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Archive for December 2009

Four for Thursday — Articles I’ve Read and You Should Too

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Today marks three months of Capitolism. Thanks for reading the blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it a least a little bit. I’ve enjoyed writing it immensely. Look for more posts, a new look, greater issue coverage, better features and even some guest writers early in the New Year. Best wishes for great joy and success in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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Overrewarding Underperformance

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Jason Zweig muses this week on the apparent link between high-paid CEOs and underperforming share prices.  Such a link does not come as a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

December 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Four for Thursday…and Christmas Day

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No Joy in Toyland, by Anne Northup.

Worst Decade for Stocks….Ever, by Alex Dumortier.

Why is Ayn Rand So Popular Today?,  by Jay Richards. A question I ask myself frequently.

Lamenting the Forgotten, Who Was Not Bailed Out, by John Tamny.

Written by Russell S.

December 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Business Lessons from ‘A Christmas Carol’

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Every year since 1996, I have read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. No matter how good or bad the year, or how busy I find myself, I make time to re-read the book. Sometimes I read it with specific themes in mind to learn Dickens’ thoughts on them. This year, after starting Capitolism, I wondered about his perspective on business. He writes much about business throughout the book, and his core message warns readers about the potential charms and dangers of business. More precisely, he warns not about business itself, but about focusing life solely on business concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

December 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Justin Fox on Market Myths

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While I do not agree with all of Mr. Fox’s analysis, he gives us some good, and difficult, topics to ponder.

Written by Russell S.

December 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Dow’s Decade of Changes and Detroit’s Mayor

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Will Swarts tracks the changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average component stocks from 1999 to 2009. A worthwhile 10 minute read.

Also, Stephen Moore interviews Detroit mayor Dave Bing in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal. Can Mayor Bing turn Detroit around? He seems realistic about the task ahead, blunt in his answers and willing to make tough decisions. He’ll have plenty to make.

Written by Russell S.

December 19, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Four for Thursday: Articles I’ve Read and You Should Too

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Management’s Dirty Little Secrets, by Gary Hamel. Mr. Hamel makes some excellent points. Indeed, if you merge some of the data he presents, you see a key truth emerge: people do not leave companies, they leave bad managers. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

December 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm