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Is The Market Rigged?

April 17th, 2014 by Bill Valentine

In the wake of Michael Lewis’ appearance on “60 Minutes” a few weeks ago, there is much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth around the idea the High Frequency Traders are screwing investors.  This week, we talk about HFT and the reality of liquidity in the markets.

What’s An Earthquake Worth In Dow Points?

April 4th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


In the wake of last week’s Southern California earthquake, we’re discussing the context of how earthquakes (and other natural disasters) affect investment markets.  The world has experienced many earthquakes over the last 130 years. Most have had little effect on markets, but some have had a big effect.

This week, we describe that makes an earthquake matter to investors, and what would happen if California faced “the Big One’?

Nobody Sells Their Best Idea

March 28th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


There’s a great new show on CNBC called “Money Talks” about a sketchy character that sells sports betting tips to unwitting “clients” who visit Vegas in the hopes of making big money.   They don’t.

It’s a perfect reminder of one of the rules of capitalism: “Nobody sells their best idea.”

Paying for sports betting tips is a different manifestation of the dreadful investment newsletter business, which reminds us…it’s been three years since we defrocked Porter Stansberry for his grossly misleading and ludicrous video prediction of the impending collapse of capitalism, all to sell expensive newsletters.

We were amused to see the number of views the 2011 video has received (30,000+) and the silly comments that have accumulated over time.  Who are these people?  After you watch this week’s video, enjoy the one from three years ago:


Top 5 Financial Rip Offs

March 21st, 2014 by Bill Valentine


This week, we share with you our five biggest pet peeves—financial products and services that are almost always a rip off.  As a general rule, the more a product or service is pushed to you, the better it is for the seller, and the worse it is for the buyer.  In the interest of helping you make decisions that preserve your net worth, consider the Top 5 Financial Rip Offs


Invest In Bitcoin?

March 13th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


Bitcoin is all the rage.  Everyone is watching to see if this rogue, digital currency will become a bona fide alternative to dollar based transactions.  Whether it will or will not, we don’t know.  What we do know is if and how you should invest in Bitcoin to make huge amounts of money.


We’re Back!

March 7th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


The “Market Message” is back to a weekly production calendar.  It turned out that we were missed more than we imagined.  A number of you told us you liked the regular, Friday Market Message and who are we to deny our public the right to goodness!

This week, we talk about five disturbing items we found in the most recent Budget proposed by the President. Passage of these items would do real damage to savings—at a time when contemporary adult savers are already way behind in their retirement planning, to say nothing of the confiscatory and Constitutionally challengeable nature of these proposals.

Welcome back!

What’s Going On (?)

February 6th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


 In the last couple of weeks, the U.S. stock market has fallen 6% for reasons that are not uniformly agreed upon.  The questions, then, are, “What’s going on?” and “Where do we go from here?”

This week, we describe the three scenarios that are most likely to manifest from here, and even assign probabilities to each.  As always, this information is intended for illumination, and not as instructions.

We Are Making A Major Bond Shift

January 17th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


Let’s talk about the Taper.  Yes, the Federal Reserve is in the early stages of a resumption to normal monetary conditions.  Specifically, they have begun reducing the amount of monthly open market bond purchases, and eventually they’ll no longer be buying bonds.  Eventually, they will begin to raise interest rates.

How will this affect investors’ bond portfolios and the future prospect of holding bonds?

This week, Bill Valentine shares with you some of the latest activities at his Firm in relation to this issue.

Outlook For 2014

January 10th, 2014 by Bill Valentine


With the New Year behind us, we look to hear Bill’s thoughts on what might be in store for 2014.

Update On Current Investment Strategy

December 6th, 2013 by Bill Valentine


This week, Bill Valentine shares with you how Valentine Ventures is postured with its Growth Assets and what that means for the year ahead.



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