May 22, 2013 — One of the toughest tasks any investor can undertake is to understand – and thus be in a position to profit from – any advance or decline in the US economy. If you do nothing else as an investor but this one thing, your fortune is assured. Get it wrong – more than once – and your Life can hit the skids in no time. Humans – couples in particular – don’t do well in the absence of life’s modern necessities: Food, shelter, transportation, and a good load of cash to keep it all working. So I thought we could spend some time today looking at how the real growth rate of America is doing. As we’ll discover, just finding out how the economy is doing (and how to make a buck on it) isn’t as easy as it once was. First, though, we’ll pause for coffee, some headlines beginning with…
May 18, 2013 — I’ve been thinking a lot about retirement lately, perhaps because Social Security is a major financial carrot that I expect government will try to snatch just as I get ready to take a bite out of it. So this morning we ponder a very interesting question: Did the current generation (on average) miss Peak Retirement? That and some interesting ponders on designing the retirement lifestyle after we paw through some headlines and the week’s look at investing…which any more is akin to staying one step ahead of the highwaymen.
May 15, 2013 — I decided to make a cut at the data in our twice-weekly ChartPack this morning and develop a couple of charts to show which countries and regions have been particularly “hot” from an investment standpoint since the market lows in 2009. The reason for doing this? To get a better sense of where to park money…since overseas investing via index ETFs is pie-simple. After, that is, we get through some of the morning’s headlines…
May 11, 2013 — Lots of reader email piled up this week as I am now all but 30-pages from being finished with the proofreading on Real Time Machines: The Future is an App which should be up on Amazon (with any luck) by mid week. I thought this morning I’d run through some of the mail because much of it is thought-provoking and I’m always willing to help the Victims of Process and the downtrodden in general. We’ll also run through some expectation for next week and the week after, since big earthquake and options expiration for the month are just ahead.
May 8, 2013 — Bet you’ve never thought about this one: In event of a serious national disaster, would you even be able to marginally “recover” your home, whip up a temporary shelter, or maybe craft a simple cabin? Or, have you become some overly dependent on power tools? Turns out there are some really ugly reasons that houses of old were built with nails instead of screws. Have we lost sight of something and been spoiled to a new level of rotten not knowing how to “bang nails?” It’s a damn fine point to ponder while we wait for the market to stop going Viagra on us….and we’ll do that just as soon as I’ve had my coffee and a roll in the headlines.
May 4, 2013 — The myth of the “free press” and so-called Fourth Estate is quickly leaving; disappearing into a cloud of software. In its place is a new way of generating “the news” which Americans depend on for their decision-making. I hate to report this development, but real humans with first-hand knowledge of events they’re reporting on are quickly becoming historical relics. In their place is a new class of news-writing software. Press release in one end, public opinion out the other. But before we detail such a depressing (and distinctly anti-human) developments (and how it impacts events those of us in the fledgling field of predictive linguistics) what we have for an appetizer this morning is scenic tour through this morning’s sorties and funfire, generated by humans aided increasingly by HAL 9000’s offspring.