This is my first entry. I am now a blogger.
I have a wife and a daughter and a son. I also have a day job. A page with more information about me is here. Please don't tell my wife this is what I'm doing when I'm on the computer as she probably has other chores for me to do.
I will spend most of my time writing about:
I am a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I'm a nice guy and want to address society's problems and I want disadvantaged people to become better advantaged. By instincts and experience I believe that government seldom delivers the benefits the "bleeding heart liberals" and "big government conservatives" always seem to hope for. In many cases government only makes things worse. As with technology and prose, less is often more. I'm not one of those doctrinaire Big-L Libertarians who want to eliminate government. My aim is to improve government by making it smaller. The most important part of this process is to persuade our fellow citizens to demand less of our government.
I'm also interested in foreign affairs, particularly about the situation in the Middle East. Not only because I have personal and family ties to Israel, but because the events throughout that part of the world affect our lives here in the United States. A collection of my own writings and interesting links about the Middle East is here I'm less of a libertarian when it comes to foreign policy. Unfortunately, the world is a dangerous place.
I am not an investment guru. There are no investment gurus. If anybody approaches you claiming that they are an investment guru, hold on to your wallet, invent an excuse to terminate the conversation ("oops, it's 2 o'clock. I have to go pick up my poodle from the carwash") and RUN AWAY.
I spent nearly 3 years of my life doing research to figure out "the ultimate way" to invest my own money. My one-sentence conclusion, which could have saved me not only 3 years of reading finance books, but also tens of thousands of dollars is: "Buy and hold a diversified portfolio, minimize your costs and taxes." As a result of this research I developed software for managing diversified, tax-efficient portfolios. My software is now used by some top-notch investment advisors to manage real portfolios. Some of my work is available on the web at personalfund.com
Every once in a while I will yield to temptation and brag about my children.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at June 01, 2002 11:00 PM