Archives for September 2013

Will the Labour Party Help or Hinder U.K. Business?

In the U.K. the opposition party appoints a person to "shadow" the person in office thus learning the job and able to speak intelligently about alternative policies. Following the speeches of Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Party Leader Ed Miliband, … [Read more...]

Great Financial Failures in U.S. History

History is littered with financial failures. Every century, has had its successes and financial blunders.  As new ideas and technologies take hold they push out the old.  This is known as "creative destruction" and has been the engine of progress for … [Read more...]

Healthcare Face-off US vs. UK

Since the advent of Obamacare there has been a great debate about U.S. vs. U.K. healthcare. Today we will look at how they compare. A large number of people in the US and UK have some form of health insurance. In fact, according to the Centers for … [Read more...]

All Work and No Play for UK’s Future Pensioners

One in five British people fear they will never be able to retire. Britons feel more disheartened at the prospect of their retirement (or lack of) than citizens from any other country in the world. A global survey by HSBC revealed that 19% of … [Read more...]

When Investing Leave Your Herd Mentality at the Door

Just like buffalo people often feel safer in herds.  In most situations this is not a problem, but in some instances (like investing) herds of people act more like lemmings than buffalo, which can land you in serious financial difficulty.  Here’s … [Read more...]

With Summers Out: Which Way for Stocks?

I've never been a fan of Larry Summers. Perhaps he was too smart for his own good. After all, he was responsible for driving Jack Meyer out of managing the Harvard endowment fund. Meyer took the Harvard Endowment from $4.8 billion to $25.9 billion in … [Read more...]

Trends: Population, Health and Technology

Imagine getting out of your 20 hp. car and cranking it to start it, getting whacked by the handle and breaking your wrist, while your neighbor trots by shouting "get a horse" and your other neighbor happily puffs by in his Stanley Steamer. This was … [Read more...]

Is Putin Right?

I never thought I'd agree with Putin. And of course he has his own agenda. He is already supplying Syria with the bombs and nerve gas he has so "graciously" offered to monitor... kind of like the fox offering to guard the hen house,  but be that as … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: Life Insurance Company Ratings Explained

Not all insurance companies are equal. Let's take a closer look at each of the most popular life insurance rating companies and how they actually rank the insurance companies in finer detail. Moody's: The Moody's website is set up to rank … [Read more...]

Will Africa Finally Shed its “Dark Continent” Image?

For centuries now, Africa has been a wild and unknown place full of impenetrable jungles and steeped in mystery earning it the name the "Dark Continent". Several countries in Africa including Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, and Rwanda  are embarking on … [Read more...]