Quite a few takeaways from all the responses:
• The people have spoken: Full RSS Feeds stay!
• Open threads/linkfests are worth doing more regularly, just so as to give all of the off topic ideas a safe home of their own;
• I don’t know if there is a way to make the market posture clearer, and not run afoul of the lawyers, our clients, and everything else. (Any suggestions? I am all ears);
•Alas, comments have to be log in based — it has freed up an enormous amount of time I would rather use researching and writing. Pick a simple password, turn cookies on, and use Firefox, which always remembers passwords for log ins;
• I am adding category and calendar archives to the sidebar. I will ask about adding a date to each sidebar update;
• The outpouring of comments and affection is very touching; My gratitude goes to everyone who commented or emailed kind words of support. Thanks!
Now, on a personal note: Its very difficult to understand how people see you, and some of the comments surprised me — I think some are based on bad assumptions or inaccurate assessments.
For the record:
Money: I make a decent living, but I am by no stretch of the imagination rich. I have clients who are billionaires, a friend whose firm went IPO (his stock sale netted $950m), a few colleagues worth $100m, and a few buds, grad school friends, etc. in the 8 figure crowd.
They get excellent advice and I get nice outstanding Xmas presents from them.
I live in an upper middle class neighborhood, drive nice — not crazy — cars, and have a few toys. I do well by U.S. standards, but nothing great vis a vis Wall Street contemporaries. If I were more motivated by money, I’d trade more and blog less.
Being A Contrarian: Sometimes what I write is Contrarian and way out of the mainstream; Eventually, the mainstream catches up to the outlier perspective. But the content cannot ALWAYS be away from the crowd (That’s “Naive Contrarianism”), because most of the time — about 75-80% of the time — the crowd is right, and they are what drives the market. Its the 10% or so on either end that is so problematic.
Arrogance: I consider myself a down to earth person (I just spent half an hour cleaning up dog poop in the backyard). I am not coy, I know what I am accomplished in, and where I need work. I have some skills, and I don’t play aw-shucks about. On the other hand, I know many people smarter, more learned, and more accomplished than me. Mr. Market makes you humble — he treats arrogance brutally
Besides, my wife would kick my head in if I ever became that kind of a jackass.
No BS: I call ‘em as I see ‘em. I don’t try to be controversial, I don’t flame bait, click whore, or use SEO tricks. The site is primarily my views, what I think is interesting, plus those people whose work I respect that aren’t usually seen by the public. Everything here is either written for here, or reprinted with permission,. I don’t take othber people’s content.
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.