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The single best investment : achieve lasting wealth with low- risk, steady growth stocks
Miller, Lowell.
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Publication Information:
Holbrook, Mass. : Adams Media Corp., 1999.
Physical Description:
262 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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A pack of tried and tested assignments for the 2010 specifications for all units in the Student Book -- giving teachers everything they need to deliver them.

The Assignment Pack can be used as a standalone resource or linked directly back to the Student Book, Teacher Resource Pack, or Workbook as they fit closely with them.

Clear guidance is given on the best method of delivering the assignments and a complete set of teaching ideas and further materials are provided enabling students to produce their portfolios -- worksheets, witness statements, role-play evidence, posters etc.

The materials in the Assignment Packs allow both teachers and students to tick off the assignment requirements and produce their portfolio as they work through the course.

Excel tracker documents are also provided to help keep track of the achievements of each student.

Units covered:

1. Understanding the purpose and ownership of business2. Business organisations3. Financial forecasting for business4. People in organisations5. Using office equipment6. Providing business support7. Verbal and non-verbal communication in business contexts8. Business communication through documentation9. Training and employment in business10. Personal selling in business11. Customer relations12. Business online

Author Notes

Lowell Miller, President, Miller/Howard Investments, has been an investment professional for over twenty-five years and has systematically investigated nearly every approach to investing during his career. He is the author of two previous books on investing and has written on investment-related subjects for the New York Times Magazine. He has been the featured guest on Wall Street Week, CNNfn, and his opinions and stock selections have been highlighted in Barron's, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investors' Business Daily, Forbes, Newsweek, and Dow Jones News Service.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
A Typical Situation
Information Everywhere
So Many Options
Is There A Simple Strategy That Makes Sense and Works?
The Goal of this Book
Common Sense, Comfort Level, and Investor Behavior
Open Your Inner Eyes
Investors, Listen Up
Summing Up
Chapter 1 The First Hurdle: Say Good-Bye to Bonds and Hello to Bouncing Principalp. 1
The First Step
The Silent March of Inflation
Why Fixed Income Investors Lose in the End
Bouncing Principal
Bonds, Bad
Learning to Love Fluctuations
The Risk/Confidence Equation
Banks in 1990s: A Case Study
Easy To Hold, Easy To Buy Declines
Summing Up
Chapter 2 The Eighth Wonder: A First Look At Compoundingp. 17
Harnessing the Power of Time and Growth
Simple Versus Compound Returns
Compounding Magic
Balancing Compound Returns and Volatility
Time, Patience, and the Right Kind of Stock
Summing Up
Chapter 3 The Single Best Investment: Creating Your Own Private Compounding Machinep. 29
Components of the Machine
Dividend Growth is the Hidden Key
Dividends Tell the Truth
Dividend Growth as a "Part" in the Machine
Time is on Your Side
Rising Dividends Create Rising Prices
Summing Up
Chapter 4 The Single Best Investment Appliedp. 47
An Almost Impossibly Simple Formula
The Components of High Quality
Management Quality
High Current Yield
High Growth of Yield
Summing Up
Chapter 5 Traditional Valuation Toolsp. 65
The Quest for Cheapness is Filled with Tricks and Traps
Price/Sales Ratio
Price/Earnings Ratio
Interpreting P/Es
P/Es and "Undervalued" Stocks
Book Value
Market/Book Ratio
Cash Flow and Cash Growth
Cash Growth
A Takeover
Summing Up
Chapter 6 Does Undervaluation Exist? The Story of the Stockp. 85
Everyone Seeks Only "Undervalued" Stocks
The Story of the Stock
Look for a Stable Marketplace
A Growth Kicker
Summing Up
Chapter 7 A Gallery of Single Best Investment Stocksp. 99
An Array of Various Kinds of Qualifying Stocks, with Text Pages from Value Line and Explanations Indicating How To Identify and Analyze Them
For Illustration Only, Not Current Recommendations
Caveat Emptor
Chapter 8 How to Hold and When to Sell: Attitude is Everythingp. 131
Too Many Stimuli
Easy In, Easy Out
To Have and To Hold
The Real Estate Paradigm--A Landlord's Attitude
The Right Way to Monitor Your Stocks
Dividends, Always The Key
Other Reasons to Sell, All or Part
Summing Up
Chapter 9 Building Your Portfoliop. 147
Asset Allocation, Today's Buzzword
Asset Allocation Versus the SBI Portfolio
How Many Stocks?
What About Cash?
What About Higher Income?
Summing Up
Chapter 10 "The Rules"p. 165
Rules, Within a Relativistic Context
The Rules
Choose the Obvious Stock--Let Everything Be in Gear
Chapter 11 Advanced Material: Adapting the Rules to the Categories of Single Best Investment Stocksp. 171
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Oil and Gas
Service Companies
Financial Services
Industrial Services
Food and "Defensive" Companies
Commodity-Based, and Others
Easy Money
Bad Odors
Chapter 12 Advanced Material: Academic Studies, Historic Backtests, Real-Time Performancep. 203
Past History Can't Guarantee the Future
Value Stocks
Yield Stocks
Dividend Growth
Dividend Increase as a Signal
Actual Performance
Chapter 13 Advanced Material: Charts Can Help Youp. 223
Academics Call Them Laughable
The Alpha Mystery
Fundamental Analysis Isn't the Last Word
Uncovering Investor Sentiment Through Technical Analysis
Testing The Theories
The Best Chart Patterns
Six-Month Relative Weakness
When All Is In Concert
The Selling Climax
Look For The Turn
Technicals For Selling
Summing Up
Chapter 14 Information Resourcesp. 247
Chapter 15 Feedback Pagep. 255
Indexp. 257
About The Authorp. 262