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  • UK Govt To Oppose Any Moves On BP

    04/27/2015 1:36:10 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 27-04-2015 | Banana
    The U.K. government wants BP to still stand for “British Petroleum.” The Financial Times reported that Downing Street would do all it could to block a takeover of BP. Weakened and shrunken down due to the massive, and still rising, toll stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP could become a takeover target from one of the larger oil majors out there. Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that perhaps ExxonMobil or Chevron could be eyeing the British oil giant, so much so that BP’s CEO Bob Dudley had to publicly dispel any notion that his company is for...
  • How To Spot An Undervalued Oil Company

    04/24/2015 10:58:04 AM PDT · by Opintel · 3 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 24-04-2015 | Jump At Opportunities !
    Oil executives have been making headlines recently, due to large purchases of their own company’s stock. In fact, insider buying in the oil industry is higher than any other industry, except the machinery industry. Who’s buying? Major insider purchases for the month of March were made by Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) and Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO). Diamond Offshore Drilling’s CEO, Corp Loews, purchased 685,373 shares on the open market, and Rich Kinder, CEO of Kinder Morgan, purchased 100,000 shares of Kinder Morgan. In March, Rich Kinder and Corp Loews weren’t the only executives buying company stock. The Director of...
  • Expert: Billions in Chicago Bonds Pay for Literally Nothing

    03/31/2015 7:40:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Ransom
    In masterful article by Kristi Culpepper, a muni-bond expert who works for the state of Kentucky, Chicago’s bond financing scheme is exposed as a house of cards that postpone debt payments in return for higher interest payments over time. Amongst the questionable strategies exposed by Culpepper include using long-term financing to cover day-to-day expenses, using bonds to pay pension obligations and misappropriating returns from the interest rate swap portfolio as an “ATM” for the city. And the winners are: Chicago city employees—union employees, for whose paychecks and benefit the scheme of providing short term-cash in return for high interest payments...
  • Vietnam’s senior officials should be banned from depositing money abroad

    03/14/2015 4:18:59 AM PDT · by piasa · 2 replies
    Tuoi Tre News ^ | Updated : 03/14/2015 14:28 GMT + 7
    Vietnamese civil servants holding positions at levels of ministerial bureaus and departments or higher should be banned from depositing money or assets abroad or owning property overseas, according to a research group’s proposal aimed at preventing corruption and improving the recovery of losses in corruption case. Such a proposed prohibition is one of many solutions that have been raised in a study on “recovery of property from corruption cases – the practice in Vietnam and international experience” conducted by a group of researchers under the Vietnam Party Central Committee's Commission for Internal Affairs. The suggested ban was voiced by Vu...
  • Marinkovic invites US to invest in Serbian energy sector

    02/07/2015 7:21:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Tanjug ^ | February 7, 2015
    BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy Parliament Speaker Vladimir Marinkovic invited US-based companies on Saturday to invest in Serbian energy sector, particularly in renewable energy sources. Marinkovic met with US Senator Ted Cruz and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hoyt Brian Yee to discuss investment opportunities in Serbian energy and other sectors. Marinkovic pointed out that Serbia is interested in establishing a strategic partnership with the US that could result in high level political relations and new investments, the Serbian deputy parliament speaker's office said in a release. The government and the parliament of Serbia are strongly committed to...
  • China, Argentina agree on work for new nuclear power plants

    02/05/2015 6:41:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    AP ^ | February 4, 2015 | Staff
    Chinese and Argentine leaders on Wednesday signed a batch of agreements, including collaboration on two new nuclear power plants, as Beijing is strengthening its relations with the South American country. On a state visit to China, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the two countries signed 15 agreements covering travel visas, information technology, media, energy, space technology and financing. The financial amounts of the deals were not disclosed.
  • What Experts Say about This Past Week--Investment & Finance Thread Jan. 25

    01/25/2015 10:11:11 AM PST · by expat_panama · 107 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Considering the top headlines were about soft footballs this has to have been an easy no-brainer week for investments.  Maybe; here's what he experts are telling us:                     [excerpt from Investors Business Daily At Davos, Hypocrites Tell Rest Of Us To Lower Expectations]Former Vice President Al Gore listens to singer Pharrell Williams... [snip]...talking, of course, about the annual confab at Davos, Switzerland, ...[snip] "The purpose," said former vice president and climate-change entrepreneur Al Gore, standing with hip-hop star Pharrell Williams, "is to have a billion voices with one message, to demand climate action now." OK, so how about you flying commercial,...
  • Investing in the ObamaFund; Treasury rolls out a new savings plan without a Congressional vote.

