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  • FORGET GOLD: Here Are 11 Odd Items People Use To Store Their Wealth

    10/22/2014 7:23:19 AM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    BI ^ | 10-22-2014 | Akin Oyedele
    Akin Oyedele October 22, 2014"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head." That's what Warren Buffett said back in 1998. Gold has long been considered a safe-haven investment. However, the price of gold has performed dismally in recent years. For those who don't trust the conventional financial markets, there are alternative more unorthodox ways to put away wealth. We put together a list of some...
  • The Need to Eliminate FIRPTA

    06/23/2014 10:14:26 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 3 replies
    GlobeSt..com ^ | June 4, 2014 | James Nelson
    In my last two blog posts, I have been critical of the government on New York City property taxes and the proposed reduction of the 1031 exchange. For a change, I wanted to voice my support for a potential tax revision regarding the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). This tax would greatly boost foreign investment in US properties, and lead to job creation, stimulation of the economy and further increase property values. On March 29th, President Obama released major proposals to encourage private investment in US infrastructure as part of a proposed Rebuild America Partnership. For international...
  • 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...
  • Get Ready for Regulators to Peer Into Your Portfolio

    05/03/2014 9:08:48 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | jason Zweig
    In December, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which oversees how investments are sold, proposed what it calls Cards, an electronic system that would regularly collect data on balances and transactions in brokerage accounts. But some critics think it could endanger the privacy and security of investors’ confidential data. Under Cards (which stands for Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System), Finra would collect—probably weekly—a record of activity at all of the more than 4,100 brokerage firms nationwide.
  • Global super rich eye office blocks over mansions as wealth hits $20 trillion

    03/04/2014 11:27:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    LONDON - The world's super rich are turning from luxury mansions to hotels and office blocks, as they hunt for bigger property deals to preserve their growing fortunes which hit a combined $20 trillion (11.99 trillion pounds) in 2013, data showed on Wednesday. The move into commercial property comes as wealth levels rebound after the financial crisis and home values in London and Monaco soar, prompting the rich to look for riskier investments that offer higher returns than gold or bonds. Wealthy individuals spent $11.2 billion on hotels, offices, warehouses and shops globally in 2013, up from $7 billion in...
  • Vanity: Seeking advice on buying silver

    02/14/2014 6:43:09 PM PST · by Kolath · 67 replies
    Kolath | 02/14/2014 | Kolath
    Looking into buying silver and needed advice (do's and don'ts). Was thinking of both 1oz and fractional coins (1/2, 1/4 and 1/10 an oz). Where can I buy (recommendations) and how can I properly store them? Was looking to spend under 1k.
  • Financial Advice - Vanity

    01/31/2014 8:58:25 PM PST · by Rural_Michigan · 48 replies
    I spend a lot of time browsing FR, and have noticed a lot of FReepers have a lot of knowledge/opinions pertaining to finances. There also appears to be a good number of Freepers who are about retirement age with a good conservative viewpoint. Taking into consideration current events and the steady devaluation of the dollar, my question to the experienced Freepers out there is this: Let's say you're 25, are debt free, make no car payments, earn O-2 pay and are unmarried. You don't have any retirement accounts but are apprehensive of starting an IRA or contributing to a Thrift...
  • New York lawmakers bite hard on Bitcoin: why that's good for investors (+video)

    01/30/2014 8:30:27 AM PST · by Errant · 1 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 29 January 2014 | Gloria Goodale
    As two days of hearings on the future of digital currencies – think Bitcoin – wrapped up Wednesday in the New York State Legislature, fans of the cyber-cash were getting both bad and good news. Supporters who are drawn to Bitcoin because it largely functions outside governmental control may have been dismayed at the attempt to corral the currency inside state guidelines for the handling of money. But, at the same time, say experts, the simple act of enacting regulations bestows the legitimacy the digital currency needs to become widely used. “Most of the folks in this market who are...
  • ObamaCare Raises Health Insurance Premiums, Especially For The Young [Consequences Happen]

