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Investment Analyst Reports

On 04/07/2013, in Equities, Investment Concepts, by Jordan Wilson

I do not believe small investors should invest in individual stocks.

Limited capital makes it difficult to diversify portfolios and increases transaction costs.

Smaller investors typically lack the investment expertise, experience, and tools to successfully analyze stocks or time markets.

Stick with low-cost, well-diversified exchange traded and open-ended index mutual funds.

The reality though is that many smaller investors do invest in individual stocks. A high percentage rely on analyst reports to help them select which equities to buy.

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Statistics

On 07/18/2011, in Career, Informal Education, by Jordan Wilson

Whenever I see statistics used in support of an argument I get a little suspicious.

And I am often reminded of a quote attributed to Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Now I am not saying that statistics are necessarily false. But I am saying that data can often be manipulated to meet the needs of its user. 

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