Buds Blog

THE QUESTION OF LIQUIDITY

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:13:15 +0000

July 24, 2016: Today’s stock and bond markets remind me of a conversation I had with an associate when I was a rookie portfolio manager back in the early 1970’s. For several years, stock prices for a group of large well-known companies known as the “Favorite Fifty” had become a priority investment for Institutional and [...]

POST “BREXIT” PERIOD

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:23:13 +0000

Today, June 24, 2016  has been one of the more interesting if not the most interesting day in the Investment and Political world that  I can remember in my lifetime.  Largely the result of the advancement in Information technology, communication, and access, we are able to travel the world and listen to key principals comment [...]

RE-VISIT TO THE 85-15% RULE

Fri, 20 May 2016 20:23:49 +0000

May 20,2016: In a discussion on TV this morning, a commentator made a statement that 67% of those individuals and families earning $100,000 per year could not raise or would have serious difficulty raising $1000 for an emergency.  The percentage for those earning less is even higher.  Why is this?  Pundits express the belief that [...]

IRS Rules Discriminate Against Small Business

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:46:38 +0000

May 1, 2016: The small business owner probably doesn’t know or realize it but several years ago Congress passed general authorization for and the Internal Revenue Service implemented tax penalty rules that discriminate against the Limited Liability Corporation, Partnership or other revenue pass through companies.  Faced with a history of certain businesses taking advantage of the ineffectiveness [...]

THE FUTURE OF WORK

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 20:39:11 +0000

As I was perusing one of the nations’s financial magazines, I came across an article written by Sallie Krawcheck, a financial professional who laid out in pretty clear language some of the changes that are taking (have taken) place in the path to success in the Business world today and how they differ from those [...]

Trump, Good Or Bad?

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:06:36 +0000

March 7, 2016: As a lifelong Republican, now retired, I have been both amused and concerned about the Trump phenomenon as he wins one after the other state caucuses or primaries in his run for the GOP nomination for President.  The amusement comes from watching all the Media and Political Establishment folks demonstrate so much [...]

Why Is Trump Winning

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 04:30:07 +0000

March 7, 2016: As a lifelong Republican, now retired, I have been both amused and concerned about the Trump phenomenon as he wins one after the other state caucuses or primaries in his run for the GOP nomination for President.  The amusement comes from watching all the Media and Political Establishment folks demonstrate so much [...]

THE MAGIC OF THE MARKET’S INVISIBLE HAND

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 21:46:13 +0000

February 18, 2016: Adam Smith’s cogent description of the force that generates equilibrium in free markets has been at work in the energy industry over the past 18 months.  The price of oil has adjusted in response to these forces as Saudi Arabia, the leading and most dominant producer of oil in the OPEC nations, [...]