    12/30/2014 3:32:07 AM PST · by Liz · 15 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 12/29/14
    EXCERPT—--the WH wants you to consider a retirement plan that will invest in nothing but US government debt. Any financial professional who advised this—would be sued for malpractice. But asset allocation is merely one of the problems with the new “myRA” fund rolling out this month. A form of Roth IRA that allows people to save after-tax dollars and watch them grow tax-free until retirement, the new myRA offers a single investment option. It’s a private version of the G Fund that is available to federal workers and has lately been delivering annual returns of about 2% on its portfolio...
  • U.S. Has Highest Capital Gains Rate in World: Independent Accountants

    11/03/2014 4:32:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Overwhelming Case against Capital Gains Taxation According to the bean counters at Ernst and Young, the United States has one of the highest capital gains tax rates in the world.But if you donÂ’t trust the numbers from a big accounting firm, then you can peruse a study from the pro-tax Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that reaches the same conclusion.But does this really matter? Is the United States harmed by having a high tax rate?The Wall Street Journal certainly makes a compelling case that high tax rates on capital gains are self-destructive.And this remarkable chart shows that workers...
  • Caveat, investor: Now feds want a bite of your mutual fund

    10/02/2014 5:59:33 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    The Citizen ^ | 9-4-14 | Paul S. Atkins
    To oversee this process, Dodd-Frank created the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), made up of the heads of the financial services regulatory agencies. The council claims very broad power to designate certain activities (like asset management) or companies and products (including mutual funds) as systemically important and subject them to Federal Reserve bank-style regulation, including leverage and capital requirements. And the council is doing just that – first with banks, then insurance companies and now, potentially, mutual funds. President Obama’s “independent” insurance expert on the council issued a blistering dissent when it designated Prudential – the nation’s second-largest life insurer...
  • Investment, Un-American Style

    10/02/2014 7:26:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/02/2014 | Ken Fisher
    To hell with Obama–be un-American. I am! Our country has a great future. But it’s too popular. The U.S. of A. is 23% of global GDP yet sports 28 of the world’s 50 biggest stocks. American markets have outpaced foreign ones for seven years. These things fluctuate. Yes, America has inherent advantages that few see. When I was a young man in the 1970s, tech firms were scattered across the developed world. Since then America has come to dominate tech, almost totally. The largest official non-U.S. tech stock is China’s Tencent Holdings , which really isn’t a tech outfit at...
  • Rare Earth Metals Were Supposed To Be The 'Can't-Lose' Investment — Look How That Turned Out

    09/16/2014 9:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/16/2014 | Myles Udland
    Shares of rare earth mining company Molycorp are down more than 70% in 2014. But the decline of Molycorp began quickly and brutally in 2011. Molycorp went public in July 2010 at $14 per share, right as the price of rare earth minerals started to take off. The price of Molycorp shares quintupled within a year, and peaked at $74 in 2011. But over the last three years, the stock has been on a steady march towards $0. The 2010 surge in rare earth prices prompted ZeroHedge to write: "Ever heard of the oxides of Lanthanum, Cerium, Neodymium, Praseodymium and/or...
  • As Businesses Flee, Jerry Brown's California Attracts A Different Kind Of "Investment"

    09/14/2014 5:41:23 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 51 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12 September 2014 | Editorial
    Immigration: When California Gov. Jerry Brown hung out the "all welcome" sign for illegals, Mexico's drug cartels heard him loud and clear. Raids on Thursday left lawmen declaring Los Angeles a cash-laundering mecca. Roping off 100 blocks of downtown Los Angeles this week, federal agents from the U.S. attorney's office raided roughly 70 garment district businesses along with a few houses in tony Westwood and Beverly Hills. The suspected crime was laundering money for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Agents hauled out $65 million in cash stuffed in duffel bags, suitcases and boxes, some of it blood-spattered. The cash came from hostage...
  • The Brilliance of Obamanomics

    07/23/2014 6:56:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    3-1-13
    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 Apmex.com 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).