Author Archives: Reiko

Looking ahead to America’s 250th birthday

As of this writing, Fourth of July is almost upon us.  To think that in nine years, the United States of America will be celebrating her 250th birthday! In 1976, just four years after I arrived in the U.S.A., my … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – “Lucifer’s Banker” by Bradley C. Birkenfeld

“Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy,” published in November 2016, reads like a suspense novel.  Once I began reading it, I could not put it down.  English being my second language, for me to … Continue reading

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“Silence” – Swamp-analogy questions are finally put to rest

  In March 2017, I wrote a review of the movie, “Silence.”  Those who know me well know that I stop at nothing when a question needs to be answered, especially when I feel the need to prove a point.  … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – “While America Aged” by Roger Lowenstein

The subject book was published, before the stock-market crash, in 2008.  Its subtitle is descriptive of the content: “How pension debts ruined General Motors, stopped the NYC subways, bankrupted San Diego, and loom as the next financial crisis.” At the … Continue reading

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The Second Amendment – Why my view has changed 180 degrees

In January of this year, I wrote about my concerns regarding what was happening to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America; most notably, erosion of freedom of speech and the level of intolerance among … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – Zombie deals

In the world of real-estate investing, we often say, “Money is in the follow up.”  How true! Recently, after many twists and turns, we finally closed on a deal that came to us from our direct-mail campaign in October 2016.  … Continue reading

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“Silence” – Putting “Japan’s swamp” into perspective

Amid all the buzz since December 2016, David and I were finally able to make the time to watch the movie, “Silence,” directed by Martin Scorsese.   The original book was published in 1966. The Author Shūsaku Endō is one of … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – “I think I can, I think I can.”

What does the title of this post have to do with investing?  Well, a lot, at least for me.  I’ll get to that in a moment. I became a mother within a few months after arriving in the United States. … Continue reading

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Happy 45th, my love!

Almost a month ago, on January 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, was sworn into the Office. Today, February 17, 2017, is our 45th wedding anniversary.  For some reason, the two sets … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – “Do you work for your money?  Or does your money work for you?”

In his weekly Rich Dad Radio Shows, Robert Kiyosaki often asks the above two questions. Most of the time, I am absolutely convinced that I’m on the right path to focusing on the right things.  Ever since I began the quest to … Continue reading

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