Posts Tagged ‘Success’

Chaikin Analytics Review and Free Trial

July 8th, 2014

One of the biggest hurdles that the individual investor faces in trying to create a nimble, smart portfolio is the competition.

Investment bankers, quants, mutual fund companies, and big Wall Street firms are employing Ph.D. researchers with degrees in everything from finance to physics to create model portfolios. They use the latest and most powerful technology to guide their buys and sells.

The little guy doesn’t have a chance.

That’s what I thought, until last week. George and I had a chance to see a demonstration of Chaikin Analytics, probably one of the most complete set of investment tools and stock market model-building technology that’s available for the money. Or at least I’ve ever seen.

The Chaikin Analytics Dashboard

The Chaikin Analytics Dashboard

How does Chaikin level the playing field?

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Investing in New Businesses: The Ripple Effect

November 12th, 2013

Given the state of current affairs, you may be a bit skeptical to invest your money in a new business that may or may not succeed. Essentially, you are putting money that could be used towards your own improvements to help improve the business affairs of someone else. It can be intimidating if you don’t have a lot of money. However, the rewards could be great if the venture succeeds.


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Beginning Expenses
After an individual invests money into a business, this goes towards various expenses in order to help it succeed. This could be anything from paper for invoices and receipts to hiring local graphic designers for logos and signs. Landlords, utility companies, office equipment stores and more will receive additional sales due to the fact that the new company needs specific supplies and equipment. As long as the new establishment can maintain itself, this income could become residual for other companies in the area that need the income.

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Is this the Start of the next Bitcoin Bubble?

October 22nd, 2013

Bitcoin has started to rise again, and it looks like it might be the start of the next Bitcoin bubble. Although many people have known about Bitcoin for years, most people have not purchased any coins and do not understand it.

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How is this bubble different?

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Is this a good time to buy gold?

August 11th, 2013

Many people think that this is a great time to buy gold. However, the same people who are saying that now were saying it when gold was at $1,800 per oz.

The price of gold has fluctuated over the last 5 years.

The price of gold has fluctuated over the last 5 years.

Personally, I think it is better to hold gold than dollars. The dollar is collapsing, and I think it will continue to collapse over the next decades. However, that does not mean that everyone should go out and buy gold.

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A Brief History of Money

April 22nd, 2013

Bitcoin has had an interesting history. Launched in 2009, it was revolutionary in combining cryptography with money. Perhaps the motivation for this idea was to create a system that distributes financial resources to those who have computing power.

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We may never know the motivations behing Bitcoin. The mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, cut off communication in 2011. The name appears to be a pseudonym and he has never been identified. It has been theorized that he is not even a single person, but a group of people who have opted for anonymity. If this is the the case, they have succeeded.

Has Bitcoin revolutionized the way that humans use money?

Consider the following 4 phases of money:

  1. Barter
  2. Money
  3. Fiat Currency
  4. Cryptocurrency

The first phase of human exchange predates the first villages. It was simply the exchange of x amount of one good for y amount of another good. For example, “I’ll give you 3 apples for 2 pears”. Although this worked, it was cumbersome because there was no simple way to value a given good.

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Your Life Sucks? Here’s Some Good News

March 25th, 2013
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Creative Commons — Flickr

Don’t blame the media. Don’t blame the government. Blame Darwin and the occasional saber-toothed tiger.

We are surrounded by bad news because of evolution. Our brains developed to deal with an overwhelming amount of stimuli, mostly in the forms of threats to our safety and acquiring food and shelter. We watched for bears and worried about our next meal. Good news, quite frankly, wasn’t important.

This affects us today. When you’re on the freeway, do you stop and gawk at the motorist who successfully exits the highway? Or, do we slow down and gawk at the car accident at the side of the road? The media promotes the unusual and trends that threaten us before it shows us the common and trends that benefit us, even though, as we’ll see, there are far more opportunities than threats out there.

I believe this gives us a distorted picture of the world — and, in fact, may keep us mired down psychologically. We focus on the bad and ignore the good. (Although, to play my own devil’s advocate, it may also keep us from being complacent.)

Anyway. This week, I’m passing on links to prove my point.

Good things are happening, even if you believe your life, your world, and your reality sucks.

From Reuters, data indicate growing economic momentum.

There’s good news about job growth on Yahoo News.

