Archive for February, 2012

Find Your One Thing

In the movie “City Slickers”, Curly is asked what the meaning of life is. He replies “One Thing”. It’s my belief that your financial success is so much more than just investments. That’s why I named my company “Generosity Wealth Management” instead of “Generosity Investment Management”. I feel 80% of acquiring and preserving wealth is behavior, not chasing after the home run investment. A colleague here at the office said “funny, the harder you work the luckier you seem to get”. I couldn’t agree more. My video this week is about the importance of finding the “one thing” that you’re ... Read More

Japan Slowly Awakening to Debt Situation

One of my goals in my newsletter is to bring to your awareness things that I find interesting or alarming. The article below is in the “alarming” category. Japan borows more than it raises in taxes, and its debt amounts to two years’ worth of Japan’s economic output. Japan has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world. Half of the country’s tax income is directed to simply servicing it’s debt. In addition to Europe and China (which I’ve written about in the past), Japan is one of the next huge players we’ll be unraveling in the future. I have great ... Read More

Greece

Are you tired of reading and hearing about Greece? Me too, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to stop. The most recent Greek agreement is a joke (in my opinion) and makes a significant number of overly optimistic assumptions about the future. As I view it, there is no way the European Monetary Union can survive in it’s current form, and definitely not with Greece in there. Where is the money to be made for investors like us? I continue to advise a higher allocation to the United States and avoid Greece and the whole of Europe for at least ... Read More

This is Your Brain on a Hot Streak

Continuing the theme from my video, investor behavior has a significant influence on your success. A recent study found that cells deep in the brain calculate a sort of moving average of past events, giving the greatest weight to the most recent outcomes. So, even after a long term upward trend, or long term downward trend, a few months in the opposite direction can prompt impulsive investor decisions towards or away from stocks. Avoid the knee-jerk reactions. This is Your Brain on a Hot Streak Read More

Duff Beer

Oh yeah, Duff Beer. This post only makes sense if you watch the Simpsons or have kids that watch the Simpsons. I’m 43 years old now and I’ve been watching it since I was about 18 and in college. Hard to believe it’s been on that long. Anyway, the fictional Duff Beer is now available in the UK. If anyone is going over there soon, can you buy me some? Read More

Intra-Year Declines

It is common for there to be declines in the markets throughout the year, sometimes even double digits declines. This is to be expected. As an investor, one of the reasons we diversify and modify our allocations throughout the year is to try to minimize these fluctuations. What should you do when there is one of these expected declines? It depends on the situation at that time. Please click on the video below for a 4 minute discussion I give on this topic……   TRANSCRIPT: Hi there, Mike Brady with Generosity Wealth Management, here in Boulder, Colorado. And I this ... Read More

Unemployment Rate / Participation Rate

Unemployment decreased to 8.3%. Good. Participation Rate of the work force at 30 year lows. Bad. In my opinion, we’re at a time in history where there is a dramatic shift in the employment make-up, skills needed, globalization, etc. This relatively short term (1 to 10 years) transition will not be without pain for many, but the market does eventually adjust. Click for the Full Article       Read More

Interactive Comparison of GDP

The United States is the largest GDP in the world. How do other countries stack up to individual states? See for yourself. Here’s a great interactive comparison website. CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE   Read More

Corporate Profitability

I say in my video that “on balance” I’m more optimistic than pessimistic for 2012. See graph to right. Europe, China, Deleveraging, etc. are the forces against this we have to watch out for.   Read More

Fisher-Price

Oh yeah, Fisher-Price. Admit it, how many of you had one of these when you were a kid? How about your kids?   Read More

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