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  • The Brilliance of Obamanomics

    07/23/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Brace yourself… Skepticism, doubt and criticism of Obamanomics (all of which are, undoubtedly, based in racism) will be cast aside. Why? Because, according to the 20-something-year-old White House intern that is in charge of the official White House twitter account, “Our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months.” I know, right? Pretty awesome statistic. (Gloss over the fact that the President is referring to private enterprise as “our businesses”.) But before you rush out to slap an Obama ‘16 sticker on your car (are those stickers available yet?), you may want a little bit...
  • States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI(Return on Investment)

    05/15/2014 5:56:01 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 4 replies
    Wallet Hub ^ | May 2014 | John S Kiernan
    There is an obvious disconnect in the minds of taxpayers between the amount we fork over each April and what we ultimately receive from the government in return. Tax Day is a tangible, painful reminder of our investments in federal, state and local governments, but it’s difficult to discern the government’s precise role in our day-to-day quality of life and overall pursuit of happiness. Perhaps that’s why 52% of people feel they pay too much in taxes and most people think roughly half of their tax dollars are being wasted.
  • The Average American Can't Answer These Three Simple Finance Questions

    05/09/2014 8:48:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/09/2014 | Cullen Roche
    Here’s a frightening fact via The Atlantic’s Moises Naim.  Roughly half of the world can’t answer these three questions correctly: 1.  Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After five years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow? A) more than $102; B) exactly $102; C) less than $102; D) do not know; refuse to answer.2.  Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account is 1 percent per year and inflation is 2 percent per year. After one year, would you...
  • How to Use This Shockingly Simple Method to Immediately Improve Your Investment Returns

    05/03/2014 10:19:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/01/2014 | Nicholas Vardy
    You may already be familiar with the catchy bit of investment advice to “sell in May and go away.” Historically, the first day of May kicks off a seasonally weak period for stock prices that lasts through October. That also means that most of the gains in the U.S. stock market come from the period between the start of November and the end of April. This implies a shockingly simple strategy: Invest in an index fund during November through April and then switch into money market funds until the next November, and you’ll be much better off than an investor...
  • The Gold Price is Fixed... So What?

    05/02/2014 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | May 2, 2014 | Peter Schiff
    We can't ignore it anymore - the markets are rigged. The LIBOR scandal broke almost two years ago, and the banks found responsible for manipulating that key index are still dealing with lawsuits. Meanwhile, allegations of gold market manipulation have been simmering for over a decade and grew into an inferno after the spot price dropped dramatically last spring. Yet I'm left wondering what the conspiracy theorists hope to accomplish. Yes, I believe in exposing truth for its own sake and that the individual investor should have the same opportunities in the marketplace as the big institutions. But with these...
  • Washington Post columnist: Home ownership is a lousy investment

    04/23/2014 7:43:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Most people include home ownership as one of the basic elements of the American Dream. It stands not just for independence, but also in most minds an investment in tangible and significant property. It’s not a universally-held goal — some people prefer to rent even with the means to own — but home ownership is usually seen as one of the building blocks to middle-class wealth.As I noted, some people prefer to avoid home ownership, but not usually on the basis of it being a lousy investment. See if you can pick out the huge, gaping flaw that the Washington...
  • USDA establishes rural business investment program

    04/22/2014 12:00:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 5:57 PM EDT | David Pitt
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand. […] The USDA traditionally has offered guaranteed loans or direct loans for rural businesses. The creation of the Rural Business Investment Company is a new way for USDA to establish a licensing procedure that makes Farm Credit bank funds available as investment capital. The banks cannot directly hold ownership stakes in companies through capital investment. Under the new program the government has created a new business entity, the Rural Business...
  • New doomsday poll: 99.9% risk of 2014 crash

