Archives for October, 2013

Kiss Your Pension Goodbye!

I was on the reunion committee for my 50-year high school class reunion a few years back. As we tried to track down classmates, we discovered that many—including a few I had known quite well—had died from lung cancer. These folks would light up a cigarette, joke about cancer sticks, cough, and make fun of […]

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Patrick Cox: This Biotechnology Platform Could Save Millions of Lives

  TICKERS: INO Source: George S. Mack of The Life Sciences Report  (10/24/13) Patrick Cox, editor of the brand-new publication Transformational Technology Alert, is acutely aware of how transformational technology platforms can enable efficiencies and improve scale a la Moore’s Law. A sweeping new synthetic vaccine platform that poses infinite possibilities for researchers and could produce […]

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The Postal Worker Assumed the Gun Wasn’t Loaded

A man with a wooden leg worked with my dad at the post office. I could even hear his leg creak as he limped along. Remember, this was long before I needed a hearing aid. When I asked if he’d lost his leg in the war, my dad said “no.” It was a hunting accident. […]

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Nobel Prize Winner: Bubbles Don’t Exist

No wonder investors don’t take economists seriously. Or if they do, they shouldn’t. Since Richard Nixon interrupted Hoss and Little Joe on a Sunday night in August 1971, it’s been one boom and bust after another. But don’t tell that to the latest Nobel Prize co-winner, Eugene Fama, the founder of the efficient-market hypothesis. The […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: A Code Red World

  I wasn’t the only person coming out with a book this week (much more on that at the end of the letter). Alan Greenspan hit the street with The Map and the Territory. Greenspan left Bernanke and Yellen a map, all right, but in many ways the Fed (along with central banks worldwide) proceeded […]

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How to Be a David to Wall Street Goliaths

Does the little guy ever really stand a chance in the market? Well… did David take down Goliath? The mainstream media likes to peddle stories about the little investor who always loses money in the stock market. When the mechanics or teachers or dentists of this world try to compete with the big boys on […]

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Outside the Box: Earnings Growth to Ramp Up? Call Me a Skeptic

  In today’s Outside the Box, Sheraz Mian, Director of Research for Zacks Investment Research, gives us an overview of corporate earnings trends for the past several quarters and consensus expectations going forward, and asks, “How realistic are these expectations?” Not very, he says, and tells us why. This is the sort of thorough, no-nonsense […]

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Why You Should Triple-Check the Ticker Before Buying That Stock

A simple misplaced letter can make a world of difference. Two weeks ago, on an otherwise quiet Friday, voracious investors piled into the most anticipated tech IPO since Facebook. Buyers bought over 14 million shares of social media giant Twitter, sending its price soaring over 1,000%. Or so they thought. Twitter’s shares aren’t public. The […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm – An Empty Forest Full of Trees

  By Grant Williams   ca·tas·tro·phe n. 1. A great, often sudden calamity. 2. A complete failure; a fiasco. 3. The concluding action of a drama, especially a classical tragedy, following the climax and containing a resolution of the plot. In 1710, philosopher George Berkeley formulated a proposition in his work “A Treatise Concerning the […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…An Empty Forest Full of Trees

  By Grant Williams   ca·tas·tro·phe n. 1. A great, often sudden calamity. 2. A complete failure; a fiasco. 3. The concluding action of a drama, especially a classical tragedy, following the climax and containing a resolution of the plot. In 1710, philosopher George Berkeley formulated a proposition in his work “A Treatise Concerning the […]

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