Ben Black

Ben is currently an independent fee-only financial advisor and free-lance investment blogger. He is also studying for the CFA level 1 exam and plans to attain the charter in 2016 or '17. He is an avid reader of investment literature, old and new, and is constantly seeking to build a sounder, more broad base of financial knowledge and expertise to better assist his clients. Having worked at several advisory firms such as Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, and LPL Financial, as well as the financial research firm SNL Financial, Ben's experience in the industry coupled with his own research has afforded him many opportunities to learn about markets and securities.

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Sat Feb 15



CoreAndExplore published an article 11:51 PM

Ford Is Just Getting Revved Up

While pricing competition from peer automakers is currently putting pressure on profitability, Ford is laying the groundwork for strong growth with a greatly expanded selection of models.

Tue Jan 28


Watercooler Post

CoreAndExplore wrote 11:31 AM

Apple's "disappointing" iPhone sales and revenue guidance is more or less Wall Street noise. Analysts aren't paying much attention to what CFO Peter Oppenheimer says apparently. Oh well, this drop creates a favorable stock buyback opportunity for AAPL.

Sun Jan 26



CoreAndExplore published an article 11:09 PM

Why Apple Truly Is a "No-Brainer" Investment

While Carl Icahn's public endorsement of Apple may be derived out of shameless self-interest, there's little doubt that the company provides a very compelling story for investors, particularly those concerned with balance sheet fundamentals - quite [more]

Thu Sep 19


Watercooler Post

CoreAndExplore wrote 5:20 PM

From 88th to 75th percentile in CAPS... in ONE day?! It's like my own personal Black Thursday!

Fri May 25


Watercooler Post

CoreAndExplore wrote 11:37 PM

You're so money and you don't even know it.

Mon May 7


Watercooler Post

CoreAndExplore wrote 4:01 AM

What goes up must come down is not an investment philosophy, it's a cop-out. Try this instead: an apple (AAPL that is) a day keeps retirement in play ;)

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