Warren Buffett and Aesop on the time value of money and some additional observations.
One of the core principles of modern value investing: the margin of safety.
How Warren Buffett views the price of a company relative to what it's really worth, and how to use that when buying stocks.
A primer on what stocks to buy during rising and high inflation.
How Warren Buffett thinks about jumping in and out of the market, and some sage advice on how to invest.
A quick primer on things you can do before, during, and after a bear market.
How to use efficient market hypothesis (EMT) and the so-called "wisdom of the crowd" as a value investor.
Accumulating wealth is always possible if you can accomplish these things.
Russian rubles, lost decades, and the gold standard: here are three less-studied stock market crashes we can learn from today.
Buying stocks with a plan, and a mostly clever baseball analogy.
If a stock is crashing in price, you might not want to buy it just yet.
Buffett famously shifted his approach to value investing, but what did he leave behind?
Navigating through the complex ways nations interact, and how that affects your portfolio in uncertain times.
Thinking about your portfolio as though you're operating a convenience store may be a helpful thing to keep in mind.
Publicly-traded companies all report earnings, but what does it mean to have an earnings "miss" or "beat"? How can you use this to determine how a company is doing and whether it's a buy or a sell? Here's what you need to know.
"Cash is trash," except for when you really need it.
Stocks go up and down, sometimes seemingly for no reason at all. Why do they behave the way they do? Here's some insight.
Trouble choosing stocks? Knowing whether to buy a stock or not is an incredible ability, but where do the ideas come from in the first place? Here's what you need to know.
How to calculate the discount rate to use when doing discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis of a stock.
Have you ever heard someone say "it's a market of stocks, not a stock market"? If you're confused by this statement, you're not alone. What does this classic common investing refrain mean? Here's a quick breakdown.
What is a cyclical stock? And why should you strategize differently when considering buying or selling one? Here are some answers from a value-oriented investor with a long-term view.
Why does the overnight lending rate have anything to do with the price of stocks in your portfolio? Here's the answer.
If you're interested in maximizing your returns and you have the bandwidth to sell covered calls, you can construct a conservative portfolio with better-than-average returns. Here's what you need to know about covered call portfolios.
"Don't lose money" is a great rule, but there's one that's even more important for any investor to keep in mind: don't risk what you have for what you don't need. Here's what that means.
Looking at the value of a stock through the lenses of macroeconomic conditions, technical indicators, and fundamental analysis can provide a much fuller picture for any value investor.
Due diligence is just one method you can use to learn about a particular stock.
Here are the three components that make up the return on any stock investment: capital appreciation, dividends, and options strategies.
When calculating intrinsic value, it can be helpful to have 3 probability-weighted, projected scenarios mapped out in order to dial in a specific number.
Value investing and options seem to go together like ice cream and thumbtacks. However, a covered call strategy can fit in extremely well with a catalyst-based value investing strategy. Here's what you need to know.
Changes in P/E (price to equity) over time can factor into your valuation process and purchase decisions. Learn why this is important and how to use this information.
Knowing when to sell can be one of the toughest decisions for a value investor. Here's a trick to help you monitor your portfolio for opportunities to exit.
This article is a 30,000-foot view of the entire process of identifying, buying, selling, and managing a portfolio of self-picked stocks.
Use this 7-point checklist to confirm that your stock purchase decision is grounded in reality and facts.
"Avoid the downside, and the upside takes care of itself." Here are three of the most common mistakes investors make when buying stocks.
Understanding the difference between a permanent loss of capital and temporary price fluctuation—and how uncertainty affects both—is crucial to becoming a market-beating investor.
Using subtraction instead of addition and maintaining a margin of safety can help you to follow Buffett's famed rule number one: Never lose money. His second rule is don't forget rule number one.
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) valuation has only two components, at its core: the cash the business produces for you (discounted back to what it's worth today), and what you could sell the business (or assets) for at some future time. This is all about the latter.
The lessons from quantum mechanics and relativity have a great deal to teach a thoughtful investor. Here are some of the key lessons I've taken from the world of physics.
Seth Klarman, Howard Marks, and Mohnish Pabrai are three of the 21st century's greatest value investors. This article discusses some of their main concepts and explains where to learn more about all three of them.
Switching mindsets between long and short-term investing and trading can allow you to preserve your gains while maintaining a value-investing philosophy.
"One Up on Wall Street" gave investors in the 1990s a great deal to think about. Here are some of Peter Lynch's most important criteria for buying and selling stocks.
If you're overwhelmed by the prospect of building a portfolio from scratch and don't know where to start, this simple, three-step process might help.
Dividend growth investing? It's really important to understand how to read this metric.
How to participate in democracy in order to ensure that democracy itself continues to exist.
If you're interested in individual stock picking, a Roth IRA is a must-have, especially if you're likely to be very active.
Demystifying what to do with your stock portfolio can be difficult. Here are some incredibly simple rules to follow to help ensure that you maintain a diversified, value-oriented portfolio that performs better than the market over time.
I've run two businesses for nearly two decades, and over the course of those 20 or so years, I've made many, many mistakes when it comes to goal-setting. In this article, I share what has worked and what hasn't.
This article offers a quick primer on the good, the bad, and the ugly of inflation as it pertains to buying and selling stocks.
This article provides a brief introduction to the various components of a company's valuation.
Dollar-cost averaging into the S&P 500 might not work out as well as you think over the next decade or two. Here are some important things to think about when it comes to building a portfolio that will be successful in the long term.
