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Post 1700

Every 100 posts, I breathe a deep breath and try to catch up on where we have been.  It’s not always easy for me; I write about so many different issues, and I shift in response to changes in the markets.

So, where have we been?

In the long run, I think willingness to cover a wide number of investing issues is an advantage my blog has, though if I were in the shoes of my readers, perhaps I would want more predictability.  Not all of my articles interest all of my readers.

And, sometimes I write stuff that angers others.  That’s not my intent.  That happens every now and then because I write about controversial topics that are currently disputed.  I don’t aim for this sort of thing.  I could write a blog that always focuses on the crisis — many blogs do that, good for them, but I want have a broader range of expression.  There is danger, but there is also opportunity.  Both need to be written about.

After all, what if things go right, even if it is not due to government policy, but in spite of it?  We need to be open-minded enough to accept and understand when something good is happening.

So, I try to write about a wide number of things that interest people who care about economics, finance, and investing.  I would rather be a teacher than a tout.  I do not enjoy articles that tout stocks.  I assume by now that my readership is that way as well.

In the next few months, a website for my business, Aleph Investments, LLC, should be operational.  I will let you know when it is up, but people wanting information about what I do in investing can simply e-mail me here.

Thanks to all who read me.  I appreciate that you take your time to read what I write.  I personally know that my writings are not all stellar, and so I thank for bearing with stuff that is drivel.  Drivel is not my goal, but if you want to write 5-7 times a week, you will write some drivel.

Constructive criticism is invited here, as well as advice on what areas you would like me to cover.  Let me know, and I will factor it in.  May the LORD bless us all in 2012.

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4 Responses to Post 1700

  1. Mike C says:

    In the long run, I think willingness to cover a wide number of investing issues is an advantage my blog has,

    I really like this aspect of your blog. Please continue to cover a wide spectrum of topics.

    Just a thought, but maybe shorten the tweet posts. They seem too long with too many individual entries.

  2. miguelmartinez says:

    Yes, I like the coverage of a wide range of issues too

    Is there any way that you would be able to cover individual stocks? I know that that is something that I would really appreciate.

    I also enjoy your social and political commentary.

    And finally, and this ties into my last comment, I appreciate your willingness to bring an infinite and eternal being into the equation. Our economic problems that we see in our nation and our world cannot be separated from a God who makes the rules and his creation who breaks them.


David Merkel is an investment professional, and like every investment professional, he makes mistakes. David encourages you to do your own independent "due diligence" on any idea that he talks about, because he could be wrong. Nothing written here, at RealMoney, Wall Street All-Stars, or anywhere else David may write is an invitation to buy or sell any particular security; at most, David is handing out educated guesses as to what the markets may do. David is fond of saying, "The markets always find a new way to make a fool out of you," and so he encourages caution in investing. Risk control wins the game in the long run, not bold moves. Even the best strategies of the past fail, sometimes spectacularly, when you least expect it. David is not immune to that, so please understand that any past success of his will be probably be followed by failures.

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