Category Archives: Basics

Brexit vote and the market – what to do?

We rarely apologize, but in this case it is necessary. We knew immediately, the minute we heard about the British pound crashing and stock markets all over the world crashing just because the British voted decisively to leave the European … Continue reading

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Happy National Margarita Day!

This is a real holiday! IFO has never had tequila, but this is tempting. So, yes, if you feel like celebrating National Margarita Day, or just Washington’s Birthday, which we lost to PC several years ago, but it still GW’s … Continue reading

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Is it time to buy stocks now?

We hope you are all making your lists and checking them twice. What company or companies are you going to buy when the time is “right?” Are you in love with the CEO? Is the business unique and strong? Does … Continue reading

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Economics for child geniuses

And now for something completely different. A couple of days ago, a lovely person came on this site. She commented in the “About” section here that she wanted to have some recommendations for books for her son. He needed to … Continue reading

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It never rains, but it pours

“It never rains, but it pours.” One of my favorite sayings. Used to apply it when we all lived in Zurich. We’d go for weeks at a time with no social life, no visitors, no good weather for family outings. … Continue reading

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Vacations are good

After a quick, staycation plus a couple of days at the coast, we’re back at the wheelhouse here. What a fun time it has been! While the roller coasters have been exciting, the stock market and the political scene have … Continue reading

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Dow dropping. Advice? Start reading headlines

The economic news headlines are too numerous even to post, but we’ll give you a few at the bottom of this gloomy post. Just check out the latest earnings reports, news of employee cutbacks, executive shuffles/ removals, project delays/cancellations. It looks as … Continue reading

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O.M.G. Federal govt has been shut down! Those darn Repub…Oh, wait

Yes, we’re all still standing. Some 1/4 of the population of the U.S. is being blanketed by a huge snowstorm and much cold. SNOWMAGEDDON!!! Excited newscasters gave the impression that the storm would concentrate on Washington DC. Hence, the government … Continue reading

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Get your tin hats out – Mr. Market is freaking out

By the time this post is finished, the Dow may have recovered from its current spot in the basement at DOWN 435!!! Or not. Before we enter tin hat territory, some advice: 1. Don’t buy any stock. 2. Don’t sell … Continue reading

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Weathering storms

You know what they say about weather, especially here in the PNW, but actually in most of the world, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” True, and winter is one of the best seasons for that sentiment. … Continue reading

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