It seems Wall Street is more focused than ever on generating short-term profits. Ironically, that focus provides an opportunity for ordinary investors.

In the following video, John Reeves and David Meier discuss some of the natural advantages that ordinary investors have over their Wall Street counterparts. Small investors can beat the street, but they need to be prepared, both intellectually and emotionally.

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