Musings & Insights

Maybe Starbucks should focus on coffee

March 26, 2015, by John Norris

The primary goal of any corporation is to turn a profit. It isn’t much more complicated than that. So, if being more socially vocal results in higher earnings, expect more corporations to be so. If it doesn’t, look for companies to be quiet. I have a friend who went to a James Taylor concert some years ago. If you know anything about Taylor, you know he is a talented musician who is pretty free and...

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Some Common Cents for March 6th 2015

March 6, 2015, by John Norris

On Wednesday, our AT&T U-verse went kaput. Unfortunately, we have the full array of services, meaning we have been without television, broadband, and a landline for a couple of days. Sure, I reset the modem, and did all the various things I read I was supposed to do, but nothing worked. The data was coming into the house, but wasn’t synching, or something like that. I caved, and called the 800 number. A very pleasant...

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Some Common Cents for December 5th 2014

December 5, 2014, by John Norris

Last Saturday night, in the bowels of Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, I told a friend of mine he sounded “ridiculous.” We had been discussing the prospects of UAB football. Better put, I had been discussing the prospects of UAB football, and he had been arguing about its validity. Lets just say he was very much opposed to the Blazers receiving even a penny from the University of Alabama system to spend on its program. His...

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The Best Advice – Montgomery Advertiser 11/9/2014

November 7, 2014, by John Norris

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Mid-Term Elections Results 2014

November 5, 2014, by John Norris

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Some Common Cents for May 25, 2014

May 23, 2014, by John Norris

As a general rule, I don’t like casinos. Yes, I have been to a few, and, yes, I have even had a good time on occasion. However, the whole concept of a casino seems more than a little underhanded, and I have always felt a little worse for the wear whenever I leave one. The reason is simple: the odds aren’t in your favor. If they were, there wouldn’t be any money in it for...

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Some Common Cents for April 18th 2014

April 22, 2014, by John Norris

A reader of my Montgomery Advertiser article wrote me this week to ask what was the cause behind the recent market volatility. Over the years, we have established a pretty good dialogue, so I was happy to hear from him. I was also happy to see in the email he had posed the same question to his financial advisor in New Jersey; a guy at a big firm, who would undoubtedly regurgitate the company line....

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Some Common Cents for February 28th 2014

March 3, 2014, by John Norris

People have asked my opinion about a lot of different things this week, and with so much going on in the world around us, I have had a hard time focusing on one issue. There are simply so many. So, I have decided to do something a little different this week, and throw a bunch of darts against the wall to see if any stick. Here goes nothing:  More...   The opinions expressed within this...

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Some Common Cents for December 6th 2013

December 9, 2013, by John Norris

  This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced the US economy created 203K net, new non-farm payroll jobs during November 2013. While I would stop short of calling it an awesome release, or at least as awesome as the folks on TV are calling it, the Unemployment Rate fell; the Labor Force Participation rate went up; hours worked ticked up a little, as did hourly earnings; job growth was a little more evenly...

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Career key is excel at what you do

July 11, 2013, by John Norris

  The key is to push your child into an area where they can succeed; where they can be better than everyone else. Does the country need another history major? No. However, it also doesn’t need all the business majors it gets every year. Nope; again, the economy needs innovative, creative leaders. Here is a question for you: what do Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Ralph Lauren, Ted Turner, and Michael Dell have in common? Give...

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