Hi Everyone,

Thanksgiving is upon us and I offer you my humble thanks for all of your support, referrals, and continued business. Sophia and I are heading south for a few days of rest. I hope your holiday will be great too.


Thanking Inventors

The November 28, 2011 issue of Time magazine takes a look at this year’s most intriguing inventions. I am amazed every year when this list comes out and really think we need to spend more time appreciating how much talent is really out there.

Here are few of my favorites:

1) The Malaria Vaccine – Malaria kills over 750,000 each year and Joe Cohen from Glaxo SmithKline has developed a vaccine candidate that may be ready for market by 2015.

2) The Artificial Leaf – This is a thin solar cell that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen with the gas stored to power a fuel cell. Daniel Nocera from MIT deserves thanks for helping us find another way to harness solar energy.

3) The Possessed Hand – Electricity is sent to joints and muscles via an armband to produce very precise movements that can enable you to type or play instruments through involuntary movements.

I am thankful that we have opportunities to invest in companies that are innovative. I am thankful that we have the freedom to choose the investments that intrigue and interest us.

~Until next week


Quote of the Week

” The mind is everything. What you think you become.”


Education Corner

Convertible Bonds

A bond with the added feature that the bondholder has the option to turn the bond back to the firm in exchange for a specified number of common shares of the firm.

~CFA Institute

Please be aware that the market value of convertible securities tends to decline as interest rates increase and may be affected by changes in the price of the underlying security. Additionally, bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity.