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Looks like markets are off to the races to start the week, and Apple is up about 2% today.  For anybody who’s interested in all things Apple, the new iPhone should be introduced tomorrow.  I’m not really a phone person myself.  I use it for texts and checking Bloomberg quotes, that’s about it.  Honestly I would be just as happy with my old iPhone 3s, but I guess everybody wants the latest and greatest so we’ll see what Apple has in store for the next generation.

I often get asked if I own this stock or that stock, or what do I think about buying XYZ stock.  The truth is, I haven’t really owned any stocks for at least 6 years now.  It’s really important that investors focus on things that suit their personality, and for me buying and holding stocks just isn’t for me.  I’ve dabbled in the past, but my brain just likes a little more action than that.

Funny story though  (or maybe not so funny for me)  back about 15 years ago when I was still golfing and living in Scottsdale I had the first generation iPod.  I loved it so much and found it was such a huge motivation to workout.  I couldn’t wait to download a new album and get out for a long run or get to the gym and listen to it.

I figured it was such a cool device, maybe I’ll buy some stock.  For me back then it was a pretty decent size purchase, and after quite quickly quadrupling my money and thinking I was a pure genius I sold it.

Well, there’s nothing wrong with quadrupling an investment, but hindsight is always 20/20 and had I held on to it all the way until today it would be worth nearly 2 million dollars, and that’s not including dividends.

So yeah, buy and hold isn’t my style  🙂  I stick to what I’m good at and don’t really worry about what could have been…

 

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