Archive | September, 2012

Don’t Hide Mistakes, Especially the Funny Ones

In recent weeks I have been thinking about humility and its role in effective business leadership. Being open about our weaknesses and recognizing and reminding others that we don’t know everything seems counter-intuitive to many, yet it is often one of the main difference-makers between effective and ineffective leadership. David Williams, a very effective business […]

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Shorting Deductions

Dear Client – I know what you’re thinking. Since Gov. Romney didn’t claim all his charitable deductions so that he could hit his target tax rate, you’re thinking about not taking all your business (farm) deductions so that you can manipulate your income tax. I’m sorry to break the news to you but you can’t […]

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Industry Ranks September 2012

My main industry model is illustrated in the graphic.  Green industries are cold.  Red industries are hot.  If you like to play momentum, look at the red zone, and ask the question, “Where are trends under-discounted?”  Price momentum tends to persist, but look for areas where it might be even better in the near term. […]

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Lighten-up, It’s The Weekend – Getting to Know Kim Fantaci

Kim Fantaci is the Executive Director of The Association for Accounting Administration and the President & CEO of Advanced Management Concepts, Inc., the association management company for AAA and other professional associations. As for Kim’s involvement with AAA, she bagan working with those managing CPA firms in 1994 and have watched the professional CPA firm […]

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Best of the Aleph Blog, Part 18

These articles appeared between May and July 2011: Most People are not Better off Buying Common Stocks on their own versus Why Amateurs Should Invest in Common Stocks Yes, I wrote them both, but they complement each other.  Yes, most average people get skinned investing in common stocks, but if you apply yourself assiduously to […]

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