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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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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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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.

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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:

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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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The 90-second lesson series investigates key financial terms

90 Second Lesson: What are BDCs? A Look at the Business Development Company Model

A Business Development Company (BDC) is an investment vehicle that invests in small and medium-sized businesses. BDCs are similar to venture capital and private equity because they provide investors with a way to invest in small companies. Unlike VC and PE funds, however, BDCs are open to non-accredited investors; shares are bought and sold on the open market (many are NASDAQ-traded).

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