What Apple & Indonesia Can Teach You About Investing

(from Dan Solin’s Huffington Post blog, 8/30/2011 – click here for the original post) You wouldn’t think Apple and Indonesia have much in common. On the surface, they don’t, but they can still teach you a lot about investing. Let’s start with Apple. Apple made the news recently with two major events. It is locked in a battle with Exxon over which is the most valuable company by market capitalization — a remarkable turnaround. Apple has a market value of over $344 billion. Then Steve Jobs announced his resignation at Chief Operating Officer for health… [read more]
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When I’m 64

It wasn’t listening to Paul McCartney sing “When I’m 64” at his recent concert that inspired this week’s blog, but the fact that in 2011, another baby boomer turns 65 about every 10 seconds. Although age 66 is when you will reach Full Retirement Age for Social Security benefits, there are several decisions that need to be made regarding your Medicare coverage when you are 64.
  • If you are already receiving Social Security, you do not need to apply for Medicare and will be automatically enrolled in Part A (hospital or inpatient care) and Part
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Accountability

Have you ever noticed how much better people behave when they know they’re held accountable? My husband and I belong to a dinner group that holds events at independent restaurants, and for each dinner, we are asked to bring a bottle of wine to share. At first some folks were bringing wine that no one wanted to drink, so we began labeling the wines with the name of the person who brought it. Immediately, the quality of the bottles brought to share improved significantly! During the last several years of economic and stock market gyrations,… [read more]
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What Do We Do Now?

Let’s get up to speed first Last week, Congress & the White House came to a zero-hour agreement to raise the debt ceiling, covering the nation’s short term debt needs.  While there were some cuts made in future spending, the greater challenge of creating long term, meaningful solutions was left to a Congressional committee, charged with presenting a deficit reduction bill to Congress by Thanksgiving. Friday evening Standard & Poor’s, an agency that rates the quality of various securities, debt obligations, governments and other entities reduced its rating of the U.S. government’s long term debt… [read more]
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A Morality Litmus Test For Your Broker

(from Dan Solin’s Huffington Post blog, 7/12/2011 – click here for the original post) It’s bad enough that Ponzi schemers continue to thrive. The limits these schemers will go to get your money know no bounds. According to a recent report, three former members of the PTA used their connection with a grade school in Los Angeles to bilk investors out of $14 million. The women allegedly represented they had the exclusive right to sell products from a local dairy to various Disney enterprises and others. They promised returns of up to 100 percent. 40… [read more]
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