November 30, 2018

The story of growth is productivity. Doing more with less. Before one can do more with less, one must learn. Thus, with experience comes productivity, particularly in a service-based economy. It is not a surprise that the proportion of experienced people in the workfor...

June 22, 2018

Investing is difficult, particularly achieving sustained success over the long term. The investment objective is clear: success is out-performing the defined return and risk objectives. For most strategic objectives, articulating them is far easier than their achieveme...

April 20, 2018

Commodity prices enjoyed a historic advance before the Great Recession as global economic growth expanded. Despite a rebound in growth after the Great Recession, an index of commodity prices now stands at the same level as it was in 1975. The natural question is to ask...

March 22, 2018

Selling dreams are as old as time and the future of cryptocurrencies are as ethereal as those that dreamed of untold riches during the technology bubble in 2000.  As it was then, so it is now with cryptocurrencies: the practicality of implementation delayed a future th...

January 19, 2018

The essence of investing is risk management as it defines the risks to accept and the risks to avoid. Inherent in the investment decision is ensuring compensation for any risk taken. To paraphrase the Chinese character for risk:  risk must present opportunity; otherwis...

November 23, 2017

Everyone grows old and slows down. Global growth is no different. As the developed world struggles to achieve growth rates that it enjoyed before the Great Recession, the emperors of economics talk of secular stagnation arriving with the three horsemen of our economic...

October 25, 2017

Demographics are argued to be destiny, but much like a watched pot never boils, the change never seems to arrive. The Baby Boom are regaled as the greatest generation and have few who can counter the accomplishments. As time marches unassailably forward, they will meet...

September 27, 2017

The future is uncertain. There is nothing original in that statement; however, if you ask simple questions of the present, you may get a peek at the future. What was the realm of science fiction only a few decades ago became ubiquitous today. Much as Palm Pilot led to...

August 23, 2017

Corporate pension managers have not enjoyed the last fifteen years. The confluence of lower interests and equity performance resulted in funding deficits in their defined benefit pension plans. In some instances, the resulting cash flow impact tested the viability of t...

July 26, 2017

The essence of investing is risk management as it defines the risks to accept and the risks to avoid. Inherent in the investment decision is ensuring compensation for any risk taken. To paraphrase the Chinese character for risk:  risk must present opportunity; otherwis...

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