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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Regulation is even harder

Jun 11, 2019 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren fired the first shot across the tech bow with a call on March 8th to “break up big tech.” On June 3rd, the government entered the fray, announcing antitrust investigations into Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Microsoft, the biggest tech company by market value, was a conspicuous non-mention. The four stocks had mixed price results from down -9% to up +5% during that period. Microsoft was up +9% over the same span. How will…

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Fear du Jour

Fears turn over like the seasons change

Jun 5, 2019 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

A trade war that continues to expand, with more countries involved and louder saber rattling. An unpredictable president. Uneven corporate earnings. An approaching election with 25 candidates, each with his or her own policies, prejudices and priorities. A stalemate in Washington, leaving important initiatives like infrastructure stranded at the curb. It’s a lot. No wonder so many people are worried, driving the market down six weeks in a row. But does all this fear make sense? What’s it mean for…

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Our Favorite Tools For Personal Payments and Cash Flow

The Latest Providers We Use To Make Payments Easy, Modern and Painless

May 28, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

When it comes to paying for goods and services you have many choices these days. The least attractive (besides the quickly disappearing handwritten check) is physical cash, even for small purchases. Over time it has simply become easier to make purchases without paper or coins. In the post-cash era, new payment providers and startups are fighting to gain users and credibility. That means lots of promotions, free trials and millennial-oriented advertising. Beyond the marketing, here is what we’ve found works…

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Ten Tips for College 2019

May 8, 2019 - John Osbon ( 11 mins to read)

Guest Post This week’s post is guest authored by Dana, an engineer and former US Army Officer, and a close friend of Osbon Capital Management. My spouse and I applied to college in pre-internet days. We now realize how much times have changed! With our oldest child a high school senior this year, and with two others on deck, we had to come up to speed on “College 2019.” Here are ten lessons learned about today’s college admissions process. 1.…

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How Much Financial Pressure Are You Putting On Yourself?

Apr 30, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

Warren Buffet says, “Don’t risk what you already have for what you don’t need.” Like most sage remarks, this seems so obvious, but has big implications for how we live and make decisions. When we overreach financially, we open the possibility of going backward instead of forward and experiencing much more stress and uncertainty than necessary. Is this happening to you? What are the signs and what can you do about it? Signs of financial self-pressure Do you make a…

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Not All Bad News Is Created Equal

Apr 23, 2019 - John Osbon ( 4 mins to read)

This week is a major earnings week. If you follow business news it’s quite likely you are going to hear the term “earnings recession” this week. If you do, please immediately remind yourself that an earnings recession is not the same thing as an economic recession. There’s no reason to panic over this R word. Let’s take a closer look at the details for a better perspective. The other kind of recession An earnings recession is defined as two consecutive…

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The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Apr 15, 2019 - John Osbon ( 7 mins to read)

Long time financial writer Jason Zweig published The Devil’s Financial Dictionary in 2015. The book is both factual and lighthearted. It’s easy to see our personal weaknesses in Zweig’s Dictionary. He says that the definitions are “mostly true.” He also uses a red dollar sign to flag things that may not be technically true, but still say something about the industry. I have been reading the Dictionary for several weeks and have picked out a few favorites for you to…

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Investing With Retirement in Mind

Apr 9, 2019 - John Osbon ( 6 mins to read)

A quick check of the top news stories over the weekend showed four prominent articles about retirement – how to retire, figuring out if you have enough, what to do if you are stuck, and so on. Apparently, retirement is on the minds of many investors, young and old. This news focus reminded me that retirement investing is a lifelong endeavor. It’s a good idea to invest early and as if you are going to retire soon, even if you…

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4 Ways To Maintain A Focus On The Long Term

Mar 20, 2019 - John Osbon ( 5 mins to read)

As the first quarter nears an end the inevitable question arises, “How long can the strong Q1 returns go on?” Amid the uncertainty we see many investors holding cash with little interest in taking on risk. This cautious approach means safety in the short term, but perhaps at a big loss of opportunity for the long term. Here are four ways to maintain a long-term focus following the first quarter’s sharp and unexpected advance. Ignore the “I don’t want to…

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