Losers

by Bill Parrott on

The Washington Generals have been playing basketball since 1952. During their tenure they’ve won three games, one in each of the following years – 1954, 1958 and 1971.[1] Despite their lackluster output they repeatedly play in front of sold out crowds at over 450 events per year. Why? It’s because t...

The sound of a train whistle piercing the night sky conjures up images of distant lands and the rhythmic clickety-clack of the wheels on the track is therapeutic.  

Riding a train from Los Angeles to New York is an exciting way for passengers to see our amazing country. If a passenger boards the tr...

On August 7, Elon Musk tweeted: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” His tweet caused a storm on Twitter and in the stock market. At the time of his tweet, Tesla shares were trading around $343 per share before soaring to $387. Since the tweet, it has traded in a range of...

Every now and then a small country seeps its way into our financial engine. A few years ago, it was Greece, today it’s Turkey. Turkey is in crisis with the Lira falling 30% and its stock market dropping 17%.[1] The Turkey ETF (TUR) is down 50% for the year and it is inflicting havoc on emerging mark...

The wolf was eradicated from Yellowstone during the 1930s. They weren’t protected in the national park because they’re predators and, as result, there were no wolves left to maintain order. At first, there was little change to the ecosystem, but over time it changed dramatically. With one less preda...

4 x 100

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The 4 x 100 relay race is one of the most exciting spectacles in all sports. Four extremely fast human beings pass a baton with precision as they speed around the track. The current world record is held by Jamaica, anchored by Usain Bolt, with a blistering time of 36.84 seconds.

The collective four...

A few high-flying growth stocks came crashing back to earth after posting poor earnings. Facebook fell 21%, Netflix dropped 19%, and Twitter cratered 27%.  In the days leading up to the Facebook announcement, it rose 4.5% to close at an all-time high of $218.62. If investors knew it was going to col...

10%

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Ten percent has been the average annual return for the S&P 500 since 1926. One dollar invested in 1926 grew to $7,347 by the end of 2017.[1]  Because of the 91-year average most investors expect (demand) a 10% return every year. In fact, when analysts give their stock market return projections for t...

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church recently wrote a devotional about reaping and sowing. His article focused on planting seeds and waiting for them to grow. He mentioned how people get irritated over the delay between the time a seed is planted and when it bears fruit.[1] Patience is a virtue.

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Croatia

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Croatia is the second smallest country to reach the World Cup Final, a tiny nation of 4.1 million people located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. It ranks as the 128th largest country in the world and accounts for about .054% of the global population. If it were a state, it would rank 27th nestled...