It’s The End of the World and Paul Farrell Knows It

If you read the paragraphs that Farrell wrote on those points, it is hard to disagree with the nature of the problems he cites. However these are not new issues and Farrell offers no reason as to why 2012 must be a tipping point for any of them.

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Sears blasted by investors on store closures

Shares of Sears Holdings Corp. plunged to their lowest levels in almost three years Tuesday after the department store retailer announced it was closing as many as 120 stores due to miserable sales.

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An Essential Toolkit for Resource Investors

OK… let’s say you realize that to succeed as a commodity investor, you must master the resource cycle. Let’s say you know “you’re either a contrarian or a victim.” And let’s say you’ve found a specific sector – like gold or oil – that allows you to take advantage of contrarian bargains.

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40 Hard Questions That The American People Should Be Asking Right Now

If you spend much time watching the mainstream news, then you know how incredibly vapid it can be.  It is amazing how they can spend so much time saying next to nothing.  There seems to be a huge reluctance to tackle the tough issues and the hard questions.

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Gold Might Have Already Hit Rock Bottom

The American economy has enjoyed … low-hanging fruit since at least the 17th century, whether it be free land, … immigrant labor, or powerful new technologies.

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Durable Goods report for Sept just so-so but Computer segment is on fire

I like to dig into the Durable Goods report because it can be useful for seeing how tech in aggregate is performing and how the sector may perform in the future. I always focus on two particular measures: shipments and new orders.

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A Brave New (Broken) World

It’s not that they’re not functioning on a daily basis, pricing risk and assets and performing their price discovery duties. They are doing that – or at least trying to.

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Everything You Need to Know about Using Credit Card Bonuses for Free Travel

The sign-up bonus is the life blood for a growing population of American travelers. They scour the web looking for the best credit cards with sign up bonuses.

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The Mid-term Election Year Cycle: Redux

Many hang their hat on old Wall Street sayings like “As goes the first week of January so goes January” or “As goes January so goes the year”.  Another Wall Street rule of thumb  is the “Mid-year election year” cycle.

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MasterCard Benefits From the Global Shift in Commerce

I’m not talking about the sentimental stuff that we should all be thankful for in our lives, but the quintessential year in review. Everybody does it – from radio stations to cable television – we look back at the best and the worst of the past year. The financial world does it, too.

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