Dismally yours

Let’s say hypothetically that some putative person is not a savvy investor, but somewhere shortly after his or her 40th birthday becomes determined to better understand economic cycles and investment instruments so he or she doesn’t die in the poorhouse.

He or she might find these blogs informative and, if not exactly uproarious, at least interesting.

Investing « The Theroxylandr in Flame Very clear writing. Has a strong political POV too (anti-Republican, not to be confused with anti-conservative; I mention this only because I think some people don’t appreciate being “ambushed” by a political POV when they are not expecting it), but the blog mainly aims to provide a steely-eyed view of the economy and markets in the context of historical behaviors.

Front Row Seat. Our good friend DK Transformation’s investing blog – he was a trader at Morgan Stanley for years. He doesn’t post much but he’d better get on it if he really expects to put out the book :)

Harvey Reed recommends The Mises Institute’s various information resources – haven’t dug in there yet except to note that I love this quote on the home page: “Economics, wrote Henry Hazlitt, is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is due in no small part to the special pleading of selfish interests.” Again for disclosure, Mises has been described as “the last knight of liberalism.”

As always, feel free to point me toward others in the comments. I like balanced inputs so conservative POVs welcome too.

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4 thoughts on “Dismally yours

  1. Mises lived in the 18th century – back then “liberal” meant an open free market – not the current meaning of the word (closer to ‘socialism’, at the very least ‘managed economy’).

    And – being anti-republican doesn’t mean anti-conservative. It may mean Libertarian :-)

    What is disturbing is the inability for todays “two parties” to separate market/economic POV from social/cultural POV. From a social/cultural POV, both parties try to control the population, they just disagree in what manner.

    Enjoy :-)

  2. Ah, fascinating. (The free market thing.)

    I encounter a seemingly large number of people who have separated the two issues, in the sense that they describe themselves as “social liberals and economic conservatives”. I also have a smart friend who describes that as a cop-out or oxymoron, as he says you have to spend money to do the social liberal thing. I think what many people actually mean by economic conservativism is that they think we shouldn’t be running a massive budget deficit. (And, if you poke around on Theroxylandr, I believe he argues that massive bad debt is in essence the sign of the next great depression.)

    re: conservative vs. Republican, I enjoy reading George Will periodically on that point – to my limited understanding he espouses a true conservative idealogy, and criticises the current Republican party for abandoning some of those principles, notably the “small government” one.

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