Who's that at the door? A witch? An astronaut? A scientist? A biker? Well, we're giving out treats from our Halloween mailbag, as a motley array of listeners come to share their Foolishness. We'll also learn a great trick to help you look past a recently scary market.
When Warren Buffet was asked on CNBC why he still isn’t buying Amazon – a company he greatly admires – he quipped, “Stupidity.” But why should the greatest investor of our time regret sitting out on a single company that sits outside the framework of his self-ascribed circle of competence? Buffett doesn’t need to be a Rule Breaker. That’s for you and me, fellow Fools!
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Nick Epley is a social psychologist and the author of "Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want." Today David speaks with Nick about the errors we make when we try to understand each other, why we fail at The Newlywed Game, and the dangers of anthropomorphizing stocks.
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This time last year, David picked “5 Winners in a Thinking World,” highlighting 5 companies for the Information Age (or is it the Internet Age?). As always, these were meant as long-term picks (3 years at least), but today we’re checking in to see how they’ve doing in year one. Did you buy shares? Are you doing a happy-dance?
Our mailbag is an embarrassment of riches! So many great questions that we can’t possibly get to them all, which is indeed a great problem to have. After a quick guide on how to get your questions answered, both here and elsewhere at The Fool, David takes on how many stocks make the perfect portfolio, how much cash to save for the next down market, how to add to winners, and much more.
Spring is here! The air is warming, cherry trees have peaked, and showers are bringing flowers. But if you Google “April” today, your first page of results will be all about April the Giraffe and her brand new, web-cam-friendly calf. David doesn’t mention any of this specifically in today’s show, but he does pick 5 stocks that he thinks will go giraffishly up. We’ll check back in 3 years to see how these stocks have performed, and to see if anyone remembers our long-necked YouTube sensation.
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In the early years of The Motley Fool, an unlikely opportunity came knocking. This is the tale of how David almost became the next Warrior Princess -- and a lesson in how keeping the long game in mind will help you in life, in business, and in investing.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (and a silver sixpence in her shoe)” traditionally refers to what a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck. No wedding bells here today, but we’re borrowing the old, familiar rhyme to rein in an otherwise disparate collection of Rule Breaking investing thoughts. Spoiler alert: At the end, David will be talking about his beloved – and blue – alma mater.
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Today's mailbag is overstuffed with your excellent contributions! We talk about how to keep cool in the face of big losers, relay a life-hack to make you happy, debut a new investing term, and even leave you with a tune worth whistling. All this and more in the March mailbag!
This week we look at Malcolm Gladwell’s 2009 New Yorker article, “How David Beats Goliath” and extract three inspiring investing lessons. Gladwell spells out the hidden advantages of being the “underdog” in a way well-suited to our Rule Breaker investing style.
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Often the best way to improve our investing is to improve our thinking. And to improve our thinking, it’s often helpful to reach outside of the disciplines of investing and business. Today we delve into the teachings of education reformer, Deborah Meier, and the “5 Habits of Mind” that she believes should be taught to all 21st Century students. Perhaps these habits should be taught to 21st Century investors as well!
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