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How a Pre-Socratic Philosopher Got Rich Buying Options

May 16, 2018

When you think of the world’s greatest investors, you probably don’t think all the way back 2,500 years ago to Ancient Greece. But you should — and the name that you should think about is Thales of Miletus. Thales was a brilliant man, and one of the first real Western philosophers and scientists (although “scientist” wasn’t […]

Celebrating 75 Years of ‘The Fountainhead’

May 9, 2018

Can reading a novel make a real difference in one’s life? I know that for me, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” And, I know I’m not alone, because many people have said that reading that same novel profoundly altered their perspective, deeply challenged their thinking and also inspired them to become who they really […]

This Is My New Favorite Economic Indicator

May 2, 2018

As an investor, newsletter writer and market commentator, I’m always on the lookout for a new way to look at the macro picture that will give me greater insight. And while many of the tried-and-true indicators (moving averages, gross domestic product, 10s-2s spread, relative price strength) do a good job of telling us where markets […]

Paying Tribute to a Great American Educator

April 25, 2018

If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, or if you raised children during that period, you probably know all about “Schoolhouse Rock.” I know as child growing up in the post-Nixon-turmoil era, I learned a lot about how government works by watching the Saturday morning television hits, including “I’m Just a Bill” and […]

In Search of the Bull’s Demise

April 18, 2018

I read a whole lot of analysis about the market every week. Lately, much of that analysis has been overwhelmingly bearish. In fact, I’ve read more bearish analysis over the past couple of months than I’ve read over the past two years. This makes sense, of course, given the swoon in stocks and the ramped-up […]

What I Wish Mark Zuckerberg Would Say

April 11, 2018

It’s day two of the Mark Zuckerberg grilling on Capitol Hill. That means it’s another opportunity for grandstanding bureaucrats to attack a businessman for his achievement. You see, the men and women of Congress all have created multi-billion-dollar businesses that have changed the world, so of course they know better than the Facebook (FB) creator […]

Does Donald Trump Hate Freedom?

April 4, 2018

The president seems to want a trade war with China. The president also seems to want a war with Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com (AMZN).   A broader way to say this is that the president seems to want to wage war on you and me. I say this, regrettably, because what I see coming out […]

The Recent Storm of Contract Dysfunction

March 28, 2018

Word is bond. That’s the phrase that keeps coming to mind for me amidst the two most prominent political stories of the day — the Stormy Daniels affair and the latest push to restrict gun rights. Now, “word is bond” is urban slang shorthand for the longer phrase “your word is your bond,” meaning that […]

The Best of Times Is Right Now

March 21, 2018

What do you get when you put a Harvard psychologist on stage at the same Hollywood venue where they hold the Academy Awards? The answer is one gigantic dose of feel good. That was my takeaway last week Wednesday night after attending a discussion given by Harvard University Professor Steven Pinker, a psychologist and best-selling […]

Bears, Globalists vs. Protectionists, and Conquering Fear

March 14, 2018

Last week the market “celebrated” an infamous anniversary. You see, it was March 9, 2009, when U.S. stocks hit their recession low. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped to 6,547, a level not previously seen since April 1997. The S&P 500 fell below 700, which was a 13-year low. Now, that’s an anniversary that you […]

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