October, 2012

Understanding Our New Investment Climate

This video gives a wonderful overview of what is going on in the economy and in markets. Ty Andros and Gordon T. Long discuss our economic problem. A Must Watch! It is one of the best explanations of what lies ahead that I have heard. Regardless of who wins the election, this problem is insurmountable even if Romney wants to change [...]

Common Sense Video — “We are in a Death Spiral”

This video gives a wonderful overview of what is going on. Ty Andros and Gordon T. Long discuss our economic problem. A Must Watch! It is one of the best explanations of what lies ahead that I have heard. Regardless of who wins the election, this problem is insurmountable even if Romney wants to change things. Politics and mathematics preclude a [...]

Investing Guidelines Are No Longer Relevant

The financial and economic world has changed, dramatically!  What lies ahead is bigger change still. Few are capable of even imagining what is likely to occur. Forces driving change are diverse and include technology, the imposition of demonstrably incorrect economic policy and increasing government interventions. The first force is arguably one for good. The latter two are not and their [...]

Why Investors Must Behave More Like Traders

The Past Is No Longer A Guide For The Future The financial and economic world has changed, dramatically!  What lies ahead is bigger change still. Few are capable of even imagining what is likely to occur. Forces driving change are diverse and include technology, the imposition of demonstrably incorrect economic policy and increasing government interventions. The first force is arguably [...]

The Disgrace of The Press and The Presidency

Benghazi is a tragedy on several levels. Four American lives were lost simply because this country did not protect citizens who were serving the country. Whether there was negligence before the fact in terms to inadequate security is an important question, but it pales in comparison with two other issues: What is the President covering up and why? Can he [...]

Recent Vacation

This picture is of three goldendoodles. One is mine, one my daughter’s and one my daughter’s neighbor’s. We recently drove out to Minnesota where the dogs had a great time as did we. The dogs were easier to handle than the grandkids.

Don’t Despair, Even When Things Look Darkest

Reader Bob Crum sent this comment in: Words do mean something. At the beginning of the American Revolution, after the King’s military took over New York, and had beaten down George Wahington in Delaware, Americans were beyond hope. The future president, John Adams wrote, “the prospect is chilling, on very side, gloomy, melancholy and dispiriting.” His cousin, Samuel Adams, had endured terrible losses, his wife and four of [...]

For Obama, Even A Dog Does Not Qualify As A Friend

The Benghazi tragedy will not go away. The questions are simple to formulate and should be just as easy to answer unless there is something that must be hidden. Jack Kelly provides commentary along with some questions. There is no investigation necessary to answer these questions. If Obama wanted the answers (presuming he doesn’t already have them), he could receive [...]

Bond Funds Have Risk

Bonds and bond funds are not without risk. There is default risk which is the risk associated with the bond issuer not honoring his obligation(s). In the event of a default, the bondholder will not receive what he contracted for. He may lose all future interest payments and the principal. Or, as in some bankruptcies, bondholders are said to “take [...]

A Case For Gold

A case for owning gold from GLD, the SPDR gold fund.

Hybrid Annuities

Are you nearing retirement? Are you familiar with hybrid annuities? They may or may not be right for you, but you at least can learn a little about them here. For those of you who watch this, make sure you explore the option to convert to a pension for life. In the video, the presenter talks about having $600,000 and [...]