Sunday, January 19, 2014

Corporate Gender Discrimination

Fact: Female Hedge Fund investors outperformed their male counterparts for the second year in a row. This is part of a broad (pardon the pun) trend called "Womenomics" - an upcoming paradigm shift in the way individuals and companies approach work, due to an increase in value of women in the workforce and changing attitudes of women towards priorities of balancing work and personal life.

Sunday morning on the NBC show On the Money they talked about the role of woman in the investment industry and why most women shy away and allow this to be a male dominated game.

Who's better at investing - men or women? In my generation, investing was left for men, but if I could go back in time, I would be much more involved in the investments my family made, though economics was never my thing. You have to be programmed for it, but I could have learned.

I also consider the Stock Market a game where men gamble and play, and women are/were often second class citizens mostly to be tolerated or called "corporate bitches" when they try to get things done. Too much stress which brings male players from Wall Street to me for guidance. It's not an easy life style with a high burnout rate, divorce, and substance abuse. You become married to your work, which is fine if it suits your lifestyle, but for the average family person the challenges are great and often reflect antiquated systems of life.

A male and female guest on the show agreed that women today are as smart as men in business and though most of us take comfort in investing with a male broker, women can do just as good a job if not better. Women tend to feel they know less than the average investor while men tend to feel they know more. Men simply have more confidence and feel more at ease talking about investments. For me ... it's just about keeping up with trends and knowing how the games are played - remembering that life is about patterns.

Question: Will gold go up again in 2014? How high will the market go and what does that really mean? Big question - will the market crash again based on past history?

Ah ... here both men and women need to use their intuition and experience to find the answers. They need to be confident in their conclusions.

My take in any field today - both men and women can become equally qualified once educated and trained.

Tuesday morning (Monday, this week, is MLK day) - at the sound of the bell - the games begin once again.

SAG Awards

How does one pick the best of the best as each year performers do amazing jobs and scripts gets better? I don't watch dramas therefore much of the films and TV shows are unfamiliar, but by the time the awards shows are over - I am familiar with great performances by all. As with everything - winning is all about timing in the program.

The Golden Globes had interesting celebrities who were drunk much of the time, but fun nontheless.

I missed the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday which was highlighted by Sandra Bullock using the "F" word when she said WTF. The news featured a few other entertainers also using some colorful expressions - bleep - but that's real life.

Saturday night I watched the best of the award shows to far this season - the SAG awards - as celebrities honor those in their industry with a statue looking like an unclothed Greek god. There were jokes about it - one actress fondling him during her acceptance speech. Humor is the spice of life. Ladies ... Oprah looked gorgeous in purple.

Rita Moreno, 82, was the best, singing during her acceptance speech and also using the "F" word. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Academy Award. She was also given a special award by President GW Bush and another by President Obama.

Highlights ... 5 moments from the SAG Awards   CNN - January 19, 2014

In two weeks we come to the Grammy Awards hosted by one of my favorite performers - LL Cool J. Grammy performances always make the evening.