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January 2007

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I can tell you what doesn't work for me

January 29, 2007 – Comments (0)

And that's short-term trading. I tried this early on in my CAPS experience - figured that I don't really do it with my real money so why not give it a shot in CAPS. No mas! No mas! Long story short, that little experiment put me in an accuracy hole that I'm still trying to dig out of.   [more]

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A Lesson from Buyout Land

January 29, 2007 – Comments (0)

A quick point on the fundamental idea of these big buyouts: the investors are buying the company not to flip it, but rather to hold it for (typically) 4-7 years before relisting it on the public markets. Even after a company relists, the private equity firm still often holds a stake for a while. In the case of Seagate, as of October of last year Silver Lake Partners still held some Seagate stock nearly four years after Seagate's IPO. Can you make some money flipping stocks in the short term? Sure, I'd never argue with that. But take a hint from some guys making serious money -- big money is made choosing stocks wisely and holding onto them.  [more]

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Worries, worries, worries

January 22, 2007 – Comments (0)

Is it only me, or does this kind or news make you feel good about the market?  [more]

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The Zen of Investing

January 18, 2007 – Comments (1)

I'm back under All Star status on my CAPS portfolio so that must mean it's time to blog again... woe is me... no, just kidding.   [more]

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That All Star Ache

January 12, 2007 – Comments (2)

As I write this I've broken back over the 80 mark and am back in "All Star Land." What I didn't realize, though, is how lonely and cold I'd be outside of All Star Land. Having my score sitting at 79.55 at the close of trading yesterday was like putting salt in my coffee (which I actually did two weeks ago) -- not very tasty. Potentially worse still was seeing Rick's article today (http://www.f...urce=mppromo) which pointed me to the fact that Cramer, a perrenial "<20" CAPS player, is bumping up against that All Star level.  [more]

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