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June 2014

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Today's Lottery Ticket: FNMA

June 25, 2014 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: FNMA

No, this is not an investment. Yes, it is a gamble. See, good investing is boring. I make at most half a dozen transactions a year. Like you, I have an itchy mouse finger. So, just to amuse myself, I devote a small % of my brokerage acct to buying risky stocks I should not be. Then, like listening to number picks for a lottery ticket, I watch the fun. Here are some of my adventures in goofy stocks:  [more]

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Danger, Will Robinson, Danger: Bond Funds Ahead

June 11, 2014 – Comments (3)

We could be in for the so-called “perfect storm”: low interest rates causing fixed income investors to move further out on the risk limb, winding down of QE, and boomers being told to invest 30-40% in fixed income. There is a huge landmine right under your foot.   [more]

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Technological Breakthroughs That Ain't

June 11, 2014 – Comments (0)

I don't mean to rain on your parade (wait, yes I do...). During the dot-com bubble, there were any number of way cool things I was looking forward to, enriching my life. Most did not pan out. I am old enough to have seen any number of revolutionary technologies that turned out to be duds. Just because something is possible does not mean that it will become a hit.   [more]

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