Investing Strategies & Styles – Are You an Alpha or Beta Investor?

Are You Are an Alpha or Beta Investor?One of the biggest debates in the investing community is whether the average investor should look for alpha or beta results from his or her portfolio.

What’s the difference? Let’s take a look at each investment style and then you can decide which one best fits your needs.

The Alpha Investor

You’ll often hear active investors refer to their “alpha.” This is basically the amount by which they have exceeded (or underperformed) their benchmark index. For instance, if you invest primarily in US stocks, you might use the S&P 500 index as your benchmark.

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3 Old-Time Kitchen Gadgets and Utensils You Should Be Using

kitchen gadgets utensilsIf I had to pick a kitchen tool I absolutely couldn’t live without, it wouldn’t be a hard contest.

Hands down, I’d choose my cast-iron skillet. I inherited the skillet from my mom, who inherited it from her mom, who inherited it from her mom. This skillet has made more cornbread than your local Cracker Barrel, and by now, it’s so seasoned that every loaf comes out perfectly crisp and flavorful.

There’s a lot to be said for today’s expensive, high-tech kitchen gadgets. We’ve got colorful avocado slicers, panini presses, vegetable steamers, and food processors. But many of these gadgets are made overseas. They often break long before they should. And some, like our Teflon-coated cookware, might even be leaching dangerous chemicals into our food.

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Plastic Jungle Review – Discount Gift Cards Exchange to Buy, Sell, Trade & Swap

plastic jungle logoSince their inception, gift cards have become quite popular. Buying a gift card is much easier than shopping for an actual gift and allows the recipient to choose something that he or she really wants. However, if you’re not lucky enough to get a generic-type card that is good anywhere (i.e. best gift cards to give), what are you supposed to do with unwanted gift cards for places where you don’t, or wouldn’t, spend your money?

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8 Reasons Why I Love My Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipes & Meals

Easy, flexible, convenient, delicious crock-pot mealsIf you could only have one small kitchen appliance, which one would you choose? Perhaps it would be the toaster oven, an electric can opener, or maybe a microwave? There are probably some appliances you could live without.

What about a Crock-Pot? I don’t know what I’d do without mine. Honestly, some days I feel as though my family wouldn’t eat if it weren’t for the Crock-Pot. It’s truly a lifesaver.

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What is Stewardship? – How To Live A Lifestyle of Charitable Giving

Stewardship - Giving LifestyleWhen I moved to Atlanta and started going to my current church, I wanted to get involved by joining a ministry. As it so happened, they were holding a ministry fair, and I decided to check it out. I walked around and looked at all the booths to see where I would best fit. I passed the choir booth, but I couldn’t sing. I passed the quilting booth, but I couldn’t sew. Around and around I went, but I didn’t really feel like there was a place for me.

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What is LED TV Technology? Is It Worth The Premium Price Over LCD & Plasma?

Technology advances extremely quickly these days, and it’s difficult to keep up with it all. This is particularly true in the area of flat screen televisions. Before, you really only had the choice of a Plasma vs LCD TV. The debate on which is better still continues and the more recent introduction of LED TVs has further muddied the waters of this discussion.

So which is best for you? Let’s review exactly what an LED TV is, and whether paying the extra money is worth it.

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Top 8 New Year’s Resolution Tips & Ideas – And How to Actually Keep Them This Year

Tips To Keep Your New Year's ResolutionWhen I went to college at the University of Florida, it was super trendy to go jogging. It seemed to be the standard hobby of everyone I knew, except for myself. At the time, I didn’t exercise, with the exception of walking to class. But because I constantly saw runners around me, the wheels in my head began to turn, and I realized that I really was not in shape. I desired to be healthy, and I wanted to participate in the campus culture. So for my 2002 New Year’s resolution, I decided to start running.

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