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Measure Twice, Cut Once

While generally associated with carpentry, the underlying concept is one of double-checking for accuracy, before taking definitive action. In today’s world, an appropriate modification might be, think twice, tweet once, or not. Without naming names, the list would be too long, irresponsible tweeting is reaching epidemic levels. Investors should be cautious in attempting to react […]

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Fair Market Value

Fair market value is generally described as the price that a knowledgeable, willing and unpressured buyer would pay to a knowledgeable, willing and unpressured seller. Investors may soon have an opportunity to observe the impact on price when the seller faces legislated pressure. California and nine other states have inaugurated a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) […]

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“These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls”

These words were the first line in the first of a series of pamphlets written by Thomas Payne, during the American Revolution, titled “The American Crisis”. Perhaps a small modification to, “these are the times that try investor’s souls,” might be timely. Investors, and everyone else, is being pummeled by a barrage of, seemingly never-ending, […]

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Affording A Home

The issue of affordable housing has long been a material factor in political and investment decisions.  During the first quarter of 2018, affordability, as measured by the average share of income needed to buy a median-priced house was at its worst since the third quarter of 2008, according to “Attom Data Solutions”.  Attom is a […]

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Patient Investing

Patient Investing Sometimes it takes years for a potentially attractive investment opportunity to materialize.  Investors should be aware of the probable time frame involved when making decisions. For example, the development of fracking in the US energy industry resulted in a significant surplus of natural gas and a marked softening of prices.  This gave rise […]

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Time Is Money

Recent data provided by the Panama Canal Authority suggests that total annual revenues for 2018 will be ahead of a strong 2017.  Approximately half of both revenues and crossings comes from shipments to U.S. East Coast ports. The alternative route for shipments from Asia uses the Suez Canal.  Sailing time via the Panama Canal is […]

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