Friday, September 30, 2011

ECRI Predicts New Recession

Weakness in leading economic indicators has become so pervasive that Economic Cycle Research Institute co-founder Lakshman Achuthan now predicts a new recession is unavoidable and states - "You haven't seen anything yet. It's going to get a lot worse."

However, I'm not jumping on the "new recession" bandwagon just yet, and believe the Fed will do anything to prevent another recession. But, there is the good possibility that Achuthan is correct when he says "we ain't seen nothing yet", and we just may see stock prices drop even further.

Personally, I believe the stock market is a like a beautiful woman, fickle and unforgiving at times, but willing to give it up in a moment's notice. So, I see this recent pullback in the markets, based on those recession fears, as an opportunity to "get some" select stocks cheaply while I can.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Are You Smarter Than The Market?

I keep the main bulk of savings appropriately allocated according to my tolerance for risk and my age, and invest it in low-cost index funds offered by The Vanguard Group. But, I keep a small portion of my portfolio invested in cash, and use it to speculate in the markets. Over the past ten years or so, I've been very successful, and have significantly outperformed the bulk portion of my portfolio.

However, if you're an individual investor who doesn't want to spend a significant amount of your time and energy trying to "manage" your investments, here's some good investing advice from Jack Bogle, The Vanguard Group founder and the creator of low-cost "passive" index fund investing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Message From Wall Street

After being reported today just how extensive the corruption is at the SEC, Wall Street decided to release this message to Government regulators and the gullible American investor.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Message To The POTUS

Economic growth is faltering. Now is not the time to take a wait-and-see approach. You're going to have to pull your team together and take some much needed action to pull us out of this mess.

Don't wanna wait 'til tomorrow. Why put it off another day?
One by one, little problems, build up and stand in our way

One step ahead, one step behind it. Now you gotta run to get even
Make future plans I'll dream about yesterday, hey!
Come on turn, turn this thing around

(Right now) Hey! It's your tomorrow
(Right now) Come on, it's everything
(Right now) Catch your magic moment
Do it right here and now. It means everything

Miss a beat, you lose a rhythm, an nothin' falls into place
Only missed by a fraction, slipped a little off your pace

The more things you get, the more you want. Just trade in one for another
Workin' so hard to make it easy. Whoa, got to turn. Come on, turn this thing around

(Right now) Hey, it's your tomorrow
(Right now) Come on, it's everything
(Right now) Catch that magic moment
Do it right here and now, it means everything

Said a lie to me, right now. What are ya waitin' for? Right now!

(Right now) Hey! It's your tomorrow
(Right now) Come on, it's everything
(Right now) Catch that magic moment
And do it right, right now (Right now)
Oh, right now.

It's what's happening, right here and now
Right now, it's right now!
Tell me, what are ya waitin' for?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fiscal Versus Monetary Policy

Some investors talk of abolishing The Fed or having it come directly under Government control. But do we really want both monetary policy and fiscal policy to be controlled by corrupt politicians doing the bidding of their corporate owners? Would that really be of any benefit to our struggling economy?

Fiscal and Monetary Policy from Marketplace on Vimeo.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Keeping Things In Perspective

Trust is important for an investor. As long as you can keep things in perspective.

TRUST from Rex Martin on Vimeo.