What is the perfect stock?

I was reading through some random financial blogs and I ran across a particular blog that posed the question “Is [insert stock name here] the perfect stock to invest in?” It actually made me sit up a little straighter in my chair because it’s something that I don’t normally even think about. The perfect stock? What is this I don’t even… … Philosophically I fall under the camp that believes that there is no... Read More

Floods + Droughts = Higher Prices

Floods With the Mississippi River floods, farmlands around those areas have taken quite the beating – some deliberately.  News and media outlets have mainly been focusing on the human element and damages to homes and infrastructure, and rightfully so. Estimates are predicting billions of dollars worth of damages once everything is said and done. There have been a few stories covering the potential economic impact of the Mississippi floods,... Read More

Charter Communications doesn’t make any sense

Whenever I mention Charter Communications, the majority of the responses I get from people within earshot is “I hate Charter!” I don’t blame them. Charter Communications is available in this area and are notorious for their service interruptions and lack of customer service. When they filed bankruptcy in 2009, it came as no surprise to most. Paul Allen and his lack of leadership almost guaranteed Charter’s failure. The bankruptcy... Read More

What is Greed?

I was chatting with a friend a few days ago and we were discussing business and investment opportunities. As an off-question my friend asked what I would do if I had Warren Buffett’s money. I half-jokingly said I would build a race track and race around it all day in all sorts of exotic cars. I say half-jokingly because given the chance I would love to do that, but I know there is no way I get get away with doing that while amassing and maintaining... Read More

Political Talking Point for Taxes: The Laffer Curve

Benjamin Franklin said it best, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Taxes and tax rates have very large actual and psychological effects on both the  economy and investments. Not a day goes by without hearing news or issues related to taxes – especially when relating to budgets and deficits. How to get enough revenue for the government is a constant battle. Within political discussions, there seems to have emerged... Read More

What is all this economic gibberish about?

I know, I said I wasn’t going to  focus on academic concepts. But after seeing how some at work don’t fully understand some of the underlying economic concepts, I’ll talk about them and try to keep it as simple and basic as possible. It stemmed from this sort of dual-complaint after sharing this article with some colleagues: the government is creating/spending too much money interest rates need to stay low So I will introduce... Read More