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Quote of the Day from James Allen

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I got up and did some reading. I read the book, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. The following quote stood out to me: Here is a man who is wretchedly poor. He is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved, yet all the […]

70% of Americans Can’t Answer These Three Questions Correctly

Monday, May 12th, 2014

IF this is true, it’s very sad. According to Business Insider, 70% of Americans cannot answer all three of these questions correctly (not sure how they came up with that number, but we’ll go with it). 1. Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After […]

I Have Officially Been Banned from Pamela Yellen’s Blog

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

There is no discussing facts Pamela Yellen. Here’s a copy of our back and forth for your entertainment: JLP says: April 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm Why did you choose to use price returns for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Averages instead of real returns, which would include dividends? Pamela Yellen says: May […]

Unemployment Rate Funny Business

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Did you hear the news? Non-farm payrolls increased 288,000 in April and the unemployment rate “plummeted” .4% to 6.3%. See this Yahoo! story. At the same time the employment participation rate fell .4% to 62.8%. In case you don’t know, the participation rate “refers to the number of people who are either employed or are […]

Is Pamela Yellen Misleading Her Followers?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

I have seen Pamela Yellen’s books before, but never really paid attention to them until I read this piece by Allan Roth. Yellen is known for her “Bank on Yourself” books, a strategy that utilizes whole life insurance (UGH!). Yellen is very outspoken when it comes to traditional financial advisors (on that we can agree). […]

Is the Market Overvalued? Interesting Thoughts from Fortune’s John Cassidy

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I found this tidbit from John Cassidy’s latest column in Fortune to be interesting: “A couple of months ago I mentioned the cyclically adjusted price/earnings (CAPE) ratio, which was flashing amber. Another warning sign is provided by the so-called Q ratio, which compares the market value of corporate assets with their replacement cost, and which […]

America’s Future Doom and Gloom or Overblown?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I have been (slowly) working my way through a book titled “Changing Texas – Implications of Addressing or Ignoring the Texas Challenge.” It’s a pretty dry read. I came across this part that I wanted to share with you [brackets] mine: 1. The U.S. workforce is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse; 2. The racial […]

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