Friday, June 16, 2017
BANKS NOTARIZE DOCUMENTS FOR FREE. This is good to know–banks can notarize your documents for free!
If you need to get a document notarized, a simple, free solution can usually be found at the nearest branch of your bank. Getting a document notarized is typically very simple. Present the document to a notary public and sign it in her presence. After that, she officially notarizes the document using an official stamp, writes in the date, and adds her own signature. The notary usually asks to see photo ID to verify that you are indeed the person whose signature she is notarizing on the document. Having a document notarized is essentially a third-party verification of your identity as the person signing the document.
Examples of legal documents that commonly require notarization are mortgage documents, wills, trusts, power of attorney authorization and medical documents.
Banks and Other Places you can find a Notary Public
Nearly all U.S. banks – certainly all the major money center banks, such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corporation and Wells Fargo & Company – usually have a notary public on staff in most of their branches. If the branch where you most frequently do your banking is a small one in a rural area, there may be a notary public available. If there is not, the branch manager, or even a teller or personal banker, can usually tell you about a local branch of the bank that has a notary on the premises.
Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
MONETARY INFLATION on COMMODITIES
1. John Pugsley, The Alpha Strategy, 1980. The book that dealt with the effects of monetary inflation on commodities. A couple other essays you’ll want to read on John Pugsley are here and here.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
1. Infinite Banking, Nelson Nash Institute
pick up @ the 33 minute mark.
Posted Friday, July 15, 2016
Investing for Beginners. We all need some direction.
Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Debt: From Crisis to Great Recession.
Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2016
|Start-up||Sector||Value of Early Stake|
|1. Dropbox||Online file Management||Up 1,547%|
|2. Spotify||Music||Up 750%|
|3. Snapchat||Online picture storage||Up 1,131%|
|4. Slack||Online communication||Up 789%|
|5. DocuSign||Paper processing||Up 483%|
|6. Shazam||Music||Up 488%|
|7. Evernote||Online Information Storage||Up 231%|
|8. Beibei||Child Products||Up 706%|
|9. Stripe||Online Payment Processor||Up 1,624%|
|And learned tonight that Pinterest is up over 700% compared to Facebook which is up over 100% its opening price.|
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016
Hold onto your hats!
1. Mark Skousen investment recommendations, news, and alerts.
2. Mark Skousen’s personal blog on money and economics. This is Skousen’s investment letter.
3. Skousen is the founder and producer of FreedomFest, which to my eyes looks like a star-studded, Republican/Conservative conference for business-minded folks searching for social as well as political capital more than ways to find how to build capital. Their About page states the following
FreedomFest is an annual festival where free minds meet to celebrate “great books, great ideas, and great thinkers” in an open-minded society. It is independent, non-partisan, and not affiliated with any organization or think tank. Founded and produced by Mark Skousen since 2002, FreedomFest invites the “best and the brightest” from around the world to talk, strategize, socialize, and celebrate liberty. FreedomFest is open to all and is purely egalitarian, where speakers, attendees, and exhibitors are treated as equals.
At first I thought it was a group of investors looking for insights and a leg up. But it’s not that. FreedomFest looks like political activists involved in political reform. And upon further examination, it’s not even political reform; it’s political talking points. Period. One of the speakers in their FreedomFest 2015 Review stated that “We realize that FreedomFest is a big tent.” Ah, you can’t get more of a political statement found on the floor of a political rally than that. And it seems like an incubator of conservative/Republican people to nominate for the next presidential run.
4. Tom Woods interviews Mark Skousen on January 22, 2016, where Skousen criticizes the gold bug Austrians and says that there is always opportunity in stocks or equity markets.
5. Gary North had the following article on Monday, February 1, 2016, and made the following point on the Bank of Japan’s announcement that it would start negative interest rates:
On Friday, January 29, investors proved around the world that they are blithering idiots. The Dow Jones is up almost 400 points.
Why did it move so fast? Because there was a story that the Bank of Japan was going to introduce negative interest rates.
The story was essentially fake. Almost immediately, a columnist for The Washington Post described in detail just how fake it was. You need to read this.
This might be the Jedi mind trick Japan was looking for.
Markets, at least, sure seemed to think so. Japanese stocks surged almost 3 percent and the yen was down about 1.5 percent, which helps exporters, on the news that the country’s central bank had done something it had never done before. That’s cutting interest rates into negative territory. Instead of paying banks 0.1 percent on any deposits they have with it, the banks will have to pay the central bank a 0.1 percent penalty for the privilege of holding their money there. Or will they? If you read the fine print, it turns out that this negative interest rate barely applies to anything at all. So in a way, it’s almost about tricking markets into thinking that it’s doing more than it actually is.