    12/19/2013 2:50:46 PM PST · by SES1066 · 10 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 12/05/2013 | Matthew Herper
    The Affordable Care Act has dramatically increased the cost of buying a health insurance plan on the individual market in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina, states that account for more than half of America’s uninsured adults, according to a study by Sector & Sovereign, a sell-side firm that focuses on advising investors what sectors to put their money in. Worse, the firm argued in a note earlier this week, the increases in cost are most substantial for the young. According to S&S, the average deductible – the amount of money you spend out of pocket...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-20-13 edition)

    03/20/2013 7:23:52 AM PDT · by dennisw · 2 replies
    3-20-13
    Daily finance & investment thread (3-20-13 edition) 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...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-8-13 edition)

    03/08/2013 4:14:39 AM PST · by dennisw · 13 replies
    3-8-13
    Daily finance & investment thread (3-8-13 edition) 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...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-7-13 edition)

    03/07/2013 6:37:45 AM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    3-7-13
    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...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-6-13 edition)

    03/06/2013 2:05:00 AM PST · by dennisw · 13 replies
    3-6-13
    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...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-5-13 edition)

    03/04/2013 9:44:26 PM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    3-5-13
    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...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (3-2-13 edition)

    03/02/2013 5:39:14 AM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    3-2-13
    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...
  • Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions

    12/21/2012 10:50:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Kerry Has Investments in Companies Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions Daniel Halper December 21, 2012 12:59 PM John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry's disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it's a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation. Disclosure forms reveal that Kerry has between $150,000...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-28-13 edition)

    02/27/2013 11:19:24 PM PST · by dennisw · 14 replies
    2-28-13
    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...
  • Daily finance & investment thread --- edition for 2-27-13

    02/26/2013 9:15:54 PM PST · by dennisw · 30 replies
    2-27-13
    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...
  • The Final Economic Countdown

    02/18/2013 10:16:44 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-18-2013 | Alasdair Macleod
    The Final Economic Countdown Politics / Global EconomyFebruart 18, 2013 - 12:11 PM GMT By: Alasdair Macleod Governments have refused to accept the necessity of a period of economic re-adjustment following the credit-bubble. The bubble burst about five years ago and economic progress has been effectively suspended ever since. The consequences of this refusal to accept reality are at a minimum to make this adjustment unnecessarily drawn out and needlessly painful, without offering a better eventual outcome. Reduced to its bare bones, the choice has been either to accept that unviable businesses and over-extended banks must go bust, or to...
  • Huge Defense Sector Cuts, What This Means for Your Investments

    02/16/2013 10:46:26 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO - InvestmentContrarian ^ | 2-13-2013 | Sasha Cekerevac
    Huge Defense Sector Cuts, What This Means For Your Investments Companies / Sector AnalysisFebruary 16, 2013 - 11:44 AM GMT By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: March 1 is a very big day for many people. Unless Obama and the Republicans make a deal prior to that date, billions of dollars in spending cuts will be enacted. Of all the areas that will be hit, I think the defense market sector will bear the brunt of the cutbacks and the future viability of corporate earnings in this sector is certainly in doubt. At this point, Pentagon officials are now planning for...
  • Obama Called Cayman Island Investments 'The Biggest Tax Scam on Record' (2008 video)

    02/11/2013 5:31:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 2/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    In the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama called Cayman Island investments "the biggest tax scam on record." Now, in 2013, President Obama has nominated Jack Lew, who had $56,000 in Cayman Island investments, to be the next secretary of Treasury. Here's Obama making the claim in 2008:
  • I Told You So! Of Course Washington will Steal Your Retirement Benefits

    12/22/2012 6:21:04 AM PST · by Renfield · 48 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 12-6-2012 | Ron Holland
    Today the twin fake memes of a "Fiscal Cliff" and "Austerity" are combining to create a contrived excuse to tax and steal far more of your wealth and income, including your retirement benefits. The press is filled with articles and editorials like one recently at CNBC entitled "Amid Tax Talks, a cry of 'Save My 401(k)'." Many retirement, offshore and political experts including Jeff Berwick, Larry Grossman and others are now warning how government revenue needs and austerity measures by the Obama Administration today threaten the private retirement system and benefits of millions of successful Americans. Back on January 28,...
  • Susan Rice’s Enrichment Program...Rice has investments in companies doing business with Iran

