EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, THINKING NOW

Trade? NATO? Change Without Disruption? Dream On.

JULY 13, 2018. Beyond politics and a polarized media, the facts defining trade and NATO stand clear, despite media spin. Both are negotiations, not some flossy brunch with the partners. It’s business, national business, and that means upset.
But not to worry. Our European allies dearly love us–like a Sugar Daddy. Besides, fussing is much easier, and cheaper, then reworking insular national budgets. How upset does your daughter get if the funds aren’t there?
World War II ended 73 years ago. The Soviet Union collapsed 27 years ago. Treaties are binding, all round. Abrogations matter. Yet, is the United States really obligated to continue subsidizing the security of nations unwilling to live up to their own treaty commitments? If they don’t care enough to pay, why should we?
In stark violation of WTO rules, and free trade, China subsidizes, dumps, cheats, hacks, and shields, on behalf of its’ industries. Japan’s done so forever. The WTO is AWOL. Successive U.S. presidents have sat on the issue like an egg, and hatched a fat zero. But no, don’t do anything different, like tariffs. More importantly, never be disruptive, or unpredictable. Somebody might get upset. Worse yet, things might actually improve.

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EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, FUNDAMENTALS, INVESTING, MARKETS/ECONOMY, MEDIA, STOCKS

Summer Blockbusters. The Very Best, In Bright Light.

JUNE 25, 2018. Myths die hard, or never. Here’s one.
The real winners are a secret, waiting for you to discover them. Not really. So why beat the weeds for that rare gem?
Secret stocks are the ones Wall Street never talks about. Guess what? If Wall Street doesn’t talk about them, they’re likely not worth your time. Again, why?
No doubt the equity investing world harbors stocks that are doing well, in near perfect darkness. Yet simple reasons exist for not beating the ditches to find such unusual names. How about your time? Instead of sifting the obscure for a great hope, simply follow the spotlight. The light is where things grow. Summer blockbusters you can grow with.

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BUSINESS, EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, GREEDY CREEP, MONEY

Family Picnic. You’re Selling What? Family, Friend, Or Customer? Both?

JUNE 8, 2018. You have friends and family. They have friends…and everyone’s spending money and people talk and eventually business, friends, and family collide. Confusion.
Keeping family ties clear and sweet is hard enough, without injecting business. So why do it? Family. In-laws. Good intentions. Is it wise? Is it “good business?” Once started is it unstoppable? Family. Money. Reality.

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CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, MONEY, THINKING NOW

Money Looks. There It Is Again.

JUNE 4, 2018. Wealth forms the axle around which the world turns. The development of civilization is marked by developments in wealth and expressions of said. Wealth created currency so it could move freely. Now it moves digitally and invisibly, in seconds.
Money is a product of culture. How many forms and faces has money shown us? Culture is the context within which we view, color, and understand money. But do we? Prison or path to freedom? Is it up to you?

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CULTURE, EDITOR'S DESK, EDITORIAL, GREEDY CREEP, INVESTING, THINKING NOW

Informed Independent People Are Nobody’s Fool. Join Us. That’s Why We’re Here. They Warned Us Not To Tell.

MAY 14, 2018. Investing is hared work not magic. Unfortunately, the ranks of professional managed money are riddled with nonsense and fees paid for said. Great financial professionals exist. Yet, most are locked into a conflict of interest.
If money “doesn’t really matter,” why does everyone want yours? Trust is not a substitute for knowledge. Besides, if you have to actually pay someone to help you, how much is their assistance truly worth? And in the end, when they’re wrong, who pays? Right. Pay up front and again on the backside.
When things go right or wrong for your money, it’s on you. It’s your money, and your choice, if you allowed someone else to do your driving. That’s why we’re here. The bottom line is, again, it’s your money, and ours. That’s why we run it ourselves. You can too. We’re sharing our every step with you, as we go. Together we can do this. That’s a fact. Join Us.

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CULTURE, EDITORIAL, MARKETS/ECONOMY, THE AMERICAN DREAM

Our Man in San Juan. Big Sun. Big Debt.

MAY 6, 2018. Cubicals across the contiguous U.S. sport snaps of dreamy Caribbean beaches. Heaven exists. Escape to the islands right? Day dreaming. Yet Puerto Rico is not Heaven, even to those who love it deeply.
A “protectorate” or “territory?” Doesn’t matter. No transformative aide to the island will be forthcoming anytime soon. The FEMA work’s pretty much done, even though life now looks nothing like before. Nor will it soon.
Blaming is never an answer. However, responsibility will be required, if the people want anything like their old lives back.

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