If your main goal is to grow a passive income stream, dividend-growth investing may be your best bet. Here are some basics.
Take the mystery out of stock investing by measuring your results and challenging your assumptions like a scientist.
If you minimize the downside of your portfolio, the upside will often take care of itself. Focus on the downside!
There's a better way to rewire your brain so that your investing habits are automatically implemented into your stock research, buying, and selling routing.
This article provides a compendium of resources you can use to research value-investing strategies, including YouTube channels, books, blogs, newsletters, and more.
What's the most important thing to measure in business? Answer: your overall effectiveness.
Different strategies and styles of value investing, including dividend growth, cigar butts, and contrarianism.
Here is a definition of contrarian investing, by way of showcasing 5 different types of contrarianism in the investing world.
Several lessons from economics can apply to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and vice versa. Here are some of the main lessons that carry across both disciplines.
Having the discipline to stick to a plan is crucial for knowing when to sell your stocks.
This article outlines my personal strategy for buying and selling stocks. I practice value investing and use risk management, following the lead of great investors and learning from my own experiences.
The 2021 Gamestop Short Squeeze initiated by Reddit followers on the WallStBets forum explained, along with ideas about long term implications.
Finding lessons with my mentor during the rock bottom of the stock market, April 2020, in a trial by fire.
A look back at conversations with one of my investing mentors right as the covid crash of 2020 was beginning, including the lead-up to it in February.
The irony is not lost on me: the Oracle of Omaha frequently talks about the correlation between "owner's earnings" and value, but Berkshire Hathaway has yet to ever pay a dividend.
A recently minted value investor jumps into the fray during one of the market's most volatile periods, with some coaching from 20-year vet whose main emphasis is risk management with some tangential knowledge of different investment accounts, products, and diversification factors.
We will examine three of Warren Buffett's most insightful quotes used to explain the investing landscape.
Update on how Bombas from Shark Tank Season 6, Episode 1 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Why is the stock market going up during bad economic times? Great question, and maybe not as insane as it might seem at first glance.
Update on how Voyage Air Guitar from Shark Tank Season 1, Episode 3 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how The Paint Brush Cover from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 22 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how Rugged Maniac from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 22 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how Ava the Elephant from Shark Tank Season 1, Episode 1 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how Breathomoeter from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 2 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how FiberFix from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 6 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how U-Lace from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 19 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how Hamboards from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 4 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how Lockerbones from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 14 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Four analogies that aptly (hopefully) describe the stock market, so you can better understand how to invest.
Update on how Rapid Ramen Cooker from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 3 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how The Freeloader kids' backpack from Shark Tank Season 5, Episode 3 has done since airing on the show, whether the deal went through, and how they're doing today.
Update on how Mr. Tod's Pie Factory has done since airing on the show "Shark Tank."
Learn 10 simple rules to follow for running a business!
Grey Goo for Dummies: a Layman's Breakdown of the Realities of the Nanotechnology "Worst Case" Scenario
Want to have your mind blown as you're falling asleep? Consider the cyclic model of the universe, in which everything is annihilated periodically, only to be created once again anew.
What the heck is the Higgs boson, and what's the Higgs field? This will be a lot easier to understand than you might think, and at the very least, you'll be able to sleep easier!
Is it possible that we're living in a simulated universe? It might be more conceivable than you think. Here's why!
Perhaps transhumanists (or "singularitarians") are asking the wrong questions. Maybe we shouldn't be asking when the technological singularity will happen, but rather how long it has been happening.
Nanotechnology is not a complicated notion, but it sure can sound fancy. If you've heard about it but you'd like to learn a little more, here's a quick primer on nanotech.
Gazing out in wonder at the immensity of the universe, or peering within at the scale of the atomic particles, it's important to note that it's almost all empty space.
Sitting at the airport, I looked around and was startled to realize I was far better prepared than almost everyone for every step of the journey. Here are things I do differently than most.
Sort of a "Physics for Dummies" look at the force of gravity. What makes it so "weak" when we obviously feel its powerful effects every day? Doesn't gravity dominate the universe?
This is the plan that has worked really well for me. I am over the age of 40, and I continue to remain very active.
More than a decade ago, I quit drinking. Over the course of the last five years, I've increased my productivity dramatically, accomplishing business and personal goals galore. Here's how I did it.
Did you know that you can contract nasty skin infections while training yourself in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? These include ringworm, staph, and even MRSA. Learn how to protect yourself from them.
If you have a big heart for our four-legged furry friends and want to help out with making the quality of a dog's life better, here are three simple ways you can make a huge impact even if you can't adopt.
Saving money isn't easy. Whether you're interested in investing for the future, or just to have some money put away for a "rainy day" or emergency, saving money when you don't have much can be tough. Here are some tips.
We've seen enormous progress that has changed our mentality about the way we live. Could childbirth be next?
Where are we going, and how did we get here? These are the two most important questions we can ask ourselves as a species, and here are some speculative answers based on today's best evidence.
We look back with nostalgia on the 1980s right now, and during the 80s, we looked back on the 50s. But how good were these times? Let's take a slightly closer look at the big picture.
My nonfiction reading list has been all over the place the last few years, from history to how social systems operate, to nanotechnology and beyond. The really important ones have common traits.
There are certain "life hacks" that you have to experience out of necessity in order to learn, and being in a punk rock band in the late 90s was a great, if brief, experience.
Ever have a hard time falling asleep at night, but don't want to turn on the lights to do some reading? If you enjoy thinking about the universe, these thought experiments will blow your mind.