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15 Numbers for Investors

Good start to the new year from the Wall Street Journal (1-2-2015). Article describing The 15 Numbers Every Investor Needs to Know. A quick summary of the 15 main points:

  1. Investing - Percentage of your savings in stocks
  2. Investing - Maximum 401(k) contribution
  3. Investing - Price/Earnings ratio of stocks
  4. Investing - Average yield on bonds ... more ...

TIAA / CREF ticker symbols

After many years of wondering why the primary fund tickers symbols weren't available ... now they are! TIAA and CREF accounts are now available on the NASDAQ quote service, starting Oct. 27, 2014. Morningstar has information but the symbols don't seem to work on StockCharts.

TIAA/CREF fundTickerMorningstar Chart URL
CREF StockQCSTRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCSTRX
CREF Global EquitiesQCGLRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCGLRX
CREF GrowthQCGRRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCGRRX
CREF Equity IndexQCEQRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCEQRX
TIAA Real EstateQREARXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QREARX
CREF Bond MarketQCBMRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCBMRX
CREF Inflation-Linked BondQCILRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCILRX
CREF Money MarketQCMMRXhttp://quote.morningstar.com/fund/chart.aspx?t=QCMMRX

Google Sheet - Building a dashboard

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Investing and business ideas

From The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success (2012) by William N. Thorndike

  • Great quotes
    • He was always a fox-like sponge for new thinking regardless of its origin. ... Some people are innovators and some people borrow ideas from others. Stiritz is both. pg146 referring to Bill Stiritz (Ralston Purina)
    • He consciously carved out blocks of time in his schedule to wrestle with the key issues in the business alone, without distraction, whether on a Florida beach or in his home office in St. Louis. pg146 referring to Bill Stiritz (Ralston Purina)
    • Description of Warren Buffet's management style:
      1. Primary activity: Reading
      2. Tone of workday: Quiet / unscheduled
      3. Decentralized organization structure
    • Profile of Outsider CEOs
      1. Capital allocation is primary activity
      2. Key metrics are margins and free cash flow
      3. EBITDA
      4. Share buy-backs when P/E is low
      5. Issue share when P/E is historically high

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