Monthly Archives: January 2012

Will demographics worsen the debt crisis?

In prior postings, I’ve illustrated that a by-product of the financial mayhem in recent years has been shrinking employment in the financial services sector.  It got me thinking – perhaps there’s more to it than just the single volcanic-like eruption ignited by the … Continue reading

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Shareholder Activism or Terrorism? The Line is BLURRY

At least 20 years ago, I was a director of our local CFA society, in charge of corporate governance which of course was very early days in the evolution of increasing expectations concerning the accountability of senior management. I recall … Continue reading

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Why invest in resources if China is slowing?

Commodity prices lead economic data – they plummeted in anticipation of the current doldrums, and are now rising ahead of a global recovery. On October 24th, 2011 I posted the following: “Look for commodity stocks to continue to bounce in … Continue reading

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Cyclicals Surprise Attack?

Earlier in the month, Alcoa was featured as the ‘second worse performing Dow stock in 2011.’ It was almost universally (in research reports by analysts and the press) expected that the financial results would be terrible, as evidenced by this … Continue reading

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Commodities NOT for diversification? Should be obvious!

A published academic study (by Daskalaki and Skiadopoulos in the Journal of Banking & Finance October 2011) that’s getting much attention is entitled: Should Investors Include Commodities in Their Portfolios After All? New Evidence. The following is a quote from … Continue reading

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Got the CFA blues?

I made this video purely for your entertainment. Turn on the volume and enjoy. Perhaps you get an occasional bout of the CFA blues nowadays too? If the video isn’t working for you, scroll below the video for a Youtube … Continue reading

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Research in Motion TOP PICK? Is the guy whacko?

Who in their right mind would suggest Research in Motion as their TOP PICK for 2012? There’s no shortage of controversy to be sure surrounding the company. Yesterday I sat with good friends, man and wife, and SHE (Rayla) thought … Continue reading

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