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Casey Gough’s “Do’s and Don’ts of Networking” or “Don’t Let Your Classwork Get in The Way of Your Education”

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 10th, 2012 11:09 AM |

I strongly believe the key to successfully navigating our economic landscape is education.

Given that I am passionate about mentoring, I try to impress upon all those whom I mentor the need to constantly expand their base of knowledge. I encourage them to read and learn from a wide array of resources including this blog and and also to utilize my Sense on Cents Career Planning link.

I also strongly encourage those whom I mentor that they “don’t let their classwork get in the way of their education.” How so? Developing street smarts, personal relationships, and business instincts are critical to long term success. How do we make this happen? Networking! (more…)

Book Review: Fraternity, Ultimately a Love Story

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 27th, 2012 1:03 PM |

In the process of navigating our economic landscape, we are perpetually encountering risks. These risks not only present themselves from the standpoint of the market and the economy but also on a much larger scale from a social, political, and personal perspective as well.

How do we learn to manage risks going forward? We are compelled to study and appreciate the lessons from the past.

To do just that, I strongly encourage people to read a recently published book which takes us back to the volatile days of the late 1960s. This literary masterpiece very personally details how a group of young African American students and the Jesuit mentor who recruited them to college took very real risks. What was the result of managing these great risks?

A foundation for long term and very real rewards. This fascinating book is Fraternity by Diane Brady.  (more…)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings from Sense on Cents

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 22nd, 2011 8:04 AM |

The pace of financial and economic news continues at breakneck speed.

We see breaking stories of massive fines for discriminatory lending practices, continued financial flailing within the Euro-zone, and ongoing obfuscation of the truth on Wall Street and in Washington.

Three plus years and counting and we continue to encounter the burdens and stress of our steep climb along our economic landscape.

Three plus years and counting I am truly grateful to all those who have welcomed me into their lives via my writing and work here at Sense on Cents.

On that note, while our financial and economic issues are not going away anytime soon, I hope that at this time and throughout the year we can gain a fuller appreciation and direct our focus to the most important aspects of life.

I cherish my faith. I love my family. I am grateful for so many truly great friends.

I hope that everybody who reads this can stop for just a moment and focus on those within their lives whom have really made a difference and thank them. That gratitude is the spirit of the season and the gift that keeps on giving!!

I firmly believe that a focus on faith, family, and friends are not merely appropriate during this season but are critically important for our nation as a whole as we try to restore the values upon which our nation was built.

These values for me are the true meaning of the season and the essence of Sense on Cents.

However you may celebrate, I wish you all the best today, tomorrow, throughout the holiday season, and every day thereafter.

I thank you again for your support. I want to especially thank those who are serving our nation and will not have the opportunity to be with loved ones during the holidays. I salute you!!

I hope you will take a minute to enjoy this video Christmas card put forth by my Alma Mater, Holy Cross.

Navigate accordingly!!

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets, our economy, and our political realm so that meaningful investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.


Without Freedom of Information, Who Will Keep the Regulators Honest?

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 16th, 2010 7:36 AM |

Information is everything.

Without access to information, how can we ever learn the full and true stories currently buried beneath our financial and economic landscape? Unearthing information through every means possible is a tedious — but necessary — pursuit if we are ever to learn our mistakes and failings of the past so that we can improve our economic standing in the future.

While those in Washington would maintain that they are charged with unearthing this information, there is little doubt that the American populace at large has little confidence in the rigor of that pursuit. The greatest of Jesuit principles instilled in me from my days at Holy Cross is the ‘never ending pursuit of the truth.’ That pursuit brings us today to a story which has received significant coverage here at Sense on Cents, but not nearly enough coverage elsewhere. Let’s navigate as The Wall Street Journal writes, SEC Looks to Allay Fears on FOIA Limits: (more…)

What Really Matters: Holy Cross Crusaders Football 2010

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 4th, 2010 9:29 AM |

Let’s take a break from the markets, economy, Wall Street, and Washington for a moment. Now, let’s focus on those things that truly matter in life. Do I have your attention? Good. We are due a break from the trials and tribulations navigating our economic landscape and we should think about those items with even deeper meaning. Yes, the pursuit of passions which bring real substance to our lives. These labors of love have little to do with the fact that today kicks off the start of Labor Day Weekend but everything to do with another type of kickoff. I am sure many of you know exactly where I am going with this. Yes, this weekend means one thing, the start of another season of college football. How great!!

I have been looking forward to this day for the last nine months. While I truly enjoy the spirit of college football in general, my real passion is following and supporting my Alma Mater, the Holy Cross Crusaders. This afternoon the 2010 Crusader contingent will kickoff its defense of the 2009 Patriot League Championship versus the Howard University Bison.

What makes Holy Cross Football such a special experience for me? A number of reasons including: (more…)

A Boston Irishman’s Perspective on the Kennedys

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 19th, 2010 3:10 PM |

Maintaining our theme for the day of Massachusetts politics, I feel compelled to address my thoughts and perspectives on the Kennedy legacy.

When I moved to New York in the early ’80s after having graduated from Holy Cross, I was struck by how many people instinctively viewed my Boston Irish Catholic upbringing as being supportive of the Kennedy royalty. Time and again, people assumed that this Irishman from Boston must have been a big supporter of the Kennedy political dynasty. I would typically refrain from commenting and get back to trading bonds.

At one point, though, I distinctly recall telling a colleague that I had anything but respect for the Kennedys. He was flabbergasted. (more…)

Financial Logic and Morality

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 22nd, 2009 12:26 PM |

I am a proud graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit institution in Worcester, MA. The strength of a Jesuit education lies in the principles of Logic and Morality. While I fully appreciated my classes in Economics, German, Philosophy, and others, my classes in Logic and Morality made the greatest impact on me. Those classes forced me to think, not make rash judgments, take positions, and defend them.  

Fast forward to 2009 and a banking industry facing hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of unrealized losses. How do we most effectively, efficiently, and expeditiously address the health of this banking system so that our economy and population can regain its footing and prosper?  Let me revert back to the late ’70s and early ’80s and the principles instilled in me by those Jesuits.

 My Logic class utilized “decision trees.” My Morality class was based on the principle of “the greatest good for the greatest number.”

What have we learned over the last 6 months, as well as the last 16 years, to help us chart our way forward? (more…)

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