made such films as American Psycho, Ginger Snaps, Route 666, The Devil’s Rejects, House of the Dead 2, Saw VI, See No Evil, Hostel: Part II, My Bloody Valentine 3D and many others. Lionsgate has a price to earnings ratio of 287 and pays a yield of 1.8%.

The biggest beneficiaries of Halloween are the candy companies. Hershey Foods (HSY) is the large chocolate and confectionery company made famous by its Hershey Kisses and Hershey Bars. The stock has a P/E of 21, and a yield of 2.5%.

Tootsie Roll Industries (TR) makes all kinds of candy for trick-or-treaters including Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, Caramel Apple Pops, Charms, Blow-Pops, Blue Razz, Zip-A-Dee Pops, Cella’s, Mason Dots, Mason Crows, Junior Mint, Charleston Chew, Sugar Daddys, and Sugar Babies. The stock has a P/E of 26.5 and a yield of 1.0%.

Halloween costumes and decorations are available at discount retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT). It has a P/E of 16, and a yield of 2.9%.

If you like interesting stock industries, such as coffee stocks, robotics stocks, and chocolate and candy stocks, check out many of the lists here at

Disclosure: Author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of November

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the dividend amount, and yield.

ADTRAN, Inc. ADTN 11/1/2016 0.09 1.9%
Sierra Bancorp BSRR 11/1/2016 0.12 2.6%
Cardinal Financial Corp CFNL 11/1/2016 0.12 1.8%
Discover Financial Services DFS 11/1/2016 0.30 2.0%
Franklin Electric FELE 11/1/2016 0.10 1.1%
KB Home KBH 11/1/2016 0.03 0.7%
Costco COST 11/2/2016 0.45 1.1%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at or Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Book now available: Buying Dividends Revised and Expanded

Book now available: Stock Market Trivia Makes a Great Gift!

Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

The Latest Stock Market and Investing Books

If you re looking for new and interesting books to read over the holidays that are related to the stock market and investing, look no further than the following list.

These are books that have recently been released or will be released within the next couple weeks.

Happy reading!

Quantitative Momentum: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building a Momentum-Based Stock Selection System

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Frontier Investor: How to Prosper in the Next Emerging Markets

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Stock Market 101: From Bull and Bear Markets to Dividends, Shares, and Margins_Your Essential Guide to the Stock Market

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Great Investment Ideas

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The Harriman Stock Market Almanac 2017: Seasonality Analysis and Studies of Market Anomalies to Give You an Edge in the Year Ahead

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The Stock Picker: A financial history from the sharp end

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How to Spot the Next Starbucks, Whole Foods, Walmart, or McDonald’s BEFORE Its Shares Explode

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Corporate Stock Earnings Report for Week 4 of October

Looking for some interesting moves in some stocks this upcoming week? Check out the companies that will be reporting earnings this week.

If earnings exceed analysts’ expectations, the stocks can shoot up. If the numbers underperform, the stock can tank. Then again, occasionally, stocks don’t move the way you would have expected.

Anyway, many traders use earnings plays for trading strategies. Also, option traders look for high implied volatility of stocks for for option selling strategies.

Here are many of the enormous number of stocks reporting earnings this week:


  • AVB
  • RMBS
  • SONC
  • V
  • ZION
  • AAPL
  • AMTD
  • BHI
  • CAT
  • CMG
  • COF
  • GLW
  • GM
  • JBLU
  • LLY
  • MMM
  • MRK
  • P
  • PNRA
  • S
  • T
  • UA
  • USG
  • UTX
  • VRX
  • WHR
  • WFT


  • AEM
  • AVY
  • ABX
  • KO
  • EFX
  • BEN
  • GD
  • GSK
  • HES
  • HLT
  • MDLZ
  • SIX
  • TSLA
  • WM
  • ABB
  • AET
  • GOOG
  • MO
  • AMZN
  • AMGN
  • BIDU
  • BMY
  • CAB
  • CELG
  • CL
  • COP
  • F
  • FMS
  • IP
  • POT
  • RTN
  • TWTR
  • UPS
  • VALE
  • WWE
  • ABBV
  • BUD
  • AON
  • CBOE
  • CVX
  • XOM
  • HSY
  • PSX
  • WY
  • XRX

If you like interesting stock lists like this, be sure to check out many of the free stock lists here at

Short positions in U.S. crude oil futures at nine-year high

graph of producer and merchant positions on WTI futures, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Bloomberg

Short positions in West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures contracts held by producers or merchants totaled more than 540,000 contracts as of October 11, 2016, the most since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Banks have tightened lending standards for some energy companies as crude oil prices declined throughout 2014 and 2015, and some banks require producers to hedge against future price risk as a condition for lending.

