MY FIRST MENTOR WAS A TOUGH OLD GUY. THE COMPANY I TOOK OVER AT that time failed, but my mentor taught me significant lessons that I still use today. Now I am the one with years of experience that I am eager to share. If I can help a new entrepreneur be more prepared than I was — so that […]

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Money-Saving Year-End Moves

The calendar year is closing soon, and tax season is around the corner. To keep as many of your dollars in your pocket as possible, there are some smart moves you might make before the end of the year. Here are several: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 roughly doubled most standard deductions, so it’s harder to have […]

My Smartestest Investment

The Next Amazon

My dumbest investment happened because I thought that Jumia Technologies would be the next — C. H., online The Fool Responds: Given how successful Amazon has been, and how MercadoLibre has grown in Latin America, many investors have been intrigued by any e-commerce company with the potential to grow briskly, especially if it’s targeting an attractive market. Enter Jumia […]

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Buffer ETFs

Q: What are “buffer” ETFs? — C. D., Brooklyn, New York A: They’re exchange-traded funds designed to reduce investors’ risk by limiting their losses. That sounds good, but the funds also put a cap on gains. There are now more than 100 buffer ETFs and a few mutual funds of the buffer variety. It’s worth knowing that buffer funds don’t […]

Name That Company

I trace my roots back to my 1969 founding as a Silicon Valley startup. I had success in my early years making computer chips. I supplied chips for Intel for a few years in the 1980s, and in 1991, I released microprocessors compatible with Intel’s, which I’d reverse-engineered. Later, I produced chips for Compaq computers and chips that would run […]

Last week’s trivia answer

I trace my roots back to 2011, when two guys prepared to launch an online jewelry store, only to quickly change direction. I was bought by PetSmart in 2017 for $3.35 billion and spun off as a publicly traded company in 2019. Today, I’m a premier retailer of pet products, offering more than 2,000 brands and more than 100,000 products. […]

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Moving Beyond Videoconferencing

Zoom Video Communications (Nasdaq: ZM) delivered triple-digit revenue growth (year over year) for several quarters following the onset of the pandemic, but growth decelerated sharply over the past year, and shares were recently down 68% from their 52-week high. But don’t count out Zoom. It divides its customers into two groups — online customers and enterprise (business) customers. While the […]

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REMOTE WORK MAY BE HERE TO STAY. But making the adjustment to remote work and staying connected with work teams can be difficult for some people, says Jonathan D. Reynolds, author of “Right Seats, Right People: A Leader’s Guide to Hiring and Developing Top Performers.” “Even with the best of intentions there can be a degree of isolation,” says Mr. […]

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