    03/15/2014 2:47:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 15, 2014 | by PAUL B. FARRELL
    Commentary: Black-swan crisis warning for now through mid-April. SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Global risks are accelerating. This is our fourth major poll update of industry leaders: A critical review of their warnings from early last year when we first predicted a 87% risk of a crash: Bernanke’s Fed saw an “unsustainable bubble” ... Gross: “credit supernova” ... Gundlach: “kaboom ahead” ... Ellis: “Don’t own bonds” ... Shilling: “shocker” ... Roubini: “Prepare for perfect storm” ... Shiller: “Irrational exuberance is back” ... Schiff: “Doubling down” on “doomsday” prediction ... InvestmentNews’ warning 90,000 advisers: “tick, tick ... boom!”
  • Stock caution urged as margin debt levels hit new highs

    03/10/2014 4:18:48 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 20 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 10 March 2014 | Wallace Witkowski
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — A number of warning signals are flashing in the stock market, and while not indicative of an imminent crash, they’re telling investors to exercise caution, say market strategists. Stocks finished higher last week, ending on a choppy Friday highlighted by the release of a better-than-expected job report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA +0.19% advanced 0.8%, the S&P 500 Index SPX +0.05% rose 1% to close at another record high of 1,878.04, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP -0.37% finished up 0.7% for the week. All except the Dow are higher for the year, which is...
  • Infrastructure, Not Freedom, Is Key to Economic Growth, Says Biden

    02/08/2014 8:56:41 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Vice-President and potential contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination for President, Joe Biden rejected contentions that individual freedom is crucial to economic growth. “I know a lot of people keep insisting that it is America's free market and individual rights that account for this country's phenomenal economic growth, but is that really the case?” Biden asked. “Look at the rapid economic growth achieved by the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 40s. By mobilizing armies of human labor to build canals and mine metals they were able to transform perishable human resources into the durable infrastructure that vaulted the country...
  • If you were to invest 1 million?

    01/11/2014 9:28:42 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 79 replies
    2014-01-11 | WesternCulture
    I am unfortunate to have lost a very dear relative of mine. Because of this sad occurrence, I have inherited some money. I will not use them up at bars down in Berlin, Copenhagen and Rome Et cetera, even if this seems like something natural to do. We all like money, don't we, but honour and family ties matter more than quick thrills. Instead, I would like to invest in healthy companies. If you happen to possess some knowledge of American business life that might be of use, pray inform me (- of course, the stock has got to be...
  • Q3 Real GDP Rises To 3.6% While Personal Consumption Expenditures Drop To 1.4%

    12/05/2013 8:03:17 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 14 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The good news. Real GDP growth was revised for Q3 up to 3.6%. The bad news. Personal consumption expenditures fell to 1.4% for Q3. There has been a steady decline in personal consumption expenditures since 1998. The good news. Private investment in residential real estate rose 13.0% in Q3! And nonresidential structures grew at 13.8%. The bad news. Real median household income (only through 2012) continues to decline. We have a “GINI Paradox.” Since 2007, real median household income has fallen while income inequality (GINI) has risen. AND we have rising residential real estate investment? The US needs real GDP...
  • Obama's Push For Foreign Direct Investment (US Lowest Behind Mexico, Venezuela)

    10/27/2013 11:19:46 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama and his senior cabinet officials are mounting a big push to bolster foreign direct investment in the US – amid evidence that America is falling behind other countries in the race for global capital. The evidence? How about the USA being near the bottom in the Americas with Chile leading and the USA down at the bottom with Mexico, El Salvador and Venezuela. Even Paraguay has a higher FDI as a percentage of GDP! fdiamericas “On the heels of the manufactured crises in Washington, it’s time for folks to come together and focus on doing everything we can...
  • In the Zoo They Speak with Animal Words and Phrases

    10/26/2013 2:21:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 26, 2013 | Charles Payne
    "I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever it is" -- Frank Pallone (D) from New Jersey used a word that only a democrat is allowed to use in Washington during hearings to get to the bottom of the Obamacare exchange fiasco. His ire and that of some of his colleagues belies his basic obligation as a lawmaker to protect Americans, not ideologies or failed websites that mask failed policy. This has been one of those weeks. Rep. Grayson of Florida sends out an email with a burning cross that compares the Tea Party to the Ku Klux...
  • Former Tennessee Valley Authority VP Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Financial Investments in Iran

