Saturday, January 07, 2006

Looking Back, Looking Forward....

For those wondering who else is at the party, this blog has received over 600,000 individual visits since I started it last year. An average of more than 2,000 people visit each weekday, with some daily spikes into the tens of thousands. Most interesting to me is the geographical diversity; readers consistently visit from the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, Italy, India, Russia, Australia, Greece, Kuwait and many other countries (hello, Ulaanbaatar!) and every state in the U.S.

I've tried to address a few consistent themes here as well as write about whatever interests me on any given day. I have very little free time and realize most of you are similarly time-challenged, so when I do post I try to add as much value as possible.

I get many emails asking for specific financial advice, which unfortunately I can't offer. But I appreciate all the feedback and posted comments, and please feel free to offer any suggestions for improvements you'd like to see.

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Blogger Ahistoricality said...

I came late to this party, but I've gotten a lot out of what you've been doing recently. I'd say "keep it up, at whatever pace is sustainable and reasonable for you."

1/07/2006 4:32 AM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

Congrats TCR.

I enjoy all of your posts, but particularly your posts regarding financial markets and economics, and it's nexus with politics. While I'm not looking for specific investment advice (well, I am, but I'm not dumb enough to admit I'd get it from a blog), I would really enjoy seeing more commentary from you on what is happening in our economic system, if you are so inclined -- perhaps because it is all such a mystery to me.

For example, what do you make of the full-court press yesterday by our administration's foray into the markets? Snow babbling on TV, Bush at the Chicago Board of Trade, Cheney at the Harley plant -- what gives? Why now? I can only assume that something really really f'ed up is happening or is about to happen, and they're trying desperately to spin our attention away from it.

But that's just me.

1/07/2006 8:14 AM  
Blogger wendyo said...

This my favorite blog for concise, balanced and interesting articles, but I would also have to say this is the only blog I have run across (especially with the level of readership indicated in your post today) that has consistently great comments as well.

1/07/2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger BullandBearWise said...

semper fubar, we are dangerously close to an inverted yield curve and the jawboning is meant to create demand for long-term credit so the long end of the curve starts rising. What they are up against, however, is an immense credit bubble with a saturated consumer and corporations flush with cash. Credit-induced economic stimulation may have reached its endgame as it now takes over $3 of borrowing to create $1 of output in this country.

1/07/2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

A belated Happy New Year, C.R.!

Thanks for your time and efforts. Being consistently informative and interesting is not all that easy.
An especial thanks for letting me ramble on in the comments last year.

My laptop was severely hacked a few weeks ago so I never did get around to telling you about a Mississippi company named Travnor, formerly owned by Travis Lott and now owned by members of the Coushatta Indian tribe from Louisiana. Travis Lott was a director of the Gulf Airport Authority and is now a director of the Gulf foreign trade zone. What I don't know is whether Travis is related to Trent.

semper fubar, I didn't see Cheney's or Snow's speeches but I did listen to Bush's dreadful speech in Chicago twice yesterday on C-Span. The speech was packed with so much misinformation that even the pro-Bush audience seemed to be reluctant to clap on cue.

According to the president, more than 50% of Americans are invested in the stock market either directly or through their 401(k) plans. I'm not exactly clear as to how tax cuts on dividends and capital gains benefit anyone with a 401(k). I guess if you are trying to make the tax cuts on dividends and capital gains not look like a gift to the wealthy, you throw in any old statistic.

1/07/2006 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really a year since your site was a link on talkingpointsmemo? You've done exceptionally well; I've enjoyed the ride and the quality of the comments.
Congratulations, TCR.

1/07/2006 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you open to being told of other bits of the financial world with similar views?

1/07/2006 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll reiterate semper fubars request for economic commentary. It's not that there isn't any out there, but I find your reasoning to be exceptionally good on a range of topics.

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Let me chime in with my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your political insight and financial/economic explanations. You are the type of Republican that gives me hope.

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I just finished watcing the News Hour this evening, and I have something I would be interested in hearing your take on...

I enjoy your posts about finances, even though it is certainly not my balliwick. As a finance naif, I am getting a sense that there is a (to coin a phrase) "credit-cardization" of pensions, medicare and social security afoot.

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401Ks are being touted instead of pensions, people are expected to have encyclopedic knowledge about health care to pick a plan, I can only imagine what they would do reagarding social security.

I feel a lot of this is being done so that the wealthy get even more wealthy, the goverment can spend more on the military and some clerk can look with incredulity upon a person who has been hosed and say, "You mean you didn't know that?"

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I just want to have things like medicare and SS in place when I am finally eligible. There is only so much crap one can track in one's brain, and mine isn't wired for that kind of stuff.

For the record, I am 44 and have been self-employed for most of my life, so I'm not expecting a pension. But when I see the people who have slaved for some company their entire adult lives being screwed, it really makes me mad.

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