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Why Toys ‘R’ Us Failed

March 20, 2018

This article is a bit biased against leveraged buyout firms, with the author appearing to believe they are always bad, ill-intentioned actors. But it does make good points. The key to the company having to close all its U.S. stores is that it took on more debt than it could handle. This simple wasn’t the […]

Financial Crisis Reviewed

March 20, 2018

In this article, Business Insider recalls what it believes were the 27 scariest moments of the financial crisis. Can any crisis have as many as 27 scariest moments? In this crisis there were, largely because authorities didn’t believe the events would snowball and compound. “The complete evaporation of liquidity in certain market segments of the […]

Emotional Effects of the Financial Crisis

March 20, 2018

Jason Zweig of The Wall Street Journal takes advantage of the 10th anniversary of the Bear Stearns collapse to review some ancillary effects of the financial crisis. He says that a lingering and damaging effect is that investors no longer trust the markets and the economy in general. I think he’s right, and one proof […]

Digital Currencies and Taxes

March 19, 2018

It’s hard to tell what causes the price of bitcoin to rise and fall, because there are no fundamentals attached to the currency. This article explores the idea that capital gains taxes are the major reason for bitcoin’s recent decline. It says many bitcoin investors didn’t realize that the IRS will tax their profits as […]

Another Bitcoin Revelation

March 19, 2018

There are two main ways to make money from a cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin. One way is to buy some of the currency and hope is appreciates. The other way is to “mine” it. Mining cryptocurrencies involves a lot of computing power. The miners need access to computers, electricity and cooling equipment. This article cites […]

When Workers Are Scarce

March 19, 2018

In the latest Small Business Optimism Index from NFIB, business owners reported that their biggest problem is finding qualified employees. It’s one of the few times that issues such as taxes and regulations took a back seat. This article takes a deep dive into several towns were unemployment is historically low and describes what employers […]

Read My Forbes Blog This Weekend

March 16, 2018

I’m still in my first month of contributing to the blog, but people are reading. You can review my contributions here.     […]

The FAANG Frenzy

March 16, 2018

This article points out that a small number of stocks are leading the indexes higher. Its main point is that the growth in a very small number of stocks rivals the frenzy for tech stocks in the late 1990s. The difference this time is that the favored companies are fairly large, mature ones, not the […]

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