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Electricity:  The Peak Demand Problem

Demand for electricity tends to peak in the early evening.  Managing peak demand in an environmentally and economically sound matrix is difficult. Load balancing has always been a problem for electric power systems, both because most large scale electric generators operate most efficiently at constant rates and the cost of creating a system that is […]

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Autonomous Vehicles

A number of well known companies, such as Tesla, Google, Apple and the auto companies, have demonstrated a significant interest in developing autonomous vehicles ostensibly as a path to reducing human input, which is generally considered to be the primary cause of vehicular accidents.  Considering that more than 30,000 people lose their lives on America’s highways […]

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“The Market Will Do Whatever is Necessary to Confuse the Greatest Number of People” – author unknown

The Nasdaq Composite Index, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each achieved all-time record high levels on August 11, 2016.  Earlier in the year, stock prices went into a scary swoon.  Multiple causal factors, offered by well seasoned investment pro’s, were given as an explanation with warnings of […]

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OK, let’s look critically at hedge funds and other alternatives

I met with a client a couple of weeks ago who has a family foundation account that is managed by a large bank (they handle all facets of the account, including grant reviews and check-writing).  This account had not performed as well as this client’s personal account that Sigma managed and in an informal review, […]

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Should Investment Advisory Newsletters Come With A Government Warning?

There are hundreds, or maybe thousands, of newsletter writers around the globe.  All of them have a single purpose – to sell you something. There is a fertile field for stock market newsletter writers.  It goes without saying that human beings are wired to seek self preservation.  Numerous articles have been written about the “fight […]

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Underwhelming Economic Growth

Recently released second quarter data suggest that the economic recovery continues to be somewhat lackluster with a seasonally and inflation adjusted increase of 1.2% for the period.  The economy appears to be growing at a 1% rate in 2016 and 2.1% since the end of the recession, the weakest expansion since at least 1949. There […]

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