Avoiding Business Bubbles About to Burst

Nothing lasts forever.  This couldn’t be truer when it comes to business booms.  As the dotcom bubble of the early 2000s demonstrated, what goes up tends to come back down at the same speed.  Any financial advisor or planner will tell you to never count on any “hot” business idea being hot for too much longer. Continue Reading

How are the Top 10 Stocks for 2007 and 2008 Doing in 2012?

I find it interesting when the financial media makes bold predictions for individual stocks or mutual funds and as time passes the reasoning for the pick erodes. My interest may be based in on my love for history or it may be because of people’s failure to apply sense of accountability. In Part 1 ofContinue Reading

Investing For Your Children

There is a range of options for saving money for your children, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Ordinary Savings Account This type of instant-access flexible savings account is generally available from many banks and building societies. It allows you or your child to deposit money into the account either by paying it in overContinue Reading

There Are Some Business Models I just Don’t Understand

I am not sure why, but I often think about businesses, business models and profitability.  This inevitably leads me to businesses that perplex me insofar as I can’t figure out how they are profitable. Three Examples of Business Models I Don’t Understand Local Bodega, Deli or Coffee Shop in a Large City A Bodega isContinue Reading

Our House Is On The Market

It was about a week ago that we put our house on the market. I never really understood people’s fascinations with their home insofar as I just looked at is as an asset (or liability) if it costs too much to hold on to you just sell it.  If the home no longer meets yourContinue Reading

When to Use Gasoline Additives

Gasoline additives can be an alluring, as they promise everything from more horsepower to better fuel efficiency. However, the truth is that most engines run optimally on untreated gasoline at the octane rating recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Tampering with the octane rating or chemical composition of fuel by adding gasoline additives can actually causeContinue Reading