Category Archives: Tips & Advice

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

Tips & Advice

“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

Published by:

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

Tips & Advice

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

Published by:

Investment vs. Speculation: A Guide for Beginners

Tips & Advice

Does the stock market seem like Vegas to you? Suspect, possibly rigged? Congratulations, you’re normal.

Being cynical about “great money-making opportunities” is a good survival skill. You won’t win the lottery. Those too-good-to-be-true late-night TV offers are, indeed, to good to be true. That guy on the corner flipping cards is running a scam. Best to keep your hands in your pockets and firmly on your wallet. Continue reading

Published by: