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The Role of the Level of Confidence in the Stock Market and in our Society

Confidence is the glue that holds our society together - without it social and economic order cannot be maintained. The American people's confidence in our economic, financial, judicial and political systems represents an unseen social contract that binds our society together. This consensus is based upon the belief that those systems are just. A break of confidence in our political institutions by part or all of the population may hinder the ability of the government to maintain social order. 

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Why Many Financial Advisors Fail: What to Ask Your Prospective Investment Advisor

Is your prospective financial advisor an ethical practitioner worthy of entrusting your financial future? Is he or she an independent thinker whose investment research can transcend the investing herd's many mistakes? In this update to a 2009 article, Stock Investing 101's John Reizner offers some important questions to ask a prospective financial consultant - and he questions whether benefit may be accrued by not hiring one in the first place.

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Nation-Building and Stock Market Bubbles in China

Can the leaders of the People's Republic of China continue to successfully hold their grip on the pulse of the world's second largest economy? John reveals how with help from America, China transformed itself into a world power. He discusses the economic policy balancing act that its rulers must continue in order to perpetuate their hegemony. Also, the question is considered whether the 30% decline in the Shanghai stock market may be a buying opportunity or the last chance to sell Chinese stocks.

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What Working at McDonald’s Can Do for You and the U.S. Economy

What can working as a McDonald's fast food server do for you? Should McDonald's workers be entitled to a $15 per hour wage as some of its employees are demanding? Does the economics of the hamburger business support that wage? John argues that making Big Macs is not a career job or an end in itself, but a stepping stone to further personal advancement.

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Prophecies from the Tongue of the Snake

Speculating in this apocalyptic poem, John Reizner offers food for thought on the prospective turn of events in America and the Middle East.  John rhymes as President Obama negotiates with Iran for a nuclear deal and the U.S. economy still struggles to regain its footing in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

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The Odds of a U.S. Stock Market Panic – Or of an Economic Renewal

Directional moves in the Chinese stock market may act as the "canary in the coal mine,"  for our stock market. Its direction may precede changes in trend in our market. John Reizner addresses in this post whether or not financial market conditions are simliar in form today to those right before the crash. He cites part of his prescient 2007 article written before the financial crisis where he noted an unsupported speculation in the stock market.

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Lost your Stock Market Investing Mojo? Read this!

Are you a long term investor or a trader? Or do you just want to begin understanding the stock market? Author John Reizner compares the value of long term investing as a means of creating wealth over time versus trading stocks for a living in order to produce wealth on a repetitive basis. John also discusses the personality traits of each investor profile.

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What has Become of America? Musings of an Equities Investor

Author and stock market investor John Reizner discusses his investing experiences in the aftermath of the financial crisis. He talks about the difficulties that many families face in rebuilding their financial lives after the meltdown - and continue to experience in an economic recovery that is chiefly rewarding only those with substantial assets in the U.S. stock market. A hollowed middle class and many millions just barely making it financially are left behind.

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