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Advice to a New Investor

Nothing gets a new investor more excited than reading glorious stories of great market picks, turning $50,000 into $1 Million and day trading in your pajamas for a living.  I don’t mean to be a downer, but a pragmatist.  Here are my learnings I felt worth sharing: Fees/Expenses Matter More Than Most Other Factors – […]

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All Good Things Come to and End – Apple Implosion Reality Check

No, I’m not giving up blogging! LOL; I’m talking about investing euphoria.  Namely, Apple.  Apple had grown to become the largest publicly traded stock in the world and a true household name over just the past few years.  They’ve launched world-changing devices with huge profit margins and had the share price performance to prove it.  […]

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My Investments Of Late

I used to provide routine stock trading and general portfolio updates, but to be honest, I just haven’t been trading as much as I used to.  I don’t know if it’s a lack of opportunities in the market, a lack of time to adequately research and trade on certain themes, or perhaps just a shift […]

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FACEBOOK IPO: They Missed The Boat. I’ll Pass

Friday, news broke that Facebook was preparing to file papers for an IPO possibly as early as next Wednesday.  While just about everyone is ON Facebook, many people probably haven’t considered all the reasons this will be a bad investment for retail investors trying to jump in after the open.  Here are just a few […]

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Are You Selling Stocks Prior to the Aug 2 Debt Limit Expiry?

Around the office, some of my co-workers are talking about how they just unloaded all their stock holdings and shifted into cash or bonds because of the impending Aug. 2 deadline to extend the debt limit.  To do otherwise, assuming the government is unable to “prioritize” payments to bondholders (which would entail curtailing payments otherwise […]

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Timing is Everything – Investors Who Sold at the Bottom Piling Into Stocks Now?

With major market indices just about doubling in less than two years from the market bottom following the financial crash, retail investors are finally starting to pile back into stocks.  Talk about timing, huh?  I was blown away by my friends and colleagues who were proclaiming in 2009, “I’m out!  I’ve had it!  Wall Street […]

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Hedge Funds Using Twitter Traffic – Can You Exploit This?

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about sophisticated software that uses Twitter and other social networking chatter about particular stocks to predict future moves.  This takes the Efficient Market Theory to a whole new level since usually news becomes public during the course of a press release, a posting to a website or a […]

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Elliott Wave: Dow 1,000 Here We Come?

There are often obscenely optimistic, pessimistic or outright ridiculous titles to get clicks in major financial outlets and the vast majority of the time it’s complete bunk.  From the book Dow 36,000 to predictions of gold prices at astronomical levels, it’s a game of one-upmanship to see who can devise the most outrageous theorem and […]

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Should BP Fold and Suspend Dividend Payments to Shareholders?

There is a growing chorus of angry groups calling on BP to suspend its dividend payments to shareholders until this whole matter is settled and all parties affected are made whole, however that is ultimately determined.  As any cause that has a tinge of populist support, politicians jump on the bandwagon.  So, now various members […]

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