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Why Many Financial Advisors Fail: What to Ask Your Prospective Investment Advisor

There are both very good and very bad financial advisors hanging their shingles out there. Many are just repeating their employers "investment advice mantra."  Is your advisor an independent thinker who can escape falling victim to the investing herd's many mistakes? In this update to a 2009 article, John Reizner offers some important questions to ask a prospective financial consultant - and he questions whether benefit may be accrued by not hiring one in the first place.

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Nation-Building and Stock Market Bubbles in China

Can the leaders of the People's Republic of China continue to successfully hold their grip on the pulse of the world's second largest economy? John reveals how with help from America, China transformed itself into a world power. He discusses the economic policy balancing act that its rulers must continue in order to perpetuate their hegemony. Also, the question is considered whether the 30% decline in the Shanghai stock market may be a buying opportunity or the last chance to sell Chinese stocks.

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What Working at McDonald’s Can Do for You and the U.S. Economy

What can working as a McDonald's fast food server do for you? Should McDonald's workers be entitled to a $15 per hour wage as some of its employees are demanding? Does the economics of the hamburger business support that wage? John argues that making Big Macs is not a career job or an end in itself, but a stepping stone to further personal advancement.

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Prophecies from the Tongue of the Snake

Speculating in this apocalyptic poem, John Reizner offers food for thought on the prospective turn of events in America and the Middle East.  John rhymes as President Obama negotiates with Iran for a nuclear deal and the U.S. economy still struggles to regain its footing in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

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The Odds of a U.S. Stock Market Panic – Or of an Economic Renewal

Directional moves in the Chinese stock market may act as the "canary in the coal mine,"  for our stock market. Its direction may precede changes in trend in our market. John Reizner addresses in this post whether or not financial market conditions are simliar in form today to those right before the crash. He cites part of his prescient 2007 article written before the financial crisis where he noted an unsupported speculation in the stock market.

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Lost your Stock Market Investing Mojo? Read this!

Are you a long term investor or a trader? Or are you just learning how to invest in the stock market? Author John Reizner compares the value of long term investing as a means of creating wealth over time versus trading stocks for a living in order to produce wealth on a repetitive basis. John also discusses the personality traits of each investor profile.

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What has Become of America? Musings of an Equities Investor

Author and stock market investor John Reizner discusses his investing experiences in the aftermath of the financial crisis. He talks about the difficulties that many families face in rebuilding their financial lives after the meltdown - and continue to experience in an economic recovery that is chiefly rewarding only those with substantial assets in the U.S. stock market. A hollowed middle class and many millions just barely making it financially are left behind.

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Inflation, QE2 and Financial Survival in 2011: Five Questions to Ask

In 2008 few Americans were privy to the discussions that determined whether the world financial system would completely implode or be saved. Wall Street was crashing while policymakers argued about what was to be done in the little time before the unthinkable could happen.
 

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