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Economic Detox

So what is an Economic Detox? Raw green vegetables consumed through a straw is the food equivalent. Think diarrhea. I know what you are thinking, “yuk”. But as Wall Street has learned the hard way, we have no choice in the matter. Our economy is detoxing whether we like it or not; dropping our excess weight in order to regain our balance; flushing our obese corporate and government costs down the toilet in support of the long-term prosperity of the quicker, lighter, faster and more profitable Mom and Pop entrepreneurs. Continued »

Waking Up to The American Dream

The American Dream once strongly stood for ideal freedom. For as a child in America, we are so fortunately nagged about what we want to be when we grow up: a fireman? an astronaut? or how about an entrepreneur? The American Dream meant career choices for everyone in America!

But somehow our freedom of choice that once so clearly encompassed the American Dream changed. Not sure when or how, but it clearly changed. For as I grew older, the American Dream became all about owning a home. What house, in what neighborhood, with how many bedrooms was all that we seemed to dream about. But then suddenly, the dream became a nightmare. Continued »

What You Believe You Know

They say that believing and knowing are two different things. Believing may be exciting or hopeful, but it is without the logic of knowing. To figure out the difference, lets ask ourselves some questions about the economy?

Do you believe that our banks are lenders, or do you know that they are borrowers?

Do you believe that our money markets are risk-free, or do you know that funds were lent to Lehman Brothers and AIG?

Do you believe that solar energy is more expensive than “alternative” forms, or do you know that silicon, the natural resource used to make Solar Panels, is the second most abundant element on earth after oxygen? Continued »

Will Someone Please Count The Money?

So how much paper money is out there anyway. Does it matter that every time┬áThe Wizard of Oz (The Fed/government)┬ádecides to bailout a financial institution like Bear Stearns, Lehman, Fannie or Freddie, they have to print more and more money. What is behind this printing of money and how do they do it? Continued »

A Solar Panel: The Neutralizer

The real reason that oil consumption has slowed down is once again – the housing market. Think about how much less oil is needed to move all those materials (wood, steel, concrete, appliances, etc.) as well as construction laborers for all those houses and condos we were building. All that consumption from our housing construction has come to a stop, and with it the end of a major consumer of oil. The next oil demand decrease is on its way from both China and India. Continued »

Yoga & Off-Balance Sheet Financing

The word “balance” has significant meaning here. When you take something “off-balance,” you are doing just that. In other words, balance is good (think yoga or buddhism), off-balance (think checkbook) is not good. On that note, what do you call Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Sallie Mae. Do they qualify as “off-balance sheet financing?” How about the Bear Stearns portfolio. The U.S. government did about 36 hours of due diligence on that one, is that one off-balance sheet too? Continued »

Recession Smession

Dramatic unemployment increases in financial services, construction and autos will be the real shoe to drop. Who will pay for all these billions of dollars of writedowns? Oh, I forgot, the Fed has the ability to actually print more food and oil – yeah right, was Bernanke ever taught the first rule of Economics: Land is Scarce.

So how much of our newly printed paper is currently being bought by our social security system – talk about drinking your own blood. The welfare state will inevitably be forced to solve their huge inefficient costs of entitlements and armed forces. Continued »