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Dana Barfield

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While tracking the market today, I expanded the S & P 500 graph time window from the normal mode of a month or a year, to run from 1970 through the present. What I found illustrates a fascinating principle of wealth building. The blue line represents that value of the S&P 500 index. I overlaid the bright pink line to show what would have been the normal path of the economy had the trend from 1975 to 1995 persisted. Obviously it did not. The period from 1995 to the present represents a time of unprecedented “activity”. What we can also see is that activity produced no sustainable, wide spread, wealth as right now the index has returned to its normal path. Considering this period from 1995 to 2009 carefully it occurred to me that this “unprecedented activity” brought about sweeping change 1) In the widespread use of hedge funds, 2) Ridiculously easy credit, 3) An increas... (more)

Further Thoughts on Unemployment

Several days ago I wrote a piece on Unemployment and the disparities existing between upper and lower income workers. In that piece, I mentioned the negative impact that illegal aliens have on wages and job opportunities for those that are already suffering in this economy. Several folks took offense that I would discuss this subject directly as I did. This is my additional thinking on the subject: 1. I speak from a position of personal experience and direct knowledge on the subject, having played a significant role in three different people emigrating from three different nation... (more)

S & P Downgrade of the U.S

Let’s make clear what is happening today, what relationship this bears to the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. financial system, and how it affects your plan for retirement. There is some legitimacy to the concern over the debt rating reduction. For as long as anyone can remember the United States of American has been the gilt-edged standard of financial wherewithal and responsibility (70 years to be exact). To be downgraded, though somewhat symbolic, is a shock to the system. S&P’s concern is the amount of debt we now have; in excess of $14.5 trillion today, which is $ 4 ... (more)

Expect Liability Issues to Increase

Timeline of the 2010 Gulf oil spill legal cases: — April 20, 2010: An explosion and fire on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon kills 11 workers. Thousands of gallons of oil begin gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the blown-out well. — June 16, 2010: BP agrees to put $20 billion into an escrow fund to settle economic injury claims by fishermen and various Gulf industries. — December 15, 2010: The Justice Department files suit against BP and eight other companies over the accident, asking they be held liable for removal costs and damages caused by the explosion and s... (more)

Christmas Could Never Get Started Today

This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are shown around Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color. This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s. As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in history Christmas had not yet been established, if so... (more)