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Clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity-clickity…….SOWHOOOOOOOSH!

When I look at the graph you’re about to see, I can’t help but think back to my last roller-coaster ride. I can literally hear the “clickity-clickity” of the ratchet mechanism slapping beneath the cars, preventing us from slipping backwards as we’re propelled relentlessly forward in a steep and seemingly unstoppable ascent. I remember thinking […]

The Stock Market As Time Machine

I am sure very few people look at it this way but, in reality, the stock market is actually used by most investors as a means of “cheating time” rather than simply as a means of making money. Please read on and allow me to explain. There was a time when stocks were purchased primarily […]

I.O.U.S.A. Movie: Watch This Free 30 Minute Trailer

I had been waiting for the I.O.U.S.A. documentary to show up here in the Raleigh-area movie theaters ever since it came out and it has finally arrived. However, while I was waiting, I spotted this 30-minute trailer that makes the movie – and many of its important points – accessible to everyone, regardless of area. […]

Nearing Impact: A U.S. Debt Crash Course

Over the past decade or so, I have occasionally seen an article – or sometimes a chart – referencing the dollar amount of marginal or “extra” U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that is generated by adding each new dollar of government debt. In other words, with their unique brand of wisdom, the federal government tries […]

The U.S. FED: What! Me Worry?

From time-to-time, I like to swing by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRBSL) website to check on their “aggregate” monetary and financial indicators and measure the pulse of our nation’s economic base – which is the overall supply of money and credit in the United States economy. When you have a financial system […]

My Response To A Reader’s Important Questions – Questions That Deserve A Public Answer

This post is written in response to questions that came up from my recent post “An Elegant, Market-based Solution To The Banking/Credit Crisis”. Since this is EXACTLY the type of discussion and dialogue I’d hoped would develop, I wanted to bring it to the forefront so we can have the opportunity to “sort this out” […]

Fixed Indexed Annuities: What They Are and How They Might Benefit You

Fixed indexed annuities – also known as equity indexed annuities – made their initial debut in the middle part of the 1990’s but have been gaining popularity at an especially rapid pace over the last five or six years due, primarily, to the extreme levels of volatility in the stock and bond markets. So why […]

The Crushing Potential of Financial Derivatives

George Soros, one of the world’s foremost investor-speculators, has said many times that he stays away from financial derivatives because “no one understands them”. In the world of finance, derivatives might be comparable to the theoretical study of linear particle acceleration in nuclear physics. Such theories appear to be “understood” mainly based on current assumptions […]

“How should I own my gold?”

Editor’s Note: This article is written to address “worst-case” scenarios that should be considered as part of a comprehensive strategic wealth management plan. The author does not anticipate or predict that any such scenarios would or will materialize. However, planning for the worst while hoping for the best has always been excellent advice in both […]

FACT: Money Market Funds Expose You To Risk

Due to many years of sunny days and good fortune, holders of money market mutual funds have had their senses dulled. Money market funds have been so dependable for the past few decades that most people consider them to be a type of “super checking account” that offers full and immediate liquidity yet still pays […]