Pitfalls can come from relying on ETFs
Published 10/2/2010 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments
Paul Orfalea discourses about exchange-traded funds.
Skewed market props up guilty companies
Published 7/31/2010 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments
How did investors react to the fact that Pfizer pleaded guilty to illegal marketing of its products and settled with the Justice Department for $2.3 billion last year? The settlement included the largest criminal fine in Justice Department history. One ...
Inflation remedy may be needed for debt ills
Published 7/3/2010 at 11:48 a.m. 1 comment
Imagine you’ve invited a 900-pound gorilla to an elegant tea party. He arrives in his finest clothes, carrying a pink box of fresh cupcakes, to the great pleasure of all of your guests. Then foolishly, you seat him next to ...
Orfalea: Bank 'vipers and thieves' have long history
Published 6/5/2010 at 3:16 p.m. 0 comments
Recently, we came across this impressive quotation: “Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When ...
- Where are today's big dreams for our future? Published 3/7/2010 at 12:01 a.m. 2 comments
Seeking rationale for stock market is irrational
Published 1/2/2010 at 3:20 p.m. 0 comments
Every day, the press explains — in real time — exactly why the stock market is doing what it is doing: “Jobs data spooks street!”; “Earnings news buoys wall street”; “Market rallies on unicorn sighting.”
Asking positive questions can be profitable
Published 10/4/2009 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments
Asking a positive question can yield investment results.
In praise of prudent leaders who kept reserves
Published 9/6/2009 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments
The May 2 issue of The Economist magazine exposed some startling news about some of America’s and Europe’s largest public companies: Their balance sheets look good.
Experiences color investments
Published 8/2/2009 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that if you ask the average 85-year-old his or her opinion on the stock market, you will hear that it is a harsh, untrustworthy monster that caused the Great Depression, and no sensible person would ever risk ...
How inflation became an economic good guy
Published 2/1/2009 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments
Imagine this scenario: In the not-too-distant future, a man is cryogenically preserved until a cure can be found for his terminal disease. Before freezing himself, the man invests all of his money in real estate and stock market index funds.
New Year's resolution: Learn from our mistakes
Published 1/4/2009 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments
Those who resolve to learn from past financial mistakes will be entering 2009 with a great deal of caution. Last year was an epic time for the discovery of errors among regulators and financial institutions of all sorts, including money ...
Even positive change causes some regression
Published 12/7/2008 at 12:01 a.m. 0 comments
What a year. Some say we are facing the greatest economic crisis in a century, but the situation is so complex, no one can really be sure. Some predict another Great Depression. Others warn of the potential for hyperinflation as ...
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