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  • A Billion Here, A Billion There

    In August Apple (AAPL) became the first US stock to achieve a market capitalization of $1 trillion. This month Amazon (AMZN) also reached that lofty level. But how big is a trillion?   Continue Reading

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    ARE YOU WEIRD?

    Before answering that question, permit us to define “weird”. It is the acronym forWestern, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic. Popularized by the Americanpsychologist Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind (Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion), the list of adjectives describes most well-to-do Americans and Europeansand helps explain why they often struggle to understand non-Westerners or even Westernerswho are not highly educated or rich...  Continue Reading

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    Meet Ricky Supan

    Inspired by his family’s love for music, Ricky Supan learned at an early age that life has rhythm. Tempos change. Melodies change.   Continue Reading

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    GEE! GE

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average will dump General Electric (GE) from the index on June 26th ending GE’s 110 year tenure as a component of the index. Teddy Roosevelt was president back in November 1907 when the industrial giant was added to the DJIA. For generations General Electric was a symbol of American industrial prowess.   Continue Reading

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    The Kaiser

    Few Americans realize how close the Allies came to losing World War I just 100 years ago in the spring of 1918. The United States had declared war on Imperial Germany in April 1917 but few American troops had reached the Western Front by the spring of 1918. The German High Command led by General Erich Ludendorff gambled that an early spring offensive could overwhelm the French and British forces before the Yanks arrived in force.The Germans moved hundreds of thousands of troops fresh from their ...  Continue Reading

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    Whats Up with Bonds?

    What’s up with bonds? Well, for one thing interest rates are up and they will probably drift higher as the Powell Fed tries to “normalize” interest rates. As investors know all too well, the Federal Reserve severely suppressed interest rates between 2008 and late 2015 under the mistaken hope that low rates would stimulate the economy.   Continue Reading

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    Tesla, the Poster Child

    Tesla is the poster child for the valuation disparities that have marked the stock market since 2009. Tesla has piled up nearly $3 billion of operating losses since going public yet it carries a market capitalization of $50 billion. It produced just 100,000 cars in 2017 and lost $2 billion in the process.   Continue Reading

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    US Oil Production Soon to Lead World

    Oil production in the United States exceeded 10.3 million barrels per day in February. As recently as 2007 the US only produced about 7 million barrels per day and pundits talked about “Peak Oil”. What’s happened?   Continue Reading

  • Unknown Unknowns

    Wall Street strategists love playing games at the start of a new year. One involves predicting the 5 or 10 most impactful financial events for the coming year. An objective observer can tabulate the strategists’ predictions and sometimes detect a consensus.   Continue Reading

  • Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway

    Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, saw its class A shares exceed $300,000 per share in December 2017. Since then the stock price has continued to rally and it recently traded over $320,000 per share making it by far the highest priced stock in the world. Buffett has run Berkshire Hathaway since April 1965 when he purchased control of what was then a struggling New England textile company.   Continue Reading

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