Micro-Cap Basics – Liquidity, the Liquidity Premium, and Trading an Illiquid Stock

A common feature of some, but not all, micro-cap stocks is low liquidity. This is extremely common for stocks not trading on a major exchange, such as the OTC or OTCQB. But what does low liquidity mean exactly? And how do investors deal with the liquidity premium in valuing a particular company? Liquidity – The … Read more

Finance 101 – The Difference Between a Stock Buyback and a Cash Dividend

There are many misconceptions floating around the internet on stock buybacks and their implications. Presidents, congress, and political commentators have scorned them for years as corporate greed, corporate mismanagement, or just down-right immoral! But what exactly is a stock buyback? And how do they differ from a cash dividend? Let’s try and cut through the … Read more

Micro-Cap Basics – Using Comparable Multiples in Low-Growth, Profitable Companies

Occasionally as you’re flipping through the droves of companies on your screener, getting a migraine from seeing negative shareholder equity and negative 10,000% net margins, you find an easter egg. A profitable company in the wild! You flip over to Twitter and type in the ticker…nothing! Just a bunch of tweets from three months ago … Read more

Finance 101 – What are Preferred Shares?

A company has three general buckets of ownership stakes, traditional debt such as a loan, a preferred share, and common stock/equity. When a company is liquidated, each of the investment stakeholders have different priority rights to the remaining company assets. They are traditional debt, preferred shares, and then common equity in that order. Preferred Shares … Read more