    09/06/2013 10:48:10 AM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 8 replies
    WRCB ^ | Sept 04, 2013 | WRCB Staff
    Former TVA Vice President 58-year-old Masoud Bajestani plead guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Iranian Transactions Regulations, and two counts of filing false income tax returns. Bajestani sentencing is set for January 15, in U.S. District Court in Knoxville. Bajestani faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to violate the IEEPA, and three years for each count of filing a false tax return. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 on each count. In February 2013, a federal grand jury charged Bajestani, with conspiracy, violations of the IEEPA...
  • Be Wary of Even ‘Safe’ Investments

    09/05/2013 6:23:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/05/2013 | CARL RICHARDS
    <p>I’ve always considered this a loaded question (what does “safe” actually mean, anyway?). It’s rarely the right question to ask. But it comes up pretty often for an average investor, and rarely for the right reasons.</p> <p>“Bank officials hit on the idea of raising capital and cleaning debts off their books by getting people with savings accounts to invest in their banks instead,” the Times article recounted. “For many savers, the first hint of trouble — and understanding that they had bought into risky investments — was when some of these banks essentially failed about two years ago. Overnight, they were unable to withdraw their money. Soon, they came to understand that they had purchased complex financial products, originally designed for sophisticated investors.”</p>
  • China's Newest Real Estate Investment Craze: Detroit's Housing Crisis

    08/05/2013 12:15:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/05/2013 | By Michelle FlorCruz
    Downtown Detroit’s housing market was hit hard by the recession, as well the collapse of manufacturing and the long-term exodus of people. Currently one of the nation’s worst housing markets, the prices of homes have plummeted, while foreclosures continue to skyrocket. While the city is struggling to recover, China’s real estate-hungry buyers see an investment opportunity. While many people in the United States aren’t looking to purchase homes, a new craze has hit Chinese investors hoping to cash in on Detroit’s woeful housing economy. After announcing that the city filed for bankruptcy on July 18, Detroit property has been a...
  • GDP ranking, PPP based (World Bank issued global rating for 2012)

    07/15/2013 2:20:37 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Gross domestic product 2012, PPP (millions of Ranking Economy international dollars) 1 United States 15,684,800 2 China 12,470,982 3 India 4,793,414 4 Japan 4,490,681 5 Russian Federation 3,380,071 6 Germany 3,307,873 7 Brazil 2,365,779 8 France 2,354,874 9 United Kingdom 2,264,751 10 Mexico 2,015,281
  • Soros, Obama Are Wrong: China's Not All That

    07/15/2013 1:57:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 15, 2013 | John Ransom
    It was just two years ago that international, big-state economists were telling us that China would surpass the United States in GDP by 2016. Economic, financial and progressive talking heads- whose hind parts are where their head parts ought to be- were then saying that China was to become the dominant economic player in the world by 2016. That claim rested on the strength of an IMF report projecting GDP growth for China surpassing the US in GDP by 2016, just two years from now, by the specious use of purchasing power parity. Purchasing power parity is a math fiction...
  • Disingenuous Transparency Versus Ingenious Opacity

    07/13/2013 5:45:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | July 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yes, the most transparently opportunistic administration is becoming more transparent every day. In the midst of negotiations for a free-trade agreement between Europe and the U.S., the NSA Papers, made transparent by Edward Snowden, reveal that America has been spying on allies as well as enemies. Yeah I know. Obama has a hard time telling the difference between U.S. allies and U.S. enemies. Hence he’s arming our allies, er, enemies, Al Qaida, in Syria; he’s being flexible for Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator, er, president; helping the Venezuelan government wing disguised as an oil company, our ally, er, enemy; and...
  • WSJ’s James Taranto On Media’s Emotional Investment In Racial ‘Show Trial’ Of Zimmerman

    07/02/2013 2:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto expanded on themes he recently wrote about relating to Florida’s thin case against George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin in 2012. Taranto told WSJ’s Mary Kessel that the prosecution of Zimmerman, in the words of one Slate columnist, was supposed to serve as a “referendum” on racial privilege in America. “There’s a word for a trial that is held as a referendum – it’s a show trial,” Taranto said. “We don’t do show trials in this country.” “Why has the press been so convinced from the very beginning that...
  • McAuliffe’s GreenTech Ducked SEC Regulation

