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Berkshire Before Buffett

Berkshire Before Buffett

  Everyone is aware of the incredible returns that Berkshire Hathaway has provided shareholders during the past fifty years that Warren Buffet has run the company. In the late 1960s, when Warren Buffett became CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, shares in the company were...

The Currency Reform that Created Two Germanies

The Currency Reform that Created Two Germanies

One question I often receive about the data for the Germany is why the German stock and bond indices had a 90% decline in June 1948. At first, people think there is an error in the data, but German shareholders actually did lose 90% of their capital as a result of the...

The Death of the Zimbabwe Dollar

The Death of the Zimbabwe Dollar

The government of Zimbabwe announced this week that they were finally demonetizing the Zimbabwe Dollar. Although the United States Dollar replaced the Zimbabwe Dollar in every day transactions back in 2009, banks still carried accounts that were denominated in...

Berkshire Before Buffett

Worst and The Frankenstein of Fraudsters

I have written about numerous scammers who used the stock market to defraud investors of their money, but one of the towering figures of this repulsive group of is Barry Minkow. I refer to him as the Frankenstein of Fraudsters because he is a con man who refuses to...

GFD CAPE Ratio Additions

GFD CAPE Ratio Additions

Global Financial Data has added 250 CAPE Ratios to its database. The GFD CAPE Ratios are drawn from over 40 countries and include global indices such as World excluding USA index. The GFD CAPE ratios are updated on a monthly basis. The CAPE Ratio is the...

Mickey Mantle Strikes Out, Then Hits a Homer

Mickey Mantle Strikes Out, Then Hits a Homer

A previous blog discussed Wilt Chamberlain’s unsuccessful attempt at following up on his successful basketball career with a successful IPO. Wilt Chamberlain wasn’t the only sports star to go into the restaurant business. Few people realize it, but Mickey Mantle set...

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Argentina: The Ever-Emerging Market

Argentina: The Ever-Emerging Market

Argentina is one of the most interesting countries among emerging markets. Argentina was one of the ten richest countries in the world in the 1920s, but now doesn’t even make the top 50. Argentina was downgraded from emerging market status by MSCI to being a frontier...

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Investors and the French Revolution

Investors and the French Revolution

Most people know the basic story of the French Revolution.  France’s aid to the United States indebted the nation leading to new taxes that fed a revolt against the king and the aristocracy. The Estates General was convened in May 1789, and on July 14, 1789, the...

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Events in Time Anniversaries: April 2019

Events in Time Anniversaries: April 2019

4/9/2019 - 25 years ago: April 1994 S&P 500: 450.91 (vs. 2867.24 in 04/2019) 10-year U.S. Government Bond Yield: 7.06% (vs. 2.52% in 04/2019) Gold: $376.45 (vs. $1293.50 in 04/2019) Oil: $16.915 (vs. $61.59 in 04/2019) GBP/USD: 1.4835 (vs. 1.309 in 03/2019) US...

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