I was recently reading about something called senior life insurance plans (in some parts of the country, they are called graded death benefit plans). This has nothing to do with life insurance for seniors, but instead, refers to a type of policy that has a gradual payout structure that takes three to seven years for the insurance company to pay the beneficiary. In theory, this type of insurance is appropriate for people who want to provide for a beneficiary that will have trouble handling large sums of money so instead, the insured makes arrangements for periodic payments over time.
You have probably read or heard someone express the following sentiment: “I enjoy investing in penny stocks. It seems so easy to make money quickly because it is so much easier for a stock to go from $0.25 to $0.50 instead of $50 to $100.”
More experienced investors can recognize the logical fallacy in this. Regardless of a stock’s per share price, any doubling of the stock requires a doubling of the market capitalization (unless there are stock buybacks). If General Electric (GE) stock rises from $31 to $62, it is because the investor community thinks that General Electric is worth $560 billion instead of $280 billion. Likewise, for Rubicon Technology (RBCN) to go from $0.62 to $1.24, the valuation of the business must go from $15 million to $30 million. Both shifts require a 100% increase in market value.