    11/29/2012 3:05:04 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The Washigton Free Beacon ^ | 11/29/2012 | Adam Kredo
    The portfolio of embattled United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice includes investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in several energy companies known for doing business with Iran, according to financial disclosure forms. Rice, a possible nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she steps down, has come under criticism for promulgating erroneous information about the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Rice has the highest net worth of executive branch members, with a fortune estimated between $24 to $44 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A Free Beacon analysis of Rice’s...
  • Dark Ages Investment Strategies? (Vanity)

    11/09/2012 9:49:38 AM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 20 replies
    self | 11/09/2012 | Springfield Reformer
    Despite the strong emotions of the moment, the reality is that we have to get through this. Whether we are in for a short or a long winter is unknown, and dependent entirely on the mercy of God. Still, it should be the objective of each of us to not merely survive, but to flourish during these dark times. With that in mind, I have a question for our financial experts. I am being given an opportunity to convert a service annuity into a lump sum payment. The lump sum is equal to twelve years of pension payments. I hope...
  • Romney says Obama also has investments in Chinese companies and through a Cayman Islands trust

    10/18/2012 2:08:56 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    One of the many tense moments in the second presidential debate turned on a new topic in the race: President Barack Obama’s pension account. Here’s how it came up: Early in the face-off, Obama scoffed at Mitt Romney’s pledge to crack down on unfair trading practices by China, saying Romney is currently invested in companies "that are building surveillance equipment for China to spy on its own folks." Romney later explained that, yes, he understands that his blind trust has invested in foreign firms, including companies in China. Then he confronted Obama. Romney: "Mr. President, have you looked at your...
  • SEI Survey: Advisors Gaining Confidence in Romney Victory

    09/20/2012 9:29:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Equities ^ | September 20, 2012
    In a surprising shift, the majority of financial advisors (52 percent) now believe Mitt Romney will win the 2012 presidential election, according to an SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) Quick Poll released today. This is a significant change in sentiment from a similar poll conducted by SEI in May, where nearly 2 in 3 advisors (63 percent) believed President Barack Obama would win. The number of advisors who want Romney to win remained unchanged at 74 percent. The results point to a growing confidence in a Romney victory among financial advisors despite a slight bump in most national polls for Obama following...
  • The Ten Investments That Made Paul Ryan A Millionaire

    09/02/2012 5:35:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/02/2012 | Walter Hickey
    Thanks to the personal finance disclosure that members of congress are required to submit — and the folks at the Center for Responsive Politics who maintain a database of the documents — we were able to look into the investment decisions of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who as of last week, is now the official Republican vice presidential nominee. According to the documents, Ryan has benefited from a number of trusts and inheritances that make up most of his wealth, but his investments over the years have cemented his net worth somwhere between $927,000 and $3.2 million. A brief stint...
  • The Obama Campaign’s ‘Investments’ (Will they pay off down the road?)

    08/30/2012 9:43:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/30/2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    I keep hearing defenders and even objective analysts saying that the Obama campaign’s financial “burn rate” isn’t that big a problem because the Obama campaign is making long term “strategic investments” in “infrastructure” that will pay off down the road (Sound familiar?). Here’s Obama campaign press secretary Ben Labolt: “Since we knew from the outset that Republican super PACs would likely outspend us on the air, we made a decision to invest early in building the largest grassroots campaign in history so that our supporters could engage in 500 days of persuasion with their networks.” I have three responses to...
  • Dem. Chair Invested in Swiss Banks, Foreign Drug Companies, and the State Bank of India

    07/10/2012 3:42:05 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 53 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | DANIEL HALPER | JUL 10, 2012
    Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India. This revelation comes mere days after the Democratic chair attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for holding money in Swiss bank accounts in the past. "Americans need to ask themselves, why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?" the DNC chair, a chief surrogate for President Obama's reelection team, said on Fox News Sunday two days ago. "Just...
  • Get Ready for the New Investment Tax

    06/29/2012 1:19:19 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 12 replies
    wsj ^ | 6/29/12 | LAURA SAUNDERS
    It really is happening. Until this week, investors were waiting to see what the Supreme Court would do about the 3.8 percentage-point surtax on investment income, part of President Obama's health-care overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service hasn't yet released guidance on the new tax. So when the court affirmed the law on Thursday, investors—and tax advisers—started scrambling.
  • Chu: I give myself an A-minus on managing taxpayer investments

    03/01/2012 11:07:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 3/1/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Consider this your spit-take moment of the day. After overruling Department of Energy auditors and losing $535 million on Solyndra, as well as a number of other green-tech flops, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu gives himself a pretty good grade as a steward of public funds. In fact, after Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) asks him to assign himself a grade, Chu goes one better than Barack Obama’s one-year self-assessment of a “good, solid B-plus”:
  • Uncle Sam’s Fire Sale. Minimum Investment: $1 Billion (Crony Capitalism)

    02/22/2012 4:17:31 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 2-22-2012 | Addison Wiggin
    Uncle Sam’s Fire Sale. Minimum Investment: $1 Billion By Addison Wiggin 02/22/12 Baltimore, Maryland – In my investment letter, Addison Wiggin’s Apogee Advisory, we spend a great deal of time, money and resources looking for new investment ideas that our subscribers can act on independently. Sometimes what we find instead is outrage.For example, the federal government is about to dump millions of the foreclosed homes at fire-sale prices to hedge funds and private-equity firms with government connections. If you’re an individual investor who might like to get in on the action, forget it! You’re shut out of this deal. Homeowners...
  • Feds OK with leftover campaign money being invested

    02/07/2012 10:40:50 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-6-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Candidate committees can rack up cash in a hurry, especially during a high stakes race. And provisions in election law allow campaigns to invest campaign funds, bolstering — or diminishing — contributions. In the 2011-12 election cycle, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-District 1, raised nearly $2.5 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. At the end of 2011, his candidate committee held $4.6 million. In early 1999, Citizens for Arlen Specter, the campaign for the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, sought the opinion of the FEC to determine what could be done with his excess cash,...
  • Danielle Park Explains Investing Ahead of the Pack--01-13-12

    01/13/2012 3:51:46 PM PST · by appeal2 · 1 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 01/13/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Danielle Park is a reformed attorney, like your host, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a long time money manager to the wealthy. Today, she explains how the markets are simply doing what they always do; she states that with the proper understanding and the ability to go against the grain, large profits are obtainable to savvy investors. When things look great and it appears that nothing can go wrong, it's time to start preparing your portfolio for the inevitable crash. An understanding of history shows us that it's not really a new era, and this time ISN'T different. There is...
  • Chelsea Clinton's Baggage. No, Not Them.

    12/05/2011 6:39:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-5-11 | James G. Wiles
    Once a Clinton, always a Clinton. Sunday's New York Times featured, as the lead article in its Style section, a heartwarming profile of Chelsea Clinton. In particular, the piece -- obviously intended to introduce the Third Clinton to Times readers and opinion-leaders everywhere -- addressed her career(s) so far and the reasons behind Chelsea's recently reported move to NBC News. Headlined "Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name," the piece highlighted the former First Daughter's decision to come out from the shadows of her famous parents and be her own woman. Well, not entirely her own woman. Chelsea's Wikipedia...
  • Gingrich Leads in PPP Poll, Followed by Cain

    11/14/2011 10:00:39 AM PST · by TBBT · 283 replies
    The Corner ^ | 11/14/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Results from new poll of GOP primary voters from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling: Newt Gingrich (28 percent), Herman Cain (25 percent), Mitt Romney (18 percent), Rick Perry (6 percent), Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul (5 percent), Jon Huntsman (3 percent), Rick Santorum and Gary Johnson (1 percent). One particularly interesting note from PPP: “There’s reason to think that if Cain continues to fade, Gingrich will continue to gain. Among Cain’s supporters 73 percent have a favorable opinion of Gingrich to only 21 percent with a negative one.”
  • '60 Minutes' probes Pelosi's investments

