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Random Musings About Stuff People Should Understand – By Jonathan Friedland

A Financial Poise column dedicated to the belief that most things in life are not that complicated, even though some people have a vested interest in trying to make you think they are.

trump 1984

So. Much. Winning. Let’s Party Like It’s 1984

The S&P 500 fell 2.3% and the Dow fell 2.2% on Friday. Is the sky falling? Look, short-term market swings do not define an economy. On the other hand, a market that constantly swings based on what a single man tweets is not exactly the sine qua non for sound financial markets. Be that as […]


Sending You Kid to College

Don’t Assume You Will Send Your Kids to College: An Investment Thesis

Is a university degree a good investment? The Economist Magazine asked this question last year and while the article concludes that statistics support the proposition that a college education generally makes good financial sense, it also concludes that, “like so much else in economics, [it] boils down to supply and demand.” In other words, a college education does not always make sense from a strictly financial perspective.


losing power at home

Losing Power at Home: A Personal Struggle

Losing Power at Home We recently experienced losing power at home, specifically our gas-powered heat,  for a few days while away on vacation. In the aftermath, I got to thinking about how I could have been better prepared. A backup generator wouldn’t have helped in this instance because we didn’t lose electricity. Rather, it was […]


eat or drink gold

You Cannot Eat or Drink Gold

From natural disaster after natural disaster, to terrorist act after terrorist act, there are a lot of things going down in the world right now. The Survivalism Industry (did you know that was even a “thing?”) has even started to go mainstream. If you need evidence, just consider that Costco is now selling a year’s […]


selling a business

Selling a Business: When Do I Know It’s the Right Time to Sell?

Selling a Business – Planning Is Key There are several factors that determine if an owner is selling a business at the right time. The greatest challenge for many owners is creating a strategic plan based on the owner’s individual priorities. An owner who is happiest post-sale is the owner who stuck to the plan, […]


thought leadership opportunities

Thought Leadership Opportunities: Don’t Pay to Give Yourself Away

I Am Special. Are you? I know this to be true… Because a stranger who wants my money told me so Thought Leadership Opportunities aren’t Opportunities I am special because people frequently seek me out to offer me thought leadership opportunities, thus increasing the likelihood that new clients will hire me as their attorney. Look, for […]


What a Racket

What a Racket: Tales of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion

The Protection Racket Equifax, Experian and TransUnion don’t have your back. I’ve been trying to come up with some new business ideas. It’s really hard, though. Technology is changing so fast, you know? Well, I finally came up with a good one. I’m going to start my own security firm. I’m going to install burglar […]


Sustainable Energy

What the Walking Dead Can Tell You About Investing

You don’t need to be a visionary to see the world’s trends toward “clean tech” and sustainable energy. A recent Bloomberg report noted that investors will pump up to $1.9 trillion in new wind and solar capacity over the next decade.


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 […]


Banks Not Trustworthy

Don’t Get Caught in Your Bank’s Trap

Most banks serve their customers well. But some are just trying to use you. Find out how Bank of America tried to squeeze more interest out of a client by ignoring him.


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