Responsible Government

Often, governments start out trying to be all things to all citizens.  Unfortunately, governments have a history of falling short on initial promises for a variety of reasons including, political bickering and trying to do too much at the cost of often not doing some things well. One might think that providing its citizens with … Continued

Saber Rattling

According to Wikipedia, saber rattling originated in Chile in 1924, when a group of young military officers protested against the political class and postponement of social measures by rattling the scabbards of their sabers against the floor. The term is now applied to cover any indication of military aggressiveness. Saber rattling currently can include such … Continued

Burgernomics 

In September 1986, “The Economist” introduced the Big Mac Index, as a semi-humorous illustration of purchasing power parity (PPP).  PPP provides a test of the extent to which market exchange rates result in goods costing the same in different countries.  The objective was to attempt to make exchange-rate theory a bit more understandable. PPP can … Continued

Wealth Effect

According to Wikipedia, wealth effect is the change in spending that accompanies a change in perceived wealth.  Usually the wealth effect is positive: spending changes in the same direction as perceived wealth. People typically spend more overall when one of two things occur:  when people actually are richer, or when people perceive themselves to be … Continued

First-mover Advantage

According to Wikipedia, “in marketing strategy, first-mover advantage is the advantage gained by being the initial significant occupant of a market segment”.  The first entrant often gains a competitive advantage and can be rewarded with exceptional profit margins and a monopoly-like status. However, not all first-movers are rewarded if the first-mover does not capitalize on … Continued

Regulation

It is abundantly clear that society needs rules (regulations) in order to function.  However, the rules need to be rational and serve the greater good rather than a means to achieve objectives that are not acceptable to the majority. Over the last year, the current administration, through executive orders, has been actively rolling back a … Continued

Coin of the Realm

Meriam-Webster defines “coin of the realm” as:  1. The legal money of a country, or 2.  Something valued or used as if it were money in a particular sphere. Investors and cryptocurrency enthusiasts should also consider another possible definition.  A country’s coin of the realm (legal tender) is what the government (King) says it is.  … Continued

TMI

Investors may want to consider the affect of too much information (TMI) on investment decisions.  With CNBC broadcasting more than 12 hours every business day, it is easy to binge watch an endless flow of “news” which is often only someone’s opinion and frequently almost immediately contradicted by another commentator. Over the last several years … Continued

Vegas versus Wall Street

In Las Vegas, on any given day, a gambler can strike it rich or lose it all.  However, over time, the house always wins. On Wall Street, on any given day, an equity investor can strike it rich or lose it all.  However, over time, stocks have proven to be a winning bet. This is … Continued

Entertainment, Politics and Ratings

It is becoming increasingly apparent that major TV entertainment events, such as NFL games and major award shows, are suffering from declining ratings.  Most recently, viewership for the Grammy Awards were down approximately 24%, setting a nine year low. This is a significant development for broadcasters, advertisers and investors. According to a recent article in … Continued

Conventional Wisdom

Wikipedia defines conventional wisdom as the body of ideas or explanations accepted as true by the public and/or experts in the field.  Wikipedia goes on to note that conventional wisdom is not necessarily true. It is, additionally, often seen as an obstacle to the acceptance of newly acquired information. Never-the-less, conventional wisdom, more often than … Continued

Sustainable Growth

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. economy is running at its full potential, defined as the maximum sustainable growth rate, for the first time in a decade.  Most economists agree that an economy’s sustainable growth rate is determined by how many people are working and how productive they are. It appears that the … Continued