100

In mathematics

One hundred is the square of 10 (in scientific notation it is written as 102). The standard SI prefix for a hundred is “hecto-“.

One hundred is the basis of percentages (per cent meaning “per hundred” in Latin), with 100% being a full amount. It is the sum of the first nine prime numbers.

In science

On the Celsius scale, 100 degrees is the boiling temperature of pure water at sea level.

In politics

The United States Senate has 100 Senators.

In money

Most of the world’s currencies are divided into 100 subunits; for example, one euro is one hundred cents and one pound sterling is one hundred pence.

The U.S. hundred-dollar bill has Benjamin Franklin‘s portrait; the “Benjamin” is the largest U.S. bill in print. American savings bonds of \$100 have Thomas Jefferson‘s portrait, while American \$100 treasury bonds have Andrew Jackson‘s portrait.

In blogging

100 posts is just getting started, I know. If this were TV, 100 episodes would mean all-aboard the syndication gravy train. In blogging, I’m still an infant slathered in SPF 100 to protect my delicate skin & sensibilities. There will probably never be a train for me in blogging. Or gravy. But I do love writing.

In these last 100 posts, I’ve received 98 comments & every single one makes me smile– even the negative because it still means somebody is actually reading something I loved writing.

And actually, I must be saying some things to resonate with people in my short tenure, because I heart Wall Street has been highlighted or referenced by the Financial Planning Association once, Registered Rep once, The Huffington Post once, it was Freshly Pressed on WordPress.com, The Business Insider twice, the WSJ twice, & Abnormal Returns twice. And yeh, I know– it’s child’s play.  I have them all up on my refrigerator at home to prove it.

Since we’re being honest, I want you to know that what I’ve posted in scatological order was eventually supposed to amount to a book proposal, Everything Your Broker Will Never Tell You. But frankly, I enjoy the multimedia aspect of blogging so much, I’m not so sure anymore. What I am sure of is this…I will keep plugging away with my love for writing. And I will continue to be thankful for you reading.

Big thank you: to The Reformed Broker for letting me freak out about blogger stuff & always being honest. Abnormal Returns for keeping an open mind when I submit posts for consideration (cause they aren’t all gold). To Joe Weisenthal giving me my first “big break.” Mebane Faber for his unwavering friendship. And Howard Lindzon for creating a new outlet, StockTwits, for baby bloggers like me.

Cheers, SB

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6 thoughts on “100”

1. Find yourself a good attorney and a broker dealer you’d want to associate with. The big names that come to mind are Schwab, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity. Look in RIAbiz.com directory for a good
attorney. Good night & Good luck.
http://www.riabiz.com/d

2. Wiggy says:

How do I get in contact with these firms to help extract myself? Do you know who I can speak with?

3. To further Zack’s point,

The reason I suggested an attorney is the retention you speak of in some circles has been deemed an invalid meanings of retention. Although you would be required to repay the amount owed– it could settled & repaid over time allowing for you to move on as you wish. Your situation has given me inspiration for a post on this subject. Be on the look out.

4. I don’t know if it helps but there are firms that work confidentially to help brokers extract themselves and set themselves up as RIAs.

5. Thanks. That’s a tough situation– I’d talk to an attorney.

6. Wiggy says:

Congrats on #100, I am a recent reader so a new fan. We share the insight into Meb Faber whose book has had a major impact on the way I now manage risk in portfolios. I wish I hadn’t bitten the forbidden fruit of the retention package. I know, easy to say give it back. But I’ve gone on and spent the damn thing.

I went back and read your first post. Good stuff. You are right 75% of the time you are trying to navigate the layers of bs managers, each one more scared than the next that they are going to lose their jobs. No one wants to help, mentor or coach. It’s about recruiting and driving home grown product.

Anyway, before I sound like a bitter old man — there has got to be a solution to my problem, some type of halfway house to save my soul?

I toast you for another 100 posts.

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