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Bias For Clarity

Bias for action. Gets things done. Go-getter. Traits companies big and small look for. And for good reason, you're being hired to do things! However, action is a secondary step that often overshadows the primary step, direction.   Clear direction is the foundation that enables our actions to takeoff. Without it, we're stuck in the mud.  Striving for clarity is an underrated skill. Having the courage to ask ( seemingly ) obvious questions, and to check in, making sure we're all on the same page. "O bvious " questions are a low risk, high reward way to add value. At worst, you'll add confidence to our actions. At best, you discover a misalignment that saves us from a dead-end.  The more people, the more clear we need to be. The bigger the initiative, the bigger the risk of reaching the finish line, only to realize expectations were off.  Success is always uncertain. But we can be certain about what we want and what everyone's job is. Things that can be clea

ELI5: Why Split Stocks?



Last summer, Apple's stock price went from $500 to $125. On face value, this shocking. A drop of 75% for one of the world's most successful and beloved companies. Are iPhones the next BlackBerries? Was there a scandal with Siri? Nope. The reality is much more boring. 

It was a matter of corporate accounting. Apple did what many public companies do from time to time. They increased their number of shares - by splitting them. Stock splits can happen in many fashions. 2-for-1, 3-for-1, you get the picture. In Apple's case, 4-for-1. 

This means Apple 4x their shares outstanding. Their overall value remained unchanged. Just more shares, worth less a piece.

Seems like a lot of work to get back to same place, no?

There's a reason. Stock splits help increase access. As a stock rises, it becomes more and more difficult to buy. Berkshire Hathaway is a prime example. Through decades of compounded success (and never splitting) a single share is now trading well over a whopping $300K. 

You could make the case that greater access means more buyers, thus the price gets bid up. However, there are many examples of stocks dropping after a split. Including Apple, who's value was down following theirs. 

Whatever effect it might have shouldn't matter in the long run, the value eventually comes back to fundamentals. The impact on you, the investor is minimal. 

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