Stock Stories

Stock Stories

This is the podcast that helps you decode the business behind the stock. Join Alex Mason, your stock storyteller, as we journey through the S&P 500, mental models, and more.


July 10, 2023 15 mins

Today we're looking at one of the world's largest transportation companies, Federal Express (better known as FedEx). We'll discuss the history, business model, and financials of this logistics giant.

History: [01:02]
Business Model: [03:27]
Financials: [05:47]
Stock Price: [13:08]

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Morgan Stanley's Origins and Glass-Steagall Act [00:00:00]
Merger with Dean Witter and Diversification [00:02:27]
Financials and Business Segments of Morgan Stanley [00:04:51]
Debt Issuance and Payments [00:10:35]
Increasing Cash Dividends [00:11:45]
Stock Performance and Valuation [00:12:49]

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Today we'll learn about Citigroup, one of the Big Four American banks. Like its peers, Citi has had a tumultuous history. Is the stock worth the price at current levels?

History of Citigroup [00:02:26] Citigroup's history, from its founding in the early 1800s to its expansion and innovation in the 20th century, to its acquisition of Travelers Group and subsequent spinoff, to its troubles during the financial cris...

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Bank of America has become one of the largest banks in the United States, and has rebounded nicely from the Great Recession of 2008. We'll look at the history, business model, and financials of this banking giant.

01:17 - History of Bank of America. The founder of Bank of America, Amadeo Peter Giannini, opened the Bank of Italy in San Francisco in 1904, which later merged with another bank in Los Angeles in 1928 and w...

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June 2, 2023 110 mins

Check out these 100 stock market investing lessons below! For all of the fun visuals, check out the video on the Stock Stories YouTube channel.

0:51 - (1) Why Invest?
01:57 - (2) Investing Goals
03:00 - (3) Put Your Money To Work
03:39 - (4) What's Your Goal?
05:15 - (5) Shares = Business Ownership
06:07 - (6) Intrinsic Value
07:15 - (7) Greed vs Fear
08:03 - (8) Margin of Safety
09:00 ...

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May 5, 2023 11 mins

In today's episode, I reveal the big project that I've been working on for the past year.


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Today, I am excited to share with you the story of JP Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States. We'll look at the history of the bank, its business model, financials, and risks.

I believe that rising interest rates will ultimately benefit the bank as long as the overall system remains robust, and we'll look at potential impacts of interest rates on JP Morgan Chase's revenue and profits.

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Today we discuss the history, business model, and financials of NVR Inc, a home builder, to determine if it is a potentially good investment for individual investors. We go over the company's financials, including their revenues, home building income, and net income, including the fact that NVR's net income has doubled (!!) over the past couple of years, and their earnings per share have been increasing rapidly. We also l...

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Macy's is one of the iconic American department stores that has survived over the decades, even after rapid consolidation in the industry. Although the company has an impressive past, the finances of the company struggled during the pandemic, but have since rebounded. Can Macy's offer a compelling return to investors today, given it's cheap valuation?

00:00 - Intro
00:49 - History
03:49 - Business Mo...

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Alphabet, parent company of Google is a tech juggernaut. While starting with one powerful product - Search - the company has continued to innovate over the last two decades. Now, its reach expands into nearly every corner of the internet, from Maps, to Gmail, and more. The business also has 400 subsidiaries which explore the business potential of everything from artificial intelligence, to self-driving cars, to solutions for aging....

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Bed Bath and Beyond was once a great brick and mortar retailer, but now it is on the verge of bankruptcy. How did this happen? What is the company's story, and how did it rise to prominence and what caused its decline? In today's episode we explore these questions from the investor's perspective.

0:00 - Bed Bath and Bankrupt
1:32 - History
14:00 - Business Model
15:27 - Financials
20:06 - Ema...

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February 17, 2023 19 mins

I'm back! Happy 2023!! 

I want to start the year off by talking a bit about the philosophy of financial independence, and what the various phases are. I hope you find this useful as you continue down your investing journey, in whatever phase you're in.



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