Monthly Archives: October 2011

On Starting Something

On the matter of how to spend the weekend: You could spend it reading Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest eggs of American Workers, by Ellen Schultz, who, over a number of years of digging through SEC and IRS … Continue reading

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Trumping Uncertainty

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You think you’re above average (we all think we’re above average). For argument’s sake, let’s say you are. More, you’re brilliant, generally regarded as tops in your field. Will that save your bacon if your “field” implodes? Are you prepared to function in the … Continue reading

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On Chaos as Normal

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A speculative party for the ages ended in the Spring of 2000, capping a sixty-eight year bull market in stocks. Quite abruptly, the bubble morphed into a Grand Supercycle bear market. So far,  a first leg down, bottoming in ’03,  led to a revisiting of the … Continue reading

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Spinmeisters at Work

While eating your Cheerios this morning, you did a double take on the headline for the lead article in the New York Times: Recession Officially Over, U.S. Incomes Kept Falling. ‘Splain that one to me, you said. Easy. “Official” designations of … Continue reading

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On Market Professionals

She is a new reader and wants to know if I am a professional, or just very knowledgeable. I can’t answer that without getting aw shucks hangdog, shyly digging the toe of my sneaker in the dirt. She implies that … Continue reading

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Successful Investing is so Random

This essay first posted in August, 2007 When I think of successful investors, I think of George. George became wealthy by his own efforts. He began investing at a young age and had amassed a portfolio valued in the millions … Continue reading

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