Javier Arias Gonzalez

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Control the Negotiation Before It Begins

Countless books and articles offer advice that can help deal makers avoid missteps at the bargaining table. But some of the costliest mistakes take place before negotiators even sit down to discuss the substance of the deal. That’s because people fall prey to a seemingly reasonable—but ultimately …

There Is No Such Thing as “the” Blockchain

How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger? In December 2017, the Long Island Ice Tea Corp. found an answer: Add the word</i> …

Blockchain

Why a total world equity index tracker is the only index fund you need

<i>Making the case for world equity index trackers is former hedge fund manager turned author Lars Kroijer, an occasional contributor to Monevator. His</i> …

Investing

Landis/Kimmage

The Transcript<p><i>Paul Kimmage interviewed Floyd Landis a few days before Thanksgiving of ’10. Their 7 hour conversation was distilled into Kimmage’s</i> …

A Rediscovered Masterpiece by Benjamin Graham

Posted by jasonzweig on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Posts |<p>By Jason Zweig | March 31, 2015 10 p.m. ET<p>Here is the speech Benjamin Graham gave in …

Diversification overrated? Not a chance!

Posted by jasonzweig on Sep 14, 2017 in Articles & Advice, Blog, Featured, Posts |<p>By Jason Zweig | Sept. 14, 2017 9:20 p.m. ET<p><b>Image credit: “Egg</b> …

The Year in Fitness: Exercise, Add Intensity, Live to See Another Year

The overarching message of this year’s exercise-related science was that physical activity, in almost any form and amount, changes the arc of our lives.<p>But much of this research also hinted that there may be something unique about pushing yourself at least a little extra that alters and ramps up …

When Do You Sell?

The Most Challenging Question in Investing<p>Before you buy your next investment, consider the following question:<p>When do you sell?<p>The question seems …

Fundamental challenges with public blockchains

There’s no question that blockchain technology has enormous potential.<p>Decentralized exchanges, prediction markets, and asset management platforms are …

What shoppers really want from personalized marketing

What customers want and what businesses think they want are often two different things. Here’s what customers are looking for.<p><b>Anyone who has gotten</b> …

Mobile financial services in Africa: Winning the battle for the customer

To compete in Africa’s diverse mobile money markets, banks must offer distinctive mobile and digital services not only in payments and deposits, but …

Tie Me Down and Make Me Rich

Posted by jasonzweig on Jul 24, 2017 in Articles & Advice, Blog, Featured, Posts |<p>By Jason Zweig | July 24, 2017 10:13 pm ET<p><b>Image credit: John</b> …

Investing

Mandates and the song of the chlorinated chicken

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Brexit, straining hypothetical mandates, deluding themselves about sovereignty…<p>Well, perhaps not …

You Are an Egg

Posted by jasonzweig on Jul 16, 2017 in Articles & Advice, Blog, Featured, Posts |<p>By Jason Zweig | July 15, 2017 9:43pm ET<p><b>Image credit: Odilon Redon,</b> …

Five training tips from the man who created the 80/20 rule

Blog<p>Stephen Seiler says 80% of a runner’s workouts should be done at a slow speed with 20% at medium to fast pace. Here are his five training tips …

How Much of Your Company’s Stock Is Too Much?

The perennial question about company stock in 401(k) and other retirement plans is timely again. On June 15 and 16, shares in , the Cincinnati-based supermarket holding company, fell more than 26%, largely on the news that Amazon.com Inc. would expand in the grocery business by acquiring Whole …

Amazon.com Inc

The Best Simple Business Models

Most CEOs are very smart. Which can be a problem. Smart often crowds out simple, because there’s a tendency to always reach for your strongest weapon.<p>…

Marketing

This is Your Nightmare Scenario

What would happen if stocks crash? What would that do to people’s retirement plans? How would that change the way young people think about stocks? …

My 400-Person Company Has A Great Work Culture, And We All Work Remotely

FYI, IBM.<p>Here’s a thought experiment: Think of the two cultures of Los Angeles and New York City. Got a mental image of both? Great. Now try to strip out everything geographical—major landmarks, local weather, and so on. What are you left with?<p>When we think of “culture,” so much of that is tied to …

New Cause for Caution on Stocks

Posted by jasonzweig on Jun 13, 2017 in Articles & Advice, Blog, Books, Featured, Posts |<p>By Jason Zweig | June 13, 2017 10:23 pm ET<p><b>Image credit: “Une</b> …

A Lesson In Humility

If you asked me what I thought about bitcoin a year ago, I would have said it’s ridiculous. Today I have no opinion. My knowledge of cryptocurrencies …

The End is Everything

Why Timing of Investment Returns Matters and What To Do About ItPhoto: PexelsI have previously written about how luck can influence your investment …

Retirement

How The New York Times is Making News With Social Video

Founded in 1851, the <i>New York Times</i> (NYT) is one of the most recognized media companies in the United States, as well as across the world. Over the …

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.<p>As Christmas approached in 2015, the price of …

eCommerce

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned About Strategy, Business and Investing From Michael Porter

1. <b>“In many companies strategy is built around the value proposition, which is the demand side of the equation. But …it’s [also] about the supply …

Data isn’t a business model - it’s much more important

The throwaway line in pitches these days is “we’ll sell our data.” Most of the time, this notion is wrong.<p>Data is the most valuable outcome of …

Data-Driven

The Map Versus The Terrain

Floating in outer space and looking down on earth, one would see a perfectly smooth, spherical ball. But zoom in and you’ll find valleys drilled …

Investing

Should you invest in short or long-term government bonds?

<i>This article about time horizon and asset allocation is by former hedge fund manager Lars Kroijer, an occasional contributor to Monevator. He also</i> …

Investing

What to Do With a Lump Sum in Retirement

It’s a common problem in or near retirement: A relative passes away and leaves you an inheritance. Or you receive a lump sum pension payout. Or you …

Retirement