I’m in the business of giving investment advice for a fee.   You will probably come across a lot of information here that could be taken as company recommendations, investment advice, etc., and no doubt some readers will act on what they read here.  Here are a few things you should know before investing:

 1) Past performance is no guarantee of future results.  Neither I nor anyone else knows the future.  Any investment can go up or down, and there is no strategy which gives protection against losses in adverse markets. 

2) Anything I write only reflects my knowledge or opinions at the time of writing.  I have no intention of going back and updating past posts to reflect new information or changes in the how I’m thinking.  People who want up-to-date advice should contact me about becoming clients.

 3) I am an investor, as well as an investment advisor.  I and my family will often will have investments in the same stocks I’m writing about.  My clients will also have positions in these stocks.  If I decide it is time to buy or sell a stock, I first place orders in client accounts (for which the trade would be appropriate) and inform clients of the change.  I will next place orders in my accounts and those of my family members.  Only after all this happens will I publish the new recommendation to the blog.  You get what you pay for, when it comes to investment advice.

4) Appropriateness.   Most people should not be investing in alternative energy stocks.   Most of these companies have never been profitable, nor is there any guarantee that they will be profitable ever.  Anyone investing in alternative energy stocks should be prepared to lose everything invested.  If you are investing solely on the basis of articles in a free blog like this one, you seriously need to have your head examined.  Don’t do it!

 Any investment should be considered in terms of your entire financial picture.  If you don’t feel capable of doing this, you need to learn how, first.  I plan to include a lot of posts that will help you become a more sophistocated investor, but there are a lot more efficient ways to learn about investing than in these posts.  See my website for some good places to start. 

If, on the other hand, you just want to know more about the trends in alternative energy, and are not planning on gambling your hard earned cash based on my out of date thoughts, welcome!

5) Most people aren’t ready to invest in the stock market, let alone alternative energy.  Investing in the stock market is like sitting down at a poker table with a bunch of chain smokers wearing visors.  If you don’t know who the sucker is, you’re it. 

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