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Hitting the Wall? Is The Fed About to Make a Mistake?

Fed Interest Rate Hike

With last week being dedicated to a much-enjoyed vacation, I thought I would let pictures do more of the talking this week.

Not surprisingly, the Fed increased its benchmark rate by 0.25%. The market fully priced this in. What is more surprising is the Fed telegraphing two more hikes in 2017 and commencing a slow reduction in its holdings of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities beginning at the end of the year.

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Posted in Advice, Economy, Interest Rates, Investing, Stock History, Trends, Wealth


Lessons from Steve Schwarzman – Chairman and CEO of Blackstone

Steve Schwarzman

Steve Schwarzman is the co-founder and Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, which is the largest alternative asset management firm in the world. Schwarzman has built a financial colossus and extraordinarily successful asset management firm that is by far the global leader in alternative investments.

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Posted in Advice, Investing, News, Trends, Uncategorized, Wealth


What Is Your Story? Creating A Story Where You Are The Hero

Marc Andreessen said something in an interview that I have thought a lot about over the years. I have been a big fan of Joseph Campbell who was an expert on myths and deconstructing the hero’s journey into its most important components and structure.

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Posted in Advice, Investing, News, People, Trends, Wealth


Deep Domain Knowledge – Finding Your Calling

niece Dr. Wolf - May 2017

A few weeks ago I referenced Bob Dylan’s recommendation that we find our calling. I saw this in action last week and had this supplemented by some of the things I read. I had the pleasure to go to Philadelphia to attend the graduation of my niece from the University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded a Ph.D.

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Posted in Advice, Economy, Investing, News, People, Personal, Uncategorized, Wealth


The Manipulative Function: George Soros Theory of Reflexivity

I recently re-read George Soros’ lectures at Central European University from October 2009. He gave five of them and they will be something I return to over time. Soros’ most formative experience was as a 14-year-old in 1944 and having escaped the Nazis out of Hungary.

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Posted in Advice, Economy, News, People, Wealth


From Proust to Proctologists – Charlie Munger on Personal Development

Proctologist-Charlie-Munger

This week I continue with lessons learned from Charlie Munger and the answers he gave to shareholder questions at the Daily Journal annual meeting held in February. Last week I focused on delayed gratification and this week I will turn to his thoughts on personal development.

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Posted in Advice, Investing, News, People, Trends, Wealth


From Obama to Trump: 180 Degrees or More of the Same?

President Obama to Trump
From Obama

This post is a blatant application of hindsight bias. We all now know that when Barack Obama won the election and subsequently took office, the economy was melting down and the financial markets were in a free fall around the globe. To refresh your memory, there was the bailout of AIG by the Fed,

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Posted in Advice, Economy, Interest Rates, Investing, News, Stock History, Trends


Winner Take Most – Can Firms Gain a Large Share of the Market?

Google Firms

Income inequality has many economic and societal impacts. When more wealth is concentrated in fewer hands, this can negatively impact aggregate demand as a large percentage of marginal dollars earned are saved versus spent. And since one person’s spending is another person’s income, a growing pool of savings will lower aggregate demand unless one or more sectors of the economy spend more than it earns as output will go unsold and have to be marked down for it to clear.

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Posted in Advice, Apartments, Economy, Manufacturing, News, Trends, Uncategorized, Wealth


Zero Sum Thinking – Winner Take All

It’s pretty clear that Donald Trump views virtually everything from the prism of winning and losing. And every issue is looked at with a very short term horizon. There does not appear to be any satisfaction derived by developing a long-term strategy, methodically implementing it, and seeing the seeds planted blossom into a beautiful garden that is sustainable and beneficial to all.

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Posted in Advice, Economy, Interest Rates, Investing, Manufacturing, News, Retirement, Stock History


The Gift of You – Now And In The Future

Gift GuitarWhen I wrote my book the target audience was deep pockets and deep thinkers. My choice of blog subjects tends to oscillate between the two. This week caters more to the latter than the former.

The Gift of You

When one has gained clarity about what gifts one can offer the world and then designs one’s life to utilize them in ways that benefit others,

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