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The Fed: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Friday, September 14th, 2012, by

The Federal Reserve system has done it once again.  They’ve doubled down on a very poor hand, now launching the third round of bond buying since the Great Recession of 2009. The stock market is on a sugar high, but it won’t last.  The best visual I can think of that represents the market would […]

The Best Asset Class is Hiding in Plain Sight

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, by

Here’s something that comes up with every one of my medical professional clients that I work with in both my wealth management practice and my health care franchising business… …striking the right balance in putting together a mix of distinct asset classes when constructing their investment portfolio. Of course, all the usual suspects are included. […]

This Time Is Different….If Only That Were True

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, by

I’m almost finished reading “This Time is Different” by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, and I strongly suggest you add this to your book queue. It’s not my first tour through the history of financial folly. You should also look into the 1978 classic “Manias, Panics and Crashes” written by the economic historian Charles Kindleberger. […]

Upscale Subprime

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, by

It’s not just the mom and pop buyers who are looking at onerous mortgage resets on the poorly underwritten loans giddily funded back during the recent  bubble. The smart money in commercial real estate is not the Wall Street Firms that bought in at top dollar in 2007. The smart money is the guys who […]

Gold and Silver, Part II

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009, by

In our prior posts on precious metals, we have alluded to the hoarding of these “commodity currencies” in Exchange Traded Funds. Unlike direct ownership in common stocks, like most index funds, the precious metals ETFs actually require physical possession of the underlying gold or silver. I’ve never been a big fan, because when push comes […]

Your Government Hard at Work, Part I

Friday, October 16th, 2009, by

This might be an opportune time to see how our Uncle Sam is working to protect our newly nationalized insurance and banking industries. We’ve just had two back to back announcements on asset disposition that will help to shine a spotlight on the hard working Feds out to protect their taxpayer investments. Today we will […]

The Company Store

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, by

Younger readers will not be familiar with the term. In years past, small factory or mining towns, dominated by one major employer, would often pay the employees in scrip redeemable only at the company owned store. Of course, they abused their monopoly pricing power, and held the hapless employees in thrall to their meager, overpriced […]

Out of Control Healthcare Spending?

Monday, August 31st, 2009, by

Like a dog with a bone, I just can’t let go of the raging health care reform debate. It’s shaping up to be the pivotal paradigm shift for the next decade..perhaps longer. I don’t consider myself to be an expert on health care reform…just a well-informed consumer.  But I have immersed myself into residential real […]