Archives for September, 2014

Outside the Box: “Finest Worksong”

  “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is” – Yogi Berra, as cited by Ben Hunt in today’s Outside the Box. Or, to put it in macroeconomic terms, “Why is global growth so disappointing?” In the aftermath of the Great Recession, fearing a deflationary equilibrium (which, as Ben […]

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Your Artificial Knee Might Get You Groped

August 11, 6 a.m.—San Francisco International Airport A twenty-something woman is running the back of her hand across the base of my breasts. I stand there, legs spread as she moves on to the inside of my thighs. She runs her hand underneath the waistline of my pants and across my buttocks. I’m angry and […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: What’s on Your Radar Screen?

  Toward the end of every week I begin to ponder what I should write about in the next Thoughts from the Frontline. Much of my week is spent in front of my iPad or computer, consuming as much generally random information as time and the ebb and flow of life will allow. I cannot […]

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Property Rights and Property Taxes—and Countries That Don’t Have Them

Do you really own something that you are forced to perpetually make payments on and which can be seized from you if you don’t pay? I would say that you don’t. You would possess such an item, but you wouldn’t own it—an important distinction A ridiculous perversion of the concept of ownership and property rights […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: What’s on Your Radar Screen?

  Toward the end of every week I begin to ponder what I should write about in the next Thoughts from the Frontline. Much of my week is spent in front of my iPad or computer, consuming as much generally random information as time and the ebb and flow of life will allow. I cannot […]

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Outside the Box: An Independent Scotland?

  The United States is just starting to think about the upcoming elections (for whatever reason, the vast majority of people don’t focus on politics until after Labor Day), but there is another election happening “over the pond,” where the polls have just made everybody do a double-take. I am of course referring to the […]

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The World Order Becomes Disorder

Is the post-Cold War global boom over? Since the fall of Bolshevism, the world has seen remarkably sustained growth in international cooperation, brought about by freer trade and new technologies. Financial assets have generally performed well, increasing prosperity across most of the world. There were just two major interruptions—the tech crash in 2000, and the […]

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Floating-Rate Funds Poised to Profit as Interest Rates Rise

Money can’t be this cheap forever. In other words, one of the most likely scenarios the US economy faces is rising interest rates. The current low-interest-rate climate is simply unsustainable. At some point—as it always does—the trend will turn around. We want to be prepared for that turn, and the right floating-rate fund can help. […]

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Myanmar Shadow

  Before we kick things off this week, I want to give you a quick update on Real Vision Television in response to a ton of emails I have received on the subject. (If you missed my recent piece on Real Vision (Vision Quest, TTMYGH, July 7, 2014) you can read it by clicking on […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: Europe Takes the QE Baton

  If the wide, wide world of investing doesn’t seem a little strange to you these days, it can only be because you’re not paying attention. If you’re paying attention, strange really isn’t the word you’re probably using in your day-to-day investing conversations; it may be more like weird or bizarre. It increasingly feels like […]

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