3 Subtle Differences Between Workaholics and High Performers

3 Subtle Differences Between Workaholics and High Performers“I’m a recovering workaholic,” admits Jullien Gordon, a nationally recognized speaker and founding partner of New Higher, in a recent LinkedIn post. Workaholism, he says, looks similar to high performance on the outside — but they’re actually nothing alike. Gordon has spent the last year doing research and conducting experiments on himself to understand the difference between workaholism and high performance. He found that while they both look like hard…

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5 Major Differences Between Cheap and Frugal

5 Major Differences Between Cheap and FrugalIn response to my recent post about splitting expenses with friends, one commenter wrote that there is a fine line between cheap and frugal. I happen to agree. For example, when dining in a group, I recommend that each individual calculate tax and tip based on what they ordered, but I would never dream of leaving less than a 18 percent tip on my tab, unless service was abysmal. I…

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Why and When Using Debt to Invest Makes Sense

Why and When Using Debt to Invest Makes SenseThe history of investing is full of cautionary tales regarding the use of leverage to enhance returns, and how it is your best friend until it becomes your worst enemy. But many times, the trigger that causes great losses resulting from leverage has nothing at all to do with the quality of the underlying investments. The story is quite simple. Let’s say there is a good idea with a fair…

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5 Things to Consider in a Stock Takeover

5 Things to Consider in a Stock TakeoverShareholders in Allergan Inc. and Hillshire Brands Co. have faced a big dilemma in the past month: Each company is the subject of hostile takeover bids. In the case of Hillshire, the first hostile bid by Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. at US$45 per share set off a bidding war, with Tyson Foods Inc. following up with a US$50 per share offer, which Pilgrim’s topped with a revised offer of US$55. Hillshire…

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How to Beef Up a Liquid Investor Diet

How to Beef Up a Liquid Investor DietMany alternative investments, whether in the area of real estate, private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure or more complex structured products, require investors to tie up their capital for periods ranging from four months to 10 years or more. In most cases, there is no secondary market for these securities, so investors lack two elements key to the broader public capital markets: transparent pricing and liquidity. Pricing and liquidity are tied…

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