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While tracking the market today, I expanded the S & P 500 graph time window from the normal mode of a month or a year, to run from 1970 through the present. What I found illustrates a fascinating principle of wealth building. The blue line represents that value of the S&P 500 index. I overlaid the bright pink line to show what would have been the normal path of the economy had the trend from 1975 to 1995 persisted. Obviously it did not. The period from 1995 to the present represents a time of unprecedented “activity”. What we can also see is that activity produced no sustainable, wide spread, wealth as right now the index has returned to its normal path. Considering this period from 1995 to 2009 carefully it occurred to me that this “unprecedented activity” brought about sweeping change 1) In the widespread use of hedge funds, 2) Ridiculously easy credit, 3) An increas... (more)

What Goes On In The Mind of Employers?

The Employee Meeting I would like to start by thanking you for attending this meeting, though it's not like you had much of a choice. After all, attendance was mandatory. I'm also glad many of you accepted my invitation to your family members to be here as well. I have a few remarks to make to all of you, and then we'll retire to the ballroom for a great lunch and some employee awards. I felt that this meeting was important enough to close all 12 of our tire and automotive shops today so that you could be here. To reassure you, everybody is being paid for the day --- except me. Sin... (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)

Invest at Bargain Basement Prices!

Wealth Management on Ulitzer On February 27, 2009 I wrote these words in an article entitled "Are Things Improving?" "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)

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)