Catherine H. from Oregon: “I appreciate your optimism in spite of the recent spending bill. I personally have given up because as I’ve gotten older it seems that things don’t actually get better. My opinion is that the public are no longer represented in Washington DC, our politicians are bought by and work exclusively […]
LOVE THIS POPE
If you missed it, here’s his Christmas guidance to his cardinals. Loosely translated from the Latin, and summarized: “Shape up, guys. Do what Jesus would do.” Fifteen areas where they really need to get back to basics. Amazing.
LOVE THIS PRESIDENT
As the economic numbers get revised upward, and despite SO […]
Ryan T: “I dumped all of our Vanguard S&P 500 fund (VFINX) three or four years ago when I bought your book and, on your advice, switched to the Rydex Equal Weight S&P 500 fund (RSP). Over those years, Rydex is up 10% over Vanguard (74% to 64%). That’s pretty significant. Am I missing […]
There are popes and there are popes.
A lot of people don’t like the current one, I imagine, with his emphasis on helping the poor, eschewing fine raiments, restoring relations with Cuba — sounds almost socialist, if you ask me. Where’s the part about tax cuts for the rich and opposing the minimum wage?
Wha’d YOU get this year? I hope: health, love, and a robust Internet connection. Truly, nothing more is required.
(Food? Shelter? They are a necessary condition of health, so already covered in that list. Money? A necessary condition of having food and shelter. A job? Abner and I should certainly hope not* — but same deal, if […]
William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways, p 317 (thanks, Tom!):
Joseph Smith an eighteen-year-old with small hands and big feet, a quiet and “unlaughing” boy, encountered the Angel Moroni, son of Mormon, on a drumlin alongside a little road south of Palmyra [N.Y.] in 1827. . . . There he unearthed the golden plates that he […]
I’ve long recommended using appreciated securities (held more than a year) to fund your charitable giving . . . and funds like Fidelity’s Charitable Gift Fund to make it really easy. But wait: here’s one that gives you the option of investing your principal in socially-impactful start-ups, hoping to do even more good: good with the money […]
Whether you like him or not, do yourself a favor and watch the President’s year-end press conference.
Or at least the first five or six minutes — you can always stop if the good news and hopeful signs are just too discordant for you.
But you’re paying this guy’s salary; and if you are […]
CLIMATE CHANGE . . .
. . . BUT WAS IT MARTIAN MADE?
If it was, they probably […]
Jeb Bush seems now to be running, as Hillary Clinton well may, and a common feeling is that, “Oh, gosh, really? Another Bush against another Clinton?”
I have a couple of words to say about each.
Objectively, she would bring more experience to the office than any other incoming president in our nation’s history. (Perhaps […]
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Years ago, in the Carter term, a stockbroker tried to explain what Schlumberger did. 'It goes to 100,' the broker said, exaggerating only a little bit. 'Then it splits three-for-two and goes back to 100 again.'~GRANT'S Interest Rate Observer
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