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Tulips and Bitcoins

Paul Vigna, in a recent Wall Street Journal article, pointed out that “digital currency fans are partying like its 1999.” Perhaps Mr. Vigna may want to look further back than 1999, to 1637.  That is when, according to Wikipedia, during a period in the Dutch Golden Age, the contract prices for a single tulip bulb […]

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Investing is Not a Snap

Successfully managing a company and attracting investors is not easy.  But thumbing your nose at prospective investors, by issuing shares with no shareholder rights, and then refusing to provide any guidance respecting management’s operating expectations, may not be the best approach. Under these circumstances it shouldn’t come as a big surprise if investors conclude that […]

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Shareholder Rights: The Latest Salvo

In recent blogs we have noted that there has been an increase in large investor concerns over a trend toward a reduction in shareholders’ rights. Now we have the managers of the S&P 500 taking a stand in favor of shareholders’ rights by announcing a new policy that would bar new admissions to the index […]

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Is Big Pharma A Piñata?

Healthcare is, or more correctly, continues to be the topic of the day.  We are all, as patients, providers and/or tax payers, necessarily involved in the whole issue of how best to provide reasonable and universal access, on an affordable basis, to quality healthcare. Big pharma, and therefore, investors, are directly involved.  Media commentary likes […]

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Increasing Transparency: How Communication Leads to Portfolio Efficacy

It is hard to come to terms with one’s own mortality.  In an ideal world, everyone would live to be 100 years old and die peacefully in their sleep. Unfortunately, life surprises us with many unpleasant things.  At Sigma, we try to prepare our clients for the future.  However, we are only as good as […]

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Lackluster Economic Growth?

To varying degrees, commentators and economists are suggesting that the U.S. economy seems to be struggling to sustain a growth rate on the order of 2%, while most observers believe that growth on the order of 3% would be highly beneficial and, is also generally considered to be a reasonable target. June unemployment has fallen […]

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