Monthly Archives: January 2017

No Leverage = Higher Costs

We hear all the time that medical costs are too high in the U.S., and that Medicare is going to go bankrupt in the future.  The President-Elect recently told us in a press conference that drug companies are “getting away … Continue reading

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The Uptrends We Never See

Most of us suspect that the world is going to hell in a hand basket—or at least getting worse over the long term.  In the U.S., only 4% of respondents will tell you that our world living conditions are improving. If … Continue reading

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Investments to Avoid

Every year, the Morningstar mutual fund tracking organization releases a list of the worst new ETF investments—and generally, these tend to be trendy new offerings that are designed to catch the eye of investors who are responding to yesterday’s  headlines … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Weird Food

Are you ready to start eating bugs?  Or or goldfish muscle dipped in fetal bovine serum?  Scientists point out that people 100 years ago probably would have barfed at the sight of a Twinkie and would have had trouble comprehending … Continue reading

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The Disruptors and the Disrupted

You know that online technologies are turning whole industries upside down.  Think Uber vs. the taxi industry, or Airbnb vs. hotels.  But has anybody assembled a comprehensive look at the new platforms and what are threatened by platform technologies? A … Continue reading

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2016 Year End Report

You know you’re deep into a longstanding bull market when you see things like average pedestrians keeping one eye on the market tickers outside of brokerage houses to see when the Dow Jones Industrial Average has finally breached the 20,000 … Continue reading

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Calendar Facts

Happy new year!  Did you ever wonder how January 1 became the day when one year ends and another begins?  Or why this handoff from one year to the next takes place a few weeks after the shortest day of … Continue reading

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