Archives for February, 2014

Outside the Box: Notes to the FOMC

  Janet Yellen, the new Fed chair, has her admirers and her detractors. One unabashed admirer is my good friend David Zervos, Jefferies’ chief market strategist, who during the past several months has taken to hollering “Dammit Janet, I love you!” He was at it again yesterday: Last week was certainly a week for the […]

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The Lay of the Land

Building your nest egg and managing it successfully takes more work than it did six years ago, but it isn’t a Sisyphean task. You can build a portfolio that will last the rest of your life. Waiting for the political class to come to its senses is futile. In 2008, Bloomberg reported: “The S&P 500 slid 60.66 points … […]

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99 Problems… But Oil Ain’t One of Them

America has some serious problems. Despite the fact that the United States spends $15,171 per student—more than any other country in the world—American students consistently trail their foreign counterparts, ranking 23rd in science and 31st in math. The US also spends more than twice as much on health care per capita than the average developed country, yet […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Economic Singularity

  I fully intended to write today about a recently released academic paper that illustrates nearly every bad idea currently being bandied about in the field of economics. The insidious part is that the paper is considered mainstream and noncontroversial. Simply reading it required me to up my blood pressure medicine dosage. It is going […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Economic Singularity

  I fully intended to write today about a recently released academic paper that illustrates nearly every bad idea currently being bandied about in the field of economics. The insidious part is that the paper is considered mainstream and noncontroversial. Simply reading it required me to up my blood pressure medicine dosage. It is going […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Economic Singularity

  I fully intended to write today about a recently released academic paper that illustrates nearly every bad idea currently being bandied about in the field of economics. The insidious part is that the paper is considered mainstream and noncontroversial. Simply reading it required me to up my blood pressure medicine dosage. It is going […]

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James Turk: Erosion of Trust Will Drive Gold Higher

A Q&A with Casey Research James Turk, founder of precious metals accumulation pioneer GoldMoney, has over 40 years’ experience in international banking, finance, and investments. He began his career at the Chase Manhattan Bank and in 1983 was appointed manager of the commodity department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. In his new book The Money […]

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A Second Look at Bonds

If you remember bond drives in school, please raise your hand. There are still a lot of us out there. I recall my teacher holding up a US Savings Bond, encouraging us to tell our parents to buy them. She went to great lengths emphasizing that they were the “the safest investment on earth.” That […]

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Paper Gold Ain’t as Good as the Real Thing

For the first time ever, the majority of Americans are scared of their own federal government. A Pew Research poll found that 53% of Americans think the government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. Americans aren’t wild about the government’s currency either. Instead of holding dollars and other financial assets, investors are storing wealth in […]

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65 Is Not a Magic Number

Is retirement really all it’s cracked up to be? The answer depends on where you find yourself financially, emotionally, and health-wise come age 65 or so. When we’re young, we trade time for money and hope to stash away enough of it to later reverse the process and trade money for time. Ideally, we’d each […]

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