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Making the Grade

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Can investors learn something from test-taking strategies? Public Domain. Source: US Navy It may be close to the end of the year, but it’s also college application season. A lot of high-school seniors are filling [...]

Gold, Lead, and Collateral

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Collateral dominates structure. Page from Alchemy treatise, c. 1300. Source: Wikipedia That’s an investor’s way of saying that you can’t turn lead into gold. It’s been an investment theme of mine for as long as [...]

Trading Bears and Kitties

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Remember “Beanie Babies”? Photo: Jonny Connormah. Source: Wikipedia My kids went gaga over Beanie Babies in the ‘90s. The cute plush toys are filled with plastic pellets rather than conventional stuffing, which game them a [...]

Flying by Instruments

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

How much should we trust our gut? Photo: Adrian Pingstone; Source: Wikipedia Every pilot receives some instrument training. This makes sense. There’s always a chance you can get caught by unexpected weather. Getting tossed around [...]

Flat and Flatter

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

What does a flat yield curve mean? Photo: Billy Hathorn; Source: Wikipedia 130 years ago the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbot wrote the novella “Flatland” about a two-dimensional world inhabited by geometric shapes. There’s no depth [...]

The Roots of Innovation

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Photo Source: Pixabay That’s the lesson from a new study about innovation, inventions, and incentives. The children of inventors are far more likely to become inventors themselves. [...]

Winners and Losers

December 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Who wins and loses from tax reform? Photo: Derek Lilly. Source: Morguefile Most of the comments on tax reform center on what happens to individuals – the personal exemption, the mortgage interest or medical expense [...]

Gifts Around the Tree

December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Why do we give gifts? Photo: Kevin Kay. Source: Wikipedia The Native Americans had “potlatch.” Pacific Islanders had “Aropa.” Techies today have open-source software. And most people exchange gifts around the holidays. But is gift-giving [...]