Saturday, July 22, 2006

About this blog and its ads

I want to take this opportunity to reiterate the principles behind this blog and say something about about the recently added link to CancerCare.

This blog is first and foremost a journal of what I do in my personal investment accounts. I believe in the opportunities I write about, with the constant pretext that they are appropriate for me. Your financial situation and risk appetite may be quite different which is way I insert the caveat about this not being investment advice and your own due diligence is required. If some of the articles here piqued enough interest to initiate your own research, they would have served their purpose.

I make it a rule to act on my own suggestions, to be accountable to myself and to you. I know full well that nothing about the market is certain and predictions are inherently probabilistic. At the same time, it irks me to no end when the so-called experts issue hedged opinions that are designed to be (are often are) spun either way. Since I have no product to sell, I’m free to be proven wrong — and take pride in that. In the end, I let my numbers would do the talking.

This blog is not going to make me rich — I’ve been at it long enough to realize that. The ads are more a matter of curiosity and pride than any desire for real financial gain. At any rate, I have tried to have ads that are at least relevant to the theme of this site so that we may both benefit. If you find them interfering with reading the articles please let me know.

CancerCare

You probably have noticed that I recently added a link to CancerCare, “a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved”. It did not come out of the blue — my father was diagnosed with colon cancer three months ago. Fortunately the initial operation went well. Events like that have a way of prompting a re-examination one’s values and priorities. This link was added as a result.

Please note that this link was added completely out of my own volition. It was in no way solicited by CancerCare. I found this charity through give.org which certified CancerCare as meeting the BBB wise giving alliance standards for charity accountability.

Other notable general cancer related charities and foundations include:

As stated, one of this blog’s principles is to practice what we preach. We would not feel comfortable recommending it if we do not make a contributing ourselves (receipt with indentifying information erased):

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