The Myth of the Successful Money Manager [infographic]

October 18, 2013 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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There is no such thing as a fail-proof investment, no matter who’s looking after your money. Some of the best investors of our time (Warren Buffet, Bill Miller) have lost large amounts of money over under-performing businesses and investments within the last 10 years. Hiring a professional investor may seem like a smart move, but according to today’s infographic, “the average professional money manager is doing worse than the market.”

Buffet’s company Berkshire Hathaway has slipped recently with its expected performance in the market. And between 2006 and 2008 Bill Miller’s funds lost 54%. It seems that hiring a money manager for investments might just be a poor investment in itself.

It should also be noted that the cheapest funds are actually the most successful. “Star ratings” of funds and similar tactics don’t provide much guidance. “Persistence of performance among past managed fund winners is no more predictable than a flip of a coin.”

With this in mind, if you’re thinking about future investments, you might just be better off doing your own research and using your intuition. You may have to spend money to make money, but it may be wise to keep your money out of the hands of so-called “professionals.” [Business Profiles]

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Headaches [infographic]

October 17, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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Did you know that 90% of the entire population has experienced a headache at some point in their lives? That is a surprisingly high number. Thankfully, I don’t experience headaches very often, but when I do, it’s normally just a tension or sinus headache. The throbbing pain inside of our skull we are all too familiar with can really ruin a day, and even make a person take time off from work. I’m writing this post because I just got through seeing the movie Pi. In a nutshell, the plot is about mathematical genius that suffers from cluster headaches. I had never heard of a cluster headache, so I decided to do an infographic about headaches to learn more about them.

Today’s infographic lays out so much information, including types of headaches, and their treatments. Check out today’s post to learn more about the types of headaches you’ve experienced, and how to treat them! [via]

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Visual Guide to Reading His Texts [infographic]

October 16, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Ah, the terrifying world of dating.

“Put yourself out there!” is what I always seem to be harping at my single friends when they start whining about being forever alone. “How??” they ask. I simply mean, don’t quietly sit in the corner looking pretty–mingle, talk to people, make yourself known and interested in the people around you. And in a world of online dating, it’s become even easier to do this. You can easily find people in a similar situation as yourself, with qualities you admire, and make people aware when you’re on the prowl.

Coffee Meets Bagel, an online dating website, mitigates feelings of rejection that often keep people from making the first move. They offer “one match per day at noon,” (“a 1-on-1 match specifically chosen for you”) and “one day to LIKE or PASS your match.” And they “don’t tell your matches you LIKED them unless they LIKE you too.” This definitely beats walking up to someone you find attractive and being shut down before you have time to make a case for yourself.

And when you score a date, read today’s infographic to help interpret his texts. He may be into you, he might want to be your booty call, or he might just be being polite. Texting can be an amazing source of interpersonal communication, but it can also make you crazy. Read today’s guide and don’t waste your time if you start feeling the cold shoulder. There are always others out there. [Best Dating Tip from Coffee Meets Bagel]

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The Biggest Waves Ever Surfed [Infographic]

October 15, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing, Sports  |  Comments Off
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I’ve always wanted to learn how to surf. It looks so peaceful and zen, despite the fact that it is basically an art of controlled falling. I’ve gotten into some of the more modern ‘extreme’ boarding like snowboarding and skateboarding, but I feel like surfing is really the seed of these now so-called ‘extreme sports’.

It’s believed that the ancient Polynesians (progenitors of Hawaii) started the act of surfing. The first written record was by Joseph Banks aboard the HMS endeavor in 1779, although the cultural custom of surfing most likely predates this record. The ancient Hawaiians regarded surfing, or he’e nalu (wave sliding), as an almost sacred activity to communicate with the ocean and pray for their protection and strength. I bet every single one of the surfers on this infographic were praying as well. Most likely praying for their life not to end after riding these giant tsunami-waves.

As you can see, this infographic uses the friggin’ Statue of Liberty as a scale for how massive these waves are. EFF THAT’S HUGE. You can even see all of the puny air we’ve gotten through other methods – snowboarding, skating, jumping, etc. Nothing can quite get you higher than that thing that takes up about 70% of earth.

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The Psychology of Book Abandonment [infographic]

October 15, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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How much time do you invest in a book you can’t get into before you decide it’s time to cut your losses? What is your breaking point? Goodreads put together an infographic highlighting the top-five books abandoned by Goodreads’ users. Unsurprisingly, three of the five I have abandoned myself. But reading this infographic got me thinking a lot about the psychology behind an abandoned book.

I rarely abandon books; I feel defeated when it happens. In fact, before today I would have claimed that I always finish books–even if I hate them. I abandoned Eat Pray Love with one chapter to go, Fifty Shades of Grey 250 pages in, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo after the first chapter. I haven’t read Casual Vacancy for fear of having an abandoned J.K. Rowling book on my record. All of these books were recommended to me. I am afraid that I tend to neglect books that are recommended and then lent to me to read. I generally read books according to where I am in life emotionally. If I am reading a book that I haven’t already created some prearranged attachment to based on the level of emotional support I need it to provide me at the time, I just can’t get into it.

What’s your stance on abandonment? Are you an always-finish-no-matter-what kind of person? Have you ever hated the main character of a book? Do you hide your book covers in the airport because your reading selection embarrasses you? And most importantly, has anyone (other than my sister whom I envy for her reading abilities) read Catch 22 cover to cover? [via]

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