Author Archive for DJ Durant

Mr. Durant is a member of a Financial Services firm in Clive, Iowa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and an MBA from Ashland University in Ashland, OH.

The Shakedown

I don’t know what else to call it.  Last week’s “settlement” with the five biggest banks in the country, where the Obama Administration squeezed $25 billion to settle “claims” of “inappropriate” lending practices that resulted in 2008’s Financial Crisis, was nothing more than a shakedown.  The settlement suggests that there were no other parties involved in the creation of our most recent recession (assuming we are in economic recovery).  It did not go after the other responsible parties, namely, the people who took out mortgages they couldn’t afford, the people who packaged these loans into securities and sold them for huge fees, the people who bought the securities and ended up holding the bag, and the government that forced the banks to make substandard loans …


Warren Buffett’s Taxes

For some strange reason, probably because this is an election year, I decided to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.  I usually avoid watching because I don’t need to elevate my blood pressure beyond what’s safe, given my advancing age.  But I also don’t watch because I find the President boring.  His version of the State of America is not the same as mine.  And since he uses rhetoric instead of facts to support his arguments, and delivers them in a manner that is both condescending and arrogant, I generally choose to avoid his incendiary speeches.

But this is an election year, and much is being made about how the uber-wealthy are being taxed, whether it’s Warren Buffett, or Mr. Buffett’s secretary, …


Connecting the Dots

Yesterday the Labor Department released the employment statistics for October.  I prefer to refer to is as “employment” rather than “unemployment”.  While it may seem to be nothing more than semantics, it is more positive.

The good news is that the economy created jobs–104,000.  The bad news is that the economy needs to create 120,000 new jobs a month to break even.  But there are now 104,000 new taxpayers, and for that fact alone the rest of us are thankful.  Buried in the article in the Wall Street Journal was this sobering statistic:  there are 13.9 million people looking for work.

President Obama had this to say:  “I’m worried about putting people back to work right now, because those folks are hurting and the U.S. …


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