The “Economics of Beer”

Readers frequently ask “How do you get so much done?” and, since this is a site about economics, it’s time to confess.  But first, a short background story. Being the son of a firefighter, there are all kinds of skills that were passed on.  Including...

Website Upgrade in Process

Don’t run off…you can still read most everything (but we have no idea where, exactly!). UrbanSurvival.com is undergoing an update this weekend and if you see anything out of place/wrong/missing, we know it ain’t right (and this will take a...

Melt-Up? Or, Melt-Down?

The answer is just ahead, possibly within weeks.  This morning we go through the chart cases, wave counts, and some data…none of which is totally convincing. And when in doubt?  Sit on your Wallet! More for Subscribers       ||| SUBSCRIBE NOW!       |||  ...

Memorial for Manic ‘Merica

If you sneak out of work early today, you won’t be the only one.  Millions will head out for what’s functionally the real start of summer, regardless of what the “official” calendars might claim about June 21st. The price of gas is over...

Coping: How to Fill the Holiday

First, do the household stuff.  Then do the necessary work (Peoplenomics for tomorrow, for instance).  Then revise the UrbanSurvival website, and THEN do some fun stuff on eBay and in the shop… The first few items are not too exciting:  As soon as the column is...

Pre-Holiday Markets

Hard to make an educated guess at markets over the next few days.  You see, there’s a calendar versus the cycles versus the news battle to be considered. The calendar view suggests that often (but far from always) the markets will get a pop to the upside because...

Coping: Solving the Right Problem, Paradigm Shopping

We’ve had some fun on the Peoplenomics side of the house, kicking around the pluses – and minuses – of Going Rural. Some subscribers (like Mark) make some legit arguments against it on points like airports.  Besides, Big Cities is where the money is....

The Coming Resurgence of Rural America

This morning, a look at why there is a case to be made for many companies to “go rural” and get out of Big Cities. This is not just about socialist-leaning cities like Seattle – where they want to go after Jeff Bezos for slowing down Amazon expansion...

NoDoz Day for Markets

Pencil in the Dow closing up 50 as a likely target and take the rest of the day off. There’s damn little to drive things higher, or lower, from here so it’s hardly worth watching. As you know, I have an odd way of looking at markets.  I look at an...

Coping: The Robin Landry Film Festival

One of the highlights of our trip up to Tulsa (other than the Tom Jones concert in Monday’s column) was to learn my friend Robin Landry – besides being an investment ace, also had a serious film career in college. If you click over to YouTube here, you can...