    07/01/2013 11:21:43 AM PDT · by em2vn · 7 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 06-26-13 | staff
    Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s GreenTech Automotive took advantage of a loophole that allowed the company an exemption from Securities Exchange Commission regulation.
  • I'm Honored by Comrade Tool

    06/30/2013 6:28:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | June 30, 2013 | John Ransom
    hal_incandeza wrote: "In May of 2012, the Heartland Institute hosted its biggest ever- and seventh ever-International Conference on Climate Change..." Right, that's why they are discontinuing their conference for lack of funding. What a great success. Dear Comrade Hal, Your comment would be interesting if it was actually true. But like a lot of things that liberals talk about it’s not accurate; wishful thinking maybe, but not correct. In fact, Heartland just held their 8th annual Climategate conference in Europe. As Joe Bast from Heartland blogs: “Our Eighth International Conference on Climate Change, held in Munich on November 30-December 1,...
  • Bernanke's Bumpy Ride -- Investors Beware

    06/29/2013 5:49:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | June 29, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    No matter how many monetary officials try to sugarcoat it with damage control, the fact remains that the Ben Bernanke Fed wants to end its quantitative-easing bond-buying operations over the next year. That was Bernanke's statement at his last press conference, and I've seen nothing to contradict it. As everyone knows, stocks and bonds collapsed right after Bernanke let the cat out of the bag. Fortunately, markets have stabilized since then. But my hunch is that unless the economy really falls back into a quasi-recession, the Fed is going to go ahead and end its bond purchases. The central bank...
  • The Inflation Predictions Were Just Wrong, And Now They're Hurting People

    06/21/2013 6:19:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/21/2013 | CULLEN ROCHE, PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM
    Remember back when QE started and we saw charts of high powered money going vertical all over the place and everyone who didn’t understand modern banking said that the reserves would flood out into the economy causing high inflation or even hyperinflation? And do you also remember how most of those same people also said that the only way you’d be able to protect yourself from this hyperinflation was by owning hard assets like gold or silver? Well, the inflation never came. The most recent reading of 1.7% pretty much proves that we’re much more Japan than we are Weimar...
  • Don't Buy The Hype, College Education Is Not An Investment

    06/15/2013 9:33:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/15/2013 | George Leef
    Hardly a day goes by without the publication of articles on the plight of recent college graduates. Large numbers are either unemployed or employed in jobs that don’t call for any academic preparation. Many are struggling with the burden of their college loans. In addition, the educational value of college is questionable. In their book Academically Adrift, sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa concluded that more than a third of recent college graduates had coasted through without adding anything to their human capital. Reports that employers often find graduates applying for jobs to be weak in basic skills are numerous....
  • SEC proposes changes to money market fund rules

    The portion of the money market fund industry that suffered extreme disruptions during the financial crisis would be revamped under a plan proposed Wednesday by federal regulators, who have been struggling to address the industry’s vulnerabilities for years. The Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously approved the proposal after what SEC Chairman Mary Jo White described as a “journey.” The industry once fiercely opposed dramatic changes to money market funds, but regulators persisted, citing the losses and panic they sparked during the financial crisis. These types of mutual funds are popular with investors because they’re perceived to be as reliable as...
  • Markets Are Still Mostly, Kind Of, Um…Free

    06/05/2013 3:23:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | John Ransom
    Sooner or later the Federal Reserve will have to turn off the spigot called Quantitative Easing (QE). And the stock market seems to think it’s better sooner rather than later, because you can only go so long with bad news masquerading as good news. Concern over an early QE exit by the Fed receded early this week as the U.S. ISM Manufacturing plunged to 49.0 in May. Over the last two months, persistent rumors about the end of “riskless-trading,” created under the deluge of central bank created liquidity, have translated into a market where the internals breadth and depth do...
  • Only 150 of 3500 U.S. Colleges Are Worth the Investment: Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett

