Steve, The challenge for people like me is we are not educated enough on equity investment to make all the right decisions about stocks, especially when this involves companies as complicated as Apple. I checked the company's stock price over the last few days and it seemed to have bounced around like a yoyo. Then I noticed Yahoo had detailed information on things like trading volume and today's volume was 43.9 million versus regular average of 19.6 million! What happened to Apple today? Why do I want to know? Greed. It's hard not to get sucked in as the company's shares continued to rise. For the untutored, knowing when to get in and when to get out is becoming rather mindboggling.
Don't panic. Are you kidding? If you buy high and see your stock price fall 5 percent in one week, you should panic somewhat. Sure people say you should use that opportunity to add to your holding of a stock if you believe it will recover but it's difficult gauging the trough and the high. That's why some of us stay on the sidelines and watch the gyrations of a company like Apple. If I am going to invest in Apple, I would have a professional trader handle this for me and then I would pray and hope he or she is doing their homework.
The other issue you didn't treat in this analysis and a previous one is answer the question of who is keeping Apple honest. With everyone expecting the company to always demonstrate its Midas touch, I am beginning to wonder if the investors, analysts and fund managers actually dig deep enough and question the company hard enough about its strategies. Is Steve Jobs' halo making shareholders and analysts hesitant to ask the tough questions they would ask other executives? Any insight?
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.