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by Jeff C. Johnson


It Takes a Team

Michael Jordan, the Manning brothers, Roy Keane, and a long list of other icons revered for their standout accomplishments in sports, business, and even government have also had strong teams behind them. If we are to believe the stories, these leaders nudged everyone in their organization to their maximum best in pursuit of the best...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


When Your Wants Exceed Your Resources: Plan B

Most people who invest, I’ve learned over the years, develop some vision of what life will look like for them in the future. It’s not always focused and clear, but there is some idea of what the future could hold for them. Some wish for an early retirement or international travel or second homes. Others...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


When You've Got It Made in the Shade

 In a 2005 edition of the New Yorker, Kurt Vonnegut, the author, shared a story in poem form about a conversation he had with another famous author, Joseph Heller. Here’s my paraphrase: Heller and Vonnegut were at a party given by a billionaire. Vonnegut said, “Joe, how does it make you feel to know that...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


Speculations, Side Deals, and Seeking Excess Returns

My brother and one of our closest lifelong friends have been my office partners for many years; we’ve been working together since the mid-1980s. Boy, could I write a book about our time together … and I have! We’ve seen some changes through the decades. We refined and refocused our strategies for clients all with...

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by Jeff C. Johnson


Getting Financially Confident

Behind most of the questions that people ask me is the desire to become confident in their financial situation. I’ve found most people are driven by six basic needs, and the strongest is for “certainty” in some areas of their life. Many, if not most, people desire some degree of certainty—or what I call Financial...

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