    11/11/2011 6:35:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 11/11/11 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Washington -- House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is bracing for a report on the stock investments of members of Congress that is to air Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes." The San Francisco Democrat and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were questioned separately at their weekly news conferences Nov. 3 by reporter Steve Croft. Neither had granted Croft's previous requests for interviews. Croft asked both leaders about stock transactions they made while Congress was considering legislation that could affect the financial and insurance industries. Pelosi and Boehner vigorously denied any connection. Laws against insider trading - making stock bets based on...
  • Meet Porter Stansberry, the fraudster behind ominous "NewAmerica3" ads

    11/09/2011 9:16:11 AM PST · by martosko · 17 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2011 | Steven Nelson
    Many television viewers encounter strange, disjointed ads promoting NewAmerica3.com. The ads plead with viewers to visit the website, where the narrator promises a Nostradamus-like offering of dire prophecies for the future. What most viewers don’t know is that the man behind the ad has been found liable in the past for defrauding investors. Meet Frank Porter Stansberry. In 2003 the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against him for peddling false information to subscribers of his financial newsletter. The name of his company at the time was Pirate Investor.
  • Vilsack: Administration Will Invest Tax Dollars in Grocery Stores

    09/15/2011 6:37:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | 9/15/11 | Erick Hamme
    (CNSNews.com) -- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that USDA is handing out $14.7 million in taxpayer money to community groups in rural areas to lend or give to rural businesses -- including to rural grocery stores. The USDA chief Wednesday announced 69 new spending projects under the Rural Business Enterprise Grants/Rural Economic Area Partnerships program (RBEG) and the Intermediate Re-lending Program (IRP).
  • The Hidden Dangers In Safe Haven Investments

    08/20/2011 7:53:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/20/2011 | Paul Sullivan
    AS Europe’s debt troubles intensified earlier this month and United States debt was downgraded, many people rushed into gold and Treasury securities as a safe haven. It was the latest sign that in uncertain times, investors act in ways that can hurt them in the long run. “They fled the perceived risk of falling stock prices right into the assured risk of overvalued assets,” said G. Scott Clemons, chief investment strategist for the wealth management division at Brown Brothers Harriman. What drove those decisions was not logic but fear — fear of a repeat of September 2008. And that fear...
  • Audio Links to Good Financial Info - Austrian Economic Perspectives

    08/07/2011 11:01:10 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 12 replies
    JustTheTruth
    Fellow Freepers, Are you interested in learning about hard asset investing, and about how to be successful applying a financial world view that is different from the Wall Street MBA crap that many of us have been steeped in for decades? I want to share links to various free podcasts that have helped me to learn and earn since the economy started to tank. Years ago I earned an MBA from a highly ranked graduate school, but in more recent years I have learned that the Wall Street paradigm still taught in business schools is very incomplete and even...
  • Egan-Jones Downgrades US credit rating to AA

    07/27/2011 12:35:07 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 34 replies
    Dow Jones Newswire ^ | 7/26/2011 | Ackerman & Taylor
    Egan-Jones downgrades U.S. rating to AA+ from AAA -Small ratings agency unlikely to have market-moving implications, but comes amid possible downgrades from larger ratings agencies. -Egan-Jones cites rising debt-to-GDP ratio for downgrade rather than delay in raising the debt ceiling. By Andrew Ackerman and Mark Taylor Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Egan-Jones Ratings Co. over the weekend lowered its rating on U.S. debt, the ratings firm's president, Sean Egan, announced Monday.
  • Preparing Your Investments For An Inflationary Future

