Author Archives: Reiko

“The Imam’s Daughter” by Hannah Shah

Some of you know this about me already; if you do, please bear with me.  Growing up, I lived with violence within my home in Japan until I got married and left home at the age of 22.  Shortly thereafter, … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – Investment lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Late August 2017, David and I were in San Antonio, Texas, when Hurricane Harvey was starting to wreak havoc.  All scheduled events, away from the hotel, were cancelled.  Thankfully, we headed back up north, staying at the edge of the … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – Section 8, another dimension to the story

On May 9, 2017, PBS Frontline aired an investigative case study called, “Poverty, Politics & Profit: The Housing Crisis.”  The focus of the case study was to expose tax frauds being committed by large-scale developers, attaining political favors, while hugely … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei

On August 12, 2017, David and I visited the “Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State” exhibition with our daughter-in-law Kathy’s parents, Sandie and Paul Nelson.  As always, getting together with them was a fantastic break from our busy life. … Continue reading

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“Is America today marching to the same drum beat as Nazi Germany?” by Ms. Kitty Werthmann

In many of my prior posts, I have been expressing my deepest concerns about how things have been changing for the worse in the U.S.A., the country of my childhood dreams. Today, I’d like to share with you what I consider one … Continue reading

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Investing Outside of Wall Street – “Landlords” then, and now?

There is a perception among many, including judges, that landlords are extremely wealthy and that tenants are much less so.  I believe this was true for centuries since when the term, landlord, came to exist.  Doesn’t the word, landlord, conjure … Continue reading

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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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