What Nearly Getting Crushed By A Light Pole Teaches Us About Investing

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I don’t know if I can call what happened to me last Friday morning a “near death experience”, but it was attention getting..

Every morning, I go by a Panera about 6 blocks from my house to get coffee. While I’m in the car, I start to organize my thoughts for the day: what am I trying to accomplish, what problems do I need to solve.

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So, I’m sitting at a stoplight at a major intersection in St. Louis. I’m in the right lane, and next to me is a right-hand turn lane. I hear a crash, look to my right, and see the right side of my car showered with glass.

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What Oil Price Swings Can Teach Us About Investment Sectors

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Investors have seen almost historic price swings in the markets. As of January 13, 2016, the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 index is down over 7.5% for the year.

One big impact on the market is the decline in the price of oil. Oil prices have declined by more than 60 percent since June of 2014. As of mid-January of ’16, the $30 per barrel price of oil is the lowest price since 2004.

The change in oil prices- and the impact of stocks- is a great way to explain the concept of investment sectors.

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What A Zombie Apocalypse Can Teach Us About Robo Investment Advice

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The demands of investors- particularly millennial investors- are dramatically changing how people find and use investment advice. One massive trend is the shift toward automated investment services, or using “robo advisors”. Is this type of service ultimately better for investors?

Now, the zombie reference is an exaggeration. But it’s used to make the point that robo advisors may mean less human interaction than traditional investment advising.

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How An Elevator Speech Can Explain Successful Investing

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Don’t invest in things that you don’t understand.

That’s a line from Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. The line gained popularity before and shortly after the tech bubble burst in the early 2000s.

Buffett didn’t jump on the tech stock bandwagon during the 1990s for a few reasons. First, many of these start-ups (like most start-ups) didn’t generate much in sales and no earnings. Second, even if the tech company started making money, Buffett couldn’t explain for himself how the business plan could succeed over the long-term.

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