Markets Weekend Edition – Gains Keep on Coming

The pain for short-sellers has been excruciating, and with the number of merger deals being announced and IPOs in the pipeline, Wall Street is playing its part to inflict financial pain to anyone betting against the rally.

The dividend increases this week were piled nicely higher. We are digging deeply into the reports as we get them, and are looking for potential signals for any change in course for the markets. The biggest worry continues to be skyrocketing energy prices. There will be a dose of reality setting in at some point, so we will be focused on whether a sentiment shift will be minimal or investors need to take any prudent action.

It's a pretty exciting weekend for me. I will be the keynote speaker for the "Delta Mu Delta" induction ceremony on Sunday for Stockton College Business & Finance students. It's been a ton of fun doing all the national radio interviews on my book and talking about the world of investing, but being in front of a large audience is always a bit more intense. I'll let everyone know how it went on Monday!

I know this has been a tough economy for many, and still remains a tough economy, but for those out there who have been dealt a tough hand, you have to realize that sometimes things aren't your fault. There are times in one's life where things hit a bump in the road, but from these trying moments, amazing things can develop. Whether it's a bad investment, bad business endeavor, missed job opportunity, things will happen in life, but one needs to understand these setbacks should be just that, a setback. We all wish we can pitch a perfect game in life, but we all know that can't happen. The hurdles will always be there, so accept the fact.

Everyone that has come to know me through sees me as the founder & CEO of the company, but before I was CEO, I was a full-time trader trying with all my best efforts to beat the stock market on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. And before that, I helped run my family's successful food business - working 7 days a week, taking 6 days off in 5 years. Pretty crazy huh? Throw in the fact I had just gotten married as well. If my spouse wasn't as supportive as she was back them, I may not have pushed as hard in my journey. You see, everyone you meet in life that has established themselves in what some may term "the dream position" has come from other humble beginnings. Not only that, but the sacrifices that have been paid to get there are never and should never be forgotten. You may get some help along the way, and if you do, you owe it to those who have opened the doors to "finish the job".

Whether you are investing, looking to build a business, starting a career, open your eyes to the world of opportunities. If you see the world only as a place of turbulence, I have news for you, the turbulence has been around for centuries. I have often heard stories about nurses in hospice who have heard many regrets from those that are dying. Two of the biggest things I took from the stories were the regrets for not having the courage to go after their dreams, and more importantly - understanding that happiness is a choice. Remember this as you think about where you may be in your life. You can often control your own destiny more than you think.

We can all fuss about the size of our wealth currently, our job that is making us miserable, and whatever else that could be holding you back. Or, we can make the changes necessary to improve our "luck". Ultimately, the luck we all assign blame or good fortune to, happens from the actions taken long before.

Quick note - our year-to-date watchlist posts will be out on Monday. Be sure to check them out.

Thank you for sharing part of your Sunday with me.

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