My best of 2016! It morphed over time...
Whatever it takes to break down financial matters and markets into clear, common sense terms, I will use every tool available to me; text or video, references to and from pop culture or conventional wisdom, social media or old media, it all takes place right here at the ClientFirst Strategy. Inc. email blast zone. I love what I do for a living and it never gets old. And I don't do anything because it's the "tradition" of my industry. I'll openly and honestly sound off on investing mistakes, my own included, and anything helpful or rotten in my industry. It's my passion. I come to you with an open hand, an open ear, and an open heart. It's corny, I know. But I am who I am. People depend on me. It's not a burden, it is the best gift that can be bestowed upon a professional.
These emails and articles started out as notes in a spiral pad in 1990. They morphed into talking points, faxes, emails, and social media posts. Introspect, retrospect, circumspect, it makes no difference; I pour my heart into my writings. You'd think that writing would take time out of my day, but the reality of it is that it supercharges my productivity. A clear mind and conscience are amazing things that I get from writing. It makes be better at my career and in life. When my children are adults, I want them to be proud of my writings. THAT'S how important it is to me.
I am on LinkedIn every day, but I haven't reviewed my profile in a long while. Nothing to change - it still says exactly what I want to say:
"A deep understanding about the real reasons behind the ups and downs in financial markets gives my clients an edge. I explain in my colloquial writing style about what separates outside noise from the key issues readers and clients need to understand to look past tough market conditions.
Be it credit default swaps, mark to market accounting rules, MACRO and MICRO issues...the list goes on...my knowledge about how economics, markets, and politics interact is what separates me from other writers.
Having worked with clients through over 20 years of economic and market cycles and all of their unique challenges, I have amassed real world experience that I put to work every day to the benefit of my clientele and readers. As a business owner, I am totally unbeholden to a large financial services giant that knows little about its clients. My clients value my unbiased advice."
Any hoo, it's been another fascinating trip around the sun. I'm grateful to all of you for coming along for the ride. I can only hope I helped you get through it. Here are my top 4 most widely read articles this year. If you're new here, I hope you find them interesting. If you've been here for a while, maybe they're worth a re-read.
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