Army Rangers, DELTA Force, Green Berets, Marine Recon, Navy SEALs, Politics, Special Ops, US, War

Who are the “best of the best” in US Special Ops?

We’ve all read about US Special Operations in the news and seen them popularized in movies like “Black Hawk Down” (2001), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Lone Survivor” (2013). I mean, the Navy SEALs have grown to legendary proportions in recent years.

But this bears the question: Which members of the US Special Operations community are the “best of the best”?

Here are eight of the most elite groups of Special Operators the United States has to offer…

Air Force Combat Controllers

“It takes an incredible amount of skill, physical fitness and courage to carry out some of the Air Force’s most difficult missions. As members of Air Force Special Operations, it’s the job of Combat Control (CCT) specialists to provide command and control and direct air traffic from remote and sometimes hostile areas. These highly specialized experts are trained in a wide range of skills, including scuba, parachuting, snowmobiling as well as being FAA-certified air traffic controllers in order to establish control and provide combat support on missions all over the globe.”

*Excerpt quoted from www.airforce.com.

75th Ranger Regiment

“To be a part of the 75th Ranger Regiment requires personal excellence across many Soldier and leader attributes. Rangers are more than just physically strong, Rangers are smart, tough, courageous, and disciplined. Rangers are self-starters, adventurers, and hard chargers. They internalize the mentality of a “more elite Soldier“, as the Ranger Creed states and as their intense mission requirements demand.

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Business, Finance, Grandverse Portfolio, Investing, Stocks

Grandverse Portfolio – Performance Update for 02/21/2017

Summary:

  • Grandverse Portfolio was up 1.28% for the day
  • Benchmark Portfolio was up 0.57% for the day
  • VIPS was the big gainer, posting a 7.15% increase
  • ENZ was the big loser, posting a 1.90% loss
  • GV Portfolio contained 11 winners and 4 losers
Portfolio Starting Value Previous Value Current Value Daily Change Return to Date
S&P 500 Benchmark Portfolio $100,000.00 $100,155.40 $100,722.40 0.57% 0.72%
Grandverse Portfolio $100,000.00 $100,204.80 $101,489.10 1.28% 1.49%

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Art, Philosophy, Story

The Zen Master & The Little Boy

“In this village, a little boy is given a gift of a horse. The villagers all say, “Isn’t that fabulous? Isn’t that wonderful? What a wonderful gift.”

The Zen master says, “We’ll see.”

A couple years later the boy falls off the horse and breaks his leg. The villagers all say, “Isn’t that terrible? The horse is cursed! That’s horrible!”

The Zen master says, “We’ll see.”

A few years later the country goes to war and the government conscripts all the males into the army, but the boy’s leg is so screwed up, he doesn’t have to go. The villagers all say, “Isn’t that fabulous? Isn’t that wonderful?”

The Zen master says, “We’ll see.””

*This is a version of a story first depicted in the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007) starring Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts.

Travel

10 Tips for the Adventurous Traveller

Travelling can be among the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. Make the most of your next adventure by following these 10 simple travel tips…

1. Meet Local People

This one of the best ways (if not the only way) to really experience the local culture. And since basic English is spoken worldwide, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to communicate when you through in some hand gestures and body language.

2. Take Lots Of Photos

With 195 countries and over 7.4 billion people in the world, chances are you’ll only get the chance to visit each destination once in your lifetime. So be sure to capture all the memories you create along the way by taking lots of photos.

3. Keep An Open Mind

Nothing can put a damper on an otherwise great experience like setting unrealistic expectations before even setting foot in a new place. Don’t fall into this trap. Every place you visit has its own unique history, culture, customs and cuisine. Appreciate each place for what it is and you’ll go a long way toward making the most out of each unique experience.

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Business, Finance, Grandverse Portfolio, Investing, Stocks

Grandverse Portfolio – Performance Update for 02/18/2017

Summary:

  • Grandverse Portfolio was up 0.20% for the day
  • Benchmark Portfolio was up 0.16% for the day
  • SWKS was the big gainer, posting a 4.24% increase
  • USNA was the big loser, posting a 1.86% loss
  • GV Portfolio contained 6 winners and 9 losers
Portfolio Starting Value Previous Value Current Value Daily Change Return to Date
S&P 500 Benchmark Portfolio $100,000.00 $100,000.00 $100,155.40 0.16% 0.16%
Grandverse Portfolio $100,000.00 $100,000.00 $100,204.80 0.20% 0.20%

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Business, Finance, Grandverse Portfolio, Investing, Stocks

Can we beat the stock market??

The holy grail of any aspiring investor is to beat the stock market. This is what professional investors get paid big money to do.

And historically, it didn’t matter if they underperformed the major indices by a little bit, since there was really no other way of gaining exposure to the stock market.

That’s simply not the case today. The emergence of index funds and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) has made it cheap and easy to gain exposure to the stock market with the guarantee of earning market returns.

But its human nature to want more. So professional investors continue to seek out above-average returns, and we continue to pay them big money to do so. But are we getting our money’s worth?

A recent study showed that 82% of large-cap funds underperformed the S&P 500 Index over a ten-year period. So if the pros can’t beat the market, what hope do we have?

Let’s find out…

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Business, Company Culture, Entrepreneurship, Hedge Funds

Billionaire will fire employees for not challenging the status quo…

What would happen if you wrote an email like this to your boss:

Ray — you deserve a “D-” for your performance today … you rambled for 50 minutes … It was obvious to all of us that you did not prepare at all because there is no way you could have and been that disorganized at the outset if you had prepared … today was really bad … we can’t let this happen again.

Good things probably wouldn’t come your way. That is, unless your boss is Ray Dalio.

Founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund, the self-made billionaire is changing the way his employees think. Rather than saying what they think he wants to hear, he’s challenging his employees to think for themselves and challenge the status quo when necessary.

Not only that, but “they can be fired for failing to challenge the status quo,” notes Wharton professor Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

Dalio insists that the culture of truth and openness he’s created at Bridgewater is central to the firm’s success.

“Our greatest power is that we know that we don’t know and we are open to being wrong and learning.” says Dalio.

Kathleen Elkins of CNBC has the full story.