How to Navigate the Minefields of the Investment Industry Information Highway

March 30, 2007 - I’m writing somewhat of an educational series now on why the only person you can depend on to build wealth is yourself. Although I’ve blogged about this before, I was reminded of this topic because when oil passed the $66 a barrel mark this week, all of a sudden, the $100 … Continue reading How to Navigate the Minefields of the Investment Industry Information Highway

The Short-Term May be Rosy, But Beware the Financial Crisis that is Building Steam

March 21, 2007 - Everywhere global stock markets have rebounded whether in China, Australia, Europe, or the U.S. , short positions have decreased dramatically, and the bulls are back in full force. However, there are still two scenarios that every investor should be wary of, one that is very likely, and one that is near … Continue reading The Short-Term May be Rosy, But Beware the Financial Crisis that is Building Steam

Vietnam. Welcome to the Wild Wild East.

March 20, 2007 - "It's the Wild West," says Noritaka Akamatsu, the World Bank's lead financial economist in Hanoi. This Is her description of the Vietnamese stock markets today In 2007. Perhaps we should say it is the "Wild Wild East", the modern version of yesteryear's Wild Wild West. Currently, there are an estimated 150 … Continue reading Vietnam. Welcome to the Wild Wild East.

Beware the Perpetual Bulls, Part II

March 13, 2007 - In a Special Bulletin that I sent to maalamalama members only last week I wrote, "If you go back and check archived news in the U.S. financial media you will actually find stories of financial journalists who wrote about the correction in the U.S. markets being a one-day event. I noted … Continue reading Beware the Perpetual Bulls, Part II

To err on the Subject of Chinese Tariffs May Expedite a Shakespearean tragedy.

March 13, 2007- Sometimes the U.S. Congress is foolish. In order to cover up the inadequacies of the federal reserve and poor fiscal policy, Congress wants to impose tariffs on Chinese goods, and in doing so, supposedly make U.S. goods more competitive against Chinese goods. However, in doing so, would such a move really help … Continue reading To err on the Subject of Chinese Tariffs May Expedite a Shakespearean tragedy.

It’s the Difference Between Chasing Wealth and Actually Learning to Build Wealth

March 11, 2007 - I’m sure you know of people that are perpetual bulls. These are the people that no matter what the situation in the global markets are always telling you that things are positive. Perpetual bulls tend to inhabit certain positions — Chief investment advisors at global firms, editors at investment newsletters, and … Continue reading It’s the Difference Between Chasing Wealth and Actually Learning to Build Wealth

A: The Underground Investorâ„¢

Q: Has Your Blog Name Changed? Just a quick note. We decided to change our blog title to "The Underground Investorâ„¢" from "Zen of Investing" because we noticed that someone unaffiliated with our company is constructing a website with the title "zen of investing" in the URL, presumably to capitalize off of our regular blog … Continue reading A: The Underground Investorâ„¢

The Art of Being Centered in Your Investing

March 9, 2007 - This week, in Kaeho's Corner, my blog entry is going to focus on a particularly zen topic. O’ Sensei, the founder of Aikido scripted many lessons cumulatively that were thought to embody the art of peace. Here is one of those lessons: “The key to good technique is to keep your … Continue reading The Art of Being Centered in Your Investing

This Bounce in the Gold Markets Merits a Cautious Approach

March 7, 2007 Yesterday, just like clockwork, we received the bounce in global markets that always follows strong corrections. European, Asian, U.S. and Canadian markets all experienced a nice bounce in their respective stock markets. If we look at the Gold Bugs HUI index below, it is not uncommon for a reversal to occur after … Continue reading This Bounce in the Gold Markets Merits a Cautious Approach

What This Correction Means for Gold Stocks

March 6, 2007 - Here’s an update regarding gold. I believe the big drop in gold prices that we saw last Friday was largely due in part to speculators at hedge funds that were forced to cover their positions in an appreciating yen (which they use to leverage their hedge funds) and in a weakening … Continue reading What This Correction Means for Gold Stocks