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The Best 401K Ever

Friday, October 31st, 2008, by

Yogi Berra once said that you can observe a lot by looking. Looking through our local paper’s business section, I scanned quickly through yet another dreary…”What do we do now that the market has been so nasty to us” article. As the media always does, they interviewed several mid-level workers to get their take on […]

Who will Insure the Insurers?

Thursday, October 30th, 2008, by

Just when you thought your bag of worries was already full… Here are some reasons why it’s not a good idea to shout “fire” in a crowded theater. A few months back, Senator Schumer of New York warned that IndyMac Bank was in dire straits. In short order, we soon had a full fledged, Jimmy […]

John Stossel…Television worth watching

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008, by

We all know television is a vast wasteland. But here’s an exception that proves the rule. John Stossel’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics I hope you had a chance last week to catch John Stossel’s special 20/20 show, titled “John Stossel’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics.” If you missed it, you can catch it on […]

Yield, Safety or Liquidity

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008, by

Choose from the above menu. But don’t overreach. Never All Three at the Same Time Its tough for anyone in our want it all, do it all, culture to make hard choices. Back in the day, the operative rule was you could easily have one out of three, and if you were lucky…two. And someday […]

Think Small (Cap)

Monday, October 27th, 2008, by

Let’s quickly survey the market so see what is still left standing: It’s a mixed bag, for sure. Here are the few indicia that, while down, have not been clobbered as much as the broad market averages. (Of course, considering all the volatility last week, this may be completely outdated by the time this posts.) […]

Tyson disses Cramer

Friday, October 24th, 2008, by

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not motivated to take investment instruction from some guy who throws chairs across his studio set to punctuate his recommendations. I’m referring, of course, to Jim Cramer’s Mad Money show on CNBC. Mad At Mad Money This guy has no hesitation about pulling the trigger…even when it means shooting […]

Home Ownership is not for Everyone

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008, by

Main Street Carries The Blame Too We must stop demonizing Wall Street and Washington for the mess we are in. Take the worst policy decisions ever, and I can promise you…that it must have seemed like a very good idea at the time. Home Ownership as “The American Dream” We have a deeply ingrained belief […]

Global Action for the Global Crisis

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008, by

A disclaimer first: This is not a breaking news blog. No way I can compete with the Wall Steet Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and all the other 24/7 news aggregators. What I try to do is offer a personal slant and analysis on the major trends…after I’ve sifted and sorted through the headlines. The Globalization of […]