What’s Your Story?

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by David Atwood No Comments

Link: David Atwood Blog – Speakeasy – What’s Your Story? Many of the day to day events we experience are random, unexpected, and otherwise unplanned. We are often inclined to thread these singular events and their unintended consequences into the fabric of a story, one that helps to explain the connection of these random events […]

Filtering for Truth

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by David Atwood No Comments

Link: David Atwood Blog – Speakeasy – Filtering for Truth In my role as a financial advisor I am often called upon by my clients to serve as a primary filter for financial information. As one may expect, during times of financial uncertainty, there is a lot of sludge dredged up from the bottom of […]

Asinine Theory Exposed by Octogenarian

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 by David Atwood No Comments

Link: David Atwood Blog – Speakeasy – Asinine Theory Exposed by Octogenarian The emotional scars left by the twin beat downs of 2002-03 and 2008-09 are still healing, even though portfolios have rebounded “nicely” off of the bottom both times, and every time in history before that. For those who may be suffering, the lingering […]

E-News Archives at Talismanspeakeasy.com

Posted on: January 10th, 2012 by David Atwood No Comments

We work hard to keep all our clients informed about important financial topics. To this end, we co-publish a monthly e-Newsletter full of articles and links to help our clients make smart choices about their money.

US Debt Downgrade

Posted on: August 9th, 2011 by David Atwood No Comments

We’ve been experiencing another round of market jitters in the past while, this time on the heels of a downgrade to US treasury notes. At times like this many people find it difficult to ignore the noise and distraction. As with similarly unpleasant disturbances in the past, there are remedies we’ve been using that make […]

The Chirp of the Gold Bug

Posted on: July 13th, 2011 by David Atwood No Comments

The current environment of uncertainty gives rise to speculation, where actions are taken without regard for all of the facts. While many will continue to regard the future with pessimism, there are those that will behave in the same calculated manner as they have always done.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – AGM 2011

Posted on: May 11th, 2011 by David Atwood No Comments

The Annual General Meeting of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is about the biggest thing to hit the city of Omaha, Nebraska every year. Airlines schedule extra flights, hotel rooms fill up, car rentals are scarce, and reservations are needed for dinner. The normally placid city is over run with tourists of capitalism. This is my account […]

Money Can’t Buy Me Love!

Posted on: December 14th, 2010 by David Atwood No Comments

There are some really good messages in this short animation. Good health, fame and fortune, and everything in the world aren’t necessarily going to bring you the love of the people you care about. How much is enough? What do you really want? What can an advisor do to help? This “new” tool in the […]

Climbing the Wall of Worry

Posted on: August 10th, 2010 by David Atwood No Comments

This article was written for clients during the recovery of the great recession in the summer of 2010. Looking into the immediate past to predict the future is rarely a good idea. The article also includes a reference to the disconnect that can exist between economic growth and stock market performance that many people overlook. […]

Executive Compensation

Posted on: June 23rd, 2010 by David Atwood No Comments

Taking money that belongs to others isn’t right; it’s normally considered criminal behavior. When the corporate treasury is being pilfered by executives driven by envy and an over sized ego, we have to have the means to reign them in. Ranting about the actions of others is a great way to create division. I’d rather […]