    05/07/2013 7:08:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Yahoo Finance Daily Ticker ^ | 05/07/2013 | By Lauren Lyster
    The U.S. is home to some of the greatest colleges and universities in the world. But with the student debt load at more than $1 trillion and youth unemployment elevated, when assessing the value of a college education, that’s only one part of the story. Former Secretary of Education William Bennett, author of Is College Worth It, sat down with The Daily Ticker on the sidelines of the Milken Institute's 2013 Global Conference to talk about whether college is worth it. “We have about 21 million people in higher education, and about half the people who start four year colleges...
  • Are You Ready for the New Investment Tax?

    04/27/2013 3:27:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | April 27, 2013, 1:43 p.m. ET
    It's time to grapple with the new 3.8% tax on investment income. The ordeal of 2012 taxes is barely over. But it isn't too early to understand and cushion the blow of the investment-income levy, which Congress passed in 2010 to help fund the health-care overhaul. The tax, which took effect Jan. 1, applies to the "net investment income" of married joint filers who have more than $250,000 of income (or $200,000 for singles). Only investment income—such as dividends, interest and capital gains—above the thresholds is taxed. The rate is a flat 3.8% in addition to other taxes owed. "Affluent...
  • Google Search Terms Can Predict Stock Market, Study Finds

    04/26/2013 6:37:15 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 9 replies
    NY Times, Bits ^ | 26 April 2013 | Nick Bilton
    Now a scientific study shows that Google search can be used to predict the stock market. Using Google Trends, a service that shows the popularity of search terms, researchers from Warwick Business School in England and Boston University’s department of physics found that the type of terms people search Google for on a given week can predict whether the Dow Jones industrial average will rise or fall the following week.
  • Chinese at Risk of Forfeiting N.Korea Investments

    04/21/2013 7:33:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2013/04/19/
    Chinese at Risk of Forfeiting N.Korea Investments A majority of Chinese businesspeople with investments in North Korea are apparently having problems recovering their money and being forced to leave the country. Citing a Chinese businessman in the town of Dandong near the border with North Korea, the Chongqing Daily reported on Thursday that close to 100 Chinese investors have been staying indefinitely at hotels in downtown Pyongyang as they wait to recover money. A majority has been unsuccessful so far, and some have even been deported, according to the newspaper. As the number of overdue payments increases at North Korean...
  • The Ron Paul Portfolio Has Been Getting Crushed

    03/06/2013 7:43:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/06/2013 | Walter Hickey
    Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul is known for his full-throated endorsement of gold as money. And he's put his money where his mouth is by investing in a lot of it.Last year during the presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported on Paul's financial disclosure. The Congressman's portfolio was heavily weighted with precious metals. Last year we learned that a shocking 64 percent of Paul's $2.4 to $5.5 million portfolio is tied up in precious metals like gold and silver. At the time, people were gushing at how smart of a move that was in that market. But today, gold is getting massacred — it's been said to...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-1-13 edition)

    03/01/2013 6:44:22 AM PST · by dennisw · 32 replies
    Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news A number of people have talked about such a thread. Lets see how it goes. This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers. You can vent about the big one that got away. You can chime in how Obama is out to wreck American capitalism. If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite precious metals blogs and sites is a solid...
  • Obama’s Fear of Spending Cuts

    02/27/2013 6:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/27/2013 | Michael Tanner
    According to President Obama, the $62 billion in new taxes this year imposed as part of the fiscal-cliff deal will have no effect on economic growth. In fact, the president believes that he can safely impose another $58 billion in tax increases to replace spending cuts from the upcoming sequester. And, of course, Obamacare’s almost $42 billion in new taxes (and regulations) in 2013 don’t have any impact on hiring or investment. But, the president says, the $44 billion in cuts this year resulting from the sequester will throw the U.S. economy back into recession. The president seems to labor...
  • Rather Shocking News About the Real Estate Market:

