The Individual Investor Challenge: Can you go it alone?

Here at "A Dash" we have a special concern for individual investors.  This was at the heart of my reason for starting this blog.  Many evenings I imagine and write directly to such a person. With this in mind, let us imagine an investor who is unhappy with his/her manager, and is ready to embark […]

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The Dumbing Down of News

I am working on a concept, and I invite comment. The basic idea is that recession-induced cutbacks in news organizations have altered the way in which news is interpreted and delivered. There is more emphasis on profitability from each article, so popularity is paramount. My working hypothesis is that the more educational and intellectual pieces, […]

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Anatomy of a Trade: How to Play Apple

This is a true story.  It illustrates an important and little-understood point about markets.  Let us start with the popular and incorrect idea. The stock market is a zero-sum game.  Therefore, when a trade takes place there will always be a winner and a loser. The first statement is true, but the second is not.  […]

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Bias in Bernanke Coverage: Does it Matter?

There is a lot of biased news coverage these days.  Some of it its intentional, and some of it is not. Today's example is the coverage of the Bernanke reappointment hearings. The Reality From the perspective of those whose opinion matters, this is a foregone conclusion.  Chairman Bernanke showed real leadership when it was most […]

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