    05/26/2011 3:30:50 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 5-26-2011 | Eric Fry
    Preparing Your Investments For An Inflationary Future By Eric Fry 05/26/11 Laguna Beach, California – Let the boxing match begin!…In the near corner, we find deflation, with its furious fists of debt liquidation and credit contraction… And in the far corner, we’ve got Ben Bernanke’s printing press, with its menacing inflationary uppercut. Inflation will win this contest eventually, but the match might go the full 12 rounds. Deflation is no slouch. He packs a mean punch. Borrowers of all types – from single-family mortgage-holders to national governments – are defaulting on their loans…or moving rapidly in that direction. As the...
  • Legislation May Restrict Investors’ Access to 401(k)s

    05/23/2011 11:06:49 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Concerned that “short term desires to put food on the table may interfere with the Government’s ability to adequately control the nation’s resources,” legislation that would limit people access to their 401(k) funds has been introduced in Congress. A Bill titled the Savings Enhancement by Alleviating Leakage in 401(k)s Act, otherwise known as the SEAL Act, was jointly introduced by Senators Herb Kohl (D-Wis) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo). The legislation aims to reduce the number of loans a person can take out using his 401(k) as security. “There is a risk that too many people will put personal needs ahead...
  • Only 51% See Buying A Home As Family’s Best Investment

    04/20/2011 8:43:37 AM PDT · by library user · 53 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | April 20, 2011 | by Scott Rasmussen
    ~ EXCERPT ~ The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 51% now believe buying a home is a family’s best investment. That’s down from 55% in March and from 73% in February 2009. Only once before - in August of last year - has the belief in home ownership been this low. Twenty-five percent (25%) of adults do not think a home is the best investment for families, while another 23% are not sure. Just 11% of all Americans say now is a good time for someone in their area to sell their house, showing...
  • The Economic Headwinds Just Became A Hurricane

    03/11/2011 5:04:14 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-11-2011 | Comstock Partners
    The Economic Headwinds Just Became A Hurricane Comstock Partners Mar. 11, 2011, 7:09 AM The party is over. The major factors facing the economy and the market that we have been discussing in past comments (please see archives) are coming to a head as the reality of a post-credit crisis economy becomes more and more apparent in the period ahead. The massive monetary and economic stimulus that saved us from another great depression and led to the current weak economic recovery is now creating more problems than solutions and there is no way out that does not involve some economic...
  • Pay as You Go vs. Investments

    02/25/2011 8:47:47 AM PST · by GarthVader · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Consider first a static economy, with no inflation, no population growth, and stable wages. Under these conditions the rate of return for a pay as you go system is exactly zero, the same as putting money in a mattress. Social Security is purely insurance against living longer than average, with the benefits paid for by those who die younger than average. (Social Security also transfers some wealth between those making upper middle class wages over a long career to those making lower class wages.)
  • Retirement Planning Advice for My 20-Something Son

    02/24/2011 9:55:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs ^ | Friday, February 25, 2011 | Steve Vernon
    Establish smart spending habits. Live like you're poor. How do you do that? Drive your cars into the ground, don't eat out very much, avoid expensive and potentially unhealthy processed foods, buy food in bulk, buy just enough clothes to fit your needs, and use public transportation. ... Use credit cards only as a convenience to avoid carrying cash; limit your credit card spending so that you can easily pay off the balance each month. Make every dollar count with your spending, so you can free up money to invest in the future. Get healthy. One of the best things...
  • A Presidency to Nowhere

    01/27/2011 4:06:25 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 27, 2011 | Daneil Henninger
    * WONDER LAND * JANUARY 27, 2011 A Presidency to Nowhere High-speed rail and solar shingles are not the answer to America's "Sputnik moment." No president before Barack Obama has been so right and so wrong. When in his State of the Union speech Mr. Obama said, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment," citing the emergence of global competition from the likes of China and India, he was right. Minutes later he proposed to cover the country with high-speed rail and companies making solar shingles. High-speed rail and solar shingles? If that's the president's idea of meeting our Sputnik moment,...
  • Adviser says Obama backs 'targeted investments' (Valerie Jarrett)

    01/25/2011 8:12:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/25/11 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett says the Obama administration believes it can make "targeted investments" for job creation while simultaneously supporting cuts in the budget. Jarrett tells CBS's "The Early Show" investments are necessary in education and infrastructure to encourage business formation and hiring.