Revealed: The Unbelievable Parallel Between College & Investing

Posted On February 26, 2022 9:30 am

So I mentioned this week that my Ex-wife and I took my daughter college hunting – and much to his dismay, my son had to tag along.

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I was amazed at some of the universities we saw.  Truthfully, they were more like vacation resorts than colleges.  

I remember my freshman dorm.  You might have mistaken it for a prison pod except there were no bars.  

Painted cinder block walls, beds (more like cots) that only the young could sleep on.  If I slept on one now I wouldn’t be able to stand up in the morning!

And the cafeteria was something akin to a high school cafeteria – only a little bigger.  

But the exact same food quality.  

Today, they have spas, beautiful dorms, and practically gourmet food…

It’s a completely different experience.    

It was like showing up and getting all of the luxuries we used to dream about getting, without the work we had to put in to get them. 

Almost like the manifestation of the participation trophy idea, only applied to colleges.  

Then it hit me…

Over the last 13 years, investors have been treated in a very similar way.  

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Let me explain.  First, there are loads of tools that people have today that we didn’t when I started.  

From gamification apps like Robinhood to tools that can easily overlay several charts.  

It all can be helpful, however, it can also overcomplicate things and make trading harder than it needs to be. 

More importantly, though, the 13-year bull market has created a participation trophy mentality in traders and investors.  

From Dave Portnoy’s declaration that stocks always go up to the perma-bulls on financial news stations, the overall approach to the market is “if you show up you’ll make money.”

In other words, everyone gets a trophy. 

I’m afraid a lot of that may be coming to an end in the next few months. 

We will see, however, in the meantime I suggest that it’s time to get someone to guide you through the markets

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith have been involved in all facets of the investment industry in a variety of roles ranging from speculator, educator, manager and advisor. This has taken him from the trading floors of Chicago to hedge funds on Wall Street to the world online. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a market maker at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). From 1997 to 2007, he was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for TheStreet.com, handling their Option Alert and Short Report newsletters. The Option Alert was awarded the MIN “best business newsletter” in 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Smith was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for Minyanville’s OptionSmith newsletter, as well as a Risk Manager Consultant for New Vernon Capital LLC. Smith acted as an advisor to build models and option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. Since 2015, he has worked for Adam Mesh Trading Group. There, he has managed Options360 and Earning 360, been co-leader of Option Academy, and contributed to The Option Specialist website.