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Wealth Management on Ulitzer Wealth Management on Ulitzer - Many financial firms are now claiming they have a "new plan", "new perspective", "new advice" for investors.  That their "green line" or "red zone" of expert advice will now provide investment and retirement guidance that will "take you where you want to go". What is this new ground b reaking advice?  How is it different from the advice they were giving two years ago? On the cover of recently received magazine it has the title "Tools of TRUE Diversification: Skillfully applied asset allocation can reduce a portfolio's overall risk profile."  Was the prior advice to do a FALSE diversification?  Was the financial "advisor" who recommended this UN-skilled? Two observations: 1.   What most people were advised to do regarding their investments over the last 20 years didn't protect them at the time they needed prot... (more)

Christmas Could Never Get Started Today

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 so... (more)

Unemployment – Causes and Consequences

Somewhere on the internet last week, mention was made that unemployment for high income people was (essentially) non-existent, while extremely high for low income earners. I was able to track down that data for the fourth quarter of 2009. Here it is by income: As you can clearly see the lower income levels are experiencing the greatest difficulty finding jobs. Interestingly enough, this data is not making its way into the mainstream. But even more interesting is the set of “circumstances” that has caused this, or at least occurred in the same approximate time frame. Minimum Wage... (more)

Further Thoughts on Unemployment

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)

BP as a Prospective Investment

Typically, when an event occurs that causes a stock’s price to drop significantly we would look at that stock as a potential investment. This is not and will not be the case with BP. Our first criteria for investment, is that the business be one of significant quality. BP cannot be considered quality. As David Leonhardt pointed out in his May 31 New York Times article entitled “Spillonomics: Underestimating Risk”. BP has been a company seeking profits to the exclusion of other equally serious responsibilities. Leonhardt wrote, “Years before the Deepwater Horizon rig blew, BP was ... (more)