Accounting Irregularities Knock Down ARCP: Buying Opportunity or Enron Part 2?

It’s never a good sign when a company’s CFO and top accountant abruptly resign at the same time “accounting irregularities” are announced, but that’s exactly what happened at American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP) this morning.

An audit committee said, in […] Continue Reading…

Maybe Germany’s Stodgy Conservatism Isn’t So Bad After All…

The Economist ran a piece over the weekend prodding German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “Build Some Bridges and Roads” as a way of jolting Germany’s slowing economy back into growth.

My response:  Who’s going to be driving on them in […] Continue Reading…

Running a Financial Advisory Practice in the Age of the Robo-Advisor

Here’s a novel idea: Advisors might actually need to earn their advisory fees in the years ahead.  With the arrival of online financial planning sites like Mint.com and robo-advisors like Covestor, which allow an investor to mimic the trades […] Continue Reading…

Choosing the Right Broker

I originally penned this for an update to Macro Trend Investor in April 2014, but the points are as relevant today as they were when I wrote it. 

This brings me to a topic that I get asked about regularly: […] Continue Reading…

Zombies Outselling Vampires This Halloween

I liked World War Z.  As far as zombie apocalypse movies go, it was well done, and the scenes set in Jerusalem gave it a different twist.   But as a horror genre, I’ve always preferred vampire stories (I was […] Continue Reading…