Archives for October, 2013

Outside the Box: Default?

  David Kotok, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors (and our host at “Camp Kotok” for the annual “Shadow Fed” fishing expedition), leads off today’s Outside the Box by meticulously dissecting the roadkill that is our federal government’s process for deciding whether they will continue to pay their bills and federal employees’ wages. […]

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What Ron Paul Told Me About the End of Dollar Hegemony

I spent the past weekend in Tucson for the Casey Research 2013 Summit, indeed a memorable and information-packed experience. It was truly a pleasure to meet with everyone who joined us. Notably, it was extremely encouraging to meet so many intelligent people who had taken concrete steps to internationalize their savings and obtain a second […]

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What Ron Paul Told Me About the End of Dollar Hegemony

I spent the past weekend in Tucson for the Casey Research 2013 Summit, indeed a memorable and information-packed experience. It was truly a pleasure to meet with everyone who joined us. Notably, it was extremely encouraging to meet so many intelligent people who had taken concrete steps to internationalize their savings and obtain a second […]

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How to Avoid a Devastating Retirement Planning Mistake

Think you have reached the holy grail of retirement? Good financial planners use sophisticated computer programs to help us set retirement savings goals. They input dozens of variables based on assumptions about how the world works, and out pops a number telling us how much we should save during our working years. That number, combined […]

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When the Offense Changes, the Defense Needs to Adapt

When it comes to just about any sport, you don’t blindly use a strategy without considering your opponent’s next move, his strengths, and his weaknesses. To win, you have to adapt. While the investment world can seem like the same old game with the same old rules, it’s always changing around the edges. If you […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Road to a New Medical Order

  There is no doubt that the single most contentious topic I can bring up in a small group discussion or speech is the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. You can feel the tension rise, as everyone has an opinion they want to express – most of them based essentially on preconceived philosophical […]

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Outside the Box: Tapers Capers

  Michael Lewitt has long been one of my favorite thinkers and writers on matters economic. He’s incisive, thorough, and, well, pithy. No holds barred. Today’s Outside the Box features an extended excerpt from the October issue of Michael’s The Credit Strategist, which he has kindly allowed me to pass on to you. Michael leads […]

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The Ultimate Layer of Financial Protection

Recently I spoke with the always-insightful Dennis Miller about the critical importance of internationalizing your retirement savings. It’s an uncomfortable fact of life that governments that are desperate for cash inevitably find ways to siphon off the purchasing power of their citizen’s retirement savings. Poland, which recently partially nationalized private retirement savings, is just the […]

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Where Are Gold Prices Going?

By Ed D’Agostino, General Manager, Hard Assets Alliance I take a long view of precious metals investing and find little meaning in the day-to-day fluctuations in the market. Major corrections—like those we’ve endured this year—are a different story. They clearly have an impact, leaving investors either anxious about their portfolios or excited about the new […]

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Stock Physics: How Newton’s Third Law of Motion Applies to the Market

From a ball bouncing up off the floor to an earthquake triggering a tsunami, Newton’s third law of motion tells us a lot about how the world works. Most of us can recite the abridged version of the law by heart: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Cradle   The general principle […]

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