And it’s kind of working.
It worked flawlessly. The lemmings streamed back into the equity markets all over the world.
1. Doug Casey on speculation.
Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016
MAKING MONEY ONLINE: IS IT POSSIBLE?
1. Paid Social Media jobs.
2. Yaro Starak so far is the best presenter on how to make money blogging. It’s not like he shows you advertising tricks or what widgets make you money and none of those sales-y type of speils. To the contrary, his presentation does almost go step by step. You should know first that the blog itself is merely a platform for your digital tools, like e-book, podcasts, e-letters, white papers, what have you. The blog is not the end-all and be-all, you build it, set it, and it starts making you a passive income. That model is a lie, always has been a lie, one that some people have profited handsomely from. Give Yaro a listen and see if blogging is for you. See if you can commit yourself to such projects.
3. Social Media Manager.
4. I want to get 1000 subscribers to my email list via the free ebook available on my website.
5. IdeaLady, Cathy Stucker.
1. How This 25-Year-Old Made $66,000 in a Month by Teaching an Online Course, Business Insider, 11/14/2014.
2. This Entrepreneur Increased Salary to $400/Hour, Business Insider.
3. Profitable Side Businesses at $1,000/month, Business Insider, Jan. 8, 2015.
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015
1. Dr. Housing Bubble Blog.
2. Building Wealth Buying Foreclosures, John Schaub, 2008.
3. Case-Shiller Composite Home Price Index. Not a bad place to learn about the market. Posted on July 12, 2016. And as to market commentary, check this out. This site, too, might be helpful.
4. Real Estate resources.
1. Bill Fleckenstein.
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2015
1. How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation, Harry Browne.
2. Wolf Richter. Wolf Richter covers useful and interesting topics.
1. Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt, 1946.
2. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, Richard J. Maybury, 1978.
3. Mises Institute.
4. Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth, Ludwig von Mises, 1920.
5. A terrific list from Tom Woods.
1. Hormageddon: How Too Much of a Good Thing Leads to Disaster, Bill Bonner.
2. Austrian School Business Cycle Theory, Murray Rothbard, 2014. Buy this book today! If you want to understand economics in all countries that have a central bank, which is all of them, then you’ll need this book to learn how the machinations of the different central banks’ inflationary policies produce wild swings in prices and devalue your currency and savings. Apparently, this book is just the first three chapters of Rothbard’s “America’s Great Depression.” As soon as I earn more money on my job, I will buy more of these books.
3. The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science: An Essay on Method (Liberty Fund Library of the Works of Ludwig von Mises), Ludwig von Mises, 1962.
4. Economic Calculation in the Social Commonwealth, Ludwig von Mises, 1920.
David Gordon on Murray Rothbard’s Favorite Books, 2009.
5. An Introduction to Christian Economics, Gary North, 1973.
6. The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments (An Uncle Eric Book), Richard J. Maybury & Jane A. Williams, 2003
7. The Failure of the New Economics: An Analysis of the Keynesian Fallacies, Henry Hazlitt, 1959. The book is also here at the Mises Institute.
Posted on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015.
Economics from Rodney Dangerfield.
Posted Thursday, May 7, 2015
1. Marc Andreesen and Ben Horowitz at Andreesen Horowitz “Software Is Eating the World” review the interaction between businesses and technology. I haven’t found much of it relevant. I hope I am wrong.
Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Joshua Sheats at his podcast website, http://radicalpersonalfinance.com/contact/, likes interviewing people with the inside scoop of various financial and retirement options.
1. How to Achieve Your Goals, Chris Brogan, January 25, 2016.
2. Inspiration to help reorient your thinking to success, wealth, and making more money. I’ll have to read their books to find out why Tom Woods likes these guys:
a. Chris Guillebeau.
b. Josh Tolley.
c. T. Harv Eker. This guy’s story I liked. I took notes. Give this a listen.
Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016
1. from Gary North’s Specific Answers
What is the most conservative investment in the world?
Not stocks. Not bonds. Not real estate.
. . .
Central banks can adopt mass inflation. This raises long rates. But it also makes life insurance policies and annuities less desirable: depreciating real income. Also, such policies either go to hyperinflation or recession, or first one and then the other. Both of these monetary policies hurt life insurance companies.
Dr. North’s recommendation to capitalize on the situation above: Buy 30-Year T-Bonds.
2. In an answer to how to invest $30,000, Dr. North offered this:
Put the money in a local bank. You will use it to buy repossessed 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in two years.