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Archive for March, 2012

Concierge Medicine…is it Worth the Extra Cost?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, by

For most of the past three years, the national health care debate has focused on how best to expand coverage, with an emphasis on insuring the uninsured.  The mechanism that is now part of the new law…subject to the current review by the Supreme Court…will be a combination of the individual mandate to purchase health […]

Multiple Streams of Income: The Ultimate Hedge

Friday, March 23rd, 2012, by

Perhaps it has happened to you too.  That vague sense that you may have reached the point of diminishing returns on your primary source of income.  Maybe you’ve put all your eggs in one basket and find that no matter how closely you watch the basket, the rewards are no longer equal to the time […]

Shrinking Incomes for Primary Health Care Professionals

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, by

For primary health care providers,   it is the best of times…and the worst of times. Technology now makes it possible for family physicians to gather patient profiles together in a manner that simply was not possible in prior years.  Having all this data on hand helps to fulfill the long desired goal of upgrading the […]

How CEOs of Public Companies are Looting Shareholders Equity

Saturday, March 17th, 2012, by

Maybe the recent headline in the news caught your eye.  The current Chairman and CEO of Johnson and Johnson has a deferred compensation package valued at $143.5 million. Perhaps it was inevitable, when Nabors Industries last fall offered its CEO $100 million in severance–even though he was not leaving the company.  It’s important to get […]

Singled out: Yet Another Risk Factor in Retirement

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012, by

We keep hearing about the dramatic advances in longevity…allowing many to speculate on what it might be like to enjoy thirty or more years of retirement.  But there are other currents at work that serve to diminish this trend. Ann Marsh, in the March 6th issue of Financial Planning, points out the disturbing emergence of […]

Attention Must Be Paid: to Robert Arnott

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, by

You owe it to yourself to check out the most recent warnings from Robert Arnott, the founder and chairman of Research Affiliates, LL.C. Arnott not only manages two prominent funds for Pimco, but he has also helped Charles Schwab Co. develop a family of five fundamental Index Funds as a complement to their stable of […]

Your Best Market Bet-Shorting the Individual Investor

Friday, March 2nd, 2012, by

Mark Twain said it best. A cat that has once sat on a hot stove, will never again sit on a hot stove.  Or a cold stove…for that matter. Which will go a long way towards explaining investor sentiment in the face of our three year bull market recovery from the crisis lows of March […]