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JP Morgan and Jamie Dimon: A Question of Trust

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 18th, 2012 7:33 AM |

Do you engage in business with people you don’t trust?

Sometimes you may have no choice, but in doing so you likely keep your guard up or exact a higher risk premium.

For those with a choice, keeping one’s distance from those you do not fully trust is typically the preferred path. For those without a choice, a lack of trust is often offset with a lot of hope and prayers. Hope always remains a lousy hedge against a lack of trust. We see this at play currently on both sides of the pond.  (more…)

Do You Trust Uncle Sam?

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 20th, 2012 9:01 AM |

Don’t believe anything that you read or hear and only half of what you see… 

Almost from the outset of launching my blog back in early 2009, I coined the phrase the Uncle Sam economy to describe the massive presence and ultimate takeover of so many parts of our economy by the old man. I cautioned people that Uncle Sam was not a good business partner.

What makes a good business partner?  Anybody involved in business knows there will be many times when you disagree with your partners. Disagreeing with partners will not kill a business relationship. What will kill a relationship? A lack of trust.

Given that we are all in business with Uncle Sam whether we like it or not, I ask, “Do you trust Uncle Sam?” (more…)

Washington’s Dysfunction on Display

Posted by Larry Doyle on July 25th, 2011 7:24 AM |

Why do Americans get so fixated on the personally destructive stories of Casey Anthony, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anthony Weiner, and the like?

Because watching and listening to the dysfunction on display in Washington is typically too painful and too much to bear.

Although some in Washington would pass off our current debate on raising the debt ceiling as the ugly underside of the best political system in the world, I would maintain that the ugliness has gone to an entirely new level.

All Americans are suffering in the process.

Regardless of your political leanings, the style and manner in which the current political debate is playing out displays both real dysfunction and a resulting lack of credibility in the eyes of global investors. We are supposedly the leaders of the free world? Really? (more…)

How Much Do We Trust Our Banks, Media, and Government? NOT MUCH!

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 27th, 2011 8:26 AM |

If you do not trust an individual, a company, an industry, or any entity, how can you really do business with them? At the very least, how or why would you want to engage them? The simple fact is without trust, nobody really wants to engage.  

Why are banks, the media, and our government finding it so difficult to get things done and grow their footprint and influence with American consumers, investors, and the populace at large? To an ever increasing extent, Americans do not trust our banks, our media, and our government. Why is that?

Americans know and feel that these industries and bodies have violated their trust. Once, twice, multiple times burned, Americans are now not so quick to trust. Can you blame them? (more…)






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