Category Archives: Introductions

Building in public forces true competitive advantage

Jason Cohen is a local (Austin, TX) entrepreneur. He’s on his second successful startup, though it’s a late to be calling it a startup. It’s over 100 employees and several million in annual revenue. I’ve heard him speak several times … Continue reading

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Capitalism – Where Did It Go Wrong?

Free markets (or even better, fair markets where no one can manipulate them), investments, and entrepreneurship have a lot of potential for the common good. But modern corporations seem to have stopped serving the social good that was their original … Continue reading

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Money, Wealth, Ego, & Life

As noted in the previous post, some new language is needed if we are to break out of this economic and environmental downward spiral.  Alan Watts on Money and Wealth points to one such resource. Among other topics, Watts implies … Continue reading

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Introduction: Michael Ventura

Michael Ventura is a few years older than me and has been writing a lot longer. In my awakening awareness of the pervasiveness of Wall Street and struggle to get my investments away from them and find places to invest … Continue reading

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Vanguard – a Different Kind of Coop

Vanguard mutual funds is structured like a coop, but no membership fee. Though their minimum investment amounts, typically $3000, do act as a barrier to entry. It is run ostensibly for the benefit of the clients. It has some of … Continue reading

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Introduction: George Friedman on Financial Markets, Politics, and the New Reality

George Friedman is head of Stratfor, a “privately owned publisher of geopolitical analysis.” Stratfor has been described as a private CIA. Perhaps a more app description than originally intended because they appear to also be influencing events as well as … Continue reading

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Introduction: Jason Zweig and Bond Rates

Jason Zweig writes “The Intelligent Investor” column on the Wall Street Journal’s Website (WSJ.com).  The edition of Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor” book with Zweig’s commentary is considered to be the version to read.  A recent post on Are Bond … Continue reading

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Introduction: John Hussman

John Hussman is the manager of the Hussman Funds. He is a heavy duty numbers/data geek. And a very good stock picker. But you can’t buy a fund of his stock picks. The Hussman Strategic Growth Fund (HSGFX) is a … Continue reading

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Culture Shifts

Moving from a Northern California university town to a small town in the northeast Pennsylvania rustbelt was a culture shift.  Moving from there to Austin, Texas was another culture shift.  I’ve spent months in Japan, West Berlin, West Germany, and … Continue reading

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Bond Spreads (Seeking Alpha)

In Do Bond Spreads Mean Anything Any More?, the author argues that comparing the current corporate or municipal or any other investment’s yields to Treasuries is misleading because Treasury yields are being held artificially low by the Fed (the US … Continue reading

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