Author: Douglass Gaking

My 1st 5 Days of School in 10 Images

Here are some highlights from my business classes after the 1st 5 days of school this year, including selected slides from my lessons and some group brainstorming activities we did. Continue reading “My 1st 5 Days of School in 10 Images”

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Book Review: Good to Great

good to greatGood to Great, which is sort of a prequel to Collins’s bestselling Built to Last, is a study of 11 established companies that suddenly broke out and outperformed the market in an unbelievable fashion. 11 comparison companies that remained stable in the same industry and environment are used in the study. Continue reading “Book Review: Good to Great”

The Constitutional Case for the EPA

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There has been a lot of attention around President Trump’s director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt. It was clear when Pruitt was appointed that the Trump administration was not taking environmental protection seriously. Pruitt has proved this assumption right by spending taxpayer money frivolously as well as using his post to help his wife find a job. While the Obama administration took the EPA’s responsibilities more seriously than this administration, it had its own share of failures, including taking 10 months to act on information that the city of Flint was not properly treating its water to prevent toxic lead contamination. The EPA has needed better direction for a long time. Let’s explore why that is so important. Continue reading “The Constitutional Case for the EPA”

Book Review: Save, Spend, Invest, Give

Save Spend Invest GiveIn Save, Spend, Invest, Give, Daniel Pecaut shares his expertise on personal finance as the CEO of an investment firm for over 30 years. Pecaut is a value investor inspired by value gurus like Warren Buffett and John Templeton. However, this is not so much a value investing guide as it is an inspirational personal finance guide. Continue reading “Book Review: Save, Spend, Invest, Give”

Book Review: A History of the US in 5 Crashes

history of us in 5 crashesA History of the United States in Five Crashes describes the 1907, 1929, 1987, 2008, and 2010 stock market crashes. Scott Nations’ thesis is that crashes tend to follow a pattern where some new financial construct causes investors to let their guard down. The false sense of security allows for a rapid market run, then some event triggers it to come crashing back down. The introduction of algorithms and computer-directed trading has also sped up this process and created new vulnerabilities in the market. Continue reading “Book Review: A History of the US in 5 Crashes”

Finance Friday #7: Retail Revolution

It has been a newsworthy week in both politics and markets. To me, politics is usually of little significance, as are the daily market swings surrounding them. Over time, the market goes up, despite politicians’ attempts to get in the way. Politicians are gnats that responsible people have to swat at, but in the long run that is the extent of their impact. Good finance is all about having a long-term view that finds value and manages risk. Continue reading “Finance Friday #7: Retail Revolution”