Michael Yoshikami, Ph.D., CFP®, is CEO, founder and chairman of Destination Wealth Management's Investment Committee at Destination. Founded in 1986, Destination is a San Francisco Bay Area-based independent, wealth-management firm. He leads the research initiatives at DWM and develops tactical allocation strategies for firm portfolios.
Michael is also finance professor at the National University of Singapore and authors finance white papers for the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) at NUS.
Michael was named by Barron's as one of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He holds a BS in business administration, MBA and Ph.D. in education. He is also a Certified Financial Planner®.
There's a change at the top for General Motors as the U.S. government (and the Board) flexes its muscles and dictates company policy. As we have said on many occasions, assistance from the U.S. government comes with a high price and lack of independence is at the top of the list. So Fritz is out.
Dubai is now the next domino to fall as the fragility of the world's banking system comes under further pressure.
In U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Asia-Pacific leaders at the APEC Summit in Singapore over the weekend, he highlighted the importance of a strong China economy in the context of global growth.
It appears that Washington is about to enact sweeping legislation that will be the greatest shift in public policy in decades. Yes, we can bemoan the lack of a completely private enterprise driven system but the reality is Big Brother is here and he's not going away. Without a doubt there will be implications for investors that need to be considered; and it's not all bad news from an investment perspective.