Mega Fail: 17 Signs That The European Financial System Is Heading For An Implosion Of Historic Proportions

What happens when you attempt a cold shutdown of one of the biggest debt spirals that the world has ever seen?  Well, we are about to find out.  The politicians in Europe have decided that they are going to “take their medicine” and put strict limits on budget deficits.

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America’s New Energy Security from Tight Oil

Every president since Richard Nixon has called for energy independence. Nevertheless, U.S. reliance on imported oil long seemed to be headed in only one direction—up—and that pointed to inevitably increasing dependence on the huge resources of the Middle East.

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Thinking Long Term

There are two factors here. One is that not much has changed. We are slogging through, there has been some evolution in terms smaller issues but the bigger issues both here and in Europe are not yet resolved even if we know a couple of things now that we did not know before.

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USA Today: As Bernanke Punishes American Savers, the Search for Yield Overseas Shows Pitfalls

This is an interesting piece by John Waggoner of USA Today, especially on a personal level, as I’ve been looking at a host of yield producing products to ‘barbell’ against an equity exposure.

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Green Bay Packers have outperformed Dow in last 60 years

Green Bay became the first team in the NFL to become a publicly-owned franchise when it initially offered shares in 1923 to help keep the team afloat.

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You’re Crazy to Follow Warren Buffett into This Sector

That headline and similar ones were splashed all over the papers last week. The stories reported MidAmerican Energy’s $2 billion purchase of a California solar plant. MidAmerican is part of Berkshire Hathaway, the giant conglomerate run by legendary investor Warren Buffett.

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The General Stock Market Reinforces the Bullish Outlook for Mining Stocks

Today’s EU summit has been billed as the best– perhaps the last– opportunity to save the euro. As we publish today’s essay, we still don’t know the results, and gold, like most asset classes, will react to headlines coming out of Europe.

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Latest Eurozone Debt Crisis Plan “Another Grand Illusion”

Last week’s highly anticipated two-day summit resulted in 26 of the 27 European Union (EU) nations – the United Kingdom objected – agreeing to create a new treaty that would require members to keep budget deficits to within 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) in good economic times and within 3% of GDP in bad times.

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Cuddle in Coach, But Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Steve Metz of Houston cuddled up with his wife Jackie and slept as they flew to New Zealand on a small futon. This flying couch wasn’t in a private jet or even a high-priced business-class cabin. They snuggled in coach.

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Monthly Dividends Can Reduce Volatility and Increase Compounding

Monthly dividend investments can return your capital faster, and can provide faster compounding. The monthly payments can also reduce volatility. Fortunately, there are over 150 different stocks that pay dividends monthly.

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