Ignoring the Crowd Isn’t Easy!

Think about some of the most memorable people that you’ve ever met or known about.  What was it about them that made you remember them?

In terms of famous people, it’s interesting how some of the most admired people now were made fun of by the majority, the “crowd”, while they were growing up or before they became famous.  They were considered weird, different, or unusual because no matter how much pressure they faced Continue reading “Ignoring the Crowd Isn’t Easy!”

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Gambling in Stocks or Investing in Companies?

Several years ago I was in a training seminar and the speaker, who was an engineer with an attitude, an edge about him, was talking about the properties of concrete.  At one point he got very passionate as he explained how you should never call it “cement”.  In fact, he got pretty irate as he lamented how uninformed people call it cement, emphasizing how cement is only one of the ingredients of concrete and not concrete itself.  He said that this would be the same as calling a cookie “flour” when flour is only one of the ingredients of a cookie and not a cookie itself.

The same idea can be applied to all the investment gurus and everyday people out there who Continue reading “Gambling in Stocks or Investing in Companies?”

Why I Don’t Feel Stupid for Dumping Apple Inc.

In May 2016, I expressed some very contrarian arguments about why I decided to sell my entire position in Apple Inc.  Of course, they weren’t the least bit contrarian at the time because many others were expressing them.  The stock price had fallen around 25% from its all-time high over the course of a year, fueled mostly by worries about Continue reading “Why I Don’t Feel Stupid for Dumping Apple Inc.”

Giving Your Kids a Leg-Up

Although this is a blog about stock investing, sometimes it’s useful to look at different types of investment of arguably much greater value.  In this case, I will be offering some very practical ideas on how you can invest in the future of your children based upon how my parents, especially my mom, invested into mine.  Even if you don’t have any children of your own yet but plan to, you can learn some very useful advice if you choose to read on.

It is becoming harder in our western society for young people entering adulthood to have any sort of financial advantage going in.  There are many factors against them. Continue reading “Giving Your Kids a Leg-Up”

Are Hot Air Balloons an Adventure or an Ordeal?

If you were to do an online search for the top ten fears/phobias that people have, nearly every list contains two that relate to a similar thing.  One of the phobias is Continue reading “Are Hot Air Balloons an Adventure or an Ordeal?”

Taking the Emotion out of Investing

Even though this is a blog about stock investing, the principles in many of these posts relate and can translate to success in any form of investing in other areas of life:  education, relationships, and so on.  Really, what point is there to becoming a successful stock investor if you can’t also learn things that make the rest of your life better and of those around you?   Continue reading “Taking the Emotion out of Investing”

Should Christians Buy Stocks?

The title of this post might appear to target a narrow audience but it also applies to any person of any belief system who thinks that there is some inherent wrong or evil with seeking to earn a return on money through investing it, especially in something as misunderstood as the stock market.   Continue reading “Should Christians Buy Stocks?”

Choosing What to Invest in Does Not Need to be Complicated

When it comes to deciding what to invest in, particularly stocks, people can get easily overwhelmed – especially those just starting out.  Not only are there thousands of stocks to choose from but too many people focus on charts and numbers and the never-ending analysis and advice.  Some of the most successful investors in history, Continue reading “Choosing What to Invest in Does Not Need to be Complicated”

Becoming a Landlord With None of the Hassles

Some of you might have clicked on the title of this article maybe because you think it might be a joke or that it involves some sort of elaborate real estate investment scheme.  But before you jump to any conclusions about anything, allow me to first share a personal experience.

Continue reading “Becoming a Landlord With None of the Hassles”

A Successful Investor Needs the Right Personality, Not Just the Right Resources

Perhaps the greatest benefit to a person who wants to invest their money in this day and age is being able to access a nearly endless amount of information, analysis, and advice about a multitude of investment types, including stocks.  From T.V. resources like Continue reading “A Successful Investor Needs the Right Personality, Not Just the Right Resources”