Market overviews published quarterly

  • An Appetizing Year - January 2020

    “He didn’t want me to reject it out of hand, which I might have done, because it was a crazy idea. But when I tasted it, I was sold.”
    - Ray Kroc, on his introduction to the Egg McMuffin. (1)

    The Egg McMuffin was invented right here in Santa Barbara

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  • It's Just a Shot Away - October 2019

    She was 21 years old and pregnant, when backup singer Merry Clayton received a late-night phone call from her agent back in 1969, asking if Merry could come down to the recording studio.  The agent responds to Clayton’s protests by exclaiming, “Merry, this is for the Rolling Stones”. (1)

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Short articles about finance-related topics

  • Has the World Gone Mad?

    By Jeremy Runnels

    How does this sound? You give me $1 today, and I will give you 99 cents a year from now. Crazy, right? You may be surprised to learn that many people in a large part of the world are currently saying “yes” to that offer.

    People

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  • A Brief Overview of Federal Income Taxes

    By Jeremy Runnels

    "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." – Albert Einstein

    The U.S. tax system is riddled with complexities that baffle the greatest of minds (even Albert Einstein’s!). This brief overview is geared toward providing you with a cursory view of Uncle Sam’s

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