January 8: Andrew Jackson Day Remembered

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions.

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Historic dividend yields have this fund manager singing equities’ praises

Dividend yields represent the current sweet spot in the financial markets, according to Scott Schermerhorn, chief investment officer at Granite Investment Advisors, which manages $500 million mostly in separate accounts.

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Steel Producers Prepping For a Painful Year

The commodity sector is tricky this year. Some commodities will do well. And some will fare poorly. That’s why I don’t think you should invest in ETFs that hold a diversified portfolio of commodities. It’s likely they’ll just cancel each other out.

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24 Statistics To Show To Anyone Who Believes That America Has A Bright Economic Future

Beware of bubbles of false hope.  Right now there is a lot of talk about how the U.S. economy is improving, but it is all a lie.  The mainstream media can be very seductive.  When you sit down to watch television your brain tends to go into a very relaxed mode.

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Arnott Claims US Will Be Beaten Down By a Plague of Debt, Deficits and Demographics

Renowned money manager Rob Arnott, chairman of Research Affiliates, says that the US has not entered into a recovery period yet. He points to the percentage of Americans between the ages of 20 and 65 without jobs.

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Mining Stocks in for a Move Up

This may be the year that weaker member-states are booted from the euro. Will the continent fix its financial troubles or spiral out of control affecting not only the U.S. economy, but the global economy? The answer rests with Europe’s leaders.

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SPX at 1,300: Double Top or Inverse Head and Shoulders

With traders focused on the S&P 500 at the round-number reference level of 1,300, let’s take a quick look at two competing classic price patterns that have formed into this critical level.

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North Dakota Sets More Oil Production Records in November; Above 500k Daily Barrels for First Time

The “Economic Miracle State” of North Dakota pumped another record amount of oil during the month of November at a daily rate of 509,754 barrels, which was 43% above last year’s output, and the first time that the state’s daily production exceeded 500,000 barrels.

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Could Happen To Anyone

Over the last couple of weeks or so I’ve disclosed buying two new individual stocks for most of our large client accounts (in this context large means accounts where we believe using mostly individual stocks is suitable).

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The Nearest Thing to a Permanent Thing

You can find a coin shop in nearly every town in the United States. The proprietor is unlike any you will find in any other store. He is unusually steeped in history, intensely aware of the larger context of the passing economic and political scene.

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