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Statistics…An Unbiased Source?

Good Morning!  We came across an interesting website called and thought it would be of interest to those who are seeking alternative sources of statistical information such as the Unemployment Rate, CPI and M3 (which is no longer being published…I wonder why?).  We found this site to be of interest and a helpful alternative to statistical information published by the U.S. Government.  Those of you who know statistics, and have a financial background understand that the numbers that are published to the public by the U.S. Government may not always tell the whole picture…and we’re putting it mildly.  We hope this site will become a helpful tool for you in your personal and professional lives, and remember…always do your own homework. Read more

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The Volcker Rule…Update

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Good Morning!  Just a brief update to the previous post regarding the Volcker Rule…Volcker himself said he didn’t help write the rule that is now in place.  Surprised…we’re not.  Here’s the Bloomberg Article that discusses this in general.  Having the Volcker Rule is certainly better than leaving things as they were.  However, it just begs the following questions: Read more

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The Volcker Rule




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Oh, you’re going to appreciate this…The article on Bloomberg today hits it right on the head.  It really makes one ask in a serious, not joking way, can congress and our leadership in its current state really solve anything that isn’t tainted with special interests?  The answer is obvious.  Expecting or hoping that congress can take a simple concept and translate it into a clear identifiable and enforceable law or set of regulations that is in the best interest of “we the people” is becoming futile.  Case in point…in the late 90’s under the leadership of President Clinton, the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed.  Fourteen years later after the consequences of that decision by our government, they decided it wasn’t such a good decision after all… Read more

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The IMF – Global Wealth Confiscation?

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We found this recent article in Forbes online by Bill Frezza, that we thought would be of interest.  This article cautions the world about the IMF and its’ proposed solution to the global debt crisis…global wealth confiscation  We wanted to share the article with you… Read more

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Remember, Buy Low….Sell High?

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We thought this Article on Bloomberg would be of interest to our viewers.  Remember the old saying. “Buy low, sell high?”  Remember another old saying, “Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it?”  Well, here we are again…  Seems like the retail investor will lose their investment “lunch” once again.  It really is unfortunate because we have vast amounts of historical information available at our fingertips 24/7.   If we would only take the time to do a little research and study history, then compare it with where we are today, we might be better informed, more astute and perhaps savvier investors. Read more

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Economic Warnings From China…

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China’s Economic Woe’s


China's Real Estate Bubble

China’s Real Estate Bubble

Hello everyone, this mornings post is on the economic woe’s of China.  We don’t hear a whole lot about the economic challenges China is facing, and how these economic woe’s will ultimately impact the U.S. and the rest of the world economically.  This Article on Bloomberg today, really touches on what is going on behind the scenes economically.  Some of you may be very familiar with this situation, but for those of your who aren’t…we highly recommend that you read and forward these stories to everyone you know.  In addition to this Bloomberg article,  we also recommend that you, your colleagues, family and friends watch this Story that aired on 60 Minutes just over 8 months ago. Read more

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Social Media – Is It a Waste of Time?

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The question many small businesses are asking is, “Is social media helpful for my business or is it a waste of time?”  Well, the obvious answer is, it depends.  There is no dispute that social media is perhaps one of the most powerful, most influential mediums and tools used by businesses to reach the masses.  However it may not be quite the panacea for your business as it may be for others.  We came across an article in the Washington Post back on September 24th by Eric Holtzclaw that we thought would be of interest.  We wanted to share this article’s points and add our perspective as well. Read more

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The Fed’s New Health Care Website

Did you really expect the Federal Government’s launch of its new healthcare website was going to go without some kind of issues?  We thought this story in the Washington Post would be of interest.  The question still remains…when will the new site be stable enough to be a trusted tool for American’s to use with confidence?  The jury is still out on this one… Read more