Have you ever wondered what stock market professionals and equity analysts talk about in their spare time? Recently, the Bloomberg website featured a debate about something that is getting a lot of attention recently: the historically high, and still-rising U.S. stock market valuations. People have been willing to pay more, and more, and more for a dollar of corporate earnings. What does that mean about future returns?
A recent Wall Street Journal article, citing a study by the Center for Research in Security Prices, tells us something remarkable about the times we are investing in: the number of stocks on the U.S. market has quietly diminished by more than half over the last 20 years. In November 1997, investors could choose from 7,355 U.S. stocks. Today, there are fewer than 3,600.
How well do you connect with other people in informal social occasions? If you tend to be shy or awkward at cocktail parties or networking events, it can be bad for your career and rob you of connection with others who might become friends or mentors.
You’ve read that robots, automation and artificial intelligence are likely to displace millions of workers in the coming ten to 20 years. So if you or someone you care about wants to stay ahead of that curve, what skills would you need to make you an ideal worker in that automated future?
The U.S. unemployment rate has dipped below 5%, a recovery of jobs that nobody could have expected when we were in the teeth of the Great Recession. But the wealth of jobs is spread unevenly among U.S. states.
Chances are you’ve never paid anybody to have lunch with you, but chances are you aren’t Warren Buffett either. Every year, the Sage from Omaha hosts an auction, with the highest bidder getting to join Buffett for lunch and bring seven guests—with the proceeds going to charity. The winner in this, the 18th year of the auction, came in at $2.67 million, which is actually below last year’s winning bid, of $3.46 million.
Are you a Beatles fan? If you are, you might be interested to know that Bill Wyman, former bass player with the Rolling Stones and professional photographer, has ranked all 213 songs the Fab Four produced, from worst to best, with an insider’s analysis of the music and formulation of each song—and criticism (for the worst) and praise (for the best) mixed in.