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Catchphrase Investing

The financial media is drawn to catchphrases, acronyms, and buzzwords that can be sold as the new thing. FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) is the latest of these. But does this constitute an investment strategy?   For journalists, commentators, and marketers, acronyms like FAANG are useful. They fit easily into headlines and they […]

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To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank issues the currency, and […]

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The Future of Global Trade – Update

In August 2016, we wrote a blog post entitled “The future of global trade” and it discussed how the outlook for global trade was bright.  We discussed that the $5 billion investment spent on expanding and modernizing the Panama Canal was completed on June 26, 2016 after 9 years of construction. The expansion was necessary in order […]

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Time to Move?

Well the time has finally arrived. After more than 22 years, Maureen and I have begun the process to sell our home.  Our 3 daughters have all established themselves in New York and Boston and a multi-bedroom house seems way too large for the two of us. We have begun the exhausting and time-consuming task […]

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Capitalism at Work

Capitalism can be seen everywhere….. if you are aware of the signs. Down the block from my office in Woodcliff Lake, NJ , there is currently a new townhouse community beginning built.  The development is being built by Putle Homes.  PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies […]

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Science Fiction No More-Amazing 3-D Printing

Science Fiction No More-Amazing 3-D Printing

While I do not have a science background, I’ve always had an interest in the incredible advances that the medical field has been able to achieve through the years.  One of the most incredible advances potentially coming down the road deals with 3-D printing technology.  Now, when I first heard the term 3-D printing, I was thinking […]

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Going Global: A Look at Public Company Listings

Trivia Pursuit Time: how many stocks make up the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index (a widely used benchmark for the US equity market)? While the logical guess might be 5,000, as of December 31, 2016, the index actually contained around 3,600 names. In fact, the last time this index contained 5,000 or more companies was […]

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Guinness – One Great Beer and International Company

The world continues to shrink. Maureen and I had the opportunity earlier this year to visit our youngest daughter Elizabeth while she was studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. We discussed the incredible opportunities that are afforded to college students in the United States. It seems like it is now part of college experience to be able […]

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NFL Draft and Selecting Individual Stocks

Last month, the annual ritual of the National Football League (NFL) took place.  It was the NFL’s draft where each NFL team selects college players for their respective teams. Each team has scores of personnel that evaluate each of these players and their specific strengths and weaknesses. They watch the college team game tapes; they have […]

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Top 10 Oldest Company Logos in the World

I was recently at a new restaurant for dinner with Maureen. After dinner, I decided to have tea with my dessert. The waiter asked if ‘Twinings Tea’ would be fine. I inquired if it was any good and he stated it was excellent. To my surprise having never had Twinings Tea before, it was not only […]

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