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Old 06-12-2008, 04:54 PM   #21
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I remember the name "H*O*C*U*S"! What happened to him? Why couldn't I write his name regular? Did I miss something?
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:12 PM   #22
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I am not sure of the connection between Rob and H O C U S. I just know they share similar nutty withdrawal strategies.

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Old 06-12-2008, 07:17 PM   #23
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I am not sure of the connection between Rob and H O C U S. I just know they share similar nutty withdrawal strategies.

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Old 06-12-2008, 08:42 PM   #24
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I go through so many websites in a week that I actually categorize them among "local", "national", "daily", and "weekly". And I read a lot of print media, to.

Many times I'll read a book or an article and think "Wow, great stuff!" Then I'll spend time on their blog (Philip Greenspun, Scott Berkun) and find out that they're much better in a book or an article. Or their blogs will just be an endless series of cryptic links (Dave Barry) when what I really want to do is read their own writings. Or they'll go off on some tangent (Scott Adams) and take weeks to return to the reasons I started reading them in the first place.

No way would I be able to add more blogs to my daily routine, and I don't want to have to wade through acres of swampland seeking yet another guru or linker. I find that the best way to stay up on the topics I care about is to put keywords into Google Alerts and sort through the daily half-dozen e-mails.

Otherwise I'd be spending entire days sitting here...
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:50 AM   #25
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Hi Folks.

I found this ER Forum by looking for info on The Oxford Club. But I got sent to a thread that was 2 years old. I enjoyed the wit of the writers on that thread so I looked for posts by some of those folks.

That brought me to this thread.

I am pretty much a novice investor and have hired a financial advisor to do it for me.
I pay a pretty penny for his help but sometimes wonder if I'm getting my money's worth.

Do you guys have any words of wisdom about how I can fairly evaluate his work (results).

Also, I'd love to have more knowledge and maybe do some smaller investing on my own. Any help for a novice in terms of getting prepared to do this would be appreciated. Jo
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:09 AM   #26
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Because I am Canadian and spend half a year in Mexico, I look for a quick synopsis of US happenings (30% of portfolio on average). Also I am not an index investor except for offshore. Still have not found the perfect balance.

I have been cured of the talking head syndrone though...
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:52 AM   #27
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Hi Folks.

I found this ER Forum by looking for info on The Oxford Club. But I got sent to a thread that was 2 years old. I enjoyed the wit of the writers on that thread so I looked for posts by some of those folks.

That brought me to this thread.

I am pretty much a novice investor and have hired a financial advisor to do it for me.
I pay a pretty penny for his help but sometimes wonder if I'm getting my money's worth.

Do you guys have any words of wisdom about how I can fairly evaluate his work (results).

Also, I'd love to have more knowledge and maybe do some smaller investing on my own. Any help for a novice in terms of getting prepared to do this would be appreciated. Jo

Do some searching through this site for recommended books. Read them all. Follow with intelligent questions to this Forum. Then assess your FA. If you read and understand the books you will probably not need him.
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:21 PM   #28
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In case, anybody missed it. Xin Lu posted a terrific article yesterday. A perfect example of why I recommended Wise Bread as a most useful Financial Blog. (shameless promotion? I have no connection to Wise Bread other than as a reader.)

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