Through the Lens of an Investor

Sometimes life is funny, like when you give a blog post a title without realizing until after that it was subconsciously inspired by what got you to write the post.  This post, for example, was inspired by some of the lively discussion that happens on Digital Photography Review, better known by its web address dpreview, and of course a lens is an integral part of photography.  Title explanation aside, dpreview.com started in 1999 as one of the first sites Continue reading “Through the Lens of an Investor”

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The Most Stressful Thing About Buying a Stock

I hope that what I’m about to share will help you recognize possibly the greatest reason why people lose money in the stock market.  If you can overcome this hurdle, I’m confident that you can experience long-term success as a stock investor.  Why I’m so confident is because I’ve had to overcome this same hurdle myself not just once, but every time I buy new shares in a stock and often with very good long-term results.  One of those times occurred recently  Continue reading “The Most Stressful Thing About Buying a Stock”

How One Stock Will Produce Winners and Losers

Let me reveal right up front what most inexperienced stock investors fall for:  the buy recommendation.  Whether it’s from a time-tested, reputable service like The Motley Fool, a financial advisor, or from a friend – or a friend of a friend – people who know little to nothing about stocks and the market and investing can get Continue reading “How One Stock Will Produce Winners and Losers”

So You’re Following this Blog, Eh?

A few months ago, a very curious thing started happening with this blog.  I started getting regular and numerous e-mail notifications about new followers, all with an @outlook.com e-mail address and mostly non-sensical user names.  However, none of them show up in my list of followers and so I’ll call them “mystery followers.”  This is a bug of sorts that other WordPress bloggers have noted in forums, but which nobody seems to have an answer for.  Allow me to entertain some thoughts. Continue reading “So You’re Following this Blog, Eh?”

An Example of Ignoring the Noise

Jack (John) Bogle is no stranger to the stock market.  In fact, his career has witnessed all of the market’s ups-and-downs over the past 66 years.  He is the father of the index mutual fund and the champion of the individual investor, and he started the famous Vanguard Group mutual fund company in 1974.  When he retired from his role in 1999, Fortune magazine named him one of the four “investment giants” of the 20th century. Continue reading “An Example of Ignoring the Noise”

What to Make of the Storm Clouds

Being a stock investor had been a relatively exciting ride until a couple of months ago.  Until then, the stock market had been on an unprecedented upswing, barely being knocked off course since the bottom of the Great Recession in early 2009.  Prior to this current turmoil, the market last underwent a bit of a correction from mid-2015 until early 2016 and had been on a tear until recently.

However, storm clouds have gathered and have been tossing the markets around for a couple of months now, Continue reading “What to Make of the Storm Clouds”

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!”

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?”

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?”