Obama’s armor shines

I am impressed with the organizational skills and magnetism Barack Obama has shown since his election. His emergence has been more gratifying than expected, and I’m sure I am joined in this sentiment by many other hopeful Americans.

Most of the public talks about challenges President-elect Obama faces. I have been trying to focus on the opportunity he has to grab this historical moment by the horns and use the universal support that’s currently at his disposal to shape an administration that will actually change the course of this country.

Government, by nature, is like an armored tank without a steering mechanism. It’s bureaucracy and the insulation that holds it together contradicts all promises of change. On the other hand, there seems to be an impending scenario, in Mr. Obama’s case, where his administration might share adequate resolve to make a difference.

As many experts have noted, preparation and readiness will be the key to success in the first 100 days of taking over the helm of the new goverment. This is where Americans of all colors and sizes are wishing our new leader an abundance of intelligence and courage. Meanwhile, the free world seems to follow this theme.

I have not ceased to be amazed at Mr. Obama’s ability to rally an assortment of egos among political aspirations toward a unified movement to meet an unprecedented crisis. Indeed, some of the components of his cabinet might deserve closer scrutiny. Yet, it is conceivable that the total dynamic of the new administration can accept new challenges in the spirit of teamwork and stewardship.

I am happy that I lived long enough to see the ultimate demonstration of equal opportunity in this country. As an African American citizen, I experienced this concept for nearly all of my life. It gives me great satisfaction to witness a new national reality.

God Bless America!

Hudster

I Dont Flip-Flop, but…

Right after the debates on economic issues began, I could see a problem with our choices for chief executive of the United States. On both sides, thanks in part to the media, the dubious platforms that we see presented of late cause me to wish we had more choices.

To be sure, John McCain is out. His aging image borders on being repugnant. On the other hand, my earlier pick for President is demonstrating that he thinks he can talk his way through critical confrontations. He has the basic posture and a very cool head, which should get him past his opponent. However, Mr. Obama has stretched his charisma to the point where he has lost credibility on several fronts. In fact, when you think about it, he is leading marginally against a very weak opponent.

At present, I doubt that we can count on either candidate to rein in the executive intelligence to face the economic problems that lie ahead. Neither of the combatants have indicated that they are even aware of the important connection between the economy and other major issues, such as leadership and ethics.

Our immediate future is likely to be an experience of very slow recovery during the next few months, and it won’t really matter which candidate is voted into office. We Americans need to see the importance of knowing where our vulnerability lies and try our best to prepare for some difficult times.

BH

Senator Obama, please don’t say ‘because’

I have become addicted to the Democratic side of the Presidential 2008 campaigns. To say that I am impressed with Senator Barack Obama’s rise in popularity would be an understatement. The reason I won’t spend time searching for a more appropriate word is THAT I have a more pressing mission here.

In view of Mr. Obama’s poise and oratory skills I feel it is my faithful duty to point out the reason he should avoid the common abuse committed by too many average Americans. While it seems almost natural to use the  words, ‘reason’ and ‘because’, in the same sentence, the misusage can deteriorate the most powerful message, especially when heard by an erudite audience.

In short, I wish the senator would listen to good advice with regard to this minor grammatical flaw. You are a speaker, Mr. Obama, endowed with exemplary charisma, and since you are so well spoken and enjoy the power of words, please, PLEASE try to stick with the proper placement of the two words, ‘reason’ and ‘because’. It is redundant to use them both in a single phrase.

I’m with you Senator and will stand with you in November!

God’s speed! 

Bill Hudley 

Retirement Bully

Retirement bull, in some instances.

Are we seeing more reports about American workers who cannot afford to retire, or is it my imagination?

Just the other day, I read a news report indicating that nearly 40 percent of baby boomers will have to work for the rest of their lives. My first reaction to that information was: “so, what else is new?” When I decided to backtrack in my thinking, I immediately began to question such a broad prediction.

One of the reasons I think the media gets it wrong is that sifting through and analyzing data is not a requisite to publishing a sensational story. In other words, I don’t take mass media seriously when I want to know what’s really happening in financial markets. That is not where you will find guidance for future planning. No sir (ma’am).

Just from studying the statement above for a minute, one starts to wonder, why?

My best guess (a damned good wond, too) is that there is an abundance of surveys taken from suspects who are presented with the universal method for measuring current income, savings, investments and real assets in what might be loosely called ‘realistic’ or ‘standard’ investment models. This is where the projections fail to be functional.

