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Is Online Dating a Good Match For Your Investment Portfolio?

The market is complex and there are a ton of unknowns. One thing we can bank on: billions of people will continue to search for their soulmates. Knowing that, it’s no wonder that Facebook has announced it wants in on the action. On May 1st, Zuckerberg’s seemingly simple words regarding their future in the space, brought the stock price for Match.com to it’s knees. Two days later, after the initial emotion settled, Match was up over 5% from the low. Hopefully, the relationships created through these sites are less volatile than these stock prices.

While we are big believers in Match.com for personal reasons (Jessica met her husband on Match), Facebook does have a couple of major advantages, in our opinion, since they already have a massive user base with profiles already created.  Facebook knows virtually everything about us; what we like and dislike, who we buy clothing from, what kind of music we listen to, and where we eat. Plus they own Oculus, a virtual reality company out to change the way we interact with one another. Our existing profiles could take a lot of the leg work out of drafting a bio and choosing flattering photos of ourselves. And imagine not having to stress about your blind date being a serial killer and instead have your date in the safety of your living room via virtual reality. If you’re not as conservative, you might want to stick with Tinder, but for the more discerning, Facebook will potentially open the door to safe, not-so-blind first dates and less awkward end of evening interactions.

Bottom line, the future is coming whether we like it or not. Technology is ever-evolving. How could this impact your investment strategy? Do you believe Facebook prices will rise,providing a buying opportunity now or do you feel you’ve missed the boat? Currently the stock sits between its 52 week low and its 52 week high. Where will it go from here?  As for Match.com, we don’t think Facebook’s potential advances necessarily means Match is out of the running. Match owns Tinder, OK Cupid, and Plenty of Fish. Even with Facebook jumping on the bandwagon with online dating, Match has a plethora of options and a solid reputation that dates back to 1993. Many are skeptical of Facebook’s privacy policies and are hesitant to share even more personal information than they already do. Will this give Match the upper hand?

In choosing your stocks, all of these things come into play. You need to understand the growth opportunity, potential new products or services, the risks of competition, the assets held by the company, and have a decent understanding of how the company makes money. If this proves to be more than you are comfortable with you can always hire a broker to manage your investments and/or choose mutual funds so that you have exposure to many stocks instead of just a handful that you have hand picked.  Same goes for dating; you can always hire a real life matchmaker to do the dirty work for you.  Life is all about choices.  Let’s hope you make the right ones in both categories!

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