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Don’t Forget International Stocks
What exactly is the point of investing in international stocks, especially those that just seem to do worse than US stocks over a decade?
Hater’s Guide To Tesla
With Tesla announcing plans to build a manufacturing plant in Central Texas – and with the possibility of company headquarters arriving as well – many in this state will rejoice. Not me. 
The Great Economic Leap Forward Experiment
While medical researchers race against time to find effective treatments for COVID-19, we have launched ourselves headlong into an economic experiment in federal policy on effectively treating a recession.
Meditations On The 100 Year View
The vernal equinox came early – March 19th. The earliest in more than a century. The earth’s natural rotation means that an equal amount of night and day hit all US time zones earlier in the year than at any time since 1896.
Oil And Gas For The Little Guy
Oil and gas investments are famously opaque and high-cost opportunities. But here's an opportunity for the little guy...
Hurricane Harvey Macro And Micro Impact
Two and a half years after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Gulf Coast, the first surprising thought is how quickly the Texas economy has recovered, and how quickly households have recovered.
I Hate Tesla
The most important rule for writing a business bog – at least my most inviolate rule – is to never, ever, forecast or make “market calls,” on individual stocks.
Maverick Whiskey – Small Business As A Legacy Project
At first glance, sure, Maverick Whiskey – it’s a small startup. On closer examination, we see it is much more...
Book Review: Permanent Record By Edward Snowden
Although Snowden’s subject is mostly government data collection on civilians, it dovetails with what I think is the major story of 2019, the rise of private-sector data collection about our personal lives.
Book Review: Scarcity By Sendhil Mullainathan And Eldar Shafir
One of the most intriguing branches of behavioral finance – described in "Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less And How It Defines our Lives" – suggests that our brains face an unfair fight under certain conditions.
Improving Retirement, Reducing Aristocracy
The Democratic-controlled House passed The Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement and Savings (SECURE) Act in May 2019.
Book Review: Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy, By Tim Harford
What gives Harford’s book extra philosophical texture is his eagerness to consider technological innovations for all their consequences – for both better and worse.
Annuities Rant Part III – Moderating My Complaints
I spilled considerable ink this Spring bashing all manner of insurance products peddled as investment products. Now I will pull some of my punches and give a more moderated view of some annuity products.
Annuities Rant Part II – Low Returns And High Fees
Fixed rate annuities are the exception in that they do not charge high fees. In fact, generally, they don’t charge you any fees at all. Instead, they offer you very low returns.
Book Review: Bad Blood By John Carreyrou
I recently finished the best business book I’ve read in the past year, John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies In a Silicon Valley Startup, about the rise and fraud of healthcare technology firm Theranos.
Annuities Rant – On Complexity
Fixed rate annuities, fixed index annuities, variable annuities – how do I hate thee?
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