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Strebler's Perspective

November, 2017

Keeping it Simple

by Jon S. Strebler

 

There’s a lot to be said in favor of the old KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) adage, even as that gets harder and harder to do. It seems like no matter what field one considers, the amount of knowledge keeps increasing much faster than our ability (or desire?) to keep up. I looked up the latest on this idea, and here’s the story:

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Contrary Opinion

by Jon S. Strebler

 

Contrary opinion, in short, is looking for times and places where almost everyone is doing the same thing, and then choosing to do the opposite. The concept gets mixed reviews in the world of investing. On the one hand, we’re supposed to follow the trend, which pretty much equates to going with the majority. We are assured over and over again that this is the true way to big profits. Yet we are warned to watch out when everyone is saying the same thing; “If it’s obvious to everyone, it’s obviously wrong” was the old investing adage I learned long ago, and one way contrary opinion could be expressed. 

 

 

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Disinflation's Effects

by Jon S. Strebler

 

A starting point of economics is the concept of trade-offs.  Since all resources (including labor and money) are limited, then if you want more of something – anything – then you must accept having less of something else.  A chart that has illustrated this principle as applies to two generally opposing economic problems since the late-1950s – inflation and unemployment –is the Phillips Curve.  Want lower inflation?  Then you’ll have to accept more unemployment.  Unemployment is too high?  Well we can probably lower it, but inflation will pick up as a result. 

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