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    Should We Worry About Apple?

    There are relatively few companies in which we associate a single person as the company. Steve Jobs and Apple is one of those companies. The initial announcement of the resignation of Jobs came quietly and calmly. It was not completely unexpected as Jobs has been having health issues that have been public since 2004. Even […]

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    DIY to Save Yourself Money: Shelves

    I finally reached the point where I just felt that I needed to clear out my garage so that I could fit both of our cars in the garage. Water splashing from our front sprinklers was starting to leave hard water stains on our cars – which is not a good thing. In order to […]

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    What is the perfect stock?

    I was reading through some random financial blogs and I ran across a particular blog that posed the question “Is [insert stock name here] the perfect stock to invest in?” It actually made me sit up a little straighter in my chair because it’s something that I don’t normally even think about. The perfect stock? […]

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    LinkedIn IPO: Three Weeks Later

    Three weeks ago I wrote my predictions on how I thought LinkedIn’s IPO would pan out. I will admit, while the prediction itself was not exactly a bold prediction, we can see the stock starting to perform as expected. While I say it is performing as expected, I will say that it is higher than […]

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    Floods + Droughts = Higher Prices

    Floods With the Mississippi River floods, farmlands around those areas have taken quite the beating – some deliberately.  News and media outlets have mainly been focusing on the human element and damages to homes and infrastructure, and rightfully so. Estimates are predicting billions of dollars worth of damages once everything is said and done. There have […]

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This site was created for those that have full-time jobs, families to take care of, school to finish, social lives to live, debt to manage; but have dreams of financial success.

This site was created for the average Joe - the true small time investors.

If you are here to learn about all the complex financial terminology, academics, and standard investing theories, you have come to the wrong place. There are a million other sites out there for that.

This is a place for real topics and real discussion about real people learning, struggling, and trying to live their dreams through small investments.

Let's work together to move from the small time to the big time.

-Gian Sorreta

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6 ways to improve gas mileage

Prices at the gas pump are increasing and now 4 in 10 Americans are finding prices painful. So how can we save money on gas? I’m not going to say to buy a new car. Many are not in a position to buy a new car, and while buying a new car may save money […]

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LinkedIn IPO: Predictions

I wrote earlier about LinkedIn and raised questions about a social media bubble. Here we are a few months later and LinkedIn is expected to start trading Thursday morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “LNKD”. Reports are showing that the asking price has gone as high as $45 per share. At […]

On a short vacation

With finals over and graduation coming up, a short vacation seemed in order. To the few that actually read my blog, I’ll have new content next week once my vacation is over, unless I find myself with some free time.

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Charter Communications doesn’t make any sense

Whenever I mention Charter Communications, the majority of the responses I get from people within earshot is “I hate Charter!” I don’t blame them. Charter Communications is available in this area and are notorious for their service interruptions and lack of customer service. When they filed bankruptcy in 2009, it came as no surprise to […]

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Is it too late for Groupon?

Being a private company, the financial numbers rumored and said by Groupon have never been clear. Have they really made $800 million in revenue? What are the profits? It was back in December, 2010, when I read the news that Groupon rejected Google‘s buy offer at a reported $6 billion to instead have an IPO […]

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How do you think the market will react to Osama’s death?

  By now I’m sure most of you have heard of the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. This is a major and great occasion, and there will be much celebration. So with what I blog about, how do we think the market will react to Osama’s death? Do we think it will shoot up? […]

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My Own Home Improvements

Last week I wrote about ways to improve the value of your home. To show that I really mean what I write, here I am practicing what I preach. My low cost home improvements consist of: Painting walls and replacing wall fixtures Installing a ceiling fan to a ceiling box Adding low cost and creative […]