Monday, October 6, 2008

Radio appearance November 14

On November 14 I will be on the Jessie Bowen blogtalk Internet radio show discussing my Wealth On Any Income book. Please tune in. Here is how to get the information:
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fiancial Meltdown

It has been over three months since my last post and I have come to the realization that I would rather read media publications than write. But, I am a published author, and I do have opinions that matter to others, so I have made myself sit down and post another blog article.

I was inspired by the newest financial collapse: Lehman Brothers investment bank.It was known for months in many financial circles that Lehman was struggling. Lehman's stock had plunged 95 percent from its 52-week high to $3.65 on Friday, September 12, 2008. This wiped out nearly $35 billion in shareholder wealth in just 10 months. That is $35,000,000,000 that evaporated in 10 months from one brokerage firm’s value. This was despite Lehman’s CEO, Richard Fuld’s reassurances of Lehman’s strength.

Bear Stearns came as a surprise, but Lehman was expected. The latest is that Barclays Bank has backed out of it's offer to save Lehman, but Bank of America might still be a player to buy up the pieces, just like they did for Countrywide, the mortgage lender.

It is likely there will be more fallout in the financial services industry before this mortgage crisis is complete. From Daniel Alpert, Managing Director of Westwood Capital, LLC, it is estimated that banks and lenders have recognized about $550 billion of the $1.25 trillion in losses that he expects to be attributed to the mortgage meltdown.

The problem is the financial landscape is changing so often it is hard to keep up with the bad news. On this Sunday at 11 a.m. I wrote about the possible purchase of Lehman by either Bank of America or Barclays Bank. By 5 p.m., Barclays had already backed out.

I have been working on updating my best selling "Wealth On Any Income" book for several months now, and I just cannot keep up with the awful financial landscape. My new book will have the title "Thriving from the Economic Meltdown" so that readers can see what they need to do in these difficult times.

Regardless of how bad it gets for the banks, brokerage firms, and mortgage industry, there are still basic concepts that will keep the average person financial solvent. Ten "galley proof" copies of "Thriving from the Economic Meltdown" have been printed up, and it should be ready for release in another month or so. I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Vote for Proposition 98 on June 3, 2008

It is odd how our attention can miss the obvious. I have not written a new post recently, and I have been complaining to my wife of the deceptive ads that support Proposition 99 against Proposition 98. What I missed is that I should be writing about this in my blog.

What do I mean by deceptive? It is clear from a Los Angeles Times article on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, Section B, page 4, that AARP is promoting a lie about Prop 98. IT WILL NOT ELIMINATE RENT CONTROL. It will phase it out by allowing apartments to rise to market level AFTER a tenant under rent control moves out, is evicted for non-payment of rent, or dies. That could be years. For some tenants, they would benefit from rent control for the rest of their lives if Prop 98 were to pass.

It DOES have more stringent eminent domain restrictions than Prop 99, because it protects the property of more individuals and businesses and makes it harder for the government to seize property for redevelopment by private business. This is why Governor Schwarzenegger is supporting Prop 99; it makes is easier for the government to seize property.

Prop 98 is the ballot measure that should be passed, not Prop 99. Whether you are a property owner or a renter, I recommend the passage of Prop 98. As a property owner or a renter, you are protected under Prop 98. Please do not believe the deceptive ads by AARP and vote for Prop 98.

You can read the full text of the Initiative submitted to the Attorney General at

But here is the section directly from the Initiative dealing with rent control:
The provisions of this Act shall become effective on the day following the election ("effective date"); except that any statute, charter provision, ordinance, or regulation by a public agency enacted prior to January 1,2007, that limits the price a rental property owner may charge a tenant to occupy a residential rental unit ("unit") or mobile home space ("space") may remain in effect as to such unit or space after the effective date for so long as, but only so long as, at least one of the tenants of such unit or space as of the effective date ("qualified tenant") continues to live in such unit or space as his or her principal place of residence. At such time as a unit or space no longer is used by any qualified tenant as his or her principal place of residence because, as to such unit or space, he or she has: (a) voluntarily vacated; (b) assigned, sublet, sold or transferred his or her tenancy rights either voluntarily or by court order; (c) abandoned; (d) died; or he or she has (e) been evicted pursuant to paragraph (2), (3), (4) or (5) of Section 1161 of the Code of Civil Procedure or Section 798.56 of the Civil Code as in effect on January 1,2007; then, and in such event, the provisions of this Act $hall be effective immediately as to such unit or space.

Again, the ad running on the TV from AARP is completely deceptive. Please vote for Prop. 98


Monday, March 24, 2008

Consumerism is going to backfire

Consumerism is going to backfire

I just saw a 20-minute video on “Stuff.” The point is to educate all of us on what it takes to not only bring a product to market, but what the costs are that we do not see; the cost to our children, our planet, and ourselves. This goes way beyond why it is nice to recycle, but how we must fundamentally change our attitudes about buying stuff. This is a fit in how to create personal wealth. There is so much stuff we buy out of guilt, planned obsolescence, advertising pressure and so on, that this video will help you understand why we do NOT need to buy so much stuff.

Please see it at