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)
"This was the o bject of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new
principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say
things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the
common sense of the su bject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their
assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to
take." --Thomas Jefferson
"All that I have, and all that I am and all that I hope to be in life I am
now ready to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die,
survive or perish, I am for the... (more)
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, w... (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)
Then there is this somewhat political, but no less humorous submission from a