Time for a Reality Check

(from Dan Solin’s Huffington Post blog, 10/28/2010 – click here for the original post) As year-end approaches, this seems like a good time for a reality check. On October 9, 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at its all time high of 14,164. At that level, it had gained 94% over the preceding five years. The euphoria of the bulls was palpable. On March 9, 2009, the index reached a new twelve-year low, closing at 6,547. The bears became the talk of Wall Street. Doom was in the air. How you dealt with your… [read more]
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Lessons from “The Big Short”

So much has been written about the credit crisis caused by the real estate bubble and the government’s reaction to the resulting recession that it may be difficult to even consider reading a book on the subject, but “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis is worth the time. Most books written on the subject provide a timeline of events and try to determine who was to blame. Instead, Mr. Lewis chose to focus on the few people who saw the crisis forming and bet against Wall Street, based on the strength of their convictions. The… [read more]
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Running from the Bear

While walking my dogs in Symmes Park on Halloween morning I encountered a black bear. I knew the bear had been spotted in the area because signs have been posted for about two months. When the signs first went up, I did my due diligence by going to the websites for the township and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. I found out how you should react if you encounter a bear – make noise, don’t approach or feed the bear (really?) and don’t run away. I had my plan in place. In the unlikely event… [read more]
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Preventing Identity Theft & Fraud

I recently had the priviliege of hearing Detective Jim Kelley of the Blue Ash Police Department give a presentation on preventing identity theft and fraud. There was great information shared in the session and well worth passing along in this week’s blog. Perhaps the biggest surprise was how little most of the tips had to do with computer and internet security. That’s certainly something we’ll touch on, but in this rapidly growing digital age, it seems the easiest targets for crooks continue to be your mailbox, your phone and your garbage can. Yes, dumpster diving… [read more]
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Seduced By Complexity

(from Carl Richards’ newsletter Behavior Gap, 10/28/2010 – click here to link to the original post) Why do we say we want simplicity and then chose complexity? It often starts when we get caught in the trap of two competing stories. In the first one, we tell ourselves we want to simplify, simplify, simplify. In the second story, we tell ourselves that the solution to an important problem has to be complex. The reality is that getting something simplified is the ultimate form of sophistication, so why don’t we choose simplicity when it comes to [read more]
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