This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be
one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are
shown around Christmas.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red
Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of
mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color.
This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s.
As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in
history Christmas had not yet been established, if somehow Christmas needed
to be “started” in 2009, it wouldn’t stand a chance. Christmas would be
doomed before it ever got started.
First of all, the only time you can say Jesus Christ anymore is when you hit
your thumb with a hammer.
You can’t mention Him at City Hall, you can’t display a crè... (more)
Several days ago I wrote a piece on Unemployment and the disparities existing
between upper and lower income workers. In that piece, I mentioned the
negative impact that illegal aliens have on wages and job opportunities for
those that are already suffering in this economy. Several folks took offense
that I would discuss this subject directly as I did. This is my additional
thinking on the subject:
1. I speak from a position of personal experience and direct knowledge on the
subject, having played a significant role in three different people
emigrating from three different nation... (more)
FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has just published an article
on Avoiding Investment Scams which is available below:
FINRA Avoiding Investment Scams
This article is six pages long, and depending upon your perspective, either
teaches you how to run an investment scam or how to recognize one. It
however, does not teach you how to avoid one in the first place.
Here is a reprisal of the earlier piece we did on how to AVOID an investment
This is what you have with The Barfield Group and what you can tell your
friends: It is very simple, but oh so effective:
1) Have ... (more)
Wealth Management on Ulitzer
On February 27, 2009 I wrote these words in an article entitled "Are Things
"6) There are only two things you can buy at unusual discounts these days: A
new car and stocks. These prices are beginning to attract takers. If things
were as dire as CNBC said, all other stuff would be cheaper".
"7) As the companies we own have reported earnings, most of them have beaten
expectations. In other words, the businesses continue to perform even though
the stock prices are not. What you own continues to become more valuable.
Over the next 5 years, the ... (more)
Finally the other shoe drops. On the front page of Monday’s USA Today,
research done by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies
discovered “Homes that cost less hit the hardest.”
The article details the fact the lowest price homes in markets all across the
US have experienced price drops greater than homes which cost more. This is
no surprise and it is the natural consequence of artificial incentives
instilled into the housing market by the Community Reinvestment Act
originally signed by Jimmy Carter, and subsequently updated in the Gramm
Leach Bliley Act signed by ... (more)