I am projecting that the US govt is near insolvent and that we will be facing a new Bretton Woods currency agreement bringing gold back into the monetary system in combination with a sudden fiat currency devaluation (across the board-most currencies) against gold over a long weekend or an outright sovereign debt panic by 2020-2025. The least expected outcome double digit inflation is very likely sometime in the future. The Fed PRO-POVERTY policies are going to crush the poor, fixed pensioners and lower middle class since disposable income growth is limited. Beware middle class and retirees your purchasing power will drop dramatically when everyday necessities absorb a larger % of your income. To spread the word to the brainwashed American drones that this economy is one big illusion ponzi scheme and you are infact broke. Issuing more debt to solve a debt problem is crazy. I am accepting nominations for those that played a major positive and major negative impact on our economy. Inductees: The Hammer Hall of Fame Bill Black Brooksley Born David Walker Ron Paul Robert Rodriguez Peter Schiff David Stockman Janet Tavakoli John Bogle Elizabeth Warren Steve Wynn ============================== The Hammer Hall of Shame Ben MadMan Bernanke Lloyd Blankfein Bush II Jamie Diamond Shaun Donovan Barney Fwank Dick Fuld Alan "The Maestro" Greenspan Tim Geithner Paul king Krugman David Lereah Angelo Mozillo Obama The NAHB The NAR Henry Paulsen Nancy Pelosi Charles Prince Franklin Raines Robert Rubin David Stephens Larry Summers Bob Toll Maxine Waters Lawrence Yun
Twenty years top tier international corporate finance. Had my own boutique in Houston 1982-88. Written up in Oil & Gas Journal as number 1 firm for oil & gas European capital expertise. Prior, commercial banking VP with NYC and London sovereign debt experience in Belgium, Norway Yugoslavia and (whoops) very earliest Greek Government loans. Also 2 billion in asset generation for Oil Patch companies with Bankers Trust NY from Houston base. Investment banking deals with Shearson include being prime architect of IPO for oil service company and well regarded multi year oil co. exploration Partnership. As boutique, architect of institutional $200 million exploration deal and $45 million oil co. M & A transaction. Held Principal securities license among others. As retired hobby enjoy writing options, most against portfolio or small universe of equities, occasionally rank speculative. Worst deal 3,000 shares of FTR got hammered, holding on (FTR still pays 5%+ on my invested capital.). Best deal, large speculative purchase of TEF calls just prior to their 3 for one split, ouch, commissions tripled, still doubled up.
1992-2006 Cape Cod commercial clammer (50 tons dug.) Slightly recognized/successful political commentary blog ending 2008 (called banking fiasco early.) One play produced, Arthur Miller attended closing and closing party, sweet!
Retired at 56 in 1993. Worked for 34 years, planning on stretching my retirement out to 34 years as well. Old picture - lost 100 lbs since that was taken. Part-time investor now. 80% of our liquid assets in Roth accounts, and half of those in preferred stocks. Still get excited about some investments - latest two - Brookfield Asset Management, (and 3 of their LPs), and Newtek. Getting interested in options - slowly. Only educating myself now - when I'm comfortable I'll start paper trading. Another update - Anne and I just celebrated 61st anniversary of the day we met - I was the patient, she the nurse. Raised 8 daughters - lots of interesting times. More of the same now with 19, thus far, in the next generation.
Real estate investor but with a financial academic background. Too many opportunities in this market to not spend more time studying and trading in it, a lot of time on my hands and a desire to learn as much as possible, commodities speculator, mostly a technical trader but still a beginner.
I am a Financial Analyst and maintain my own Site http://www.everythingaboutinvestment.com where i put the articles regarding investment so that it can help each and everyone around the globe to get an detail insight into Investing and Investment.
Former long-time business editor of major US women's magazine and contributing editor at dozens of different "trade" and consumer publications. Author of over 3,000 print magazine articles in past 30 years.
Penn Ph.D., centrist Republican.
Please visit my blogsites:
Baby Boomers-The Angriest Generation http://angriestgeneration.wordpress.com
The Rest of U.S. (for and about political Centrists) http://newcentristera.wordpress.com
and my brand-new blog about Markets:
Capital Punishment-Markets Through the Looking Glass http://marketslookingglass.wordpress.com
First off, I am continually amazed at the quality of people on SA and their deep analyses and facts. I enjoy the discussions and appreciate learning from others who have particularly keen insights into certain sectors (especially gold/silver, oil and gas, miners, and, increasingly, defensives).
Lately my specific interest has shifted from the energy sector to the mining sector, particularly precious metals. I have also two added Water Utilities lately and am have started looking at ERII. PCL is also intriguing to me if there's a pullback.