Initiating a short position, or selling a futures contract, allows the holder to lock in a future price for a commodity today, which oil producers and end users can use as a way to hedge or mitigate price risk. Increased short positions may indicate that current futures prices are seen as sufficient to generate positive returns from drilling projects.

Short positions of WTI futures increased at a faster pace than futures contracts of Brent (an international crude oil benchmark) since summer 2016, suggesting U.S. producers are able to drill for oil profitably in the $50 per barrel range. In the Crude Oil Markets Review section of the October Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) discusses an increase in U.S. onshore producers’ capital expenditures that is contributing to rising drilling activity, which EIA projects will lead to an increase in U.S. onshore production by the second quarter of 2017.

graph of producer and merchant short positions on WTI and Brent, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Intercontinental Exchange, and Bloomberg

The CFTC releases data on the number of long and short positions held by various groups in its weekly Commitments of Traders report. The category of producers, merchants, processors, and users represents futures contracts held by commercial businesses that trade the physical commodity. Although a producer can physically deliver crude oil into Cushing, Oklahoma, to settle its futures contract obligation, most producers settle the contract through cash settlement. This involves purchasing back the short positions the producer entered. Other traders in this category may include refiners or other end users that typically enter into long positions.

Provided by U.S. Energy Information Administration

New Rules to End Corruption in Corporate America

Toolkit for Change

Guest Article By Michael G. Winston, Ph.D.

So many leaders have failed themselves, their families, their shareholders, and their neighbors on the most important of leadership behaviors…honesty, integrity and ethical decision-making. Let’s try to rid the world of companies that abuse shareholders, customers, employees and society. Are you in?

There are many factors internal to the financial services firms which give rise to such aberrant practices, yet attempts to stop or slow them failed miserably. However, what about the culture outside where laws were considered mere suggestions, rules were thought of as arbitrary, governance practices were shelved and society became Armageddon-like around the globe? President Obama’s promise of the most transparent administration in history was clearly not kept. The promise of holding parties responsible for the financial collapse accountable did not materialize. Our hallowed institutions became the fodder for late-night TV jokes. We were witnessing the unraveling of the fabric of society that held us together.

Like you, I am concerned that none of the C- Suite Chiefs who caused the 2008 global financial crisis have been held fully accountable. Trillions of dollars have been lost by investors while millions of borrowers have lost their homes and/or jobs. Yet none of the people who ran the institutions that contributed to the disaster have been found liable.   

Punishment is not the only way to modify behavior, but it works. Instead, executives now realize that they face virtually no consequences for reckless lending, exotic investments and fraud. Thus, these actions continue.

One well-deserved “public hanging” will send a signal around the world that will dramatically reduce wrongdoing. The current settlement posture and practice is not and will not deter crime. Until their moral compass kicks in, there are things we can do:

  • Break up the too-big-to-fail-or-jail banks. Then break them up again. They do not serve us. They rule us and those who govern us.
  • Create such stringent and onerous rules and regulations that the big banks voluntarily disaggregate.

What can and should be done to reward good performance and punish bad performance? Here is my list:

