An unsurprising story surfaced a couple of days ago... SEC attorneys are under investigation for insider trading! If you can't truly value that exclamation point I just used, let me help you. The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is a government organization that was formed to convince … [Read more...] about Who will arrest the investment police?
Was Madoff a Better Investment Than Your Mutual Fund?
Blogger, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, chairman of HDNet, and billionnaire Mark Cuban poses the question: Was Madoff a better investment than your mutual fund. Surprisingly, his answer is yes. To see why, read his post. … [Read more...] about Was Madoff a Better Investment Than Your Mutual Fund?
The Top 5 Investing Myths of 2008
2008 was a very interesting year to say the least. Possibly the most productive outcome of the year was the restless message of "rethink things" coming from the little voice beckoning each of us in our minds. Myth #1... The SEC keeps investment information honest and accurate The Securities and … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Investing Myths of 2008
Our free(ish) market becomes less free with the ban of short selling
A couple of weeks ago, the SEC illegalized a type of investing that makes a market what it is - short selling. Simply put, a person can bet on the market going up by "going long" and buying securities in hopes of selling them for a higher price at a later date. Long positions can be leveraged by … [Read more...] about Our free(ish) market becomes less free with the ban of short selling
Eliminating securities problems – Part 2
I previously discussed what a security is and who are accredited investors. Non-accredited investors are typically excluded from most syndicated private placements. This is part of the cause of the investor isolation in the self directed IRA/401k marketplace. The stock market's growth has been … [Read more...] about Eliminating securities problems – Part 2
Eliminating securities problems – Part 1
There's a case (the Howie case - can somebody provide me a good link that explains it?) that defines a security as an investment contract in which a person invests their money into a pool and expects to receive a profit solely from the efforts of others. So typically, when a person invests in … [Read more...] about Eliminating securities problems – Part 1