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December 23, 2021

Investing in 2022: Trends to Watch

Today is a fascinating time for investors. Covid and the omicron variant are continuing to wreak havoc on public health, the labor market, the supply chain, and beyond. The world is driving toward cleaner energy. Big technology is bigger than ever. Inflation and rising prices are going strong. In this article, we’ll cover what we consider to be the top three trends to watch as we enter 2022 and our second calendar year of the pandemic.   Big Tech & Cryptocurrency According to CNBC in April 2021, investors put more money into stocks in the preceding five months than in […]
December 21, 2021

The Cobra Effect and Inflation

The Cobra Effect is an unintended consequence where unintended behavior is ignored, making a problem worse than it originally was. When Delhi India was under British rule in the late 1800s, Delhi was infested with Cobras. As a result, the British incentivized farmers and locals to kill cobras by paying them a bounty when they brought a dead cobra to them. This effort worked in the short-run, reducing the population of cobras in the area, but eventually it became hard to find cobras at all. Despite this, the people still wanted to make money from the bounty, and since there […]
October 3, 2019

$0 Dollar Trades at TD Ameritrade

Back in 2015 when we moved your investment accounts to TD Ameritrade, we had a choice. Our choice was to pay trading fees for all of our clients OR to have our clients pay for the trading fees on their own accounts. We decided to have our clients pay the trading fees on their accounts for two reasons. (1) If we paid the trading fees, we felt we would have a conflict of interest to trade your account. Meaning that every time we placed a trade, it would cost thousands of dollars and we wanted to focus on the profitability of the trade […]
April 14, 2018

The USA vs China & the World

If you just listen to all the hype about China. You’d be convinced they are going to take over the world. There’s so much talk today about their incredible growth rate and the power of their economy; we may forget just how good we are doing in the US. Yes, it is amazing how quickly the Chinese government has forced their growth pattern. They’ve literally flooded millions of people from their hometowns with the Three Gorges project and forced them to move to the city. They are relocating 250 million people, according to a NY Times report, from the countryside to the city, […]