Premature speculation is an embarrassing problem that many investors prefer not to talk about but I may as well own up to my latest howler because it offers a positive lesson about the power of investment trusts. Selling my Tesla (TSLA.O) stake a month ago at $308 per share looks like an expensive mistake while the electric carmaker’s current price has soared to $368.
Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. Despite fears expressed here recently over the sustainability of record stock market highs, it’s only fair to say that the summer earnings season — in which companies report how their business is going before everyone heads to the beach — has got off to a sizzling start. The largest holdings in my “forever fund” have delivered good numbers and hit new highs — including one that is now priced at more than 10 times what I paid less than three years ago.
Customers eager to withdraw their cash queue at Northern Rock’s branch in Bromley, southeast London, in late 2007. The bank collapsed and was nationalised BEN STANSALL/GETTYAfter nearly a decade of austerity, public sector workers are calling for the 1% cap on their pay to be scrapped, while bank and building society savers are suffering from returns frozen near record lows — but investors in the stock market really mustn’t grumble.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".