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Monday, December 10, 2018

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening..” - Richard B Smith The markets have been on a theme park sized roller coaster since the beginning of October 2018. Volatility both up and down seems to have dominated many if not most...

 

Monday, November 12, 2018

“The best offense is a good defense.” Many a sports coach believes in this philosophy. In basketball you see a variety of half-court defenses, sometimes a full-court press is applied, and a few teams/coaches employ the...

 

Monday, October 15, 2018

“Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” - Hugh Prather So far, the month of October has brought us both a market correction and a weather correction. Many areas have been seeing above average...

 

Monday, September 17, 2018

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” - Joseph Campbell More and more we are seeing both men and women “retire” yet not quite in the traditional sense of our Parents...

 

Monday, September 10, 2018

As the series of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms line up we are reminded of the power of Mother Nature, and of the accuracy of extended weather modeling. We can see a storm exists and is, in the case of Florence, headed for the East...

 

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities is the classic Dickens novel and other than location, Paris, and time, French Revolution, one might see some of the same stories...

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

“We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.” – John McCain Change. What you get back after paying for a drink at the gas station. To alter or make different. Adapt, Modify, Convert, Transform....

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

“For success, attitude is equally important as ability.” - Walter Scott As the world continues to advance we all have a choice in how we respond to said change. Access to the internet changed our ability to access data, to...

 

Monday, July 30, 2018

“Life is hard.” – Coach Cagle It has been about 5 years since I used this quote from my sons Cross Country Coach and English Teacher. It is something we should all practice and teach to those around us. Coach would...

 

Monday, July 23, 2018

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.” – Yogi Berra For many of us the thermometer has been hitting big numbers lately, and I have seen several HVAC trucks in the neighborhood. Demand for those folks is...

 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Winning and being successful is not about perfection. It is about execution and moving forward, regardless of the challenges, obstacles, and unforeseen. I was fortunate to sail as guest crew on a fast boat this past weekend. The boat...

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sunday evening Travis Pastrana recreated and successfully completed three classic Evel Knievel motorcycle jumps. In fact, he made it look pretty easy, when compared to the original footage of Evel attempting the same feat. Was it...

 

Monday, July 2, 2018

“Life is like a new picnic basket. You don’t know what is in it, and you are excited to find out.” Welcome to the second half of 2018, celebrating this great nation’s independence is something special indeed....

 

Monday, June 25, 2018

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu Life is full of ups and downs. Somedays it feels like each decision you make backfires…wrong line at the checkout, wrong route...

 

Monday, June 11, 2018

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life” – Omar Khayyam Indy class race cars go really fast! Normally a May does not pass without me making some analogy about racing and investing, but this year it did....

 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

As June quickly approaches we have already seen 90 and 100-degree temperatures over Memorial Day weekend. Tropical Storm Alberto has kicked off “storm season” a little early. Many of us saw winterish weather hang around...

 

Monday, May 21, 2018

What do High School Prom, a Royal Wedding, and the Indianapolis 500 all have in common. Parties of course. For those who have not been, the Indy 500 parties start 2 weeks ahead of the Memorial Day weekend race, and in general the crowd...

 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Judging how strong the economy is at any given time is no simple task. There are thousands of economists and researchers who make a living by studying, writing, and talking about the economy and why it is doing one thing or another....

 

Monday, May 7, 2018

This past weekend was the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting. Much of the media, across all formats, pays attention to what Mr. Warren Buffett and his circle have to say, and rightly so. The “Oracle of Omaha” as...

 

Monday, April 30, 2018

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” – Edward Teller As a nation we are producing more oil and at a lower cost than ever before. The known and reachable oil fields with current technology in place,...

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Oscar Wilde The next time you are traveling down the interstate, imagining where all these vehicles are going, and wondering if some them will ever make it, take a...

 

Monday, April 16, 2018

“All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” Ellen Glasgow I imagine most of you have never sold any goods to your favorite restaurant. Meaning, each time you eat there you are adding to your personal trade...

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Amelia Earhart Somethings you do when you can, others you do when they are planned, and then there is that “life” group of things you do when they happen and...

 

Monday, April 2, 2018

“The secret to happiness is freedom…and the secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides Everyone needs some downtime. An opportunity to relax or shift your focus and put your mind in an alternate place. Meditation, or...

 

Monday, March 26, 2018

“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.” -Bobby Knight Life is about making choices, adapting to challenges, and moving forward. Sports teams, make in game adjustments. Corporations must make...

 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

“These guys have worked extremely hard to earn a moment like this. [Virginia]..you feel for them.” Ryan Odom, UMBC Head Coach Long time readers know that March Madness Basketball is my favorite time of the year. For those...

 

Monday, February 26, 2018

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean Charitable events can be a fun and social way to interact with others who share in the belief of...

 

Monday, January 22, 2018

While January brought some frigid temperatures across the entire country, including those gulf coast states, did the economy cool down as well? As usual there is data pointing in both directions, also typical for the past few years is...

 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tip: How Much? Check your Social Security earnings and see an estimate of your benefits on the Web site, www.ssa.gov. Social Security’s been a fact of retirement life ever since it was established in 1935. We all think we know...

 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Some Christmas holiday lovers start decorations and preparations right after Halloween. Others, use Thanksgiving as their kick-off point. And there is a third group who by choice, or other, wait until at least the first week of...

 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

“Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.” Thor Heyerdahl Adjusted work schedules, extra family, travel, Black Friday, Cyber Monday….wishing for a recovery day. Big holidays, with extended holiday...