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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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    Under the Radar

    Saharan SnowOn January 8 16 inches of snow fell in the Algerian town of Ain Sefra in the Sahara Desert. This was only the third such occurrence in the past 37 years. Meteorologists said unusually high pressure over Europe forced frigid air down into North Africa.Private Space RocketsPrivate companies are becoming bigger players in the launch business.   Continue Reading

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    All Tuned Up

    For those of you who don’t know, Marc Albertson comes from a musical family. Marc’s father, George, was the song leader in his church and his mother, Jeane, played the organ. During their growing up years, George, Jeane and their five children sang as a family in north Georgia and east Tennessee churches.The music sometimes ventured outside the church.   Continue Reading

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    What Assumed Rate of Return is in YOUR Financial Plan?

    In the January 20, 2018 weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, Jason Zweig writes an excellent article titled “The Fantasy is Alive, Just Don’t Embrace It.” The article urges investors to be brutally honest about future returns in their portfolio. He illustrates the unrealistic expectations of the investment community by using the most sophisticated (and presumably, most knowledgeable) of all investors – managers of public pension plans, as an example.A recent study by Alexander Andonov and...  Continue Reading

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    Back to the Future

    On January 10th my dad will turn 93 years old. He is a member of “The GI Generation,” the oldest of the six living generations of Americans. Members of that generation are those born from 1901 to 1926.   Continue Reading

  • Active or Passive?

    Wall Street is witnessing an epic battle for investors’ dollars pitting “active” investment versus so-called “passive” investment. On the active side are iconic mutual fund families such as Fidelity, T. Rowe Price, and American, and Franklin Templeton.   Continue Reading

  • To shred or not to shred, that is the question!

    We get this question periodically from clients as we all become more aware of how our personal information, in the hands of a “bad actor”, can have negative and long-term effects. That is why Patton Albertson & Miller recommends a shredder for your home. Shredding important papers can prevent a crook from obtaining your personal data and using it to drain your accounts or open new ones in your name.   Continue Reading

  • The Art of Sausage Making

    Upton Sinclair wrote his famous novel The Jungle to expose the wretchedly harsh living and working conditions of immigrants in America’s great industrial cities. Sinclair spent seven weeks during 1904 working incognito in Chicago meatpacking plants. His experiences provided himan unvarnished look at the dark side of urban immigrant life.   Continue Reading

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