ECONOMIC METAPHORS AND NATURE

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Judge Smails: Ty what did you shoot today? Ty:  Oh Judge, I don’t keep score. Judge Smails:  Then how do you measure yourself with other golfers? Ty:  By height. From the 1980 film Caddyshack Are you one of the countless people that have a difficult time understanding what the so-called wizards of smart in main-stream-media when they state how low …

FRAUD FILES

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Rather than do what I usually do during my Fraud Files columns, where as I grab a stack of stories from around the country and report on various instances of malfeasance.  Instead, I decided that this time I am going to do more of what one might call a think piece.  Every day, I print out investment fraud and scam …

WHERE IS THE YIELD?

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A reoccurring occurrence on the television show the Simpsons is, Homer finding ways to figuratively torture his strait-laced neighbor Ned Flanders.  For example:  Homer will help himself to any of Ned’s tools from his garage without asking permission and subsequently never return them.  Ned being the pious church-going forgiving guy bottles up his frustration and turns the other cheek.  Ned…we …

BONSAI TREE

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The chattering classes are having a grand-old-time discussing the who, what, when and where of the looming stock market and economic collapse.  I really detest how they love to break things down in terms of animals, Bull! Bear!  What if I told you it doesn’t matter? The biggest mistake that investors make (this includes a large swath of professional money …

DIVIDEND POWER

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We love being paid to own! It is great to see that global dividends reached a first-quarter record of $263.3 billion.  That is a 7.8% rise all in the face of concerns of slowing economic growth.  The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index said that U.S. dividends totaled a record $122.5 billion during the period, up 8.3%. Close to 90% of …

PROCESS

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Thirteen years ago, in what is an ongoing effort to explain and simplify concepts in investing, I wrote a column titled Rules of the Road.  In it, I list four simple rules that everyone needs to adhere to an order to become successful investors.  They are as follows… #1.  Compounding is the royal road to riches #2.  Don’t Lose Money …

VERITAS

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I am starting to realize that the years are starting to add up.  One of the first signs was when I started using the vernacular decades ago to date certain points in my career rather than years ago.  My eyesight is starting to wane.  However, the most annoying age-related issue that I am whining about happens to be my hearing.  …

SINKHOLES IN YOUR PLAN

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NOVEMBER 2018 In the 1985 film Cocoon, alien life makes its way to earth and provides a way for residents in a retirement home in St. Petersburg, Florida to be rejuvenated and young again.  We have relentlessly warned our clients, listeners and readers over the years about the impending financial issues facing Social Security, pensions and retirement plans.  Unfortunately, we at Markowski Investments …

LONG TERM CARE…DON’T DOUBT ME!

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OCTOBER 2018 “Insurance is something you buy in case bad s__t happens.” Chris Rock Nobody wants to think about bad things happening to themselves or loved ones.  However, we are naïve and irresponsible to pretend that they cannot.  Having watched too many family members end up in elder care facilities and witnessing what that entails plus the costs involved; I am trying …

ANTIFRAGILE FINANCIAL PLAN

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OCTOBER 2018 A recent survey of American adults showed that two-thirds are quite concerned about having enough money saved for retirement by their desired retirement age based upon their current rate of savings. Americans have an average of $84,000 saved for retirement, and about a third have less than $5,000 socked away.   This is not surprising, nor is it good.  The solutions …