Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • April 29, 2011 - Thoughts & Prayers

    Hawk100 sends its thoughts and prayers to families in the South and Central U.S. that were devastated by storms this week. It reminds us how fragile our otherwise comfortable lives can be. Hawk100 asks each of its members to spend time this weekend with those you cherish and consider your charitable support of those in need.



  • April 27, 2011 - FEDS Ending QE2

    Federal Reserve makes it very clear that they are ending QE2. If only their own economic forecasts were as clear. The following table released today shows inconsistent forecast for GDP (revised down), unemployment (revised down), and inflation (revised up).



  • April 26, 2011 - Hey, Ben

    Ben describes the Fed. "One of the Fed's most important responsibilities is conducting monetary policy." Hey, Ben, it's your only responsibility!



  • April 25, 2011 - Fiscal Challenges

    So, here is the S&P offending language that caused such turmoil one week ago today. Seems like S&P offers plenty of lessons to those with an open mind. Fiscal Challenges Weighing...on US (S&P)



  • April 25, 2011 - Modern Portfolio Theory

    Larry Kriesmer and Bernard Surovsky submit an excellent depiction of using options in the context of modern portfolio theory. The piece in Financial Advisor aligns well with what Hawk100 attempts for many Hawk100 members. Using Options to Modernize MPT (FA)



  • April 20, 2011 - DPL Merge with AES

    Southwest Ohio will lose control of another familiar firm to its natives. DPL will be merged with AES for $3.5 billion ($30 per share in cash). Utilities Consolidate (WSJ)



  • April 19, 2011 - Investment in Retirement

    Morningstar offers concise, clever advice to retirees. Investment in retirement (Morningstar)



  • April 18, 2011 - G-20 deems U.S. and six other nations,

    G-20 deems U.S. and six other nations, "too big to ignore" since they are critical to the global economy. Those countries will face greater scrutiny of their policies to ensure they don't derail global expansion. The world is upside down when the smallest nations dictate policy to the largest. U.S. and China too big to fail. (Bloomberg)



  • April 18, 2011 - The tax filing deadline is upon us. How much time did it

    The tax filing deadline is upon us. How much time did it take for you to complete your return? Or did you just extend (defer) to another day? Laffer cites a 30-Cent Tax Premium (WSJ)



  • April 16, 2011 - "If you look at a large quantity of data long enough, a h

    "If you look at a large quantity of data long enough, a huge number of patterns will emerge-if only by chance." --Jason Zweig in his comments to The Intelligent Investor, written by Benjamin Graham, revised edition in 2003.



  • April 15, 2011 - I met Joe Battipaglia at the University of Dayton RISE fo

    I met Joe Battipaglia at the University of Dayton RISE forum several years ago. He was a large man and even larger optimist for the investment profession. Fox's Neil Cavuto remembers Joe



  • April 15, 2011 - The tax man comes in the form of "Atlas Shrugged" this ye

    The tax man comes in the form of "Atlas Shrugged" this year. Ayn Rand on tax day (Economist)



  • April 14, 2011 - Obama's speech on budget proposal sounded like an old

    Obama's speech on budget proposal sounded like an old saw, cutting the country in two. The Presidential Divider, Obama's toxic speech and even worse plan for deficits and debt. (WSJ)



  • April 13, 2011 - Takeover offer for Tyco could draw a close to the final c

    Takeover offer for Tyco could draw a close to the final chapter of one of the largest growth...then failure...stories in corporate history. TE Connectivity and Covidien (the remaining spinoffs from the broken up conglomerate) appear to be disconnected and immune, respectively, from takeover threats. Tyco Gets Takeover Offer of $30 Billion (WSJ)



  • April 11, 2011 - Obama and Congress will soon embark on negotiating a new

    Obama and Congress will soon embark on negotiating a new debt ceiling, hopefully in place by May 15. Otherwise, the U.S. will likely default on its current debt outstanding and shatter the greenback as the world reserve currency. Boehner Prepares for Next Showdown (WSJ-Washington Wire)



  • April 05, 2011 - Demographics drive economics, and economics drive markets

    Demographics drive economics, and economics drive markets. A troubling trend is appearing in India, as well as China. Increasingly sparse numbers of girls form their youthful populations. India's Sex Ratio (Economist)



  • April 04, 2011 - The Republicans take radical responsibility with a budget

    The Republicans take radical responsibility with a budget proposal that includes overhauling Medicare and Medicaid. Though the proposal remains in its infancy, it could transform the American perception of retirement and healthcare. GOP Budget Aim: Cut $4 Trillion (WSJ)