Sunday, May 24, 2015

Poo Powered Vehicles and Other Alternative Energy Businesses

Forget electric cars. Here is a novel idea for powering vehicles, using cow manure for fuel. There is a bus in Great Britain called the "Bus Hound," which gets its biomethane fuel from cow poo. The bus can go an amazing 76 miles an hour, and it can be seen racing on a track in the video below.

If you think that's incredible, the British also have a bus running at the Bristol Airport that runs on human poop. On one tank, the bus can go over 180 miles.

Of course, there are more 'boring' types of alternative energy, such as solar. For example, the Tempe, Arizona based First Solar (FSLR) is the first solar panel company to reduce its manufacturing cost to $1 per watt. Instead of using conventional crystalline silicon technology, it utilizes s cadmium telluride  semiconductors.

First Solar trades at 25 times trailing earnings and 16 times forward earnings. The company has $247 million in debt but $1.48 billion in cash, amounting to $14.73 in cash per share. Revenues for the latest quarter dropped by over 50%. Is it time for a turnaround for this company?

Another 'boring' alternative energy is the fuel cell. Plug Power (PLUG) is one of the leaders in the fuel cell industry. The company carries $3 million in debt, but $131.5 million in cash. Although earnings were negative for the latest reported quarter,  revenues rose by 69% for the quarter year-over-year.

The alternative energy industry has suffered in recent years for a variety of reasons, however, a turnaround may be in the cards. Maybe one of these days, we will actually have a stock that produces poo powered vehicles. If you like stock lists like this, you should check out the many free stock lists at

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


Only $437 to Fly from New York to London

Often, various airlines provide special rates on certain flights to popular cities. If you find them, don't waste any time buying your seats, as the offering time can be as little as 24 hours or less. There will probably be restrictions on when you can depart.

There is a website called SkipLagged, that lists numerous flights every day at very discounted prices. For example, it has a special flight that it found for flying from New York City JFK airport to London for only $437.

Just remember, when you see these deals, grab them when you can.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Plan Your Prosperity - The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need

The book Plan Your Prosperity: The Only Retirement Guide You'll Ever Need, Starting Now--Whether You're 22, 52 or 82 is written by Ken Fisher, money manager, billionaire, author, and long time Forbes columnist. (I think he is actually the longest Forbes columnist still living.)  If you are not retired, you need to start preparing now, and the book is a great starting point.

Of course, if you re already retired, you still need to do the right post-retirement planning, and the book can help with that also.

The book covers everything from why volatility should be expected, how stocks outperform bonds over the long term, watching out for scam artists, setting goals, using benchmarks, looking at timelines and much, much more.

I found chapter six the most interesting; it is called Getting that Cash Flow. Fisher first points out the risks of having a portfolio of stocks that all pay high dividends. He describes the concept of what he calls "Homegrown Dividends," which refers to selling investments to generate cash. The rest of the chapter takes you through a bootstrap Monte Carlo simulation, showing the various scenarios of the alternative cash flow levels for the life of your assets.

Appendix B and Appendix D have fill-in-the-blank worksheets that you can use to determine your cash flow, expenses, and balance sheet.

I recommend  Plan Your Prosperity for younger investors and investors who have never done any retirement planning. It will take you through the steps to a prosperous retirement.


Stocks Selling Below Cash Per Share

One fundamental way of searching for favorable stocks is to look for debt free stocks that are selling below book value, or even better yet, selling below cash per share. The cash per share is the total amount of cash the company has in the banks divided by the number of shares.

So if the company were to go out of business immediately, the shareholders would at least get the amount of cash per share plus whatever they could get from the sale of all their other assets.

Liquid Holdings Group (LIQD) is selling for 20 cents per share but has 50 cents in share in cash. In addition, it has no debt. Revenues for the latest quarter doubled, however, earnings were negative. The company is a provider of cloud-based trading and portfolio management solutions.

Lpath (LPTN) is a biotechnology company that is also selling way below cash per share. The share price is less than half of what the cash per share is. It is also debt free. Earnings and revenues were down for the latest quarter.

Delicate Systems (DCTH) sells for almost half of the cash per share. Quarterly revenues were up 43% for this pharmaceutical and medical device company.

When a company stock is trading below cash, it is almost impossible for the company to go out of business, unless it has an extremely high burn rate. Be careful; some of these companies sell for an extreme discount for a reason. If you like stock lists like this, go to to see many of the free stock lists.

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the tim the article was written.


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