In looking at the future we often seen only the tall obstacles, giant abysses, and unknown challenges. Where confidence is needed we find only fear. Where assurance should be standing there is judgment. Even where community could be gathered we find ourselves alone. Or do we?
I found myself pouring over the end of week report from the London Stock Market. Explaining the various terms and their meanings was daunting but helping Carli pick from different kinds of shares for her economics class was something that I have no confidence in doing!
First, I have a preferred investment style of buy and hold. Worry about day to day market timings? Not me! I plan on holding this stock for at least two years, probably more. Carli is asking me about 9 weeks.
Second, I tend to go for diversified mutual funds with no charges. I like the fact that professionals are looking after my money in a way that I understand. Carli isn’t worried about annual reports, analyst interviews and recommendations, or a serious review of the financials. Carli is looking to buy something that will make her some paper profits!
Third, I don’t follow the London market that closely. New York Stock Exchange is king in my book with the NASDAQ coming in as queen. I know how to read the listings, but not the trends. What is hot? Not me. Carli wants to make sure she chooses something otherwise she fails her class assignment even before it begins.
Imagine what it would be like if I worked for a brokerage firm in the UK. Everything would be at my disposal. I could stand like Joel and record the reaction to the scene. “God himself bellows in thunder as he commands his forces. Look at the size of that army! And the strength of those who obey him! God's Judgment Day—great and terrible. Who can possibly survive this?” (Joel 2.11)
As we look at today were do we stand. Picking the future randomly or facing everything with God on our side? Both are possible.