Tuesday, 1st October 2019
The saving game is not what it was….
The concept of saving is as old as the hills….
The Bible talks about it – telling us that the wise store up choice food and olive oil, while fools gulp theirs down….
The Danes and the Germans have a proverb that says money saved is as good as money gained….
The Spanish have one that says he who saves has, he who has gets….
Warren Buffett – a man many regard as the final word on how to grow wealth and keep it – says this….
‘Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving….’
- A springboard to greater wealth….
I once had a friend who maintained that only a moron would die in credit….
He reckoned it was much smarter to leave behind a pile of unpaid debts than provide a surplus of cash for somebody else to work through and enjoy….
I can see where he was coming from – theoretically at least. But life is lived in practice rather than in theory….
And I think it is almost universally acknowledged that, in practice, life is a great deal more comfortable when lived on a soft cushion of credit rather than under a welter burden of debt….… Click here to read more
Wednesday, 27th February 2019
A message from the billionaires….
You know who I feel sorry for?
The world’s billionaires….
All 2,208 of the blighters (figure from Forbes)….
The richest fractional percentile of the world’s population has got it tough….
They get the blame for everything….
- Playing a good hand of cards….
We must remember that the billionaire didn’t necessarily ask to be part of the global financial elite….
He can’t help it if – as a result of his powers of intellect, creativity, innovation, technical expertise, capacity for hard work, tolerance to risk and out-and-out criminality (only one or two bad eggs!) – the world has rewarded him so generously….
He can’t be blamed if – as has happened – he got richer over the last decade of cheap and easy credit whilst everybody else got poorer….
The billionaire is like any other player at the table. He can only play the cards the universe has delivered into his hands….
And he must play that hand as best he can – to his own ends and advantage….
Which of us would not set out to do the same?
- Doing good out in the world….
But few people these days have sympathy for – or empathy with – the plight of the common-garden billionaire….… Click here to read more
Wednesday, 13th February 2019
Let’s start rating economic forecasters….
Some folk collect stamps….
Here at Money Truths we collect economic and market predictions that turn into train-wrecks….
Perhaps we have a strange sense of humour. Perhaps we are simply warped. Maybe a bit of both….
But we collect these things anyway….
Primarily, because they amuse us and because laughter is always the best medicine….
But also, because these tales of wrong-headedness serve as a constant reminder of the fallibility of ‘experts’ when it comes to predicting the future….
Take Irving Fisher, for instance….
He was a smart guy. He was widely considered one of the great economists of the first half of the 20th century. He figured out the relationship between inflation and interest rates, among other things….
He was just the type of guy you might expect to know what was going on – and what would happen next….
But the world – especially the world of money – doesn’t work that way. It can make a fool out of just about anybody. Even Fisher fell victim….
Back in 1929, Fisher had this to say about the stock market….
‘Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau….… Click here to read more