Posts Categorized: Money

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 »

Taxing my patience

I’ve finally come to those paradoxical and confounding years where the only thing left to me is to pay taxes. Gone forever is that exciting surprise and eager waiting for the check (or direct deposit) of a refund from the IRS. It’s a mixed blessing/curse. It means my income comes solely from my investments and… 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 »

You can’t take it with you

But it would be nice to make it there. For some years now, I’ve been troubled by so many people I know refuse to consider how they are going to secure their future. It’s a problem that extends far beyond my own personal circle, of course, and I fret about all of the people in the… Read more »

I need more headaches

The only thing I try to avoid more than taking medicine is going to doctors. Inevitably, at some point, I’ve got to take some medicine for some ailment.  It may be an infrequent cold or a sore throat or a more often, but still not frequent, headache. The “problem” with getting sick just often enough… 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 »