Posted by Larry Doyle on November 30th, 2010 6:28 AM |
Truth, transparency, and integrity.
If I had a nickel for each and every time I wrote those prized virtues here at Sense on Cents, I would have a lot of nickels. I not only espouse these principles in my writing. I strongly believe that the pursuit of these virtues is the foundation for real economic success, if not life itself.
While each of these principles may be defined differently depending on one’s perspective, in terms of transparency, most people would be able to say, “Well, I’d know it if I saw it.” The world is now beginning to see a lot more transparency and accompanying material. How so? Wikileaks. Who is Wikileaks and what are they getting ready to release? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 29th, 2010 7:34 PM |
“What’s that, LD? Lose control of our retirement assets?” That is, could the “grand ol’ man” unilaterally swap our retirement assets for government sponsored IOUs?
This past January, a regular reader of Sense on Cents provided us a Blueprint for Government Takeover of IRAs. In February, I interviewed Ron Holland regarding his report, “Plan Now to Escape Obama’s Retirement Trap.”
Many readers of the aforementioned commentary and listeners to the aforementioned interview were blown away by the mere thought that our government may possibly look to nationalize our individual retirement assets and accounts. Argentina implemented such a drastic policy but certainly not the United States, right? Do not be so sure.
Would any other nations dare go to these lengths? Well, thanks to our supporter Comrade Joe for bringing a new development to light in this corner of our economic landscape. How so? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 28th, 2010 11:15 AM |
What Really Happened…?
The financial and economic turmoil of the last three plus years has brought us stories and developments which are almost unfathomable. In fact, in my opinion there is no doubt that Wall Street and Washington would like to keep certain of these stories and developments buried forever.
Will America ever learn where some of these bones are buried? Will America ever learn of these skeletons in the closet? Will the media charged with pursuing the truth dare dig into these stories?
We are living through a time warp currently. The twists and turns on our economic landscape come at us so quickly. In the process, are we able to recall those turns–that is, certain stories and developments–which were never fully explored and exposed?
What Really Happened….? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 26th, 2010 8:16 AM |
The Man in the Arena, written by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910, is certainly one of my favorite passages from history.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
I thought of this passage in light of a communication I received from a regular reader of Sense on Cents. This reader wrote to me in response to my recent commentaries and appearance on CNBC discussing the ongoing insider trading investigation. This individual had a long and distinguished career on Wall Street. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 25th, 2010 6:34 AM |
As I sit here in the early morning hours, I pause and reflect on the past year. I have so much for which to be grateful.
While my wife would not want me to bring attention to her, I am not only exceptionally grateful but extremely fortunate to be married to the most beautiful girl in the world. Thank you my love!! I am also not reticent in stating that Sense on Cents would not be what it is without my beloved’s wisdom and technical support.
To my four beautiful children, I am not typically challenged to express my feelings. I have untold love and admiration for what you have accomplished and more importantly for who you are. We all know your own gratitude should be directed to your mother. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 24th, 2010 10:44 AM |
***Update: video clip included below
If you’ve got some time this afternoon, please check in to CNBC’s Street Signs at 2:40pm as I will be discussing the recent insider trading probe and the implications it has on our markets.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to grab a video clip of the segment to post later today or tomorrow.
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Posted by Larry Doyle on November 24th, 2010 7:50 AM |
Insider trading activity on Wall Street has often been connected to the above line shared by Gordon Gekko with his protege Bud Fox in the movie Wall Street (1987).
Is the insider trading probe currently occurring on Wall Street and entangling a number of firms within hedge fund and mutual fund circles just another case of those on the inside benefiting at the expense of America as a whole? Or is this investigation unfairly maligning those who view themselves as merely being industrious in unearthing corporate information? Rest assured, this posture will clearly be put forth as a defense by many implicated in this ongoing probe. (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 23rd, 2010 7:03 AM |
Is there any greater motivation for man than the sense of being disenfranchised?
Throughout history, those who have been disenfranchised have used that reality as the motivation to move mountains…..if not governments. What stokes the fire of those who would take up their cause and speak out on behalf of their people? Not only a sense of injustice but often merely a lack of representation. We witness a growing sense of all these realities in the Republic of Ireland. Why’s that?
The Irish citizenry are increasingly aware that the Irish “bailout” brokered yesterday by the IMF, the European Commission, and European Central Bank is truly a backdoor bailout of international banking institutions on the continent with the costs to be borne by the Irish people. While Ireland’s sitting government may have balked at this bailout, ultimately they caved to the pressure from the powers within the EU. Sinn Fein, the opposition party in Ireland, is speaking out aggressively on behalf of the Irish people who are bearing the cost of bailing out international banks.
The Euro and other related markets overnight are very much aware of the growing opposition within Ireland to the ‘backdoor bank bailout’. Risk premiums are rising across many market segments as a result. Let’s navigate ‘across the pond’ to the Emerald Isle and listen to the leaders of Sinn Fein, including its ‘tough as nails’ President Gerry Adams (the second to speak in this video clip), rail on the sitting Irish government, Fianna Fail, and those within the EU who orchestrated this ‘backdoor bank bailout.’
Posted by Larry Doyle on November 22nd, 2010 7:55 AM |
The Federal Reserve may be America’s greatest enigma.
The Fed would clearly much prefer to remain opaque in the midst of our current economic turmoil. However, even the ‘all powerful’ Fed is unable to withstand the pressure from those seeking answers and clarity while navigating our economic landscape.
I have often tried to highlight the Fed’s shortcomings and inconsistencies. From the Fed’s overly optimistic economic projections to its unwillingness to openly admit the ongoing structural issues and changes within our economy, I believe the Fed has been playing politics for far too long and well beyond its goals and mandates. (more…)