Gary Allen on Business – Sunday March 2, 2014 – Investor or Speculator Part 2

Are you a Speculator or an Investor?

Radio Program – Gary Allen on Business – Sunday March 2, 2014; 8 AM; KNBR 680

Last week’s show was all about the signs of speculation. Listeners should now have a good idea about the warning signs of speculation. If you missed last week’s program you can listen to a podcast of the show on this blog. On this week’s program, it’s time to finish up our examination of speculation and then turn to the good habits of successful investors. Listening to both shows will give you the information you need to know if you or your advisor are mostly speculating or investing.

Are you concerned about your investments? Wondering why you are not earning as much as you think you should? Are you concerned the advice you are receiving is not what you are looking for? Of course you are!

Tune in this Sunday for some answers to those questions and more on KNBR 680 AM at 8 AM. Hope you can make the show. Don’t worry if you miss it, you can always listen to replays of the program right here.

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Are you just rolling the dice... or do you have a real plan?
Are you just rolling the dice… or do you have a real plan?

Gary Allen on Business – Sunday, February 23, 2014 – Podcast

Are You a Speculator or an Investor?

The podcasts for Sunday, February 23, 2014 are now available. On this program, I spend time exploring the signs or warning signs of speculative investment behavior. More often than not, the lines between speculation and investing have been blurred by Wall Street and the media. People often are at a loss to explain the difference between the two. This is part one of a two-part program. Next week, we will explore the traits of prudent investing. Enjoy the program.


Are you a Speculator or an Investor? If I looked at your portfolio, would my answer match yours?

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Gary Allen on Business, Sunday, February 23, 2014 On this weekend’s program we will explore the telltale signs of investing and/or speculation. There are warning signs and dangers lurking that you or your advisor might be generating. Find out if you are on a path to investment success or if you and or your advisor are in a dangerous game of speculation. By the way, speculation is only dangerous to your financial health. Your financial advisor, if you have one, will do just fine.

By the way, have you ever looked at your investment portfolio and wondered how did I get here? Or do you ever wonder just how risky your portfolio is? Of course you do. What I will do is provide you with information that will help answer those questions and more. This is an excellent program for anyone who has second thoughts or is having trouble understanding what is going on with their investments.
If you fit into the group of people not so sure about your investments, then tune in to my program on Sunday morning at 8 AM on KNBR 680 AM. And don’t worry, if you can’t make it, just follow this blog and you will receive notification when a podcast of this program becomes available for your listening pleasure.

Gary Allen on Business – Original Broadcast February 16, 2014 – Podcast


The podcasts for my February 16, 2014 broadcast with tax and real estate expert Tim Tikalsky of Rina Accountancy is now available.  You will find the show in four easy segments for listening pleasure.  Remember, you can get an automatic update of when podcasts become available by following my blog.  

I hope you enjoy this informative program with Tim. If you would like to contact Tim, you can reach him at the following:

Tim Tikalsky, CPA
Rina Accountancy
201 North Civic Drive, Suite 220
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 210-2180

The podcasts for the program are right below. Enjoy!






Great Little Family Owned Restaurant on the Peninsula

Ceviche Bar & Grill – San Carlos


If you happen to be looking for a great little place on the peninsula that consistently dishes up excellent food along with friendly service, then stop by Ceviche Bar and Grill located on El Camino Real in San Carlos.  Whenever I happen to be in town, I always make it a point to stop by and say hello to Mitchell and Wendy (the owners) before I sit down to enjoy a great meal.  This is one of my favorite places on the peninsula to go have a low-key but fun night with excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere.  Don’t worry… you don’t have to dress up and spend a fortune to have some fresh food that never disappoints. I am thinking the best way to describe it is “Nuevo” Mexican with a California twist.  It is a solid and varied menu with some innovative specials.  If you do stop by, make sure to say hello to Mitchell, who is usually working the kitchen hard and Wendy, who runs the front of the house and is always a ray of sunshine.  Be sure and sample one of their many tequilas. And, if you are lucky (or unlucky depending on your point of view), I might be having dinner at the bar or at the table next to you. 

