Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fixed income (near) zero….It’s easy to beat the bank.

What do you think of those CD rates? On a five year maybe you can get 1.75%. You won’t be living high on that fixed income. Here’s how you can do way better. Buy an electric car or a plug-in … Continue reading

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Managing wealth….all of it

Hedge funds, private equity, the one percent, Warren Buffet, the oil boom in North Dakota….are all in the news partly because we’re intrigued by wealth. Most of us would like to have more of it. In the news too are … Continue reading

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Efficiency….engineer speak

“Ah! You’re a mechanical engineer,” She said. This was social first conversation, and the subject of energy had somehow come up. She, being a civil engineer, quickly recognized the dialect of a cousin tribe. She was correct, sort of. I … Continue reading

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Cheap Money….for PV

Generating your own electricity can save you money. PV panels produce a return on investment. The amount of return in dollars can be calculated pretty accurately. The investment decision challenge is to make sure the return stream is enough to … Continue reading

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Cheap Money….to buy a Volt

What’s the payoff for investing in a Volt? Let’s run the numbers. First, some assumptions: For most people, a typical day involves 33 miles of driving, 12,000 miles of routine trips each year. An occasional longer jaunt might bring the … Continue reading

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Cheap Money

Yield on U.S. Government debt is at record low levels, this despite the ongoing noisy debate about excessive borrowing and the threat of future inflation. A percent and half annually for 10 years? What’s with that? Obviously there are big … Continue reading

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Volatility….What Price Electricity?

The energy business has always been wild and dangerous and often dirty. Think “wildcatter” and “roughneck”. It can be risky for investors, not a place for widows and orphans. As for dirt and danger, most of us have no desire … Continue reading

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