Always Read Beyond The Headlines

Headlines are fascinating things. Absolutely fascinating.

Too often, we read them and think we’ve got the gist of the story. In which case, why should we click through?

We’re busy people with places to go and things to do!

If that’s your mentality – and, let’s face it, it probably is to some degree or another. We all do it from time to time with some topic or another – then consider these two headlines:

  • “Airbnb Beats on Top and Bottom Line for Q2,” from Yahoo Finance
  • “Airbnb Cuts Loss, Shares Fall as Covid Clouds Forecast,” from Fox Business.

Now, the one was published on Thursday afternoon at 12:24. The other says it was updated around 5:30 Fridaymorning.

But both are featured prominently enough on their respective hosting pages to capture plenty of attention.

So if all you do is read the first headline, you might conclude that Airbnb (ABNB) is worth investing in. Which it might be.

And if all you do is read the second headline, you might conclude that Airbnb isn’t worth investing. Which it might not be.

You’re not going to know one way or the other though without reading past the headlines. Or even past the articles. Successful investing requires more commitment than reading a news story or two.

That’s part of why I provide these hodge-podge informational segments that don’t always directly deal with real estate investment trusts (REITs). In this case, of course, AirBNB is a direct competitor to hotel REITs, so it’s more obviously relevant.

That’s not the case with the next segment. It delves into different areas of the global economy that help make up a single big picture.

Which is still something very much worth knowing about.

Inflation Keeps Coming Up (Sorry)

For starters, Yahoo Finance reports that:

Oil prices fell on Friday morning amid concerns about global trade after China closed part of the world’s third-busiest port.

All container services at Ningbo-Zhoushan port’s Meishan terminal have been halted until further noticed after a worker at the port contracted Covid-19…

The Meishan terminal closure is likely to worsen fears about global supply chain issues, which is fueling global inflation.

The port closure “could add to global supply chain disruptions and become something the market cares about in fairly short order,” said AJ Bell financial analyst Danni Hewson.

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Brad Thomas is the Editor of the Forbes Real Estate Investor.

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William K. 1 month ago Member's comment

It is a given that headlines are carefully worded propaganda intended to attract attention and boost sales. Any relation to reality is secondary. Thus it is indeedALWAYS important to see the rest of the article following those headlines.

I learned this back in nineth grade from probably the best school teacher in my high school career. That woman went beyond the minimum course requirements. Now, sixty years later, her lessons are still valuable.