Here is a link to their website: Ceviche Bar & Grill



Quick Note, Ceviche Bar and Grill is closed on Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17 for the President’s Day holiday. They will be back open on Tuesday evening.

Obamcare and Rental Real Estate – A Tax Trap For the Unwary?

Broadcast: Sunday, February 16, 2014 – I don’t think anyone would expect that Obamacare and rental real estate have anything in common. However, you would be quite wrong, and ignoring the connection could cost you thousands or in some large cases millions of dollars in excise taxes. On the program this weekend tax and consulting expert Tim Tikalsky of Rina Accountancy will provide us with the lowdown on how a new 3.8% Medicare excise tax is directly connected to rental real estate.

Learn why grouping and passive and active activities should be on the top of your mind. And if you don’t have any idea what I am talking about and you own rental real estate, you really do need to tune into this program. So, if you own rental real estate, whether it’s residential or commercial, this is a must listen program. This is a trap for the unwary and an opportunity for those who do their homework. Tune in Sunday morning from 8 AM to 9 AM on KNBR 680 AM for Gary Allen on Business.

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Tim Tikalsky, CPA, CSPM
Tim Tikalsky, CPA, CSPM

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The Power of Markets

I want to share with you this week a short but informative video that does a good job of explaining why financial markets do a pretty good job of getting the price reasonably right. The collective wisdom of the stock market is explained very well in the video through the use of jelly beans.

Of course, financial market prices gyrate all the time, but that is primarily the direct reflection of new information becoming available. What is quite different from a hundred years ago or even twenty-five is how quickly this new information is disseminated. It would be hard for someone to argue that financial markets are less efficient than they used to be. It also explains in practical terms, why financial markets are so hard to predict. Enjoy the video.

This 2-1/2 minute video explains how security prices are set—and change—based on the collective knowledge of buyers and sellers. Armed with this information, investors can be more confident about the power of the financial markets.

via The Power of Markets.

From the Archives – Gary Allen on Business – Original Broadcast Date – January 5, 2014

Since I will be off the air this weekend, John and Mitch of Hooked on Golf will be broadcasting live from Pebble Beach, we have posted my show from January 5, 2014. The first thing you will notice is my voice really begins to struggle in the 2nd half of the program. I was fighting a pretty good head cold just after the New Year. Truth be told, I was just happy that it held out to the end of the program.

This program features a discussion on the rising costs of college in the first two segments and the latter half the program is my explanation of what happened in real life concerning the recent movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. I hope you enjoy this best of podcast, while I relax with the family this weekend.


Original Broadcast Date: January 5, 2014

Segment 1 – College Costs
Segment 2 – College Costs continued
Segment 3 – Wolf of Wall Street – the real story
Segment 4 – Wolf of Wall Street – the real story continued

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – Hooked on Golf

This weekend we have one of the premier annual sporting events in Northern California happening down on the Monterey peninsula. Thousands of spectators will gather to watch the world’s best golfers mix with celebrities and amateur golfers in an unusual but very successful format known as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. For years, my good friends John and Mitch of Hooked on Golf fame have provided live broadcasts on the weekend of this event. 2014 is no different so I will be taking this weekend off and enjoying the time with my family.

However, I would invite you to tune in on Sunday morning to listen to John and Mitch as they interview a bevy of guests from this awesome event. Hopefully, the weather will not be too much of a problem, but hey we need the rain!


Mitch Juricich
Mitch Juricich
John Abendroth
John Abendroth

Gary Allen on Business – Podcast – February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday broadcast with the following segments for your listening pleasure:

Gary Allen on Business
Gary Allen on Business

Segment 1 – The Super Bowl by the numbers

Segment 2 – Everyone is talking about retirement plans

Segment 3 – California’s bold move into the retirement plan business

Segment 4 – A solution that most are ignoring, payroll deduction IRA programs

I hope you enjoy the program. If you have any questions or comments on the show, please contact me at