You might be the man, but you're not Bill Mann. Invest accordingly.
To not lose money is to make money.
Foolish Proverb #4
He who claims to have high risk tolerance has often not yet lost his arse.
Foolish Proverb #3
One day, a rookie investor copied a bunch of picks from his fellow Favorite Fools. They all went up. "This is easy!" said the rookie. Tired of being a copycat, he found a stock that he loved. It turned cow manure into fuel. "How can I lose?" said the rookie. "There's tons of all natural clean burning cow manure and the whole world needs clean energy. And with the experience this company has had in mining manganese in Uganda and providing old ladies with Internet security before that, they should be well rounded and poised for greatness." Since this was a sure thing and he wanted BIG returns, he put all his money on it. Well, as fate would have it, the stock cratered. He lost all his money. His wife took the kids and left him. Then he got fat, depressed and fired from his job for slacking. He went on to eek out a mediocre life then died. [more]
Hey Video Watching Fools, [more]
Yahoo! is a company that I suspect could be in more danger than most people realize. If the so-called brain drain that appears to be going on results in a company wide degradation of quality, this could signal the start of a long, slow descent into mediocrity and even future irrelevance. I believe that Google could have one weakness - Google Ads and Youtube both feel really cheap and low rent. Yahoo! can reinvigorate their brand and add much needed focus by radically upping their commitment to quality, and providing consumers the best of the Internet. [more]
He who worries about short term movements is likely to focus on the wrong moves.
-- Foolish Proverb #2
He who has mastered the art of stock picking, has mastered the art of knowing which Foolish analyst is right, and when.
-- Foolish Proverb #1
My interview with CAPS exec, John Keeling continues… [more]
Today, we’re e-sitting down with John Keeling, whose job title is SVP, Community Intelligence. John is playing a key role in developing The Motley Fool’s revolutionary stock picking service, CAPS. (This post was originally put on Fool.Com, but in case you missed it, or want to check out the longer, unedited version, here is the first part… Please pardon any font whackiness as this thing was bugging out a bit on the transfer from Word into my CAPS blog...) [more]
Massive realization: Following the stock market is more fun than following sports. Yup. You heard me correctly. It may take a tad more work up front and it may not have the immediacy of live action sports - but the human drama, the hilarious comedy, the stakes, the urgency, all the things that make for compelling entertainment? It's in there. (Who remembers that old tomato sauce commercial, "it's in there"?)
Consider the titanic battle between Netflix (good) and Blockbuster (evil). Blockbuster just delivered a fierce kick to the groin of Netflix by LOWERING prices when Netflix openly speculated that BBI would have to raise prices. Netflix's stock took a knee, winded. The questions is what will Netflix CEO Reed Hastings do? Will he follow suit and lower prices - crushing NFLX profits in search of growing sub numbers? Will he hold steady? Will he strike back with something no one can foresee? (A Microsoft partnership?) Now, I'll admit that watching sports may provide more pure entertainment. But when my beloved 1994 New York Rangers broke a 54 year "Hex" and won the Stanely Cup - how much did El Capitan make? (I'll give you a hint - it rhymes with moose egg.) If Netflix pulls out of this, I can tell you this, CAPS doggs, it'll rhyme with wousands. And I love wousands. Some day maybe my investments will even rhyme with something I love more than wousands. I'm talking about yillions.
If you haven't done this - I'm telling you, try it soon. Don't watch a sporting event. And try to dig into a fun story on the market. This little decision, in time, could change everything.
PS - Pardon the lack of bold, italics (for my passion!), and hyperlinks to stories on BBI and NFLX - my Mac's Safari is causing me agita in my goombah in the bonzo. [more]
I have no idea how or why one letter is cooler than another, but I know this for sure - the letter U is uncool. It somehow works in "United States" and "Manchester United" for sure, but Unbox? Nope. Zune? P.U. I think it's the ewwww sound. Frankly, as a Jewish pesron, I wish that sound wasn't in our name. I honestly believe that something this trivial contributes to anti-Semitism. Anybody watching the UPN (United Paramount Network) tonight? Nope. If this new football league is called the United Football League or UFL, it's dead on arrival. Guaranteed.
PS - hey testing dudes - I couldn't get the hyperlink to work in Safari and still can't get the italics going. And look what they done to my spacing... Arggggghhh... [more]
There were two things that everybody thought would happen. So David Chase knew they couldn't happen. Or could they? The last scene of one of the greatest shows, maybe the greatest piece of performance art, of all-time, was one of the best I have ever seen. What more could a writer do than crystallize the way it feels to live in these times? Love and dread. It's a shame we don't knight people, because no creative artist would deserve the honor more than David Chase. To survive the pressures of this show, and leave it with this much grace and truth and class... it's a level of strength that should inspire us all. [more]
Okay, let’s take a look at the top ten CAPS playing Fools and see what they’re pitching, ditching and dishing. [more]
You know, I've tried being a bad boy and I've tried being a good boy. And I'm amazed to find, definitively, at age 39, that being good is much, much more powerful than being bad. It's much harder, of course, and I realize that good and evil are sometimes in the eye of the beholder. But for now, consider this. Imagine that you hear someone screaming from a burning building. To save them, you will have to break into the building through a broken window, cutting yourself up in the process, climb up several flights of flaming stairs and will probably be burned to death before you can escape. Now, say that just before you decide whether or not to charge in, you learn that the person screaming is a rapist. Would you do it? Okay, now imagine that the person screaming is your child. Or your spouse or mother or best friend? Would you do it?
For the past 2.5 years I have been lucky enough to study the Martial Arts (American/Chinese Kenpo) at a righteous school, and something's changed in me. I have discovered that there is incredible power in doing what you know is right. The great thing about the true Martial Arts is that the spirit of the teaching extends to all areas of your life. For example, why invest in the stock market? Why play CAPS? What kind of effort goes into your investments? It may sound exhausting, but shouldn't virtually everything we do be done with 100% effort and dedication? If an activity is not worth the same spiritual intention you would put into rescuing your child from a burning building, is it really worth it? Time and time again the best people seem to put that kind of conviction and determination into their work. When I take a step back prior to pulling the trigger on a stock, and I realize that this decision effects whether or not my daughter is burdened with debt after college, whether or not my wife will be stuck greeting people at the door of Wal-Mart at age 98, whether or not I can help others in need, it's a lot different than merely trying to make more money. After suffering a staggering loss in business several years ago, due in large part to working with an unscrupulous man, I have learned first hand the power of being virtuous. I made up my mind to never lose money again, and shook off any doubts about whether earning money was virtuous or not. For me, I believe, with 1,000% certainty that providing for my family, and having money to give to the causes I believe in, is a virtuous endeavor.
Well, the other day, I got an email from my financial planner, congratulating me. It turns out that by following a steady savings plan, maxing out all retirement accounts, investing solely in mutual funds and stocks from Fool newsletters, we doubled my family's portfolio in the past three years. And most impressively, we did it without taking on excessive risk.
The bottom line? It's good to be a Fool. [more]
If the minimum wage had risen at the same pace as CEO pay since 1990, it would be worth $22.61 today, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. Instead, the federal minimum wage will increase to $5.85 an hour on July 24, the first increase in a decade.
(The above is from an AP article about CEO Pay "skyrocketing") [more]
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Missy1976, From her green thumb pitch for Tivo.