The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Stock Advisor analysts Jim Mueller and Jason Moser discuss one of the differences between short-term and long-term investing: predictions. Wall Street is focused on the next quarter, but for a very well-followed company (Apple), it can't get its calls right. One analyst is calling for a significant drop in the S&P 500's price at the end of the year, and a double-dip recession never materialized despite numerous predictions of one. Long-term investors should focus on the companies that perform in their portfolios, not the short-term predictions that often turn out to be wrong.