  • Elevate the platform of whistleblowers to expose fraud and corruption. Reward them for doing so. Ensure they are well-protected in reality not just rhetorically.  Mete out immediate and harsh punishment for retaliation against whistleblowing.
  • Require reimbursement of incentive compensation paid to executives whose fraud or intentional misconduct cause the company to restate its financial statements. This should be retroactive to the point of the misconduct. This has been promised, but not delivered over the past seven years. This policy should be irrevocable, no-excuse.
  • Require that certain awards contain ‘claw back’ provisions which allow the Corporation to cancel all or a portion of the award under specified circumstances. Have zero tolerance on this.
  • Each year, the Board, Audit and various Corporate Governance Committees should evaluate their own effectiveness. They should view self-evaluation as an ongoing process designed to achieve high levels of Board and committee performance. Shareholder input should be factored in.  This entire process should be facilitated by a thoroughly objective outside party.
  • Adopt a stronger approach to risk management. Each year, have the management team recommend, and the board of directors approve a total risk appetite for the company that management will then allocate across the lines of business. Share this with ALL stakeholders and regulatory bodies.
  • Hold regulatory bodies accountable for compliance with the above. The responsible executive acting more in synch with clients than the public should be severely censured.
  • Evaluate compensation practices to ensure direct linkage between executive pay and company performance. For good performance years, the total compensation awards for executives is at target levels. For poor performance years, compensation should be significantly below target levels. For years of questionable business practices, the Board should award no year-end cash or equity compensation awards to executives.
  • Adapt the same practices down the line at all levels.
  • Regardless of growth, profit, margins, ROI, etc., if performance does not meet expectations against a broader and higher standard of metrics, inclusive of ethical decision-making, absence of “whistle-blower complaints,” certification of clarity, transparency, accountability and long-term strength, the Board should award no year-end cash incentive, restricted stock or stock option awards.
  • Make long-term stock ownership mandatory for executives, with no vesting on restricted stock and stock option awards until the third anniversary of the grant and an additional hold requirement on net proceeds from stock option exercises.
  • Amidst fraud, corruption, malfeasance and the like, reinstitute the practice of insisting on personal accountability. For wide-spread institutionalized “white-collar” crime, jail time must replace settlements as the consequence.
  • Detection of a loophole deliberately implanted in regulations to assist one’s colleagues in evading the law must lead to dismissal.
  • The DOJ must be encouraged and rewarded for exacting criminal penalties when warranted.
  • Make it policy that creditors, not taxpayers, should shoulder the losses of banks.

Do these things, and even the miscreants will behave themselves.

The U.S. and Europe thwarted white-collar investigations, let alone prosecutions. They continue to do so. On the other hand, Iceland prosecuted the fraudster banking CEO’s. As a result, their economy recovered quickly, due to the restoration of trust in the financial system.

We need real solutions – solutions we have not seen before. Albert Einstein said we cannot expect those in control of our world to solve the problems they have created, and continue to defend . . . by any means necessary. We continue to repeat the same measures destined to fail. This unfailingly yields lost jobs, lost income/wages, and loss of entire life support systems. We should abandon this failed paradigm.

Here’s another idea. Take the same amount of money that our government gave to the Banks, and instead next time spend it directly bailing out the homeowners, and mandate that the Banks pay a penalty for having sold out their own customers and contracts.

Result: the banks get their money (what money was not gotten by shorting the homeowners), but they have to get it from the homeowners themselves. The homeowners get to keep on living where they want. The Banks eventually recover, but on OUR terms, not theirs.

Should this happen? Yes.  Will this happen? Of course not. The current Administration has protected and shielded Wall Street and the fraudsters from any wrongdoing.  However, it is time for a change.

Michael Winston had a career of distinction in executive positions for over three decades in five Fortune 100 companies across three industries, including serving in executive positions for Motorola, Merrill Lynch, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed and Countrywide. As global head of leadership and organization strategy, he worked closely with C-Suite Officers to develop business models, craft strategies and structure, create cultures and develop leaders.

His book, World-Class Performance, is available for purchase on Amazon and other fine booksellers.

Exclusive Interview with Dan Schatt CCO of Stockpile: World’s First Gift Cards for Stocks

The following informative interview was provided by Dan Schatt, the Chief Commercial Officer at Stockpile, which is a provider of the world’s first gift cards for stocks, making it extremely easy for the average consumer to invest in the stock market.

Stockpile gift cards are now available at local grocery and retail locations, including:

  • Toys“R”Us
  • Safeway
  • Office Depot / Office Max
  • Kmart
  • Giant Eagle
  • Buehlers
  • Lowes

Over a thousand stocks are available as gift cards, including ETFs and ADRs. Some of the most popular gift cards are for:

  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • BMW
  • Coca-Cola
  • Disney
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Hershey

The Interview

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