The Daily Dose: Investing Around the Absurdity

In my next life, I would like to return as one of the following: a high-end sushi restaurant owner, an owner of 500 Dunkin (DNKN) Donuts locations or a high-powered political analyst. Nowadays, my job in this life -- the role of Chief Nest Egg Steward -- generally entails requires political handicapping (if I don't buy and hold forever, that is). This is really a drag, considering the mountains of other things that a person has to address in the investment selection process, like a 24-hours news cycle that's preoccupied with Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) devices.

With regard to the current state of ridiculous affairs, the outcome is truly anybody's guess. But when it comes to investing, I never hide -- I always have to seek profits -- so I have investigated the positions of each party, scribbling tree diagrams on what would be the best place to profit during an extended government shutdown. The more I do this, the more I realize that the wise-owl course of action would be to assume a long-term posture....440 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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