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You can Barely Read a Teleprompter and Now You’ve Written A Book? Image Pinterest

You can Barely Read a Teleprompter and Now You’ve Written A Book?

I tuned into CNN this morning to get the latest news of the Singapore summit.  I try not to watch CNN anymore because it has basically become nonstop nonsense fronting as “Breaking News”.  This morning I did get a s... Read →

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It Ain't Going to Happen

They will meet, smile at one another, and Kim Jung-un will quietly tell Trump he wants to quickly “denuclearize,” and that doing so is his highest priority.  He promises, as a first step, to open for inspection his newes... Read →

Years of Earning Points and Miles for My Credit Card Spend With Only a Few Regrets Image Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston

Years of Earning Points and Miles for My Credit Card Spend With Only a Few Regrets

I have been earning points and miles for my spend – all of my spend – for many, many years.   I know that I have played the system well, earning valuable hotel stays and airline tickets (and transferrable points) th... Read →

Russia Is Awful and FIFA is Corrupt to the Core, But the World Cup Needs to be Celebrated Image Courtesy: Mirror

Russia Is Awful and FIFA is Corrupt to the Core, But the World Cup Needs to be Celebrated

Russia is corrupt to the core, at least in the Putin-controlled iteration.   Their interference with processes has been going on for a very long time.    In fact, it dates back way before they upped their game by... Read →

Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee: Predictably Awful versus Childishly Crude Image Twitter

Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee: Predictably Awful versus Childishly Crude

We live now in an ugly place – a place where people say and do ugly things.  And, it is symptomatic of the political and social realities of the time.

Roseanne Barr’s recent racist utterance was ugly, and, yes,... Read →

A Feel Good Story From France that Could Not Happen Here in the US – At Least Not Now Image CNN

A Feel Good Story From France that Could Not Happen Here in the US – At Least Not Now

This morning, CNN is reporting on an amazing “feel good” story from France.

Mamadou Gassama, a 22-year old Malian migrant, scaled the outside of a Paris apartment building to rescue a 4-year old dangling from the ba... Read →

Bill Ackman Puts $1 Billion into Lowe’s.  I am Out! Image Marketwatch

Bill Ackman Puts $1 Billion into Lowe’s. I am Out!

Lowe’s has always been an interesting company to me.  I’ve been in the stock many times over the last 25 years.   Prior to the financial crisis in 2008, it actually traded at a premium to Home Depot and was gro... Read →

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I Went to A Fortified High School

I grew up in Paris in the 1980s.   Not Paris, Texas but Paris, France.

At the time, Americans were under attack in the City of Light and American institutions were heavily fortified.  That included the American S... Read →

Cold Storage

Watching the royal wedding unfold before the cameras and the large crowds in England was lovely, inspiring and sad.  It was lovely to see such wonderfully British pageantry; it was inspiring to enjoy a happy and loving young couple;... Read →

Does An Inverted Yield Curve Signal Recession – This Time Could Be Different

When I was in business school, I was taught that an inverted yield curve is an extraordinary precursor of a recession.   Indeed, the empirical evidence is there.   Of the five recessions since 1980, all have been prec... Read →

We Have Become Immune to School Shootings Already. How is this Possible?

Today’s news of yet another school shooting – this time just outside Houston – and the loss, yet again, of the lives of countless youngsters has my friends and colleagues outside the US calling and writing messages on F... Read →

A Royal Marriage Truly Worth Celebrating

Like many Americans who have lived and spent time in the UK, I have never been able to relate to the reverence or the relevance of the royal family.   It has been even tougher to understand how people in such distant lands (suc... Read →

Legalization of Sports Betting Could Be a Final Step in the Conversion of the US to a Banana Republic Image GQ

Legalization of Sports Betting Could Be a Final Step in the Conversion of the US to a Banana Republic

I have lived in and done business in some of the most corrupt and broken places on earth.  Regrettably, America is now quickly joining the ranks of third world banana republic-type countries.   Michael Cohen scamperin... Read →

6-Month 2.20% Promotional CDs Are a Come-On

About a year ago, some major investment banks began offering their clients promotional CD rates through their licensed banking subsidiaries.   Their rates have been higher than nationally available rates and were ... Read →