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Mailbag: How to Tell if Your Startup Is Flourishing

Q: What’s the first thing you notice about a startup that excites you?
A: Traction. And by this I mostly mean revenue. There is no other single metric that comes close in terms of importance. Most of my better startup investments had significant and fast-growing revenue when I invested.
That said, some of the best startup investments of all time had no revenue in their early years. Google, Facebook and Twitter, to name a few. However, these companies still had massive traction in terms of their large user bases.
So there are multiple forms of traction to consider when looking at a potential …read more […]

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Avoid Being Mauled by the Coming Bear

Today’s lesson in surviving a sell-off comes from William Shakespeare.
In The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare tells a story of paranoia, death and rebirth. One legendary scene features the character Antigonus as he’s stalked offstage to his doom by a bear.
The bear caught Antigonus by surprise – and that’s the last thing we want to happen, especially as investors.
However, those who balance their portfolios with reliable income generators may be able to prevent the bear from taking a bite out of their savings.
To Bond or Not to Bond?
This week, we asked Wealthy Retirement readers why they invest in bonds. Forty-three percent of …read more […]