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18 April 2011

The Downside to ‘Trust Us, We Can Regulate Ourselves’

One of the better pieces I’ve seen on CNN since, well, the first Gulf War coverage. Goldman Sachs was the number one private campaign contributor to Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign. It’s one of the single biggest contributors to both parties in Congress. So it’s a rare event when a establishment politician like Carl Levin [...]

12 February 2011

Michael Lewis: California’s Debt Crisis is Topic of Next Article

One would have thought Michael Lewis’ The Big Short would be the pinnacle of financial post-mortem exams. But his latest masterpiece on Ireland’s financial house of cards poignantly summarizes the “Perfect Storm” effect of behavioral economics: unregulated financial markets, greed for making money trumps fear of losing money, and good old fashioned herd psychology. Most [...]

10 February 2011

30 Year Mortgage Rates Over 5% Got You Down? Try 18%!

So you think 30 year fixed mortgage rates over 5% is a bad thing? You think an interest rate above 4.99% has some sort of mystical, psychological barrier to entry? How does 10% sound? What about 18.5%? So quit your cryin’… we all knew 30 year mortgage rates in the 4% ballpark couldn’t last forever. [...]

8 February 2011

Why I Don’t Use Web or Mobile Personal Finance Software

With the rise of web based and mobile financial tools, I’ve been something of a late adopter. Actually, I’m more of a “no” adopter. Sure, I trade a few stocks online or I’ll purchase a few gifts using a one time use only credit card number, but other than that, my trust in placing all [...]

3 February 2011

Michael Lewis and “Learned” Iconoclast Behavior

Every now and then, I get asked how can the individual investor learn to invest like Warren Buffet (an iconoclastic personality) or invest so they’re not always following the herd. The simple answer, aside from turning off financial television… The wise advice for the individual investor: be conservative, don’t listen to brokerage advice, and index. [...]

31 January 2011

Rental Demand Rising: Balance Returning to Real Estate?

One of my most important metrics for jumping back into the real estate investing game is on the rise: apartment demand is finally showing signs of life. With millions of families switching from being homeowners to renters, apartment-building values have soared. That isn’t good for renters, who enjoyed falling rents, landlord concessions and even offers [...]

4 January 2011

CNBC’s Goal: Breed Confidence In The Markets?

As a long time viewer of CNBC, it’s becoming very difficult to listen to the “sell the hope” meme… [Guest #2 (Mike Rubino) suggests markets are in a Fed induced stock market bubble and Dow Jones could sell off.] Quote from Guest #1 (Scott Redler): I think that’s an irresponsible thing to say because that [...]

28 December 2010

10 Favorite Neologisms & Buzzwords of 2010

I’m a self-confessed word play nut. I love the wordsmith process because it’s a constantly evolving process that illustrates new or existing concepts, that describes the etiology of new areas of study, and highlights the evolutionary process of how crowdsourcing and groupthink enriches the English lexicon. Not surprisingly, I bookmark like crazy and, sometimes annoyingly, [...]

19 December 2010

Banks Fear Foreclosures because of Mark to Market Accounting?

The Naked Capitalism blog posted something interesting yesterday that got me thinking… Are Banks Afraid to Foreclose on the Rich? I got this report from an attorney who is doing work in one of the top five foreclosure states. One of his colleagues has a monthly mortgage payment considerably above $20,000 a month. He has [...]

13 December 2010

Chartology: So You Think the Markets are Cheap

So you’re ready to buy after being pumped and primed from the latest sell the hope, confidence building segment of finTV where the supporting thesis was something like “stocks are cheap based on their P/E ratio”… … not even close. Image via Chart of the Day Apologies if I burst your confidence bubble, but unless [...]

30 November 2010

David Einhorn: What’s Still Wrong with the Entire Financial & FinReg System

When one of the best money managers on Wall Street who correctly called the stock market and financial crash (e.g. shorting Lehman Brothers when no one else was) makes a rare on camera interview, investors should take note. So over lunch, coffee, or whatever, take some time to listen to Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn. Einhorn’s [...]

15 November 2010

Never Make an Investment After a Money Manager Hypes a Stock on CNBC

Here’s a prime example, courtesy of ZeroHedge, of why the everyday investor should never make “Buy and Hold Forever” stock investments after a major money manager (especially a hedge fund manager) makes an outlandish sales pitch on CNBC. Guess who, after on September 24 David Tepper almost screamed that he was “balls to the wall [...]

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