I am a busy surgeon with a particular interest in personal finance and investing. My father, a retired financial advisor, taught me discipline and the power of dividends and compound interest. I do not feel it is necessary to employ expensive, self-motivated brokers or managers to invest one's money.
Let me give you some numbers about the US Economy :
Domestic debt at 400% of GDP 70%of the Economy is Consumption based with borrowed money , Now you understand why I am bearish ....I let you imagine the outcome of this debt based casino economy ....join me on my blogs meanwhile :
Risk Hunter (formerly known as Retired Aviator) earned a BBA in Finance, Investment & Banking from a national top ten (public) business school—the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He then went on to earn a BFA (with Honors) in 1992. After that, however, his one year of working in the corporate world was enough for him to realize that it was not his cup of tea. He decided he needed more freedom and daily variety than any Finance position could offer, so he went to work for himself. Determined to somehow achieve financial independence without the grind, he worked as many as four part-time jobs concurrently to obtain seed cash for investing. He devoted much of his non-working time to studying investments and "real world" Economics (as opposed to the academic variety), refining several workable theories along the way. For years he plowed every spare nickel into investing. Using only his relatively modest sources of income as an investing base, over time he was able to multiply his savings and thus achieve his dream of retiring by his mid-forties in 2009. Today he enjoys pursuing a variety of recreational interests, researching, writing, and has several ideas in the works for new books. He has one book published in 2009 debunking the popular theories during the financial panic that QE would cause massive price inflation i.e. a massive and imminent devaluation of the dollar's purchasing power. At the time policymakers embraced basically one of two schools of thought, either 'austerity now' or 'stimulate now, print money and kick the can down the road." Nobody else really argued that you could print a lot of money without big consequences, and as it turns out that is what has come to pass. The value of the dollar was, he argued, that of mass psychology, not so much determined quantitatively as was presumed. And large deficits and QE tend to self correct over time, not spiral out of control. We have seen that as well.