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Common Misperceptions About Basic Investing

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Monday, October 17, 2016

Over the course of my career, I've encountered many questions from friends and clients about financial matters that to professionals in the industry would seem relatively simple.  It occurred to me, however, that this actually should be expected as so often financial affairs can be counter-intuitive, or at least not so obvious as we might think.  Here are just a few examples of common investment misperceptions I've seen again and again over the years: Read More

You Should Pay Attention to More Than Just Celebrity Stocks

by: Lawrence Hamtil  on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Perhaps it is just a natural extension of our celebrity culture, but I find it amazing that most of the financial commentariat focus on what have been called 'celebrity stocks,' - the Amazons, Apples, and Alphabets (previously Google) of the world.  There are good reasons, of course, why companies such as these command our attention; after all, in terms of market capitalization they are among the largest companies in the world, and movements in their share prices can sway the markets in ways smaller stocks cannot.  The downside to this narrow focus, however, is that oftentimes less prominent companies get overlooked, and this despite that many have been proven to be worthier investments than their more celebrated peers. Read More