17 02, 2016

KOM February Financial Blog

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Hooray, Stock Markets are Crashing!

By: Jack Strada – KOM Financial Planning

The title of this blog is not a headline you will read in any financial publication. Instead, you are more likely to read headlines screaming about how many billions of dollars of value has been erased from the markets. A google search on “Stock market crash” brought up the following gems:

Are Stocks 80% Overvalued? New Evidence Shocks Wall Street

​Analyst: Here Comes the Biggest Stock Market Crash in a Generation
​Famed Harvard Economist Predicts: “The Greatest Stock Market Collapse since the Great Depression”
​This plays upon people’s fears and often leads to knee-jerk reactions from individual investors. In fact, this has been happening as can be seen from the data published in Bloomberg on January 9th:

​As I have written before, this is exactly the behavior you want to avoid. Better to think like Warren Buffett, who has been quoted to say:

“Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.” ~ Warren Buffett

​So when stock markets drop, you need to look at it as if one of your favorite products is on sale. This is difficult to do, especially when you see the overall value of your investments has dropped dramatically. If you have a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds; however, you can re-balance your portfolio and take advantage of the stock market ‘sale’. These are themes I repeat often in my blog: 1) don’t let your emotions influence your investment decisions, 2) market crises come and go, but in the long run, equity markets have provided a return greater than inflation, and 3) avoid market timing; rather, maintain a diversified portfolio and [...]

17 02, 2016

WCA February Nutrition Blog – Black Currant- the New Superfood?

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Most of us are looking for a “nutritional edge.” The one food or combination of foods/supplements that will excel our body faster than any other racer in the pack. It is this phenomenon that drives research to investigate foods that may enhance performance. Within the recent decade, the potent antioxidant anthocyanin has been identified in many different red, purple, and blue fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, and flowers. This category of antioxidant has been shown to have significant health and performance benefits.

Towards the end of this past year, the New Zealand black currant berry (CurraNZ) has been identified as a potent source of anthocyanin. Further research needs to be conducted on this intriguing berry before I conclude it reliably beneficial and begin recommending pre-race dosing, but the emerging data is interesting. One of these studies uses black current during repeated running sprints to exhaustion, but can be comparable to sprints and surges experienced regularly in cycling.

Perkins et al. (2015) have tested the New Zealand black currant extract containing 300mg/day CurraNZ with 105mg anthocyanin for 7 days versus a placebo when performing multiple short high-intensity running sprints with the same length recovery in between sessions. The results indicated those taking CurraNZ covered a greater total distance with repeated sprints (10.6% increase distance), had higher lactate at exhaustion, and larger changes in lactate during early stages of recovery after repeated sprints to exhaustion. I don’t doubt that future studies including this berry will quickly emerge.

This berry, like many others, in my mind acts as nature’s platform to deliver anthocyanin. Anthocyanin can be found in many foods though, and deserves to be consumed regularly in an athlete’s [...]

17 02, 2016

New WCA Kit on Sale NOW

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NEW WCA KIT ON SALE NOW – JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

We’re teaming up with DNA Cycling for the NEW WCA Kit! Sport Your Support for the WCA and women’s cycling when you purchase the NEW WCA Kit. You also get a FREE custom pair of DeFeet WCA socks with your WCA Kit purchase, while supplies last. Hurry!

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