heroes finance, stocks, investments

Heroes Finance 101: Stocks and the Stock Market

Let’s learn about stocks and investing.  Does that thought give you the creeps?  I hope that this article will help alleviate that and give enough background to at least help you be less worried about the endeavor of looking at the stock market.

My goal here is not only helping you to understand what’s going on with your own investment portfolio or retirement, but also giving you enough information to know what your investment advisor is talking about or possibly, if you’re brave enough, to begin playing the market and choosing your own stocks.

 

What Exactly is a Stock?

To begin with, the terms “stocks” and “equities” are sometimes used interchangeably.  This is because owning stock is literally owning

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Special Forces in Niger: Commentary from a Former Green Beret Who Helped Start the Mission a Decade Ago

I’ve been watching the news with clenched teeth and a heavy heart for the past few weeks, hearing all of the nonsense regarding the tragedy in Niger and understanding just how juvenile both the “journalists” reporting on the subject and politicians discussing it are.  

I say this because as a US Army Special Forces Medic (18D) I was attached to one of the first ODAs into Niger a decade ago, and wrote about that experience in my book, “Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for a Green Beret in Post-9/11 War,” which was published in 2012.

I actually took the time to go through the Pentagon’s Office of Security Review and receive clearance

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Heroes Finance 101 : Introduction

What do you know about money, finance, investing and retirement savings?  If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, probably not much.  Do your eyes gloss over when the news starts talking about the economy or someone at your work begins talking about retirement plans?  

Join the club.

I was in your boat not that long ago.  My family left me some money when my grandparents passed away, and even though I had a trust-appointed financial advisor, I had no clue what he was talking about.  He’d recommend stocks and I pretty much just followed him blindly.  And then the internet bubble burst in 2000 and “blue chip” stocks that made up much of my portfolio became worthless overnight.

When

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The Effectiveness of “You’re Fired”

Anyone who has spent time at any Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) facility, large military unit or governmental office knows the greatest weakness of government: the near impossibility of firing sub-par workers.  It is finally one of the issues being brought up in the attempt to overhaul the VA, but most other governmental agencies have yet to follow suit.

I want to add here that I’m not saying ALL government employees, VA personnel or DoD civilian contractors are sub-par workers.  I have met quite a few whose tireless dedication to their job and the people they support is a beacon of hope for the rest of the organization.  But the other ones drag them down like a rock shackled to …

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The True Face of Socialism in Venezuela

 

The terms “socialist” and “fascist” have seen a wide resurgence in use leading up to and since the last presidential election.  And in concert with the current trajectory of our society, in many cases the usage was absolutely wrong.  I saw a video on Facebook with someone claiming that the definition of fascist was recently changed in dictionaries to include the term “extreme right wing,” but a simple check online proved that to be fake news.

Socialism, however, is a very scary principle that many of our nation and her youth don’t have an accurate grasp of, but of late they have been easily misguided by wolves in sheep’s clothing to extol the virtues of a social and political …

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