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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Key Executive and Board Quality

Start by reviewing key officer’s résumés. Reuters Officers and Directors report offers biographies of key executives and board members.

Look for officers with relevant experience. At least some should be crusty veterans with years of experience in the same industry. Imagine that you’re doing the hiring. Would you hire these people based on their experience? Notice how long the key executives have been on the job. Numerous recent management changes signal problems.

Fast food chain Boston Chicken was one of the hottest IPOs ever when it went public in November 1993, and its stock remained a hot item until the company failed, filing bankruptcy in 1998. Somehow in all the excitement, nobody seemed to notice that the ...

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