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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, co-editor of the monthly "Hightower Lowdown" and author of "Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time to Take It Back," Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be -- consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
 
Small businesses and entrepreneurs “in the 509” (zip code). From sharing favorite apps and online tools, to brainstorming sessions and interviewing locals, we hope you get some entertainment and knowledge. Located in Wenatchee WA | Would you like to share your story or a story to suggest? DM Amos@hightowerdigitalmedia Brandi@hightowerdigitalmedia
 
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The morning after December’s horrific nighttime tornado smashed a huge Amazon warehouse in Illinois, killing six workers, corporate CEO Jeff Bezos issued a personal video message.Was he distressed and sorrowful? No, Boss Bezos was perversely giddy. That’s because the narcissistic gabillionaire had not made the video to mourn the deaths, but instead…
 
Corporate America has proudly elevated good moral values to a special place. That place is the trash can.Indeed, free market gurus assert that the only ethical obligation a corporation has to society is to deliver as much profit as possible to its big investors – everybody else be damned. And they excuse any awfulness they cause by claiming that th…
 
Can antibiotic medicines, long hailed as miracle drugs, be too much of a good thing? Yes.Two factors are at work here. First, bacteria (one of the earliest forms of life on Earth) are miracles in their own right, with a stunning ability to outsmart the antibiotic drugs through rapid evolution. Second is the rather dull inclination of us supposedly-…
 
In 1972, I was part of a nationwide campaign that came close to getting the US Senate to reject Earl Butz, Richard Nixon’s choice for secretary of agriculture.A coalition of grassroots farmers, consumers, and public interest organizations teamed up with progressive senators to undertake the almost impossible challenge of defeating the cabinet nomin…
 
This holiday season got me to thinking about America's spirit of giving, and I don't mean this overdone business of Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday gifts. I mean our true spirit of giving – giving of ourselves.Yes, we are a country of rugged individualists, yet there's also a deep, community-minded streak in each of us. We're a people who bel…
 
Here's a twist on Christmas that would make Jesus weep.First, a right-wing faction in the US has been wringing its hands over a hokey cultural "crisis" cooked up by the faction itself, namely that liberals, atheists, humanists, and – God Forbid – Marxists are waging a "War on Christmas." The infidels are not accused of lobbing bombs in this war, bu…
 
In a world that’s clogged and choking with a massive overdose of plastic trash, you’ll be heartened to learn that governments and industries are teaming up to respond forcefully to this planetary crisis.Unfortunately, their response has been to engage in a global race to make more plastic stuff and to force poor countries to become dumping grounds …
 
What does your toothbrush, a fish dinner, and your running shoes have in common?Plastic. We now live on Planet Plastic, billions of tons of waste from everyday products made of these chemical contaminants are strewn literally everywhere – on the highest mountaintops, into the deepest seabeds, in dense tropical jungles and all across barren deserts.…
 
Advertising has been characterized as rattling a stick in a bucket – a noisy cry for public attention.One example of this crass hucksterism is the rush by top executives of multibillion-dollar corporations to splatter their corporate names on sports venues. Responding to a blatant scam by team owners, executives are spending absurd sums of their sh…
 
‘Tis the season, right? Traditionally, this time of year celebrates spirituality and festivities – including Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.In modern day America, however, the Winter Solstice signals the faithful to gather from afar in monumental temples to worship our nation’s supreme secular deity: Big Time Sports! Get ready for a non-stop fren…
 
Pork Pad Ka Pow: Fresh garlic, Thai chili, sweet basil | Smoked Apple/Brown Sugar Chicken Brats:Artisan smoked chicken brats from Mike’s Meats & Seafood @ Pybus Market in Wenatchee. Served on Artisan Brioche bun by Bosket Bread in Leavenworth, WA. Garnished with an assortment of premium condiments including Mama Lill’s PeppaLilli Mustard Pickle Rel…
 
Ed Hansen has a passion for coffee roasting. After the passing of his late mother in 2002, Hansen decided it was time to double down on his own dreams, leading to the launch of his own local business; a sweet reminder of the special times shared over so many cups of brew. Hansen, who owns and operates Dragon’s Breath Coffee Roasters in Wenatchee, s…
 
We would like to wrap up the year 2021 with a brand new podcast — Join us as we explore both new and historical businesses in the Wenatchee Valley (and surrounding areas) as well as family-friendly events we are looking forward to in the months ahead.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hightowerdigitalmedia/message…
 
Jimmy Hausberg, managing partner at The Hausberg Group in Beverly Hills, Calif., says that people staying safe at home during coronavirus but watching the market plunge and the economy grind to a halt are wondering if they're seeing the start of the next Great Depression, and they need to be working with their financial counselors to address concer…
 
Long-time HighTower money manager Andy Morse of Morse, Towey and White Group in New York acknowledges that the market's response around the coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything he's seen in his long career, but he notes that it resembles past events enough for him to know that calm and patience and adhering to strategies pursued before real trou…
 
