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  • Why Gold Has Been on a Tear in 2016 [UP 15% SINCE JAN. 1]

    02/11/2016 2:18:03 AM PST · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Fortune ^ | February 9, 2016 | Aaron Task
    The stock market is having a horrible time so far in 2016, with the S&P 500 down more than 9%. Gold, on the other hand, is up nearly 10% year-to-date and hit a four-month high of just under $1200 per ounce on Monday before dipping 0.7% Tuesday to $1189.30. It's a bit of a cliche to say that people turn to gold in times of uncertainty: Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Gold did phenomenally well from 2000-2011 but really suffered after hitting nearly $2000 per ounce in 2011. From 2011 to 2015, the yellow metal pretty much fell in...
  • The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

    03/02/2015 12:52:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior. Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different...
  • Quantum physics just got less complicated

    12/19/2014 11:34:49 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 76 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 12/19/14
    Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications. Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner made the breakthrough while at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore. They found that 'wave-particle duality' is simply the quantum 'uncertainty principle' in disguise, reducing two mysteries to one."The connection between uncertainty and wave-particle duality comes out very naturally when you...
  • Oh, noes: 80% of biofuels producers have cut back production due to federal-mandate uncertainty

    05/15/2014 7:27:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Well, who woulda’ thunk it? The Environmental Protection Agency finally decided to acknowledge the incompatibility of the Renewable Fuel Standard with both America’s declining gasoline consumption and the environmental degradation caused by the production of corn ethanol, thereby obliterating the entirely government-imposed “market” for biofuels — and what do you suppose happens? Via The Hill: Almost eight in 10 biodiesel producers in the United States have cut back production this year due to uncertainty over federal policies that encourage making the fuels, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said.The report released Wednesday was based on a survey the NBB conducted. In...
  • U.S. vows to defend Japan if conflict erupts in East China Sea

    02/08/2014 5:43:28 PM PST · by traumer · 61 replies
    Washington – Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that the United States would defend Japan against attack, even in conflicts involving islands claimed by China and Taiwan, as tensions continue to boil between the Asian powers. Kerry, who said he would visit China next week, met in Washington with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and reaffirmed the 1960 treaty that commits the United States to protect its ally. “That includes with respect to the South China Sea,” he said, before correcting himself to say the East China Sea, where China and Japan have conflicting claims. Fears of conflict rose in...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • Fighting this Depression with the Last Depression's Tactics is a Recipe for Disaster

    07/07/2012 4:24:57 AM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 6, 2012 | Col. Frank Ryan, CPA, USMCR (Ret.)
    In Chairman Bernanake's doctoral thesis, he "focused on the role of monetary policy in affecting economic activity, and on the historical analysis of the causes of the Great Depression." His thesis and resulting understanding of the negative impact that uncertainty has on business cycles should provide insight on the actions needed by government to resolve our current economic difficulties. In short, Dr. Bernanake understood that "[i]t is shown that increased uncertainty provides an incentive to defer such investments in order to wait for new information" (page 2 of the dissertation). In the same paper, he wrote, "Uncertainty is seen to...
  • How Obama Creates Uncertainty and Paralyzes Growth

    06/08/2012 4:28:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 06/08/2012 | John Stossel
    President Obama would do us all a big favor if he'd ask himself this: "Would I start or expand a business without knowing what regulations or taxes government will impose next year?" If he'd just stop and ask that, he'd have a sense of what's wrong with the economy. He'd understand why a country that must create 120,000 new jobs each month just to absorb newcomers created only 69,000 last month. Past recoveries were quicker. Something is different. What could it be? Let's remember that the economy -- which is to say, us -- is already burdened by byzantine bureaucratic...
  • Will the Fed Bring Clarity or Confusion?

    01/22/2012 8:36:42 PM PST · by quicksilver123 · 1 replies
    These New Times ^ | 1/22/2012 | Bruce Krasting
    Next Wednesday, between 12:30 and 2PM, we will get a ton of new information to digest and analyze. The Federal Reserve will make a series of statements while unveiling its new communication effort. A portion of the new information will be contained in the revised Summary of Economic Projections (SEP). The Fed has worked long and hard on its new communication policy. The question is, “What will people think and how will the markets react?” I believe that there is a very good possibility that the Fed’s plan will add to uncertainties regarding monetary policy. Contrary to its objectives, the...
  • S&P 500, Nasdaq, (and DOW) fall more than 4 percent

    08/04/2011 11:54:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 141 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/4/11 | Caroline Valetkevitch
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors fled stocks on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 into correction territory, as worries about the U.S. economy and European debt escalated. All three indexes were down 2 percent, having fallen more than 3 percent each at one point. Decliners beat advancers on the New York Stock Exchange by 14 to 1. "People are throwing in the towel because they can't find relief on any front. There are a lot of worries about the economy," said Milton Ezrati, market strategist at Lord Abbett Co. in Jersey City, New Jersey, which manages $110 billion in assets. The...
  • Fiscal Uncertainty in Washington Shakes Small Business Confidence

    06/29/2011 3:18:17 AM PDT · by Son House · 12 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | June 28, 2011 | Shannon Bream
    “Traditionally, we are led out of a recession by small businesses hiring people and creating jobs, and that’s not happening in this recession,” says Dan Danner, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). ...The report shows that small business confidence was down for a third straight month in May, and that only 5 percent of small business owners think now is a good time to expand. Economist Martin Baily of the Brookings Institution says the lack of investment, hiring and expansion by small businesses is one of the reasons the nation’s economy isn’t recovering as quickly...
  • Stockpiling food against economic uncertainty

