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Karl Marx, Jay-Z & SGI Funds have a lot in common

Usually the title of these posts IS a myth.  But believe this one is true.  Where did I come up with these seemingly completely unrelated topics?  Oddly, they were in the top 10 financial search words last month. Karl Marx Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz First, what he was not.  Marx was neither Russan nor …Read More


The Power of Peace

There is a surplus of anger, desperation, futility, depression, fury and isolation in our country right now.  It’s the worst I remember, even during the Vietnam debacle.I’ve advocated- rather unpopularly -that peaceful resistance is the most powerful and effective response to the sources of these intense emotions.  Steeped in affluenza, racism, fascism, nationalism and all …Read More


Top Three Influencers of Fiduciary Advice- not a myth

I’ve always believed a universal fiduciary standard should exist for anyone who gives advice to others that can affect- and ruin -lives, whether it’s journalists, bankers, stock brokers, teachers or wedding planners.  I don’t know why the fiduciary focus is strictly on finances.  If you hold yourself out as an expert, you’d better not be …Read More


“THERE OUGHTA’ BE A LAW!” and Mexico

I confess that my first reaction to outrageous behavior is, “there oughta’ be a law!”.   One way I attempt to keep up with the times is to watch TV at least once a week, usually a news program on Sunday morning.  Holy cow!  A dozen “there oughta’ be a law!” incidents come up in …Read More


Universal Basic Income is Welfare

The idea of a universal basic income has found growing support in Silicon Valley as robots threaten to radically change the nature of work. Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar is the latest tech bigwig to get behind the concept. His philanthropic investment firm, the Omidyar Network, announced Wednesday that it will give nearly half a million dollars to a group …Read More


Trump’s delay of Fiduciary rules is a good thing.

Well, no, it isn’t. But it could be. To get up to speed, here’s a good summary of the rules: https://www.dol.gov/ProtectYourSavings/FactSheet.htm Yeah, that is a many thousands of words summary.  You should see the whole thing! In a nutshell, the Dept. of Labor’s new rules would have required anyone who gives advice about retirement plans …Read More


Interview with The Suit Magazine

1. Gary Duell, you are the Owner and Founder of Duell Wealth Preservation. What sparked your interest in this line of work and what were you doing professionally prior to this firm? What is the history of this firm?* I began my career as an agent for Farmers Insurance.  *After 15 years I was bored …Read More