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Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes, by Belsky & Gilovich

April 09, 2010 – Comments (8)

I'm most of the way through the book, "Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes" by  Gary Belsky & Thomas Gilovich (Simon & Schuster, 2009), and am finding the topic of Behavioral Economics fascinating.  I would highly recommend this book for everyone -- it really helps you understand the most common problems when people make financial decisions.  [more]



Mark Hulbert Interview on Sound Investing (3/12/10)

March 16, 2010 – Comments (0)

Mark Hulbert is the founder and editor of the Hulbert Financial Digest, which has tracked financial newsletters since 1980.  He writes for and the New York Times.  He recently appeared on Sound Investing, hosted by Paul Merriman, and there are a couple of gems from the interview that I thought I’d share.  You can download the entire interview here.  [more]



Dr Laffer’s interview on Moneytalk (2/20/10)

March 02, 2010 – Comments (4)

One financial radio program that I like to listen to is Bob Brinker’s Moneytalk program.  I especially recommend listening to at least the third hour interview segment of the broadcast, where Mr Brinker often has some really great guests (and if you can’t get it on the radio, you can purchase a subscription to the podcast on  [more]



Market Perspective: Will the real PE please stand up?

October 24, 2009 – Comments (9) | RELATED TICKERS: SPY

There are many PE ratio numbers being used to justify both sides of today’s market.  Bulls would argue that the PE ratio of the S&P500 is near the mid-teens based on estimated future operating earnings – a screaming buy.  Bears argue that the PE ratio of the S&P500 is over 120 based on the trailing 12 month reported earnings – look out below.  What’s the real PE, and what’s the context for current valuations?  [more]



Who thinks their congressman doesn’t listen to them?

June 16, 2009 – Comments (9)

Back in February or March, I wrote my congressman to complain about the tax credit gap for installing insulation on your house in 2008.  Many may not know this, but you can get a tax credit for installing insulation on your house in 2007 and 2009, but mysteriously not for 2008 (I know, I'm a geek).  [more]