Global poverty is shrinking — Pro Bono News.

From working in a sweatshop to being a billionaire, on the Good News Network.

Leukemia cure in one study — may just be the beginning, according to story at ABC News.

Quantum computing researchers are making impressive discoveries, according to one of the companies on the forefront of this new industry.

Exoskeletons can increase worker productivity. That’s from Next Big Future.

3D Printing? Yeah, that’s coming to, says the Wall Street Journal.

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The Fall and Rise of Bitcoin

February 18th, 2013

It has been quite interesting to watch Bitcoin as it has gone through one bubble, and consistently risen since. Many people thought that Bitcoin was finished after its stratospheric rise in 2011, and it’s subsequent collapse to $3. Can Bitcoin survive such a massive devaluation?

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Image courtesy Bitcoin Charts

Recently Bitcoin has achieved quite a bit of attention, because of announcing that they will accept payment in Bitcoin. More recently, Reddit has decided to accept Bitcoin. The more interesting (and perhaps) exciting development is that you can now buy pizza with bitcoins.

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The Science of Wealth-Making: Tall, Sexy, Nerdy and Electric

February 11th, 2013
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Flickr–Creative Commons

There’s been a conversation about how people become wealthy on a few blogs the last couple of days..

A guest post on Financial Samurai offers an untraditional roadmap to financial success. This is a response to a previous post on making a six-figure salary.

There is no one true path to building wealth. There are a lot. You can earn it. You can invest it. You can win it. Someone can give it to you.

There seems to be no consensus on who gets rich, either. The rich get richer, they say. But do the poor become richer? Do the smart become richer? Do the religious become richer? Do the well-educated become rich? Do the pretty become rich?

What I would like to do is pull in the scientists and see what they have to say about the rich — how they became rich and, maybe, how you can become wealthy, too.

You don’t have to be smart to be rich. According to a study in the journal of Intelligence, there’s no correlation between IQ and how much money you have.

But, you should have a high SAT score, according to this study.

But, you should still have been popular in high school. Popular kids tend to earn more later. *My two cents: Now, they just need to have a study on how to be popular AND be a nerdy, high-SAT student.

Owners of electric vehicles are richer (and smarter), according to this US News story. *My two cents: It may mean that the rich can withstand the economic impact of what are currently inefficient vehicles.

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Quit Being Unfair to the Rich! Five Ways You Beat the Rich

February 4th, 2013
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Flickr Creative Commons — Mihhailov

You should all be ashamed of yourselves — you and your “level playing field” exhortations.

The rich and their children are hopelessly outmatched in so many ways by working- and middle-class folks that it’s not even fair.

OK, so maybe the rich do have certain advantages. They can send their kids to great schools. When they compound their money, a little is a ginormous sums. They can network and hobknob with contacts that can open up new opportunities.


For the non-rich investor or entrepreneur, making money may actually be easier than the rich.

The Rich Are Lazy
Rich people become comfortable and their interests move toward other activities. They, essentially, become lazy and pampered. That’s a very noncompetitive stance.

The Rich Are Stupid
Stupid is a mean word. Uninformed? Yeah. That sounds better. But, despite the access to the finest institutions of higher learning, the rich are saddled with “Yes-sir-or-ma’am” thinking. They surround themselves with people who always agree with them — and that cuts them off from learning valuable lessons, both practical and academic. You’ll notice that the rich who make their money in one economic condition, rarely lead the next.

The Rich Have Lazy Money
The rich pass on money to their managers and handlers. Their managers may or may not have their best interest in mind and, so, can make mistakes or poor investments with the money.

The Rich Are Attached
Rich people are terribly loathe to give all the good things they have up (“loathe” — that’s what rich people do instead of  “hate.”) Since they become attach, they fail to move out of bad opportunities and are slow to seize good opportunities.

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A Brief History of Bitcoin

October 29th, 2012

Bitcoin is the first and most popular crypto-currency. It has some very interesting characteristics that make it similar to a commodity and a fiat currency. It even has had a history of a typical bubble.

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As you can see from the chart above, Bitcoin has undergone a typical bubble. Does that mean that Bitcoin is dead? I don’t think so. It has stabilized since November 2011. In addition, there are thousands of companies that accept Bitcoin as payment has been growing steadily. (Apparently the site is having an issue with its SSL certificate, so you may get a warning).

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