    02/13/2013 11:36:41 PM PST · by Vinylly · 61 replies
    We have a Chinese side to our family and have a brother- in-law and his wife who just came over from Peking for the Chinese New Year to visit relatives here, and also for business purposes. Seems his business in Peking is a venture capitalist. Apparently there are lots of wealthy business people in China that are buying up U.S. real estate. He is here representing a group of them and his job is to locate depressed real estate that he thinks has the best potential to take the most advantage of a new real estate boom if and when...
  • Lew Not Familiar With His Investment In What Obama Called Biggest Tax Scam In The World

    02/13/2013 9:43:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/13/12 | goprapidresponse·
    Jack Lew is not familiar with his investment in the Cayman Islands, which Pres. Obama attacked in 2009 (February 13, 2013).
  • Obama’s ‘Investment’ Non-Strategy: Spending more on education won’t drive economic growth.

    02/06/2013 7:15:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that “an economic recovery has begun,” we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn’t cratering either. Still, you can bet that if the economy continues to contract, Obama will propose the same remedy he always has: more “investments” in education, infrastructure, and various industries of the future. It seems that whatever the ailment, Dr. Obama always writes the same prescription. This is hardly shocking: Building...
  • US Officials: China Refuses to Help Stop Investment Scams

    01/09/2013 6:55:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    ABC News | 1/9/13 | Matthew Mosk & Brian Ross
    The Chinese government snubbed a U.S. request for help in cracking down on a string of alleged investment frauds that have cost Americans billions, outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro told ABC News. The lack of cooperation has stymied efforts to recoup investor losses, she said, in one of the largest sprees of alleged financial crimes in recent memory -- one that has gone largely unnoticed by most Americans. "The consequence is it´s very much more difficult for us to prove our cases," Schapiro said in one of her final interviews before leaving the post,
  • California teachers pension fund tied to gun maker by investment

    12/18/2012 3:16:05 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Chris Megerian
    An investment made by the California teachers pension fund is coming under scrutiny because of its link to the manufacturer of the assault rifle used in the Connecticut elementary school massacre. The fund pledged to invest $500 million in the private equity firm Cerberus, owner of the gun-making conglomerate known as the Freedom Group. One of the group's manufacturers is Bushmaster, which produced the rifle officials say was used to kill 20 schoolchildren and six adults in a Newtown, Conn., school Friday.
  • Unemployment Rate for Government Workers Half that of Private Sector

    12/10/2012 11:04:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    While the national rate of unemployment for private sector workers exceeds 8%, the rate for government workers is under 4%. US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis argued that “this is just one more piece of evidence bolstering the President’s economic plan.” “The President’s critics are fond of alleging that a tax increase will hurt the economy,” Solis said. “But let’s take President Obama’s advice and ‘look at the numbers.’ The private sector appears to be relatively inefficient when it comes to job creation. Despite being allowed to keep more than half of the money they earn, private sector businesses still...
  • Obama's Most Dangerous Tax Hike: Savings and Investments

    12/02/2012 2:59:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | December 2, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama proposed tax hike contains a lot to dislike, but what hasn't gotten much attention is the tax hike on savings and investments. While the marginal income tax rate will rise from 35% to 39.6% for top income-earners and small business owners, the proposed tax hike on capital gains and dividends could cause the most long-term economic damage. That's not to downplay the rise in marginal rates. It could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next few years. More universally acknowledged by economists, however, is the economic harm that savings and investment taxes do. In the Tax...
  • Idea for a mutual fund that will make the lefties explode!

    10/12/2012 7:07:32 AM PDT · by Fido969 · 11 replies
    my crazy brain | today | me
    Everyone knows what a black hole of finance the "democratic strongholds" have become. Municipal bonds used to be a good investment, but with democrats having driven so many cities and states to the economic brink, I'd be leary. How about a tax-exempt mutual fund of Republican municipalities only? I'd guess the investors would flock to those because they would be safer, and we'd make it clear that democrats are a lousy investment.
  • Incoherent Obama and Clinton on Romney and the Economy

    09/03/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | July 13, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Last night on The CBS Evening News, they played a clip from an upcoming interview on CBS, Charlie Rose talking to Obama.  Charlie Rose said, "What do you think the lessons have been that might guarantee success for you in a second --" see, everything is oriented around this guy winning the election.  To hell with what happens to the country.  I guess Charlie Rose doesn't care.  I guess he's doing okay. He can't envision not doing okay.  He can't envision not being whatever he is today, so he doesn't care.  It's all, "what does it mean for Obama?" ...
  • If the Economy Is Tanking; Why Are Markets Up? (What's encouraging investors?)

