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Waiting for Your Pitch: Invest Like Manny Ramirez Hits

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“Can’t anybody here play this game?” — Casey Stengel

Manny Ramirez is a oddball. He’s a laughably bad fielder with weird off-field habits. “Manny being Manny” is long-running baseball shorthand to explain away his antics.

But in the batter’s box he is a raging bull, a career .312 average after 19 seasons with 555 home runs and 1,831 runs batted in. Make what you will of his personality, but his stats put him among the all-time greats. Continue reading

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How to Use Media Noise to Improve Your Investing Reflexes, Part 1

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“Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” — Warren Buffett

What’s the difference between you and one of the richest men in the world, besides all that money, of course? Warren Buffett, the multi-billionaire head of holding company Berkshire Hathaway, would explain it simply: He doesn’t buy stocks. He buys businesses. Continue reading

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Analysis Paralysis: Five Steps for Putting Yourself On An Information Diet

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If you watch financial cable TV, even casually, his presence is nearly unavoidable. In a world once populated with sleepy, late-evening market recaps led by bespectacled newscasters, CNBC’s Jim Cramer is part shock-jock, part howling floor trader, and all show. Shirt sleeves rolled up, he flaps his arms, shouts “booyah” at callers, sets off nutty sound effects and roams his set like a caged animal. Continue reading

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