Yale Bock Blog | Powell, Strong Jobs Report Offset Apple Warning, Slowing China as Stocks Rise!" | Talkmarkets
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Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

Powell, Strong Jobs Report Offset Apple Warning, Slowing China as Stocks Rise!"

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson

As I have gotten older, the term ‘work-life’ balance has gained more credibility. Many people in the world have to work long hours to provide for their families. Lots of individuals have multiple jobs as a way to help make ends meet, or potentially save money. You often read about highly successful individuals bragging about how they only sleep three or four hours per night. In nearly any profession, usually the people who rise to the top are hard workers, and they also think strategically and tactically, although they might never say so. There is a point for those people where putting in so much time career time begins to take away from their family lives. Personally, as I get older, the importance of having more balance between work and family creates a question of where to allocate time and how to do so effectively. Evaluating alternatives is part of the dilemma and is an ongoing battle, which I would imagine is the case for a lot of people. In the same way you try to create a good balance of allocating your time, considering where you want to place capital and how much of it you want to put there requires analysis and decisions about which areas you don’t want to be in and where you do. In a well balanced portfolio, there are going to be holdings where there are gains, some which create income, and some where you are looking further out for capital appreciation. Usually the capital appreciation entities have something going on which will take some time to play out. Often, the investments you make today don’t reap rewards for six months to a year, or maybe more. I used to tell people, and still believe this to be the case, that once you buy a stock you shouldn’t expect much from it for six months. The longer I have been exposed to the investment world, the more I believe that to be true, especially so with equities. You don’t quite know how effective your analysis was, and only time reveals the truth. So, keep Mr. Stevenson’s wise words in your head when you are evaluating how your holdings are treating you.

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Yale Bock 2 months ago Author's comment

Hi Breaking Bad,

Thanks for the comment- glad it gave some perspective. Good luck with your investments.

YB

BreakingBad News 2 months ago Member's comment

The comparison of $AAPL to $JPM really puts things in perspective.