A Different Degree of Wealth

A little guts and a lot of luck: what it’s like to chase short-term stock profits

On September 3, 2014 at 11 PM the world’s tallest geyser, Steamboat Geyser, erupted unexpectedly. Located in Yellowstone Park, the dramatic explosion of steam and scalding water reached the height of a 30-story building. Ironically, this somewhat extraordinary event was witnessed by just one person, a park ranger.

Predicting when Steamboat will go off is a difficult feat. In the half century between 1911 and 1961 it didn’t erupt once. In 1964 it erupted a record 29 times.1

While it would be extremely exciting to witness Steamboat shooting up to its full height, unless you plan to stay within eyesight of it 24/7/365, the chances of being present at the moment it happens are very unlikely. Even if by some stroke of luck you’d happened to be visiting the 3,400+ square mile Yellowstone Park on 09/03/2014, chances are you wouldn’t have been wandering around that particular geyser basin at 11 o’clock at night.

The challenge of rare geyser watching is similar to what short-term traders face as they try to predict when the next undervalued stock will shoot sky high.

A recent example of this is a small company energy stock. On September 23rd of last year the firm’s stock went from trading at around $1 per share all the way up to $46.

Veteran trader Gary Bourgealt was one of the lucky few to buy this small company’s stock as it was starting its climb that day. He purchased shares at $3.44. But he sold a short time later for $3.47, just three cents higher, at the time counting himself fortunate to have gotten out without a loss. Writing for Seeking Alpha, he explains in hindsight why an explosive 13X return on his money seemed unlikely even a few minutes before it could have happened.2

“This company has a history of chasing after trends,” says Bourgealt, “as it engaged in a bitcoin mining deal in 2018, a solar project and hemp business in 2019, and now the EV business.”

When he looked back he saw that during those years of searching for a profitable business model this comapny struggled to stay above penny stock status. He noted that just four months before its meteoric rise the company had received a deficiency letter from Nasdaq.

But even now that the company’s stock has seemed to stabilize at around $7, twice what he paid for it, Bourgealt is happy not to own it. He believes the company is temporarily benefitting from the hype surrounding any company in the EV business (its spike came shortly after announcing a single contract), and he concludes, “the company doesn’t deserve our trust yet, and it has a long way to go before it proves it can sustainably generate revenue, let alone a profit.”

Even though he didn’t make a killing on the small company energy stock, Bourgealt is one of the lucky ones. A lot of investors lost a lot of money in the days after the price spike.

If you want to see a spectacular geyser in action, Old Faithful, which erupts about 20 times per day, is your most reliable option.3

In the same way, if you want to pursue inflation-combating returns that, over the long-term, should give you the best chance of being able to retire comfortably, your most prudent option is a broadly diverse portfolio, along with our help.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Source: Efficient Advisors

Golf Tip of the Week

How to Avoid That Golf Hazard

Here we are facing one of the hardest shots facing any player: A 60-yard shot to the green, with a dreaded golf hazard in front and a bunker behind that. It’s a shot that takes a lot of commitment.

Some players will go by the front of the green yardage — how far to just get over the hazard — when what I recommend is taking all of that out of play. Play the number to the back of the green. If you play it long, oh well — you’re not in the hazard or bunker and give yourself a chance to save bogey or perhaps par if you make a good putt.

Again, play the yardage to the back of the green with a good, aggressive swing. If you quit on it, you most certainly will get in the hazard or bunker. So, go after it and play the longer distance!

Tip adapted from GolfTipsMag.comi

Recipe of the Week

Vegetable Soup

Serves 8


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 10 oz fresh green beans sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 10 oz cauliflower florets
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage leaves, washed (about 1/4 of a head)
  • 2 quarts low sodium beef stock (chicken or vegetable broth may be used)
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder, (chicken or vegetable may be used)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if desired — adjust to your heat preference)
  • 1 teaspoon salt to season
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups loosely packed spinach leaves washed
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrots and celery. Sauté until they begin to soften, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add the zucchini and green beans and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Throw in the cauliflower and cabbage leaves. Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, season with the buillion and cayenne. Taste test and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Add the spinach leaves and stir through until wilted.
  5. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice.
  6. Adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from Cafedelites.comii

Health Tip of the Week

Exercise is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Brain

The research is clear: Regular exercise is the best way to keep your brain sharp and healthy. While scientists aren’t clear on the direct relationship between exercise and brain health, one possibility is the way that exercise boosts blood flow to the brain. Exercise can also help reduce stress, control blood sugar, lower the risk of strokes, and improve balance. It’s a win-win for your body.

The good news is that it’s never too late to start an exercise program for brain health. Talk to your physician and look for fitness options that seem interesting. Many local gyms offer classes geared toward beginners and older folks. Experts recommend at least 2-1/2 hours of brisk exercise— like a fast-paced walk—each week.

Tip adapted from AARPiii 

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