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Vehicle Prices Are Soaring

Both new and used car and truck prices have been soaring as major manufacturers have had to curtail production because of worldwide shortages of essential semiconductors. This presents a serious dilemma for consumers and investors.  Clearly, this not a good time to buy a new or used vehicle.  Prices are up significantly across the board […]

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Who Has Your Back?

Most of us are familiar with that line on numerous forms that asks for an emergency contact, and have no trouble answering.  Unfortunately, there are some who do not have a reliable emergency contact. Clearly, this is an issue that should be addressed sooner rather than later.  In the absence of an appropriate relative, this […]

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Bitcoin as a Currency?

Recent speculation relating to the possible acceptance of Bitcoin by Amazon led to another flurry of volatility for cryptocurrencies.  Investors might want to take a deep breath, step back, and consider if this makes sense, is even feasible, much less practical. Amazon has stated that the company has no immediate plan to accept Bitcoin for […]

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Energy

Most of the world’s largest economies are seeing a significant recovery and an increase in demand for electricity, as spending to counter the impact of Covid-19 and related lockdowns begins to bear fruit.  Despite massive spending on renewable-power capacity, many of the world’s industrialized countries, including the U.S., are, of necessity, turning to coal to […]

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Did China Blindside Didi Global’s IPO Investors?

Two days after Didi Global Inc.’s initial public offering (IPO), China’s internet regulator issued several orders that have the potential to seriously limit Didi’s growth potential.  Needless to say, the market’s reaction was not good and the shares traded down.  There is some question as to whether Didi’s management had any awareness of possible issues […]

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“Condominium”

In 1977 a successful Florida author, John D. MacDonald, published a novel titled “Condominium” that highlighted his concerns relating to the dangers surrounding an accelerating pace of high rise construction on Florida’s barrier islands.  The book didn’t spare anything or anyone, including weather, incompetent and corrupt building inspectors, poor enforcement of building codes, greedy and […]

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