Archives for August, 2013

How to Make More Money than a Venture Capitalist

One set of investors has managed to catapult themselves to near-demigod status in recent years, with revelers hanging on their every word. They even have their own TV shows. Yet, with one simple investment, you could make double what they do. Here’s how. In some circles, they’ve become as iconic as Babe Ruth or Ted […]

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5 Ways To Protect and Grow Your Retirement: Whether You’re 45 or 75 or Somewhere In Between

We just recently Money Weekly‘s first birthday, and this milestone also got me thinking… If I had a magic wand and could instantly pass along a bundle of critical information to my peers, what would that message include? Since I don’t have a magic wand, I had to distill a bit of my practical wisdom […]

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Outside the Box: Exit Schmexit

  In last week’s Outside the Box, which included a paper from the San Francisco Federal Reserve on the effectiveness of quantitative easing, I wrote, “What [authors] Cúrdia and Ferrero are really saying is that the latest round of QE, massive as it has been, has not had all that much effect on the economy, […]

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Write-Downs: Death Sentence or Opportunity?

For many primary gold producers, Q213 was a breathtakingly bad quarter. It wasn’t so much the massive drop in earnings many reported—those had been, for the most part, expected—but the so-called “impairment charges” announced.   (Impairment is the opposite of appreciation, that is, the reduction in quality, strength, amount, or value of an asset. “Impairment […]

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Custom-Made Retirement

You may have heard the popular legend about Eskimo tribes sending the elderly off to die at sea. As the stories go, when grandpa and grandma could no longer hunt or earn their keep, the younger folks would put them on an iceberg and ship them off. Fewer mouths to feed gave the younger generations […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: France: On the Edge of the Periphery

  “The emotional side of me tends to imagine France, like the princess in the fairy stories or the Madonna in the frescoes, as dedicated to an exalted and exceptional destiny. Instinctively I have the feeling that Providence has created her either for complete successes or for exemplary misfortunes. Our country, as it is, surrounded […]

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What’s the Point of Owning All This Stuff?

When my wife Jo and I decided to sell our home in Illinois, the first question we asked ourselves was, “What are we going to do with all our stuff?” Somehow our children, neighbors, friends, the Salvation Army, and a moving van would have to magically make it disappear sometime before we closed escrow at […]

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What’s the Point of Owning All This Stuff?

When my wife Jo and I decided to sell our home in Illinois, the first question we asked ourselves was, “What are we going to do with all our stuff?” Somehow our children, neighbors, friends, the Salvation Army, and a moving van would have to magically make it disappear sometime before we closed escrow at […]

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Outside the Box: What Has QE Actually Accomplished?

  The market is obsessed with “tapering.” The assumption is that all the “juice” in the economy is somehow the product of the Federal Reserve’s actions. The headline on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today reads “Fear of Fed Retreat Roils India.” I suppose one has to come up with some kind […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The Hypocritic Oath

  By Grant Williams  |  August 19, 2013    (Wikipedia): The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly. It is widely believed to have been written either by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine, or by one of his students. The […]

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