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Marty Allen once wrote, “A study of economics reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.” I feel that this is the story of how most people feel about investing. So often I find people retroactively kicking themselves for not buying internet stocks (and selling them before they tanked) or real estate...
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Over the weekend a friend of mine asked me about the impending “Fiscal Cliff”. For those who fancy themselves news hermits, at the end of the year the US will be up against a budget deadline that was set in the Summer of 2011 Debt Ceiling Crisis. In short, if Congress doesn’t do anything it...
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I’m being tongue in cheek, but speaking literally of gold and all the gold hype. Before 2000 for about twenty years gold was hardly spoken of in the media as an investment of any interest. Let’s look at some history: From the period of 1934-1971 gold was set at a fixed rate of $35.00 =...
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Homeownership has often been called the epitome of the American Dream. When I bought my first house at the ripe old age of 23 I remember going to it after the closing and quietly walking around the yard telling myself, “This is my land, it’s my land.” In the previous decade there were a lot...
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Halley’s Comet visits earth every 76 years. For the average person, this is a once in a life time event. Right now there is an event in the financial world that hasn’t happened since 1861 just over 150 years ago. In 2011, we completed a thirty year period in which bonds outperformed stocks. This is...
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Recently there was a special on TV about the various meteors that NASA has tracked. You may be relieved to know that all the major asteroids have been identified and we should not expect a large collision in the next few decades. The question was then posed, “If there was a large Armageddon-like asteroid heading...
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Most of us know the heads of these organizations: Ben Bernanke as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Alan Greenspan being his predecessor) and Timothy Geithner as the Secretary of the Treasury (Henry “Hank” Paulson being his predecessor). But it’s not always obvious how each of them is functioning. The US Treasury Department can be...
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Frequently I hear these terms used interchangeably, but they are two distinct concepts seeking to solve the same problem. Investing efficiently and effectively is not about randomly picking stocks and bonds because of the possibility of earning a high return, but creating an investment strategy that places you in a position to potentially earn the...
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