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Why are small cap and value stocks outperforming as of late? Thumbnail

Why are small cap and value stocks outperforming as of late?

When you’re shopping for toothpaste, you might check the price tag before heading to the counter to make the purchase. If you happen to find a 12oz tube of Colgate for $4 and a 12oz tube of Crest for $3, odds are you are going to go with the Crest – its human nature to pay less if your “expected return” will be the same. In the case of toothpaste, you’re getting fluoride from either option, but paying less makes the return on that investment higher. You care what things cost and price matters, it’s why price-tags are front and center for nearly everything you can purchase – clothes, cars, food, travel etc. This theory can and should be applied when making investment decisions as well, no matter what “environment” we’re in.

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SPACS, NFTs, and Other Creatures

The movement roughly launched in January 2021, when a Reddit-driven rally abruptly sent the prices of several unloved stocks like GameStop through the roof. More recently, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have captured a lot of attention. “When SPAC-Man Chamath Palihapitiya Speaks, Reddit and Wall Street Listen,” observed a recent Wall Street Journal column. “Amateur traders hang on [Palihapitiya’s] every word for clues about his next target—and for the insults he hurls at the high-finance elite.”

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Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About? Part 3: Trading in Cryptocurrency

What’s a bitcoin worth? A dollar? $100? $1 million? The answer to that has been one of the most volatile bouncing balls the market has seen since tulip mania in the 1600s. As described in this Wall Street Journal piece, bitcoin was trading for around $7,000 per coin in early 2020; as of February 20, 2021, the price topped $55,000. By the time you’re reading this piece, there’s not much stopping it from being worth far more than that … or far less.

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Investing Is Not a Game

“You can’t invest without trading, but you can trade without investing. … [T]hinking you’re investing when all you’re doing is trading is like trying to run a marathon by doing 26 one-mile sprints right after the other.” — Jason Zweig Are you out of breath trying to keep up with the breaking news about GameStop and all the other red-hot trades o’ the day? Here’s a synopsis (to date), and what it means to you as an investor.

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Cryptocurrency: What’s It All About? Part 2: Spending Cryptocurrency

In part 1 of our three-part series, we introduced cryptocurrency in general. Next, let’s explore the challenges and opportunities that exist for those hoping to earn, store, and spend their bitcoin or similar cryptoassets. The Crypto-Possibilities As described in part 1, cryptocurrency is typically driven “by and for the people” in peer-to-peer exchanges. At least in theory, this permits it to flow more quickly and cheaply, with fewer fees and administrative hurdles. Ideally, cryptocurrency offers the potential to:

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