Spotlight: Unwinding the Tangled Hedge

Prop it up, prime the pump, hedge the crisis… by any name the papering of the US economy and banking industry since the early 90’s has solved nothing and our problems are now larger and more unstable than ever.

The problems causing the housing crises of 2008 have been sated[1] for a decade, but never solved.  Now, as the Federal Reserve begins raising interest rates and unwinding the mountains of debt on their balance sheets acquired to infuse the US Treasury with liquidity, the flimsy foundation on which it is all built looks to be shivering with stress.  I’ve heard commentators state that for the Fed to have any cards to play in this game at all, they have to raise rates as quickly as possible so that they can lower them again.  At present, with rates still lower than any other period in the history of man, they have almost no room to do that.  Its as if they think that raising rates while people are still struggling to catch up from the difficulties of the past two decades won’t cause problems!  Well, it won’t cause problems for them and their friends… Continue reading “Spotlight: Unwinding the Tangled Hedge”

Thick as a Brick Award – June 2018

I first introduced this idea back when I saw someone whose work I admire, Dave Ramsey, tout some rather uninformed financial advice on “buy term insurance and invest the rest” to his huddled masses.  This time I take a look at a long list of shallow financial advice published for the sole purpose of “looking useful”, rather than being effective.  On the surface the suggestions might sound good to the casual reader, but without discussing related information and situations, can be misleading and financially riddled with hazard.  So, let’s dispel some poor financial advice. Continue reading “Thick as a Brick Award – June 2018”

Guilt-Free Spending (part 2)

Part II

When you keep a budget, you should know where your money is, where it went, what it’s being used for, and how much you have reserved for your personal use.  The reason that many people don’t have money is that they don’t plan to have money.  Really, that’s not a flippant statement.  People who have money have made a plan to have money; meaning they’ve made a decision and a plan to not spend everything they makeContinue reading “Guilt-Free Spending (part 2)”

Guilt-Free Spending (part 1)

 

Part I

‘Why do I feel guilty spending my own money?’ is a question that many people struggle with.

The seeds of this article stem from that question I saw posted in an online forum that I really had the desire to address.  When I tried to access the answer page to submit an answer, the user had retracted their question, likely thinking that it wasn’t a valid concern.  I thought it was a very valid concern and I had thought, “I know exactly why she feels guilty” and wanted to help.  So, since I didn’t get to answer the girl’s question, I’ll address it here and hope that she and others who have that same very common concern find it someday. Continue reading “Guilt-Free Spending (part 1)”

The Game You Write Your Own Rules For…

Empowered to do what you’d like to do and to be who you’d like to be.  All too often these days people, organizations, and ‘authorities’ are making all too many decisions ‘for your own good’.  If you’d like to retain or recover more of the ability to make your decisions based on your own values, you might want to ‘empower yourself’.  And you don’t need anyone’s permission to do it. Continue reading “The Game You Write Your Own Rules For…”

Oh, Not So, Mr. Ramsey!

I agree with many things that Dave Ramsey says, this is one of those rare, yet glaring exceptions.

On a Facebook Meme this morning, Dave Ramsey issued, “Debt is dumb.  Cash is king.”  Without further explanation, I must take an exception to this blanket statement.


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USAA and Fox’s Sean Hannity

USAA recently pulled its advertising from the Sean Hannity show on FOX’s news network due to the political content and thousands of clients are dropping their accounts!

While it’s a good thing to recognize market extortion when you see it, and even more impressive to take a stand and react to it actively, many people make decisions like this emotionally without considering related consequences.  Moving your business from a company with whom it offends you to continue doing business is a positive reaction, but doing it properly with a little forethought for how it affects you can either hit or protect your wallet. Continue reading “USAA and Fox’s Sean Hannity”

Almost Ready for Launch!

If you aren’t certain that you’re on my personal email list to get that first invitation, you might want to go sign up now at https://davidpandone.com .  I spent the morning yesterday editing and scheduling for release four articles that will be posted on my new website over the next month. They are to be included in the monthly newsletter that I’m getting ready to launch.

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News Update: 170427

Releasing Friday April 28 and entitled Guilt-Free Spending, Part 1, the next article deals with ‘buyer’s remorse’ and the guilt some people experience when spending their own money. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon!

A Cash-ionary Tale

Ben FranklinAt the time this article is being written, there are people discussing in our government representation (and in fact worldwide) the removal of cash in the form of currency from the monetary system.  While I’m no fan of the current state of our currency system, it’s important to understand the effect that such a consideration has on society and your freedom as an individual.  First, without cash, you will have to process purchases, any and all purchases, through a system that processes payments, and the entity running that system will be able to track every transaction that you make.  The standard argument is that, ‘if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about’, until you actually have to live under that system.  Bear with me as I illuminate the issue: Continue reading “A Cash-ionary Tale”