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Hedge Fund Manager Gives Advice to Those Thinking About Trading Stocks on RobinHood

“There are three levels when it comes to this: Investing, Speculating, and Gambling.”

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Robin Hood, GameStop, and hedge funds are all in the news lately, aren’t they? People have made millions and hedge funds have lost billions and the question for many people is, can I still get in the game?

PolitiCrossing reached out to Joel Block of BullsEye Capital, a California-based hedge fund manager and Venture Capitalist and asked him what he thinks about all of this and whether or not the “little guy” should get involved.

He says that when you are dealing with stocks, there are three levels when it comes to this: Investing, speculating, and gambling. He makes a pretty compelling argument that this specific instance is gambling and how the little guy is going to be left holding the bag. Check it out and comment below about what you think of the video:

Joel Block is a futurist and longtime venture capitalist/hedge fund manager (gobbledygook for professional investor) who lives in a Shark Tank world like on TV. Since selling his publishing company to a Fortune 500, Joel’s keynotes expose Wall Street insights and the inside track on high-velocity innovation for better, faster, and smarter profits – empowering business executives and their teams to “Disrupt Their Competitors’ Future.” He can be found at BullseyeCap.com.

More about Hedge funds from Wikipedia:

A hedge fund is a pooled investment fund that trades in relatively liquid assets and is able to make extensive use of more complex trading, portfolio-construction and risk management techniques to improve performance, such as short selling, leverage, and derivatives. Financial regulators generally restrict hedge fund marketing except to institutional investors, high net worth individuals and others who are considered sufficiently sophisticated.

Hedge funds are regarded as alternative investments. Their ability to make more extensive use of leverage and more complex investment techniques distinguishes them from regulated investment funds available to the retail market, such as mutual funds and ETFs. They are also considered distinct from private-equity funds and other similar closed-end funds, as hedge funds generally invest in relatively liquid assets and are generally open-ended, meaning that they allow investors to invest and withdraw capital periodically based on the fund’s net asset value, whereas private-equity funds generally invest in illiquid assets and only return capital after a number of years. However, other than a fund’s regulatory status there are no formal or fixed definitions of fund types, and so there are different views of what can constitute a “hedge fund.”

Although hedge funds are not subject to many restrictions that apply to regulated funds, regulations were passed in the United States and Europe following the financial crisis of 2007–2008 with the intention of increasing government oversight of hedge funds and eliminating certain regulatory gaps.

Although most modern hedge funds are able to employ a wide variety of financial instruments and risk management techniques, they can be very different from each other with respect to their strategies, risks, volatility and expected return profile. It is common for hedge fund investment strategies to aim to achieve a positive return on investment regardless of whether markets are rising or falling (“absolute return”). Although hedge funds can be considered risky investments, the expected returns of some hedge fund strategies are less volatile than those of retail funds with high exposure to stock markets, because of the use of hedging techniques.

A hedge fund typically pays its investment manager a management fee (for example, 2% (annualized) of the net asset value of the fund), and a performance fee (for example, 20% of the increase in the fund’s net asset value during a year).

Hedge funds have existed for many decades, and have become increasingly popular. They have now grown to be a substantial fraction of the asset management industry, with assets totaling around $3.2 trillion as of 2018. Some hedge fund managers had several billion dollars of assets under management.

Chris is one of the World's Top 50 Speakers, member of the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame, and one of Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He considers it a privilege to be able to speak to people, help them lead successful lives, become extraordinary leaders and, masterful salespeople. Chris has authored twenty books with three million copies in print in 13 languages and over 450 articles on success, leadership, sales and motivation.



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Businesses That Practice The Second Step Succeed at Business Growth

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Business growth is a topic among every business leader.  Business leaders often wonder where they can find the best business advice and counsel to build their business. Although good business counsel can be found in many books, there is only one book that contains all of the best business secrets that business leaders need to know to build a successful business and life.

