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Why I’m too greedy to invest in India and China 4

Why I’m too greedy to invest in India and China

I don’t own a single emerging market investment.  Why not?  Because I’m greedy, and I want the largest long term profits I can get my hands on. And I really want someone to prove me wrong on this one—because I’m...

Investment Update – 30 SEP 09 0

Investment Update – 30 SEP 09

Investors: I woke up this morning to see that the markets had fallen a bit again last night (as a guy in Singapore, my perspective of day and night might sound off to some of you, but it is what...

A narcotics accusation, a cryogenic chamber and a single stock 26

A narcotics accusation, a cryogenic chamber and a single stock

Your workplace is stormed by well-dressed officials who grab you, throw you into a car, and take you to an interrogation centre.  You’re part of a deeply rooted narcotics organization, they tell you—conducting its wholesale transactions in the bowels of...

Oh – This Doesn’t Look Good! 2

Oh – This Doesn’t Look Good!

Two years ago I took a routine cardiopulmonary stress test.  I was 37.  And I “failed” it.  Hooked up to electrodes I jogged on a treadmill.  And the rhythm of my heart alerted the specialist to a slight, possible abnormality. The...

When the SmartMoney is Dumb 2

When the SmartMoney is Dumb

At times, my good friend, Jeff Howe, coyly claims that he’s dumb.  He doesn’t have a college education, but if anyone believes that he’s a few bricks short of a full load, the joke’s on them. As a successful businessman...

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The Importance of Protecting Your Assets

Has your investment account dropped far more than it should have? Recently, a 56 year old friend complained about his investment account and he asked me to have a look at it.  As I write this, the U.S. stock market...

Investment advisory services plunder individual retirement accounts 1

Investment advisory services plunder individual retirement accounts

I’ve always been a fan of Scott Burns’ finance articles, and this one is no exception. He paints an ugly picture of financial service fees relative to investor’s returns, suggesting that fees are significantly higher today, than in the past,...

Why does a rising stock market depress me? 0

Why does a rising stock market depress me?

One of our investment club’s stocks is up nearly 10% in two days. Recently, another one of our stocks rose 4.3% in one day alone. And only one of our stock holdings is currently priced less than what we paid...

So you’re an American looking for an effective investment advisory service? 0

So you’re an American looking for an effective investment advisory service?

When I first met my wife, she was intimidated at the idea of questioning an investment advisor.  Most people feel the same way. But she was invested in products that could have cost her tens of thousands of dollars over...

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