Category Archives: Portfolio Management

Relying on the Kindness of Strangers

Significant currency brokers relied on the Swiss National Bank to keep its currency peg in place. Now some of them are insolvent, and many of their clients also. Should they be surprised? Currency pegs put into place for political reasons rarely hold up, and this has happened in Switzerland in the past. On thing I […]

Living in the Land of Worries, Part 1

There is always a reason to worry, and always enough time to panic. Look over there, behind that bush: interest rates are rising. In Europe and China, deflation is threatening. The geopolitical situation is in many ways tense over Russia and Middle East issues. Japan is a mess. Emerging markets will get hit when the […]

Out and About with The Aleph Blog

1. Recently I appeared on RT Boom/Bust again.  The interview lasts 6+ minutes.  Erin Ade and I discussed: Who benefits from lower energy prices. The No-Lose Line for owning bonds, Whether you are compensated for inflation risks in long bonds How much an average person should invest in stocks with any assets that they have […]

On Financial Risk Statements, Part 1

Most formal statements on financial risk are useless to their users. Why? They are written in a language that average people and many regulators don’t speak. They often don’t define what they are trying to avoid in any significant way. They don’t give the time horizon(s) associated with their assessments. They don’t consider the second-order […]

Have Your Cake, Eat It Too, And End Up With Only Crumbs

Beware when the geniuses show up in finance. “I can make your money work harder!” some may say, and the simple-minded say, “Make the money sweat, man!  We have retirements to fund, and precious little time to do it!” Those that have read me for a while will know that I am an advocate for […]