Throughout human history, the economy and the environment have been inexorably linked.

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Photo: Brazdil and Kotyza, 1995

Hunger Stones In Central Europe, people beginning in the 1100's have marked droughts by carving warnings and dates on rocks in the Rhine, Elba, and other major rivers.  These rocks are known as “hunger stones”.  Like ghosts from the past, these stones and their warnings are being revealed as a

record European drought combined with record heat reduces water levels to all-time recorded lows.[1] Some of the hunger stones’ messages include: “If you see me, weep”; “If you will again see this stone, so you will weep, so shallow the water was in the year 1417”; “Who once saw me,…

Now is the time for quality investments, especially in fixed income.

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There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. (MOVE US Treasury volatility index is set to rise from decade lows.)

Many investors are unaware that 49 percent of all outstanding investment grade corporate bonds are BBB rated (one notch above junk status), up from 34 percent 10 years ago.  This is a 44 percent increase in a decade, something unprecedented. Chart 1: BBB Bonds as Percent of

Investment Grade Index[1] In fact, the entire corporate bond market (not just investment grade) has become something of a toxic wasteland of junk bonds, leveraged loans (for those firms not strong enough to issue any more junk bonds), and BBB (on-the-cusp-of-junk) rated bonds. Chart 2:  The Corporate Bond Market[2] This shifting of corporate…

A charitable transfer of stock is a way sell into the rally without adverse tax consequences, as well as generating a tax deduction.

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The market has provided an opening for tax-smart transfers.

Just a quick note for ultra-high net worth investors doing year-end tax planning. The market is up 4.7 percent from its recent low on November 23rd.  In pre-market trading, the S&P 500 looks likely to open up another 1.5 percent today.  If you have unfulfilled charitable commitments for 2018, today would

be a good day to fund them. As I've written about in my Tax Alpha blog post, a smart way to rebalance portfolios is to make charitable donations of appreciated assets.  This has the effect of reducing your exposure to the asset that has outperformed while avoiding the tax consequences of…

Things are starting to break in the markets. Watch this video to see what's next.

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Hello darkness, my old friend. Chart of Nvidia.

In this video, Bantam CEO Jack Duval takes you through the major markets from a risk managers perspective. Nothing in this video

should be considered investment advice.  You should speak with your advisor.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eph5Rf7nQ    

Oil has no answer for renewable energy, just as whale oil had no answer for kerosene.

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Apocalypse Numerous. Photo Credit: ABC News.

This blog post continues my series on environmental risks and how to make portfolios environmentally resilient.  You can find my previous posts here. The Environment as the Ultimate Rhizomatic Risk® Most investors, no matter how sophisticated, have portfolios that are shot through with environmental risk.  What's worse, environmental risks frequently

make what were thought to be uncorrelated assets, correlated. I call this phenomenon Rhizomatic Risk® because the assets are connected in an unseen way, the same way the root system of a rhizome is connected underground.  You can read more about Rhizomatic Risk® here. The California Fires Besides the devastation…