ISIS bigger threat to world economy than Russia

February 23, 2015, by John Norris

While the folks in Europe might feel differently, ISIS is a bigger threat to the global economy than the Russians. Frankly, I don't think it is even close. The reason is pretty simple: no one really wants to go to war with Russia over the Ukraine. The Germans don't; the French don't; the British don't, and the US really doesn't. Where the rubber meets the road, if the Russians really wanted to take over the...

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Some Common Cents for February 20th 2015

, by John Norris

Over Christmas of 1990, my brother-in-law and I got into a rather lengthy discussion about the upcoming First Gulf War. That the US was going to invade Iraq was pretty much a fait accompli; however, the ultimate amount of force and time required to beat the Iraqis wasn’t, at least not to John Q. Public. At the time, I was 22, single, and without dependents. He was 31, married, and my first nephew was around...

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Statistics on small businesses can be misleading

February 17, 2015, by John Norris

I have read small businesses account for most of the job growth in the United States. I have also read entrepreneurial activity has been going down as the economy has stabilized after the recession. So, how can we have slower business start-ups and increasing job growth? Am I missing something?... Your question deserves a PhD level thesis, and not a 600-word newspaper column...Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Saturday Feb...

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Some Common Cents for February 13th 2015

, by John Norris

I get a lot of questions, and have a lot of conversations about the future; that just goes with the territory. Invariably, and I am not being hyperbolic, there will be some discussion about the so-called Millennial Generation. After all, according to demographic experts, there are more Millennials than there are Baby Boomers. So, I suppose any discussion about the future has to at least make mention of the largest generation in our nation’s history....

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Financial advice’s value determined by popularity

February 9, 2015, by John Norris

You touched on it last week, but didn’t fully answer my question: how can the average investor get the real information they need to succeed? This week, I ran into someone who told me they enjoyed reading this column, and she asked this very question. My answer surprised her: if you like it, click on it, and share it with everyone you know. Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Sunday...

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Some Common Cents for January 6th 2015

, by John Norris

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced the US economy created 257K net new payroll jobs during January 2015. That was pretty much in line with expectations, and is a pretty decent absolute number. After all, when you are creating jobs, you are creating paychecks. When you are creating paychecks, you are creating consumers. When you are creating consumers, you are helping to fuel the consumer dependent US economy. So, 257,000 new payroll...

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May be best to ignore most stock analysis

February 2, 2015, by John Norris

You might think the investment industry is purposely trying to buffalo you, but it isn’t. Sure, there are some folks out there who try to cloud the issue, but, for the most part, we just can’t help ourselves. I mean, doesn’t everyone look at relative strength indicators, historical valuations, and the intricacies of various economic reports?...Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Sunday Feb 1st... The opinions expressed within this report...

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Some Common Cents for January 30th 2015

, by John Norris

I am bullish on energy long-term. The argument is simply too compelling: as emerging market economies, namely India and China, continue to develop and prosper, they will consume more. Period. They will want more protein, even in India, and they will want many of the trappings of perceived Western affluence, namely personal transportation, and preferably a car. According to an aggregated amalgam of various sources, India has around 25 personal vehicles for every 1,000 inhabitants....

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