Sean O'Shaughnessey on December 7th, 2015
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Holiday shopping isn’t what it used to be. A National Retail Federation survey on Sunday found that more people shopped online than in stores during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend, a sign of how quickly and deeply American shopping habits have changed. This year, crowds at malls were thinner and stores were calmer over […]

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. [[WMT]] has long set the standard for efficient supply chain operations that help the company squeeze costs so it can offer continuous discounts to customers. But the formidable capabilities the giant used to dominate traditional brick and mortar rivals will not do for e-commerce. Amazon.com Inc. [[AMZN]], digital from its start in […]

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on July 20th, 2013
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I recently came across this list on Forbes on the largest 25 tax payers. Forbes does a bit of analysis on each of them. It is probably worth your time to jump over, but I thought I would give the highlights here:   Rank of tax expense Company Symbol Effective Tax Rate 1 ExxonMobil XOM […]

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on November 3rd, 2010
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Confident Investor comments: At this price and at this time, I do not think that a Confident Investor can confidently invest in this stock even though it is quite likely the largest retailer in the world and a Dow 30 company.

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Sean O'Shaughnessey on March 11th, 2010
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To be honest, I never considered this approach before. I typically do not like paying fees to fund managers. I am especially skeptical of standard mutual funds when their track record can be worse than the market almost as frequently as above the market.  According to that great champion of individual investors, Motley Fool: The […]

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