Jeremiah Reithmiller of Sarian Strategic Partners and Steve Tresnan of Tresnan Ferst Wealth Advisors cite data showing that fixed income is no longer the same kind of buffer for equities in troubled times. But in this re-broadcast of a past Collective Wisdom episode, the two advisors come up with different solutions for balancing rate risk with the…
 
David Molnar of HighTower San Diego says that investors and advisory clients need to evaluate results based on progress toward goals rather than being focused primarily on investment returns. Focus solely on results, Molnar says, and you will miss out on the true planning and control benefits that come from planning, and that lead clients with advi…
 
Adam Thurgood of HighTower Las Vegas said that investors trying to match their risk tolerance to the market right now should not play defense by stretching for yield in today's low-interest-rate environment, noting that he does not suggest loading up on dividend-paying domestic stocks but instead wants to achieve greater diversification and return …
 
A year ago, the stock market shocked investors by cratering just after Thanksgiving, and while no one is calling for a similar event this year, Jimmy Hausberg of The Hausberg View in Beverly Hills, Calif., talks about the importance of keeping that decline in mind, investing as if the next downturn is on the way, even if the current landscape is do…
 
Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors in Mission Woods, Kansas and the Upticks podcast discusses the effects of modern media on investors, how it often leads to ideas that disrupt a portfolio rather than enhance it. Falcon talks about the messages individual investors should be listening for -- where it feels like they are having a mini-meeting wit…
 
Andy Morse, senior partner at Morse, Towey and White Group in New York, said that investors can't believe that politics doesn't impact the market because earnings and policy are two factors that go a long way to driving the market. Morse said that interest rates have settled down -- even if future cuts and hikes are uncertain -- but that trade conc…
 
With the trade and tariff battles between the United States and China showing no signs of abating and threatening to continue well into 2020 and the election year, Collective Wisdom today revisits a recent chat between Joseph Klein of HighTower's investment strategy team and Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors in which they talk about how trade c…
 
David Bahnsen of The Bahnsen Group discusses the intersection of politics and personal finance, noting that investors may not want to talk politics but they need to factor current events and the political climate into their investment choices. Bahnsen notes that investors can create portfolio problems when they choose to invest based more on their …
 
Mike PeQueen of HighTower Las Vegas said that investors are facing a melt-up situation, with the stock market drifting upwards despite bad-news headlines. He noted that whenever the market is showing mixed signals, the bad ones get more media coverage, so he pointed out the market's tailwinds of strong jobs reports, low unemployment, record-low mor…
 
Matt Harris, head of investment strategy at HighTower Wealth Management, says that there is a variance between how people are feeling due to economic, market and political headlines and how they are acting, which shows up in the price actions measured by technical analysis. Harris says that indicators like breadth, the spread of companies rising an…
 
Richard Sapertein, chief investment officer, Treasury Partners -- a HighTower advisory firm -- gave Collective Wisdom host Chuck Jaffe a surprising take on how bond investors should act in the face of negative interest rates on international treasury securities and falling interest rates at home. Saperstein said that as the negative global rate env…
 
In this re-broadcast of a discussion from earlier this year, Michael Sheldon of RDM Financial Group and Peter Lang from Hightower Westchester discuss the ways that investors can celebrate and make use of the differences between active and passive investments and the role that both can play in building a diversified portfolio.…
 
Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors and Joseph Klein, senior investment analyst with the investment strategy team at HighTower Advisors, both expect to see sector rotation from the market during the fourth quarter of 2019, as investors continue to see a bond market and stock market that are sending different messages, with the bond market forecas…
 
Following up last week;s discussion of the trade war and tariff concerns between the United States and China, Joseph Klein, senior investment analyst with HighTower's investment strategy team, and Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors, discussed their big concerns for the market, noting that the nation's evolving health-care coverage concerns lead …
 
Jake Falcon of Falcon Wealth Advisors and Joseph Klein of HighTower's investment strategy team discussed how the ongoing trade war with China is impacting the way they position client portfolios, with both noting that there is the potential for the tariff battle to rage on well into the election year if China is determined to keep it going. Klein n…
 
Ask advisers about 'alternative investments' and you will get a wide range of answers. Alternatives can be a simple way to say you are investing in something beyond stocks, bonds and cash, or it can mean you are buying into complex assets designed to provide returns no matter the market conditions. In this rebroadcast of a recent Collective Wisdom …
 
Richard Flahive of HigTower Westchester and Ray Baraldi of Sarian Strategic Partners stressed in Collective Wwsdom that figuring out how to make savings last a lifetime takes more than picking the right retirement date. It requires appropriate timing on when to take Social Security, proper calculations of your future needs andyour budget and more.…
 
Ray Baraldi of Sarian Strategic partners and Richard Flahive of HighTower Westchester discussed the 'accumulation phase' of every saver/investor's lifetime and how gathering, gaining and controlling assets is better and easier with a defined process, rather than some vague make-as-much-as-you-can idea. Baraldi noted that planning helps to eliminate…
 
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