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Laughing at a Stock Market Crash

January 9, 2019

A stock market crash is no laughing matter. So, what’s with today’s seemingly irreverent headline? Well, because a stock market crash is eminently survivable if you are following the proper investment plan. As you likely know, Q4 2018 was a horrible one for stocks. On a total return basis, the S&P 500 plunged 13.52% in […]

Renaissance Man 2019: An Antidote to Chaos

January 2, 2019

One of the biggest breakout best-sellers of 2018 was the intellectual self-help work, “12 Rules for Life” by Dr. Jordan Peterson. The subtitle of this excellent and highly recommended book is “An Antidote to Chaos.” As Peterson explains throughout the work, life, by its very nature, is fraught with chaos that constantly must be put […]

The Fed’s December Dust Bowl

December 19, 2018

The Fed’s December Dust Bowl We can go from boom to bust From dreams to a bowl of dust… –RUSH, “Between the Wheels” In the Great Depression era of the 1930s, the term “dust bowl” was used to describe the drought-stricken Southern Plains region of the United States that suffered severe dust storms during a […]

Can You Still Find Stocks That are ‘Always Up’ (Even Now)?

December 12, 2018

Can You Still Find Stocks That are ‘Always Up’ (Even Now)? “This market is crazy!” That’s how one highly respected colleague described the volatility in markets over the past week or so, and I must say that I wholeheartedly agree. In fact, the price action in markets since early October has been wild and dangerous, […]

Reflections on ‘41’

December 5, 2018

As I write this week’s issue, there’s literally a funeral taking place at the Washington National Cathedral. The event is, of course, to remember and celebrate the life of President George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush “41” as he came to be known, died Friday at the age of 94. Since the news of Mr. Bush’s […]

The One Frequency to Tune in This Holiday Season

November 28, 2018

There has been a lot of name-calling on the calendar of late. There was “Black Friday,” which was followed shortly after by “Cyber Monday.” Then yesterday, it was all about “Giving Tuesday.” No doubt we consumers have been bombarded by retailers and charitable organizations for our attention, and our dollars, over the past week, and […]

This Year, Also Be Thankful for Dragons

November 21, 2018

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. For me, this holiday is a time for reflection, and of course, eating and imbibing more than any healthy daily caloric intake model would ever prescribe. Yet what really matters about tomorrow is what should matter about every day, and that is it’s a great opportunity to be thankful for all […]

In Defense of Economic ‘Bigness’

November 14, 2018

There’s an op-ed in the New York Times that has been getting some buzz over the past few days. It is written by Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, one of the most outspoken advocates for harsher and more intrusive antitrust laws. In his latest piece, “Be Afraid of Economic ‘Bigness.’ Be Very […]

And the Winner is… America

November 7, 2018

In the fantastically entertaining, although mostly unrealistic, modern film classic, “Wall Street,” the unforgettably unctuous villain Gordon Gecko famously made a speech where he proclaims, “Greed is good.” Today, I’ve decided to channel my inner Gecko and make a similar proclamation regarding last night’s midterm election results, and it is… “Gridlock is good.” Yes, gridlock […]

This Halloween Isn’t Nearly as Scary as 2008

October 31, 2018

The Halloween headlines in the financial media look really scary. In fact, I’ve seen many alarming leads today telling me that the NASDAQ Composite is on pace to have its worst October since the dreaded drop of 2008. So, in the spirit of the ghosts of Halloween past (hat tip to Charles Dickens here for […]

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