Archives for July, 2014

Outside the Box: Big Banks Shift to Lower Gear

  For today’s Outside the Box, good friend Gary Shilling has sent along a very interesting analysis of the big banks. Gary knows a lot about what went down with the big banks during and after the Great Recession, and he tells the story well. After the bailout of banks during the financial crisis, many […]

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9 Need-to-Know Tips for Buying Annuities… And Knowing When They’re Not For You

You’re probably something of an expert in your own field—and that field probably isn’t insurance or annuities. How, then, can you work through the minefield of clauses, guarantees, and pages of small print? Here are nine ways to start. While you may feel uncomfortable doing this, you’re the one putting down thousands of dollars, and […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Anne Elk’s Theory On Brontosauruses

  Though they reunited this past month for a series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena, the cast of Monty Python last assembled onstage together at London’s Drury Lane Theatre a staggering 40 years ago. As they took to the stage at the O2 in early July, the surviving members of perhaps the most famous […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Ann Elk’s Theory On Brontosauruses

  Though they reunited this past month for a series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena, the cast of Monty Python last assembled onstage together at London’s Drury Lane Theatre a staggering 40 years ago. As they took to the stage at the O2 in early July, the surviving members of perhaps the most famous […]

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We’re Ready to Profit in the Coming Correction—Are You?

Sometimes I see an important economic or geopolitical event in screaming headlines and think: “That’s bullish for gold.” Or: “That’s bad news for copper.” But then metals prices move in the opposite direction from the one I was expecting. Doug Casey always tells us not to worry about the short-term fluctuations, but it’s still frustrating, […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Time to Put a New Economic Tool in the Box

  [E]conomists are at this moment called upon to say how to extricate the free world from the serious threat of accelerating inflation which, it must be admitted, has been brought about by policies which the majority of economists recommended and even urged governments to pursue. We have indeed at the moment little cause for […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Time to Put a New Economic Tool in the Box

  [E]conomists are at this moment called upon to say how to extricate the free world from the serious threat of accelerating inflation which, it must be admitted, has been brought about by policies which the majority of economists recommended and even urged governments to pursue. We have indeed at the moment little cause for […]

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Outside the Box: Geopolitics and Markets

  Growing geopolitical risk is on everyone’s mind right now, but in today’s Outside the Box, Michael Cembalest of J.P. Morgan Asset Management leads off with a helpful reminder: the only time since WWII that a violent conflict has had a medium-term negative effect on markets was in 1973, when the Israeli-Arab war led to […]

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Tap in to Your Inner Feminist-Real Estate Mogul Without Holding Real Property

The new book titled #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso—reformed petty thief and CEO of a $100 million online clothing store—is the latest “live and work as I do if you want to succeed” book from a string of brand-building female executives. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has women “leaning in,” while Arianna Huffington’s sleep crusade marches on […]

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When All You Have Left Is the Cost of Breakfast at McDonald’s

When I was 20 years old, I sat through my first day of a business law course at Northwestern University. The professor began by writing two words on the blackboard (in the prehistoric days of blackboards and chalk): Caveat emptor. He raised his voice and said, “Let the buyer beware!” I’m here to echo his […]

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