That sacred book is the Bible. I have studied the Bible for years and have often read the words for encouragement, consolation, improvement, and inspiration. I have also found that it contains the best principles to build a successful and growing business.  As a result businesses that practice the second step succeed at business growth in any economy.

Biblical Principles to Build a Successful Business 

A principle that helps in building a life and building a business is going the second mile. Profitable businesses develop a second-mile mentality. I call this principle the idea of always taking the next or second step. Jesus himself gives this principle in Matthew 5:41. The New Century Version records the statement as, “If someone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles.”

Above all Jesus gives this principle to his followers as a way for them to separate themselves from the culture in which they were living for the purpose of helping others to see Him more clearly. In business, companies also need to separate themselves so that others can see our business more clearly. Every business would be wise to cultivate a second-mile mentality throughout their business.

Too many businesses are expecting second-mile results without giving second-mile service.  

How To Develop a Second Step Mentality To Grow Your Business:

Businesses That Practice Second Step Service Find Unexpected Solutions

As a result of Second-mile or second-step service, it inspires people to find solutions for the customers that both please the customer and serve in the business’s best interest. Customer service is really customer creativity. Every company should free their people to solve the problems that their customers face. 

Chris DeRose and Noel Tichy, in a Harvard Business Review article, write of the importance of empowering all employees. As a result they write, “Frontline workers not only see service breakdowns but also opportunities for serving customers in entirely new ways. Teaching frontline leaders the basics of designing simple experiments enables organizations to test many more ideas than could ever be orchestrated centrally.”

Great companies empower all employees to solve all the problems that all their customers might experience.

Businesses That Practice Second Step Service Show Unexpected Sympathy

Great businesses listen to their customers. These businesses genuinely care about their customers and want to solve their customer’s problems. Customers want to be listened to and understood. Sometimes all a customer really wants is to have someone listen to their concerns and care about the situation. Companies that care about their customers will always have customers to care for.

Companies that care about their customers will always have customers to care for.  

Businesses that Practice Second Step Service Create Unexpected Stories. 

Businesses that focus on customer service create great customer stories. Every company should pay attention to the stories that they create. The possibility of stories can happen daily.  Every day team members can have a focus to creating a new customer story.  So Stories are created when customers are listened to and served well. 

Businesses that Practice Second Step Service Provide Unexpected Service

Businesses that love their customers create new ways to improve their service to their customers. Author Tommy Newberry has written, “Constantly ask yourself how you can increase your service and contribution. Ask, “How can I triple my value to my boss, to my clients, to the marketplace, to my family?” Write it down. No one can do the minimum and reach the maximum.”

When a company creates more value for its customers, its customers create more value for the company.

Many Biblical values make for good business principles. Maybe one of the most important principles is going the second mile. Roger Staubach once quipped that “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” Indeed, businesses and business leaders that choose to go the second mile will find many rewards and benefits.

This article comes from the book “Well Done” The 12 Biblical Business Principles That Leaders Can Use To Grow Their Business and Kingdom Impact. You can get the book at Amazon.

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Covid Didn’t Destroy Businesses. Here’s What Did.

It’s been nearly a year. When will you wake up America?

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Point of clarification: Covid didn’t shutter 1/3 of American small businesses, destroy people’s lives, deny working class and poor children access to education, or rack up trillions of dollars of debt to saddle your grandkids with. Government did those things, not a virus. They seized your civil liberties and your right to assemble too, as the mask-clad Covid crusaders cheered it on. It’s been nearly a year. When will you wake up America?

Commentator Damian Mason lays it all out here:

Damian Mason speaks on the two subjects he knows best: Business and Agriculture. Since 1994, he has spoken to over 2,400 audiences in all 50 states and 7 foreign countries.

Damian is a graduate of Purdue University. He also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City – Chicago. Damian is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the National Speakers Association. He is one of only 17% of NSA members worldwide to hold the Certified Speaking Professional designation.

When he’s not traveling for work, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife Lori or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence.

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