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Investors Therapy #6: Staying cool, what's wrong with financial statements, difference between a cycle and bubble, and much more!


Investors Therapy

April 29 · Issue #6 · View online

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Hey Investors,
Every now and then, one of your stock investments will run into trouble. For any of a variety of reasons, the market will turn on it and assume the worst. The business press will begin to write doom and gloom pieces, and Wall Street analysts will begin the downgrade drumbeat. It’s very easy to get swept into this fervor. But you need to keep yourself calm and ask yourself the right questions before making any investment decisions based on this activity.
During these times, you must ask yourself the following questions:
  • Will anyone care about what happened 1 year from now? How about 5 years from now? Or 10 years from now?
  • Has the company’s core offering been permanently damaged by this event?
  • The company’s product serves a fundamental need for its customers. Has that fundamental need gone away? (McDonald’s serves hamburgers, but on a fundamental level, it provides calories to humans so we can fulfill our caloric need. Starbucks provides expensive coffee, but on a fundamental level, it satiates our desire for a caffeine boost to get us through the day.)
  • Has a competitor come into the market and found an irreplicable way to serve your company’s customers at a much cheaper price while maintaining similar or higher service standards?
  • Do the vocal people who are canceling their memberships or swearing off of the company’s products speak for the majority of users, or are they a vocal subgroup of the whole? Of those who are vocal, how many have actually followed through on their declarations? For the majority of users, how many are aware of what’s going on? And how many them actually care?
These can be tough questions to answer, but it’s well worth the mental exercise to do so before you make any financial decisions following a shift in public opinion. You may very well find that the public spotlight gets pushed to a new target in a few days or weeks and people forget all about whatever issue befell this company.

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The Easy Pickings
Headline Risk
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The Importance of Time Value of Money for Startups
Why the Automation Boom Could Be Followed by a Bust
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Real Estate
Zillow Group will start buying and selling homes, taking on Opendoor and expanding real estate footprint – GeekWire
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Multifamily Strength, Affordability Issues to Persist in 2018: Freddie Mac
California tax break measure could help ease state's housing crunch
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10 Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Real Estate Investment
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Careers, Society, and Personal Development
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Understanding Speed and Velocity: Saying "NO" to the Non-Essential
On Analog Social Media - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Some Thoughts on "Cradles of Eminence: Childhoods of More Than 700 Famous Men and Women" - Intelligent Fanatics
Cisco commits $50 million to Silicon Valley homelessness crisis - Business Insider
North Korea's 'biggest' export - giant statues - BBC News
A Moelis & Co staffer sent a brutal email to colleagues - Business Insider
Weekly Thoughts: Successories | Chenmark Capital Management
Nassim Taleb Says Investors Need 'Insurance' From Market Drops - YouTube
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