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Man Up! Munger On The Benefits Of Diversifying Investments

Diversifying

This is the last in my three-part series excerpting what were the highlights for me from Charlie Munger’s extemporaneous comments and responses to questions at the Daily Journal shareholders’ meeting. Most financial professionals recommend diversifying your investments to avoid being wiped out financially and/or emotionally.

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Posted in Economy, Investing, News, Stock History, Uncategorized, Wealth


From Proust to Proctologists – Charlie Munger on Personal Development

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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


Marshmallows, Munger, and the Benefits of Delayed Gratification

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Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were interviewed recently to discuss why they are both so optimistic about the future of America as well as other issues. Naturally, one of the topics covered was philanthropy as Gates and Buffett are leading the charge with regard to the Giving Pledge and the two have given more money away than other people in the world.

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Posted in Economy, Interest Rates, Investing, News, Trends, Uncategorized, 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


Inflexibility When you Need it Least

Inflexibility

I have often made the case that apartments and home rentals are highly valuable because of the flexibility they provide people to move for whatever reason. Housing became way over-owned in the 2000s and this did great damage to our economy and society. I finally came across some interesting research that explored how damaging it was for underwater homeowners in terms of limiting their geographic flexibility to seek out employment and how this impacted their long-term earning power.

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Posted in Apartments, Economy, Investing, News, Wealth


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


Hold Your Judgments Lightly In a State of Disequilibrium

Disequilibrium Judgements

This blog post was inspired by one recently written by Dilbert creator Scott Adams. He is now a must read for me. He is such a brilliant guy and was so right about Trump that I will forever hold him in the highest of esteem.

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


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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Posted in Advice, Investing, News, People


Pedigree or Motivated Outsiders – Who Makes the Best Money Managers?

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Carl Icahn has clearly done enormously well over the years in compounding capital through his highly aggressive, activist approach to investing. He is not shy about expressing his opinions, sometimes in a Trumpesque manner, to call out underperforming management teams, changes he thinks they should make to increase returns to shareholders and the performance of the business,

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