First and foremost, I don’t intend to single out MSN, as they do have some great personal finance authors on their website. Despite that fact, some of their articles and writers are simply a joke. Below is a snapshot from an actual article in MSN’s investing section, one that made MSN’s main portal page a few weeks ago.
Want to write your own lame investing article? Here are the steps to do so:
1. Include a picture of yourself looking like a douchebag – Kindergarten
2. Include a cliche, overused, dumbed-down title – 4th grade
3. Arrange letters in the alphabet into two, three, or four letter ticker symbols – 1st grade
4. Include charts that show an upward trend – 3rd grade
There you have it. Everything you need to earn your investing column. Unfortunately, if you’ve passed the fifth grade, you’re already overqualified.