All work and no play makes anyone a dull Fool. Lest you focus solely on whether the dollar is in trouble, or on how to make millions from thousands, here's a quick roundup of some of the stranger and funnier financial news this week.
Redefining "monkey business"
In Russia, a chimpanzee named Lusha picked eight stocks for a portfolio -- which ended up beating the performance of 94% of Russia's investment bankers. We've seen similar performances in the U.S.; The Wall Street Journal periodically has pros compete against portfolios assembled via darts on a dartboard. As Lusha demonstrates, there's often more luck than skill involved in great short-term returns.
Plumbing unexpected depths
At first glance, you'd think Chemed's
Of course, many conglomerates house a wide variety of businesses under their roofs. Berkshire Hathaway
Like mutual funds? Hate legislators?
The Congressional Effect (CEFFX) fund aims to track the S&P 500 -- but only when the U.S. Congress is on break. When Congress is in session, the fund goes entirely to cash. Whatever you think about the influence government has on the markets, the fund was a loser last year, falling 4% versus a gain of more than 22% for the S&P 500.
One! Surgical sensation! ...
You'd think any hospital trying to attract workers might showcase state-of-the-art equipment by Stryker
Not exactly built for speed
Now that we've hopefully amused you, check out the rest of Fool.com for more of the "educate" and "enrich" parts of our motto. And stay away from stock-picking chimps; however impressive their returns, we hear they have a tendency to go bananas.
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Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Intuitive Surgical, General Electric, and Wal-Mart. Berkshire Hathaway, Stryker, and Wal-Mart are Motley Fool Inside Value selections. Intuitive Surgical is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Berkshire Hathaway and Fortune Brands are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. The Fool owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and Stryker. Try any of our investing newsletters free for 30 days. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy doesn't monkey around.