The Incredible Shrinking Woman

Experienced debaters are familiar with the Latin term reductio ad absurdum. This is a tactic in which your opponent’s proposition is disproven by taking it to a logical extreme—or reducing it to the absurd.

For example, the statement that “Stocks […] Continue Reading…

Charles Sizemore in the Washington Post

The recent wild swings in stock prices have left many average investors flustered. But a broad cross-section of money managers offered them the same simple advice: just calm down.

People on the verge of panic about the performance of their 401(k)s or other investments should take a deep breath and methodically review their investment strategies, money managers and financial planners said. […] Continue Reading…

The Bed of Procrustes

Procrustes was a character from Greek mythology with an odd sense of hospitality. He would abduct travellers passing by his home, dine with them, and then invite them to spend the night in his guest bed. But being a bit of a perfectionist, he wanted them to fit in the bed just right. So those that were too tall for the bed had their legs chopped off; those that were too short were stretched. […] Continue Reading…

Charles Sizemore Discusses the Crisis on Straight Talk Radio

This week, Charles Sizemore discusses the U.S. credit crisis with Mike Robertson, host of the “Straight Talk About Money” radio show on Houston’s 1110AM/KTEK. […] Continue Reading…

Embrace Your Inner Spock: Three Questions Investors Should be Asking

Congratulations, you’ve just lived through the sixth-worst day in the history of the U.S. stock market. The Dow Industrials fell 634 points on Monday in response to Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ credit rating, and two […] Continue Reading…