    04/18/2011 8:48:01 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 90 replies
    The laundry room of Tamara Huffman’s split-level here in the Shenandoah Valley is filling up with cheese powder and freeze-dried ham, at the ready should her husband, Brian, lose his job anytime in the next 25 years. She carves a little bit out of their already tight budget every month to buy some more. This sort of stockpiling was once the purview of survivalists preparing for Armageddon. But Huffman’s fear isn’t the end of the world so much as the $5 basket of grape tomatoes she bypassed the other day at her local supermarket.
  • Study: Romance fueled by uncertainty of relationship

    03/27/2011 4:15:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 26, 2011 | Laura Donovan
    We want what we can’t have, and this reality comes through in a new study that found women are more attracted to men when they can’t tell how much the males like them. Though the study, titled “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not … Uncertainty Can Increase Romantic Attraction”, was conducted on female undergraduates, one of the researchers said she believes the findings would also be true for males. But how did this phenomenon come about? Are we just bored by guys who are clearly into us, or do we simply enjoy torturing ourselves by being infatuated with people...
  • The Meaningless Social Security Tax Rate Cut

    12/24/2010 3:56:15 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2010 | Joe Gimenez
    A lot of people in government don't know much about business operations because they have never run a business. Examples: the current president, vice president, probably most members of Congress, economics professors at publicly funded state colleges, and most of the other people in government or government-funded organizations for whom I slave away as an independent businessman on a daily basis to pay their salary and benefits. In the interest of giving these people a sliver of insight into real-world working conditions, I thought I'd present a glimpse into my thought processes on Social Security tax reduction of 2 percent...
  • Liberals Spinning Economic Uncertainty

    09/10/2010 6:04:20 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 6 replies
    Rancor News ^ | September 10th, 2010 | Tyson Bam
    Liberals Spinning Economic Uncertainty The American Prospect has partisanship down to a science with Mark Schmitt's new article, Uncertainly Wrong. We have heard a lot in the past 18 months about uncertainty and its affects on the economy but only now did we realize's all Bush's fault. In his own words, “Today's uncertainty was baked in nine years ago, by the same people who are now capitalizing on it.” Schmitt is speaking about the sunset clause on the tax cuts that cause them to expire at the end of the year. This doesn't represent George Bush not shoving policy...
  • Liberals Spinning Economic Uncertainty

    09/09/2010 3:11:23 PM PDT · by tysonbam · 3 replies
    Rancor News ^ | September 9th, 2010 | Tyson Bam
    The American Prospect has partisanship down to a science with Mark Schmitt's new article, Uncertainly Wrong. We have heard a lot in the past 18 months about uncertainty and its affects on the economy but only now did we realize's all Bush's fault. In his own words, “Today's uncertainty was baked in nine years ago, by the same people who are now capitalizing on it.” Schmitt is speaking about the sunset clause on the tax cuts that cause them to expire at the end of the year. This doesn't represent George Bush not shoving policy down our throat. This...
  • It's NOT the Economy, Stupid: It's the Mess in Washington

    09/02/2010 8:10:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/02/10 | Jeff Cox
    It's NOT the Economy, Stupid: It's the Mess in Washington Published: Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:55 AM ET By: Jeff Cox Staff Writer Despite all the worry about the sluggish US economy, businesses and investors are finding an even bigger reason to be cautious these days: the political mess in Washington. "Businesses—especially smaller businesses, independent businesses—they don't know what their cost structures are going to be because of government-imposed changes," David Kotok, founder of Cumberland Advisors, said on CNBC this week. "Half the US economy's holding back because of this great uncertainty that's coming from Washington." Investors, too,...
  • 1.6%: Weak GDP Does Not a Weak Economy Make

    08/31/2010 6:20:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 08/31/2010 | John Tamny
    At present there's quite a lot to criticize President Obama about when it comes to his administration's economic policies. But with regard to last Friday's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) revision which allegedly points to a weakening economy, the anger should center on what a worthless number GDP is, as opposed to Obama's admittedly limited worth as an economic strategist. One editorial that decried the revised number and the President's surely unfortunate policies noted a big drop in new home sales and weak manufacturing data as symptoms of those policies. It went on to say that during economic recoveries numbers like...
  • Atlas Didn't Shrug (He's just sitting on his hands while he confronts regulatory & tax uncertainty)

    07/28/2010 7:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 4+ views
    Barron's ^ | 07/28/2010 | Randal Forsyth
    THE BATTLE OVER FISCAL POLICY has been joined. In one corner stands Jean-Pierre Trichet, urging an immediate adoption of austerity. In what the Financial Times described as a "strident" article published in its own op-ed pages, the European Central Bank president last week proposed tax increases and spending cuts throughout the industrialized world. Trichet's call for fiscal austerity in the FT reiterated his assertion last month at the Group of 20 meeting that such hair-shirt policies would boost confidence and therefore the economy, an argument last heard 80 years ago. ("G20 Channels Herbert Hoover," June 8) In the other is...
  • Obama economy sends Americans to their mattresses

    07/12/2010 3:43:47 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 46 replies ^ | July 11, 2010 | Michael Barone
    -- snip -- Government policies designed to stimulate the economy seem to be having the opposite effect. Consumers aren't buying, businesses aren't hiring and those fortunate enough to have some cash on hand don't seem to be investing. I call it the mattress economy...