Dollar’s Influence on Gold

In our previous essays, we emphasized that the long- and short-term trends for gold are up. In today’s article, we will feature the current situation in the USD and Euro Indices and in the general stock market. After analyzing each of them, we will move to implications for the precious metals investors. Our first chart this week is the very long-term USD Index chart. We see little change in the situation since last week. There has been no confirmed breakout […]

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A Hundred Billion Reasons to Invest in Robotics Technology

BY MICHAEL ROBINSON, Defense and Technology Specialist, Money Morning Here’s a 100 billion reasons why space technology should be on your radar screen -especially if you’re interested in robotics. According to the journal Nature, the Milky Way Galaxy alone contains at least 100 billion planets. Now forgive me if I sound excited…but that is huge. After all, just 20 years ago, astronomers still widel y believed that our own tiny solar system contained allof the major planets. So when I talk about how […]

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How We Paid Cash for Our First Home

When my husband and I got married nine years ago, we had an audacious dream of paying cash for our first home. At that time, it was very much a far-off dream — we were just trying to survive the rigors and expenses of law school without going in debt. That alone was a seemingly gigantic feat. But after three years of law school, my husband did graduate without debt, passed the bar, and we started planning for the future. […]

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The (really tardy) investment rules for 2012

I spent December mostly working and the first weeks of January mostly planning but I am glad to be back at the blog. The post title is self-explanatory and focuses gives some ideas on investment issues to pay attention to in 2012. I will be blogging about some of these issues in depth for the next 4 months (as you may know, this blog ends April 30 of this year). Without further ado, Work on one aspect of your personal […]

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Finding New Buys in Retail …

The holiday shopping season is now behind us, but that doesn’t mean investors should ignore retailers now. In fact, I just made a new recommendation in this space for my dad’s retirement portfolio … on top of a few other choice store stocks that are ALREADY in both his income portfolio as well as my long-standing Dividend Superstars list. More on why I like those specific companies in a minute though. First, let’s take a broader look at this particular […]

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Investing in Options: An Insurance Policy Against a Volatile Market

by Jason Jenkins, Investment U Research (Original Link) During the current market environment a good number of investors who lost money did so because they failed to keep the profits they attained or cut their losses. What they needed were strategies that could effectively help provide a means for exiting an equity position or offsetting losses when your stock moves against you. One technique that Investment U recommends is using a trailing stop. Trailing stops are simply a stop-loss order set a certain […]

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Corzine, MF Execs and JPM Named in RICO Lawsuit

Privately sponsored RICO lawsuits have a difficult time obtaining the types of information that are required to make a conspiracy case unless they get lucky in the discovery process or find a willing whistleblower. The defendants generally lawyer up and stonewall, using the types of court maneuvers that prove so effective in mortgage fraud cases, theft of customer funds, and mass foreclosures based on forged documents. The chances of an Obama Administration investigation with teeth seems unlikely. Their Justice Department […]

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ETF hit home? Investment advisers piling into exchange-traded funds

Money overseen by U.S. investment managers who buy exchange-traded funds instead of individual stocks and bonds rose by 43 percent in the last year, even faster than the growth for ETFs, according to a report from Morningstar Inc. The 370 ETF-based investment strategies tracked by Morningstar grew to $27 billion in the year ended Sept. 30, the Chicago-based research firm said today. That outpaced the 7.5 percent increase for ETFs and 0.8 percent decline for mutual funds, the company said. […]

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How to Make Money During the Greatest Economic Battle of a Lifetime

Never before in our lifetime have we seen a fiercer fight between two opposing forces — global recession and mad money printing! The opposing forces are massive: On one side, we have the largest economy in the world — the European Union — collapsing before our eyes. And … On the other side, we have one of the most powerful central banks in the world — the European Central Bank — going berserk with a new wave of money printing, […]

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Todays Big Stock: Noble Energy Inc. Common Stock (NBL)

For today’s article I will be focusing on a stock that has broken out to a 52-week high. As a reminder, when it comes to a stock hitting a 52-week high, I prefer to look for ones hitting a “NEW” high. To me, his would be a stock that hasn’t hit a new 52-week high in quite some time. In addition, and more importantly, I want the stock to have broken through a key area of resistance. This way I […]

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