Stock Safety: The Missing Link – "Knowing how safe (or risky) a stock is, can make the difference between making you a winner or loser as an investor"
Timing the Market "A System that has Never Failed" – "Being on the wrong side of the market is the worst thing that can happen to an investor. It doesn't have to happen to you."
The Five Greatest Stock Market Myths – We dispel the five greatest stock market myths.
The Election Cycle – "A prosperous economy and a booming stock market virtually guarantee re-election of an incumbent administration."
Teeny Boppers: Low-Priced Stocks With Explosive Price Appreciation Potential – "Many people resist buying stocks hitting new highs because the big guys, i.e., high-priced stocks, get all the attention. This problem is easily solved by buying low-priced stocks hitting new highs.
Knowledgeable Investors – "Knowledgeable investors know that information is unlikely to be reliable unless the cause and effect relationships within the data have been tested and verified."
Managing Your Portfolio – "Good portfolio management starts with selecting the right stocks."
Stock Valuation and Stock Market Cycles – "Astute investors know that three powerful forces drive the stock market."
Earnings Growth: The Golden Touch – "Companies must grow to stay alive. Taxes, inflation and spending erode a company's wealth just as they do yours."
America's Safest Growth and Income Stocks – "As the market changes with the economic cycle, investors must constantly adjust their focus."
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Ta-Nehisi Coates In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.
Ta-Nehisi Coates “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” Read More »
Health Anxiety: how to overcome your fear of illness. Some people can become obsessive about having a disease despite evidence to the absence of the disease. That is not normal, It is an anxiety disorder called hypochondria
If health anxiety consumes your life, you need to get help. If you experience troubling symptoms of any disease, it’s only natural to worry about your health. But if your health anxiety persists even after doctors tell you they can find nothing wrong, it may be hurting you more than it helps. You might research medical conditions on the internet, exercise constantly, or check your body for signs of disease, all the while growing more and more consumed by worry. And that worry has consequences of its own—the never-ending cycle of anxiety can all but destroy your quality of life.
If you’re ready to stop being overly preoccupied with fears about your health, Overcoming Health Anxiety offers an evidence-based approach called cognitive behavioral therapy to help you get started. You’ll learn the difference between people with health anxiety and hypochondriacs, find the root of your health anxiety, and challenge illness-related thoughts. In time, you’ll drastically reduce your fears and enjoy a life free from recurring health-related worries. Read More »
Multitasking: does the brain perform complex multiple tasks simultaneously or intermittently?
If someone were to say to you out of the blue that the brain does not multitask, that would sound pretty stupid. It is obvious that a person who is awake appears to be multitasking all the time. While the person utters such a statement, he or she could be walking, driving, flying a kite, holding a baby, or performing other tasks. The brain is equipped with independent functional centers that allow you to perform unrelated tasks. Hence, you can speak and punch someone at the same time. If you want to see an example, just watch Mohamed Ali fight. When the football player Carli Lloyd is about to perform a penalty kick, she looks at the ball while aiming at her target. A person holding a press conference keeps the microphone close to his or her mouth while looking at the audience and thinking as he or she speaks. Speaking is a simple task, but public speaking requires abstract thinking, which is a complex task. These are all examples of multitasking using a combination of simple and complex tasks. However, multiple activities requiring deep/abstract thinking cannot be adequately performed simultaneously.
While it is obvious that the brain can multitask, people (even scholars) often confuse intermittent tasking with multitasking–the ability to perform multiple tasks at the same time. In a situation where two people address you simultaneously, your first reaction is to say “one at a time”. Obviously, you are unable to pay attention to and process both types of information simultaneously. When they address you one at a time, your brain is performing the tasks intermittently. That is intermittent tasking. Consider the following example. You stepped out for one hour and left your 6-month old boy with a babysitter. When you returned she told you that the baby was asleep in his crib. She said that he just fell asleep, but she changed his diaper, bottle fed him, and fetched some coffee. She also told you on her way out that there is a load of laundry in the washer. You uttered “you did all of this, wow!” “I can multitask,” she responded. Obviously, she did little multitasking. Most of what she did was intermittent tasking. Even if physically she had the capability of doing all of these simultaneously, the brain is not capable of such complex multitasking as each activity requires special attention to be efficiently performed.
While babysitting, bottle feeding and changing diapers were definitely done at different times. After putting the baby boy in his crib, she then made coffee and subsequently did some laundry. Obviously, all these tasks are integrated in the main task of babysitting. That would be integrative tasking. Importantly, if there were no crib available to keep the baby secure, performing all these tasks could have endangered the life of the baby. Some of these tasks, particularly the laundry, would not be so integrative but instead would be a distraction from the obligation to look after the little boy.
Integrative tasking can be quite impractical sometimes. Texting, engaging in intense conversations, and pressing buttons on the dashboard of your car while driving are all distractive tasks that can get you killed. These activities require abstract thinking, and without being aware, you are taking time out of your driving to perform these activities. Your driving activity becomes a passive task. The brain is incapable of efficiently performing that level of multitasking. In essence, you just let the car continue while you are not controlling it. You could easily leave the road or bump into another car that just came to a full stop.
In summary, it is not stupid to say that the brain cannot multitask in the context of activities involving complex abstract thinking. These activities require constant attention and can only be performed intermittently. In the context of such activities, be aware that the brain does not really multitask! What we commonly refer to as multitasking is in reality intermittent or integrative tasking: diverting your attention from one task to another! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.