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Pump and Dump Follow Up

As a follow up to my story about Investment Spam and Avoiding Pump and Dump stock promotion tactics. When I first looked at the spam email promoting ANDL it was trading at $1.25, which was a day after it opened trading at $1.00. By the time I wrote the story on the 11th it was [...]

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Investment Spam is Funny and Sad

by SMD · 5 Comments 

When I did my guest blogger gig on Problogger’s Personal Finance blog this summer, fellow guest blogger Dimitri and I had quite a good time poking fun at the investment spam emails that we were receiving. An email that I received this morning has inspired me to continue: Profit-Picks Alert This Week: ANDL ANDL is [...]

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Speculating vs. Investing

I’ve just been reading an interesting story on Mack Cuban’s BlogMaverick site called What’s an investor? In it he discusses the difference between pure speculating and investing. Here’s his definition of the two: The difference between the two is very simple. If you spend the money and the only way you can earn a return [...]

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Rogue Trader

by SMD · 3 Comments 

I’ve been thinking about doing a story about the movie “Rogue Trader” for a while now. Then a couple days ago my ‘Investing Term of the Day’ email came in from http://www.investopedia.com: —————————– Term Of The Day: Rogue Trader —————————– A trader who acts at their own will, usually to the detriment of both the [...]

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I’m a Rookie Venture Capitalist

by SMD · 5 Comments 

One of the dreams I have, as my businesses progress is to set up a venture capital fund. For one I love the idea of analyzing a young business to see if it has what it takes to grow into something big. Another very attractive aspect to  this idea is that you are in the [...]

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Nasdaq – Party Like it’s 1999

Chinese search engine company Baidu made it’s debut today on the Nasdaq. The IPO price was originally set at $19 but just before release it was re-pegged at $27. Ticker BIDU has been live for about 3 hours as I write and is currently trading for $78! I’m having a weird feeling that I slipped [...]

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Brain Damaged Investing

I’ve been thinking about Warren Buffet’s two most important rules for investing:         Rule #1.  Don’t lose money. Rule #2.  Don’t forget rule number one. A couple weeks ago I bought a stock [CDH] at $3.10. A few days later it hit my loss exit price [I had one set for 2.90 and the other for [...]

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The Stock Market is Easy

This is a little game to prove my bold headline. Have a friend make photocopies of a few stock charts. Black out the stock name and symbol. Then cover all but the far left 1/4 inch of the chart with a piece of paper. It should look like this to start: Now start with 1000 shares. The game [...]

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Albert Koopman – The China Dragon Fund

Last night I had the pleasure to attend a talk by Albert Koopman. Not only was the talk highly entertaining but enlightening as well. Here’s a little taste of his bio: “These businesses were under Albert’s directorship and management: Metro Cash and Carry comprised of 117 stores totaling $1 billion with 3000 employees; Cashbuild Cash [...]

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Stock Pick Follow Ups

I’ve wanted to follow up on the three stock picks that I have made on this site. #1. Let’s start with the biggest blunder. On March 22, 2005, I ran ”Why I would Short Google Immediately” At the time GOOG was trading for $188 a share and had a P/E of 123. Now? Despite falling 3.5 today it [...]

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