Caveats & Invites
Anything you do on a computer should be backed up, burned to CD or DVD, and stored in multiple locations (home, office, bank vault, lawyer, accountants, etc.). Excel files are small enough that you can email them to your Yahoo! or Google account monthly, and then save them. Again, you will thank me later for this.
Finally, I am making the same request/offer as last week: Play with the spreadsheet -- add to it, personalize it, make it your own. Anyone who feels they have significantly improved on it should email me an Excel copy. Fame and fortune await you; I may share truly outstanding improvements with your fellow readers in a subsequent column.
For instance, reader Perry Spector of Encinitas, Calif., made an astute observation regarding last week's column: Investors also need to keep a record of what and why a trade is passed over. That's a terrific suggestion. Knowing what you were thinking about the ones that got away can only help you with future stock selections.
|1.||Expect to Be Wrong||2.||Your Fault, Reader|
|3.||The Wrong Crowd||4.||Bull or Bear? Neither|
|5.||Know Thyself||6.||Prepare for Battle|
|7.||Bite Your Tongue||8.||Don't Speak, Part 2|
|9.||The Zen of Trading||10.||The Folly of Forecasting|
|11.||Lose the News||12.||Tracking Elephants, Pt 1|
|13.||Tracking Elephants, Pt 2||14.||Nothing Doing|
|15.||Surviving Silly Season||16.||The Zen of Trading|
|17.||Curb Your Enthusiasm||18.||Six Stocks|
|19.||Bended Knee||20.||Time Waits for No One|
|21.||Write this Down|
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