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The Russian Bear Hits Wall Street: My Favorite Hedge(s) Against War

02/24/2022

“What is the greatest danger to your investments? Inflation.” — Paul Cabot (p. 151) “War is always bearish on money and stocks — and a good time to buy.” — Philip Fisher (p. 151) Both quotes above are taken from the latest 10th anniversary edition of “The Maxims of Wall Street,” the bible of investing. With Russian troops invading the Ukraine, […]

Is This the #1 Burning Issue Facing America?

02/17/2022

“Climate change is the number one issue facing humanity. Unchecked, it is going to bake this planet. This is not hyperbole. It’s real.  And we have a moral obligation.” — President Joe Biden Is global warming more important than the other issues facing Americans — war, crime, poverty, inequality, inflation, obesity, divorce, abortion or disease? One headline […]

Which School of Economics Will ‘Save’ America?

02/10/2022

“Getting rich is easy if you follow three rules: spend less, save more and invest the rest.” — Kevin O’Leary (2021) “What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.” — Adam Smith (1776) I often ask my college students to come up with one word to describe […]

A Better Alternative to ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Politics

02/03/2022

“There is no left or right, only up or down.” — Ronald Reagan (1964)  In today’s world of divisive rhetoric and hostile debates, it’s easy for the media and pundits to divide people into camps, such as “left” wing or “right” wing. We see it all the time on cable TV, the internet and the […]

Lazy Man’s Way to Riches

01/27/2022

“Most people are too busy making a living to make any money.” — Joe Karbo In the 1970s, when I was just getting started in the business world, I was fascinated with a full-page ad in a magazine which led with the title, “Lazy Man’s Way to Riches.” The subtitle read, “Most people are too busy […]

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Why Ben Franklin Matters

01/20/2022

“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth the reading or do things worth the writing.” — Ben Franklin On Monday, everyone wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr.  But Jan. 17 was also Ben Franklin Day. Monday was the 316th anniversary of the birth of the founding father extraordinaire Benjamin […]

Is the Tide Turning in the Pandemic, Politics and Stocks?

01/13/2022

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” — Warren Buffett (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 123) Note: I have a special announcement today. See below. Are we seeing a turning of the tide this year when it comes to the fight against the pandemic, the November elections and the […]

The Greatest Pro-Investor Breakthrough in Wall Street History

01/06/2022

“Most people are beaten up by the market instead of beating the market.” — Mark T. Hebner (“Maxims of Wall Street,” p. 194) What event signifies the greatest breakthrough in Wall Street history? It could be: A.) The creation of the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1884.  B.) The invention of mutual funds in the 1920s. C.) […]

Is the World’s Richest Man a Libertarian?

12/30/2021

 During this holiday season, we have something to cheer about. Move over, Charles Koch! It looks like Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and the world’s richest man, is a libertarian, with a small “l”. In a couple of interviews — with The Wall Street Journal and then with the Babylon Bee, a popular Christian conservative alternative to […]

Why I Tore Up Paul Samuelson’s Famous Textbook

12/23/2021

Special Announcement about the Economy and the Stock Market:  Before getting into today’s Skousen CAFÉ, the federal government released gross output (GO) — the measure of total spending in the economy — for the third quarter.  Real GO rose 4% (after inflation), suggesting a slowdown in the economy, compared to the second quarter.  However, real […]

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