The Motley Fool's CAPS investing service is another great way for investors to work together to beat the market. Among other features, CAPS lets users blog about their picks, investing strategy, market view, favorite rugby team, or whatever floats their boat.
As CAPS blogging catches on, players are adding more great content on a daily basis. I've dug through the past week's posts to find some of CAPS' best insights. With room for only seven posts here, I can't possibly cover all of the great stuff in the CAPS blogosphere, so when you're done here, I highly recommend checking out some more.
The power of 8.4%
Using a little nifty math, CAPS blogger charlesblazer shows how homeowners can pay off their mortgage much sooner and cut a significant amount off their total payment. How? All it takes is an extra 8.4% towards principal every month. Click through to the blog post and check out the full details.
A bit of merger arbitrage
Taking a page out of the Ben Graham merger arbitrage book, CAPS player jjun0366 has taken an in-depth look at Great Plains Energy's
Builder alert: DISTRESS!
If you thought the worst might be behind us, be sure to check out this post from floridabuilder. Basing his conclusions on his intimate knowledge of the industry, floridabuilder thinks that capitulation in the housing industry is just beginning and we're about to see a flood of further bad news from the homebuilders and banks. We may see some of this as major homebuilders KB Home
American ethanol producers are using the wrong feedstock
Ethanol producers have gotten a lot of attention, not only because of the promise of alternative energy sources like ethanol, but also because of the backlash against corn-based ethanol. Even as the drive for alternative fuel sources grows, corn-based ethanol has received a lot of bad press, thanks to the inefficiency of the process and the fuel, as well as the effect that the fuel has on food prices. In his blog, TMFSpreadsheet suggests that maybe the solution is to consider an alternative feedstock for U.S. ethanol producers.
Asta Funding is a good bet at this price
While most financial companies have earned their steep drops, CAPS player FRRElement thinks that Asta Funding
And that's our roundup for this week. Be sure to check back next week for more great blogging action. In the meantime, why not head over to CAPS and add your two cents to the community pool?
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