Care to guess the name of the newspaper I’ve read virtually every day for the past 45 years? Since I live in the world of business, you might not be surprised that it’s the Wall Street Journal.
Sometimes in the past I’ve suggested that a current or historical figure might have made a good financial planner but today I’m looking at a different theme – people who get excited for no real reason.
Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
• Stock market rout
• Beaten-up stocks
Fred Rogers was probably the best-known actor/producer of children’s programming in the country until his death in 2003. For an interesting look at his life, I recommend the documentary film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor which was released earlier this year.
Poor Charlie Brown. Just as he’s gearing up for a big game, his hopes for a smooth kickoff are dashed when Lucy pulls the football away. With apologies to Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men don’t always come to fruition.
Actor Tom Cruise has famously played a fighter pilot, a sports agent and a secret agent but his first starring role was as a budding entrepreneur in the 1983 film which supplies the title of today’s article.
Tis the season when people’s thoughts turn to evaluating how the year went and what they might want to do differently during the next.
How mature is the average eight-year old? Thinking about myself, the answer was ‘not very’ but the stock market (as measured by the Standard and Poors 500 index) has been climbing since reaching bottom on March 8th, 2009.
Many great fortunes have been made by purchasing the right stock at the right time but the risk inherent in the stock market means that there will always be a role for bonds to play.
Hedge funds are periodically in the news, so let’s shine a light into that corner of the market beginning with a definition. When used as a verb, hedge means to limit or qualify (something) by conditions or exceptions. Since we know that a fund is a pooled investment strategy, we can see that a hedge fund is a pooled investment used to limit risk.