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Auto Investment Analysis 2017: Some Experts are Dead Wrong

My take: This may be right in the short-term, but it’s dead wrong in the medium-term and beyond. Let me explain why. 1. Rising Default Rates On Auto Subprime Loans First, a bit of context: the quote above comes from an article about rising default rates on auto subprime loans. If you are interested in […]


Banks Not Trustworthy

Don’t Get Caught in Your Bank’s Trap

You need to be proactive. Check to make sure you’re treated honestly and take action when those expectations are not met. Stay vigilant whether it’s counting your change at the cash register, getting a receipt when you return something to a store to prove that you returned it—or making sure a bank does what it is supposed to do when you pay off a loan.


Early Investor

The Risks of Being an Early Investor Pebble: One Company, Many Lessons

Pebble raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter in 2012—a record at the time—far exceeding its $100,000 goal. Early on, Pebble seemed like a classic success story. The watch did what the company said it would: it worked well with both the iPhone and Android smartphones, it had a long battery life, and it had customizable watch faces. It was inexpensive, to boot. Intel, at one point, reportedly offered to buy Pebble for $70 million; Citizen offered $740 million.


Growth Potential

The History of Private Equity and Venture Capital

A Financial Poise column with an entertaining take on the history of private equity and venture capital.


More Venting About the ‘Democratizing’ of Investing

I believe, in fact, that someone heavily invested in the public equity markets (whether directly through stocks or through stock mutual funds) and other widely traded or held asset classes may be irresponsible for not investing in startups. This is because the concept of diversification is commonly misunderstood to mean that as long as you invest in a broad array of stocks you will be well diversified.


The Coming Startup Crash?

My point here is simple: when stupid idea after stupid idea attracts investors, it’s a forward indication that a market is too frothy. When a market sees repeated examples of industry participants making things up, it’s a forward indication that a market has become dangerous.


When Should You Invest in a Startup Company?

As a startup progresses and gets closer and closer to becoming profitable, it can look to different types of investors; younger startups have tended to look for money from angel investors whereas VC funds tend to invest in slightly more proven startups.


Has the Startup Scene Jumped the Shark?

You should like your entrepreneurs to be a bit more seasoned, at least in their chosen space. The statistics don’t lie: most startups fail. Indeed, most VC-backed businesses also fail. Today’s startup scene has jumped the shark.


Private Equity, Venture Capital and Angel Investing – How Are They Different?

Welcome to the first installment of this column. My guiding principle will be to write about things I want my children and my parents to understand about the world of business, investing, finance and law.
For this first installment, I explain the difference between “VC” and “PE.”
There is no universally accepted definition of “venture capital” but the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition works well:


Donald Trump and Defeating the Threat to America

A Donald Trump presidency, I believe, would pose the most significant existential threat to the very fabric of the United States since the Civil War. Please take a moment to read this explanation and if you still disagree with me email me, and I will vote for Trump.


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