I recently reviewed the portfolio of a young man who had inherited almost $1 million. He thought his portfolio was "well diversified" because almost all of it was invested in an S&P 500 Index Fund. Several issues were apparent, which you might be able to relate to your investments.
People are generally classified as expenses on the income statement and liabilities on the balance sheet -- not as an investable asset. Thus, when CEOs seek to increase profit, they cut costs -- like people -- rather than investing in assets -- like people -- that can appreciate.
The classic safe-haven investment has seen a strong uptrend in value since the autumn of 2008. Various factors have been credited as drivers of this move, but what is the risk gold could lose its luster?
One of the many assets Facebook could employ on its socialphone is Places. An integration of Places and the socialphone could provide the company a laundry list possibilities -- not to mention an additional source of revenue.
To put our national finances in a different, and hopefully more intelligent, context than they usually are when the deficit hawks start their periodic circling, we should move to amortized accounting for long-term government investments.