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Worthy and Profitable Investments Rolly A. Chabot
When a man has a great deal of time to think, well there are times when he can come up with some ideas. Today was one of those as I sat watching the markets drop again. All it takes is a small shockwave to begin in the financial world and things begin to tumble.
People are much the same really, some small thing arrises in their lives and they tumble as well. So we are here to talk a little on the subject of investing.
Please do gather around and settle in as I begin to ramble on about the practical side of life. Don't worry I will not be brow beating you. Instead I will challenge you on the subject of investing. Please take a seat and the coffee is fresh... this is a place where I hope tour are assured you are safe and loved... hugs to each of you. Should you find something that peeks your interest, feel free to leave a comment. They are always appreciated and well a sign someone is ready....
I began to dabble a little in the stock markets several years ago. Small stuff really until I nailed an up and coming startup company, I invested heavily as I felt it was a good bet. It was an exceptional find as my return when I sold was well over 600% This company had an amazing portfolio and was involved in a very lucrative gold mine in South America.
Like most things in life if it sounds to go to be true, well chances are it is not true. I bought in at the right time is all. I was one of the few who actually received monies, far too many lost dearly. The company as it turn out was no more that a huge scam. 6 months later all the assets were tied up in court and remained that way for years. The larger investors got their money, the smaller ones .20 cents on the dollar was considered better than nothing.
At one time I heard silver was on the rise and I took all I had and bought silver. We later learned the Hunt Brothers had manipulated the price of silver by buying up all the world reserves. Again I sold at the right time and did very well.
In the Yukon I bought raw nugget gold for pennies on the dollar from the miners well into the night life. They are a different kind of breed. To them it was easy come, easy go. I kept tossing it into an old tobacco tin over the years. The markets at the time peaked at 950 dollars per ounce. I was told to sell then and I did, yet today it sits at 1220 dollars per ounce. It was also the right time, I sold and did very well.
I could go on to tell you some of the losses but will leave that to your imagination. Trust me they were painful. The best way into the markets is when everyone else is selling, that is time you want to buy. Do you homework and follow the trends. Buy what the big boys are buying and sell when they sell. Today I invest in Canadian Bank stocks only and I stay middle of the road. No more high risk portfolios for me. Way to risky in the world economy, Bank Stocks continuously boast a profit.
Enough of the chatter about stocks and bonds... we are heading another direction but I wanted to introduce you to something entirely different, but first I wanted to give you an example. .
We have a great resource we often forget about investing in, people. It matters not if they are rich or poor, anything we can invest with is good.
The analogy of investing when markets are down can be applied to people as well. It does not have to be money, it can be time and providing encouragement. When I look back over my life and the Lost Years" I can recall a half dozen people who invested in me, each in their own way. They gave me wisdom, guidance and direction in what seemed at the time the bottom of the barrel.
Once a person has hit rock bottom without anywhere to turn is when you as a friend or complete stranger can come along and make the difference. Once you have been there and had someone give you moral and emotional support you will never forget the hell you came from. The time and effort you put forward will come back to you many times over as you watch them begin the journey back.
Yes I know there are people out there whom have become completely dependant on the system and they can and likely will bleed you dry of your own emotional strength. I have seen it many times over. Invest in people you know who are willing to help themselves. Without sounding judgemental all you have to do is look at their track record and I think you will see what I mean.
Profit and Returns
It is a true blessing to sit back and watch people after they have come back from despair. They get it and are more likely to do the same for another whom is down. That in itself is the profit you will realize. I have met several people online who have shared their struggles with me. Through emails and calls I have watched them climb from the ashes.
Take a few moments during your day and think of someone who could use a kind word, maybe a card of appreciation or better yet to have you come alongside of them in person and listen. Listening is the key, a small nudge now and again does not hurt. Something interesting happens to people when they let it all out. The confusion and anxiety seems to vanish. A Bible Scripture comes to mind that says "The truth will set you free." It may be taken out of the original context but does it not apply to every day living. When another bares their soul to you, they become free of what ever is holding them back. It is a good thing to sit and listen and comfort.
I encourage everyone to take the time to invest into the life of another. If you are struggling yourself don't hesitate to call on a trusted friend. Never suffer alone as the problem simply compounds itself, the mind can be your worst enemy. It is a calling we all have to care and love each other. Make the best investment you can and watch the rewards come back to you.
© Rolly A. Chabot