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Immigrants: The Ultimate Entrepreneurs

45 years ago my dad left everything in India to move to the U.S.

Legend has it that when my dad landed at JFK International Airport, an immigration agent asked “Hey kid - where are you headed?” To which my dad replied “Michigan!” “How much money do you have?” asked the man. “Oh, about 8 dollars,” my dad said proudly. The immigration agent called his friend over. “Hey Chuckie, this kid has $8 and he’s gonna find his way to Michigan!” They laughed. My dad was perplexed and felt a twinge of doubt. How was he going to get to Michigan? More importantly, how was he going to make it in America?

Well, he made it. And your parents did too. When I think about what it takes to start from nothing, I think about my dad.

Starting a company is hard – he did that successfully.
Starting your life - that’s on a completely different level.

I wish I could give my dad, and your parents, medals. They are

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Infographic: Twitter Acquisition? Four potential suitors

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Infographic: NYT’s Six Tips for Investors When the Market Tumbles

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Infographic: Seven Sliding Tech Stocks in 2016

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Infographic: Six Habits of Successful Investors

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Infographic: 5 ways Falling Oil Prices Impact the Economy

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Cramer’s Checklist: Six Things to Find a Market Bottom

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How to Teach Your Kids to Invest Early

“Son, come here”, my dad said. “I want you to read this.” He handed me a neatly folded copy of the Wall Street Journal. I was 10. All I saw was fine print and funny looking faces. “Why?” I asked. “Read the cover of this newspaper everyday. It will help you understand what’s going on in the world.” “I guess…” I said, as I took the WSJ in my hands for the first time.

At first, I would fake the read to avoid getting in trouble. I was, after all, 10. But eventually I started to enjoy it and found myself getting interested all on my own. This turned into reading my dad’s investment newsletters and gradually learning about the stock market. On the weekends, my dad would explain to me what stocks he bought and why. His successes were sprinkled with failures but there was a story behind every investment. I remember asking him, “why did you invest here?” - his response wasn’t earth shattering

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Hacking IPO Investing: Wall Street and the Crumbling of Chinese Walls

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The “Chinese wall” phenomenon is named – somewhat mysteriously – for the Great Wall of China (Severin Stalder)

The biggest financial firms of the world — like Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs — are multifaceted entities, with many roles. They consult the financial activities of corporations and of individuals. They manage investment and issue recommendations, both to their clients individually, and in the form of public reports. They’re banks, which lend money, and store it at interest, and which underwrite (assume liability for) major fiscal events, like a company’s initial public offering (IPO) of stock on the public market.

This diversity of functions opens the door to many potential conflicts of interest. A firm could potentially abuse its influence in one branch to make money overall.

What has been called a “Chinese wall” is said to exist between the different sectors

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Infographic: What can Mark Zuckerberg do with $45 billion?

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