Some Common Cents for March 25th 2016

March 25, 2016, by John Norris

Everything seemed to be going along so nicely in the markets. Cooler heads had finally prevailed, and the Federal Reserve seemed to be ‘on board’ with the reality of the situation. That is, it appeared the powers that be understood rampant inflation in the United States would be hard to come by with the rest of the world opting for or exploring negative interest rates in order to spur economic growth. In essence, even with...

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Some Common Cents for October 2nd 2015

October 2, 2015, by John Norris

I will be more than happy to see this week in the rearview mirror. After a great weekend seeing old friends at my 25th college reunion, I came back to a rusted out, or busted one, pipe in our walls. Since there wasn’t a good access point, we had to rip down a bunch of sheetrock to get to it. Also on Monday, my daughter’s car broke down, and, boy, wasn’t that a fun check...

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Some Common Cents for July 12th 2013

July 15, 2013, by John Norris

The movie “World War Z” is currently in the theaters, and has done quite well, better than many had thought it would. This is a good thing, as the movie will undoubtedly push people to the truly excellent novel by Max Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Brancroft. Now, I had never been a fan of the zombie genre in the past, at all. Period. However, I do like a good dystopian, post-Apocalyptic yarn,...

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Some Common Cents for June 21st 2013

June 24, 2013, by John Norris

There are a lot of bright people in this country, or so I have heard. Any number of them are in the financial services sector, which might not be the highest and best use of our nation’s human capital, but the industry has historically paid pretty well. It pays really well when you consider the complete lack of physical effort a job in my field requires. Heck, even doctors have to occasionally stand up to...

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Common Cents for October 12th 2012

November 1, 2012, by John Norris

Last night, I watched the Vice Presidential debate until I couldn’t take it any longer. If that was a debate, I don’t know what an argument is. While I understand Joe Biden’s desire to be assertive, and even aggressive, at one point during the proceedings, a scene from “This is Spinal Tap” came to mine: “This one goes to eleven.” Certainly, members of either party will applaud their candidate’s performance, and deride their opponent’s; however,...

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