The Age of Deleveraging

I just finished reading a book from one of my financial mentors. The Age of Deleveraging: Investment Strategies for a Decade of Slow Growth and Deflation is by A. Gary Shilling. Back when I used to spend hours every day watching the clowns on CNBC pump their fists about how great everything was, there were […]

Eye of the Hurricane

Right now we are in the eye of the hurricane. For weeks we’ve heard economists talk about recovery and green shoots. Nonsense. Note that these economists are the same ones the missed the recession and credit crisis in the forecasts. For me, I need to see two things before I can believe a recovery is […]

Sign of the Times – The Counter Offer

As deflationary pressure builds in the economy, cash becomes more valuable. It goes to reason that those with cash are now in a strong position to ask for a better deal. I have cash and like everyone else, I’d like a better deal. I decided to start making Counter Offers when confronted with a request […]

As Soon As I Get My Head Round You

All day long I’ve reading, researching and thinking about Paulson’s No Banker Left Behind Plan and what is going to happen to the economy. This post isn’t about the guilty parties that got us in this bailout mess or why this plan is a going to be a disaster. Instead I want to try and […]

Devil Take the Hindmost

After reading this book, I’m convinced that humans are programmed to not learn from history. Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation by Edward Chancellor covers financial speculation from Tulip Mania through the LTCM crisis of 1998. The book was published prior to the dot-com crash. Even though I found the early chapters […]