Why were the Risk-Averse so Heavily Invested in Stocks?

Akin to how our grandparents’ generation is known for their thrift and frugality from living through the Great Depression, our generation may very well be known for a similar sort of risk-aversion…a changed generation of humility and financial conservatism, after seeing the worst financial conditions and stock market deterioration in our lifetime (note: in our […]

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A Lesson in Volatility prior to Earnings Releases: Google Options

For investors that follow the options prices of tech stocks and other volatile companies, they may have noticed that the stock options seem to get “expensive” and “cheap” during certain periods, namely, before and after earnings announcements or other major events.  Since the primary tenant of investing is buy low and sell high, how about […]

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Weekly Links – “TeaBagger” Edition

This one goes out to all the liberal elite who this week stereotyped Americans who are fed up with the failed unnecessary bailouts, generational crimes we’re committing against our children and disingenuous behavior from our elected officials as: “rednecks”, “right wing zealots” or, get this, “racists”.  You have to watch a few minutes in: I […]

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6 Prudent Uses for your Tax Refund This Year

Now that tax day is finally behind us (well, except for the uber-procrastinators), the next consideration is what to do with that tax refund check.  First of all, I hope people didn’t take their tax preparer up on the offer to get a rapid refund at exorbitant rates.  As outlined here, it’s a total ripoff.  […]

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How to Invest in Cuba – Does Obama’s Cuba Deal Spell Gains?

Following the Obama administration’s projected removal of Cuba travel restrictions for Cuban-Americans to Cuba, the allowance of Cuban money transfers, and easing the commercial embargo by allowing U.S. telecoms to apply for licenses to operate in there, Cuba vacations may become a common phrase in the American lexicon.  While it’s premature to declare a complete […]

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7.25% Tax-Protected Guaranteed Return – Would You Take It?

I saw this question posted by a municipal employee on a message board and wanted to share it here with a broader audience and give my perspective – and invite thoughts/ideas. “I have an offer to join a new retirement plan that boils down to a (one time option to join, non-revocable) guaranteed 7.25% annual […]

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Best Weekly Links – “How do I Look?” Edition

Another week of great reads.  These are entries from blogs I frequent, and I hope you will too (just come back!).  I’ve also included various finance/investing carnivals that published my material this week as well as my posts within my network since the last weekly links.  And, How Do I Look? I updated the blog […]

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Advanta High Yield Notes: 8.5% – 11% Yield Worth the Risk?

I continue to read with interest the advertisements in my local paper for these Advanta high yield investment notes.  Currently, they’re offering a 1 year note at 8.5%, a 2 year note at 10% and a 10 year note at 11%. These are exceedingly high yield investment notes, especially in light of the current low […]

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Colombia ETF – A Return to Supercharged Frontier Market Returns?

The Colombia Stock Market can now be harnessed through an ETF looking to capitalize on the emerging market trends and the prospect of Colombia business exports continuing to improve.  The The Global X/InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF (Colombia ETF Ticker GXG).  Until now, if you wanted to own any Colombia stock, your sole option was […]

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