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Visionaries and the Stock Market: An Introduction

Consider that one may think of certain equities investors, who may possess the ability gained through education and/or long experience, to anticipate the probable long term future direction of the stock prices of individual companies or the stock market in general, as investors with both vision and conviction.

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Why I Sold Part of My Gold Position after a Six Year Hold

I bought gold bars and coins in 2003 at $354, $377 and $383.50 per troy ounce, and in 2004 at $431 per troy ounce. I purchased gold coins in 2009 at $1000 per ounce. I also purchased silver bullion this year.

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Would You Rather Be a Trader or an Investor?

As the U.S. stock market neared a bottom in February 2009 during the financial meltdown, the equities market were in the author's opinion trading at very cheap levels. Reizner described in this post how two styles of stock market participants: short-term traders and those who invest for the long term are diametrically opposed. John stated in 2009 that it might be better to be a long term investor and for investors to enter the market at what turned out to be very opportune levels.

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Hedge Funds, Derivatives, Debt, China and the Risk of Systemic Market Panic

It seems that with every significant market swoon, commentators come out of the woodwork on financial television and speak of the risk of systemic risk to the financial markets, more recently from hedge fund or complex derivative blow ups, or events from China. I think there is always the risk, however small, that such an event could occur and cause a large scale meltdown, and we would be foolhardy to say this would never happen.

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