Floating Rate Funds Explained.

Bank loan or floating rates bonds are unique among bond types in that the rate is not fixed, but is free to move in relation to an underlying base rate such as the LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate).  As with any investment there are risks and bank loans are no...

Death by Architecture

Author and speaker James Howard Kunstler is perhaps the most outspoken critic of suburban sprawl and alternative energy as a replacement for cheap oil.  In a pair of TED talks in 2004 and 2010 he shares his perspective and explains how our we lost our...

Learn a Language, Translate the Web

Luis von Ahnm created Captcha to suppress spam on the internet and launched reCaptcha when he realized the potential of massive online collaboration to help digitize books.  Now he’s doing the same for language learning and translation with DuoLingo. I’m...

Managed Futures for Managing Rising Interest Rates?

If I’ve learned anything about the markets in the last decade, it’s that they are anything but rational.  Investments that appear to be expensive are traded higher while those with reasonable valuations languish.  Although I’m an advocate of  fundamental analysis,...

Learning: Powered by Imagination

Want to learn something or maybe you’d just like to improve your memory ?  Now you can with the website (and recently launched smartphone app) from Memrise.  By utilizing the human brains enhanced capacity to recall images (especially “unique” ones)...