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

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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Investment vs. Speculation: A Guide for Beginners

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

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