A sputtering economy, implosions at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic is never beneficial to investors, it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 125,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
In the case of card-based transaction provider MasterCard
Disappearing plastic: Many expect the next wave of the credit crisis to hit consumer credit cards, where banks could cut credit lines and restrict their once-liberal dole-out of cards. For instance, American Express
Economic woes: While Visa
Pricey shares: Although MasterCard shares have fallen far from their peak last year, some investors still feel the price still doesn't justify the uncertainties ahead. While MasterCard doesn't face the same credit risk as lenders like Bank of America
Of course, MasterCard has thrived despite dozens of obstacles in the past. But the question about whether the company will do so going forward is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
Fool contributor Dave Mock's brain often takes brief naps without giving prior notice. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Bank of America is a former Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Discover Financial Services and American Express are Inside Value selections. The Fool owns shares of American Express. The Fool's disclosure policy has just the right stuff to be made into a killer paper airplane.