    07/28/2012 4:08:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/28/2012 | Chris Banescu
    The latest economic data released Thursday confirms what all Americans, especially business owners, already knew.  Economic growth has slowed down to a measly 1.5% (from 2% the previous quarter), job growth continues to languish with nationwide unemployment at a dismal 8.2%, consumer confidence has fallen to its lowest level this year, and consumer spending is also tanking.  Household purchases, which represent approximately 70% of GDP, grew at the slowest pace in a year.  Recent surveys show that Americans have lost approximately 40% of their net worth in the last few years, and poverty rates are reaching levels not seen...
  • A Pernicious Logical Fallacy: Government “Investment”

    07/16/2012 10:46:51 AM PDT · by Etpa · 3 replies
    Engineering Thinking ^ | 7-16-12 | N. E. Walker
    One of the most pernicious fallacies is the idea that because money was “invested” (spent) by the government, and some benefits were purportedly achieved, the benefits prove the worth of such expenditures. For example, President George Bush said, “My administration has worked with Congress to invest in gas-saving technologies like advanced batteries and hydrogen fuel cells…” And more recently, President Obama has claimed that government investment is responsible for “…creating the Internet that allowed Microsoft and Google and Facebook to thrive.” Assuming that these investments were worthwhile is a fallacy, because alternatives were not tried.
  • Why Recent Oil Price Falls are a Good Buying Opportunity - An Interview with Jim Rogers

    07/04/2012 7:30:14 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies ^ | 07/04/2012 | James stafford
    World markets appear to be hovering over a precipice as Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, slowdowns in India and China and further bank downgrades threaten to send stocks and commodities down even further. Falling oil and gas prices may offer some respite to consumers but are they enough to help the economy or are they a symptom of deeper problems? To help us look at these issues and more we are joined by the well known investor, adventurer and author Jim Rogers. Jim is the creator of the Rogers International Commodity Index, he also recently completed a book called: A Gift...
  • Freeper Investment Advice!

    07/03/2012 1:18:55 AM PDT · by servantoftheservant · 58 replies
    Would appreciate advice from all investment minded Freepers! I've recently come into $100K, and am at a loss as to how to invest it. The stock market seems to be a lottery of policy rather than market forces. Will there be inflation or deflation? Buy real estate while it's low? Sink it into Precious Metals? Emergency supplies? I'm paralyzed, but need to do something with it. Would love to hear what the resourceful people here would do. Thanks for all your ideas!!
  • Will Toledo, Ohio Be The First Major American City To Be Owned By China?

    06/21/2012 4:16:02 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies ^ | 6.21.12 | Susanne Posel
    It has been said that there are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One way is by using the sword, and the other is by using debt. Fortunately, America is not in danger of being conquered by the sword right now, but America is being conquered by debt. The borrower is the servant of the lender, and today we owe China more than a trillion dollars. By running a gigantic trade deficit with us, China has been able to become incredibly wealthy. We have begged them to lend us back some of the money that we have sent...
  • No Shelter: 2012 Gains Erased in Torrent of Selling

    06/01/2012 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Yahoooooo! ^ | 06-01-2012 | Aaron Task
    Any hope the calendar turning from May to June would change the market's trend were dashed Friday, as stocks started the month with a resounding thud. Major averaged tumbled from the opening bell as a weak U.S. jobs report, sluggish Chinese PMI data and ongoing concerns about Europe proved a toxic brew for those long stocks. (See: May's Jobs Report Disappoints Across the Board) The Dow (^DJI) closed down 279 points, or 2.3%, and has fallen into negative territory for the year. The S&P 500 (^GSPC) was down 2.5% to 1278, breaking important support at 1284, its 200-day moving average,...