When I first became an investment broker, I took the position that mutual funds are to financial planning as aspirin is to body building. Sure, you can try each one for a minor benefit, but you had better have a deeper, well-designed customized program if you want to reach your objective(s) on time. I was right in 1988 about the dangerous ‘vanilla effect’ of financial planning, and I am assured of being more correct today.

In up and down markets I have seen dozens of individuals with three, five and ten year horizons, meet their marks on or close to schedule. The key, in general, was counseling that helped them make important financial decisions at critical intervals throughout their investment terms. Mutual funds were not at the center of these success stories. As time permits, I will continue this series on the dilemma and the solution for most workers who would like to retire in ten to twenty years. Hint: don’t be bullied!

It’s time some of us broke away from public inertia. I will return with some really good news. Stay tuned.

Hudster

Stock Power In Book Stores Soon!

We have had our share of delays in the past six months; but, Stock Power (The Novel) is on its way to the presses!

The story within a story is that this new epic novel has finally reached the point of no return – a date with Trafford Publishing of British Columbia, Canada. Thanks to several individuals who have shown their faith, moral and financial support, my dream will come true at the book stores in about six weeks from now. It won’t be a minute too soon.

We are hoping for a decent return on our labors within the next six months. During the next six weeks, there will be plenty of publicity about the story, its author and locations where the book-signings are likely to take place.

To all of my supporters, many thanks for your interest and patience with this long awaited book. I am hopeful that your patience will be compensated by an enjoyable adventure with Bill Haydon.

One Million In Five Years!

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Thank you!

Irrational Dementia

I did not know you could actually sit down and write a total piece of crap and get it displayed on a default home page of your browser – until just now.  Holy mackerel!  I am marking this date for future reference. 

I have spent most of my 25 years as a financial professional offering investors sound advice on saving for retirement. It’s worked so well for my clients (and, yes, for me too). More than 60% of the investors I have worked with are retired and happy that they met me. 

I turned my computer on only to be knocked out of my chair with a headline that reads: “You’re Saving Too Much For Retirement!” The author’s and the media midget’s names are deliberately omitted here because I don’t want to contribute to their link popularity. 

The biggest fallacy to this most unfortunate waste of bandwidth is the writer’s lack of logic. (Oh, he couldn’t wait to brandish a $16 word in his first paragraph which I suspect is misused.)  If his argument is taken literally, we are to believe that, just because Fidelity or Vanguard publishes a calculation of a future value necessary for retirement, it means we are saving too_much_money!  What does a fund manager’s digital hypothetical numbers have to do with actual, up-to-date statistics on what people are saving these days?  Not a damned thing. 

By the way, this hired agitator (actually, his punctuation wasn’t so bad) either doesn’t know or did not want his readers to know that Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch compete for large assets held by millionaires, which leaves 90% if the American populace out of the loop.  I wondered if the writer is aware of other brokers on the industry roster – the ones that represent more than half the retail market that provide a necessary service.   

Immediately, I scrolled down to see if this voided mentality had included any hard-core stats from the U.S. Labor Department to back up his statements. There were none in sight. He chose instead to do some name dropping of people I never heard of – one from the seedy halls of academia in Bean Town and another inconsequential source working for a living somewhere in Texas. Very impressive!

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I suspect that someone in this camp has an axe to grind. Certainly, if he had any kind of fiduciary responsibility in the financial sector, the S.E.C. (Securities Exchange Commision) would have his head, regardless of its miniscule dimensions for the advice offered here.  They are grossly impertinent and misleading. 

Fortunately for me and my crowd, I have been collecting the economic data that points to a real dilemma for the average American worker.  Naturally, the stats support the fact that, in spite of all the warnings issued by brokers and managers, too few people save enough for their retirement. 

Average income in America weighed in at roughly $56,000 before taxes in 2005. According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), average expenses in the same year rang up a receipt for $46, 409 in the same year, per the 117,000 BLS reports.   

So-o-o-o-o!  How much can the U.S. worker really save toward his or her extra slice of cheese on a toasted roll in year 2010, P.F.?  Too much? Get outta here. 

Hawk 

P.S.: Arroyo Grande.  How can can anyone live or work in this quaint little coastal California town and get so twisted?  I am more anxious to visit now than ever.