Posts Categorized: Economy

Don’t put stock in the stock market

No one is a bigger fan of the uptick in the stock market than me, believe me. But this post isn’t about me so I’ll stick that part at the end. The US stock market has indeed been on fire and a lot of people will tell you that means great things about the economy and,… Read more »

Take some responsibility

The blame game. As soon as we are old enough to get into trouble, we quickly master this skill. There is a lot of anger across America, anger that has been there for a while but being brought more sharply to the front by the divisive presidential campaign. Each side says they are here for… Read more »

Rule Britannia!

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” When Yeats wrote that, just a few years before his homeland would separate from the UK as the Republic of Ireland, he was speaking in terms of history, having just come out of WWI. Prophetically, the words convey the same sense… Read more »

Trade-in value

Continuing with “Controversy Week” on the JMD blog, prompted by the head-scratching presidential nomination process this year… It appears there’s one thing every candidate agrees on this year:  free trade deals are the root of all evil. To properly examine this belief and expose its flaws would require a much longer post to explain in… Read more »

What’s in your wallet?

Never mind life expectancy, how’s your financial expectancy? In between the insults, disinformation and obfuscation during the presidential election process, occasionally an issue is accidentally discussed. As we get nearer to the general election, where both sides need to reach out to all beliefs, one issue that is important to everyone, on the left or… Read more »

Pounding the self-fulfilling prophecy drum

Before he was a tennis champion, Andre Agassi was famous for more flash than success. His iconic series of advertisements with the tag “Image is everything” epitomized that era. These days, we face a troubling echo of that slogan, more accurately now defined as “perception is everything”.   As I watch the current turmoil in… Read more »

How great must it be to be a talking head

They’re never wrong. Seriously. They make claims and predictions based on their knowledge and if events don’t turn out as they predicted, well, they were either misunderstood, misquoted or we’re living in the most rare and exceptional time…ever. It’s always going to be rough during an election year. Talking heads from cable news, political parties… Read more »

Who knew the stock market had a heart?

I’ve spent the past week and a half watching myself become unretired and retired again so many times my head is spinning. The stock market has gone into whack-a-mole mode and there doesn’t seem to be any rationality left in the markets. At the risk of boring all of you, a quick primer on the… Read more »

When, suddenly…

…there was nothing to do. There I was, flush with the thrill and pride from completing my fantasy trilogy and then…meh.  Oh, there are several projects to talk about, writing and otherwise, but between now and when the book actually releases, well, not so much. Now, a more experienced or talented marketer than I would… Read more »