Stock Market Malaise: Japanese vs. US Style

A reader lamented about the market’s dismal performance and wondered whether we aren’t victims of the American version of the Japanese Malaise.

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3 ETF Trends of 2011 … and 3 Predictions for 2012

Happy New Year! I know 2012 isn’t here just yet, but it’s never too early to get started.

Today I’ll give you my top three predictions for next year’s ETF news. First, though, let’s take a look at three interesting trends we’ve seen unfold in the last twelve months.

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The U.S. and Asia Use Europe to Get to Emerging Markets: Part II

There is a feeling that U.S. and Asian companies seeking acquisitions in Europe may pick up the acquisition pace in 2012 after a second half slowdown this year.

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Chris Powell: Financial Repression

“If the Chinese, Indians, Japanese, and others buy into this power-preservation scheme, then it appears — as you have long said — there really is no true market left, and we’re all screwed, no? This is not particularly what I want to believe, but if that’s where we are, then I guess I need to deal with it.”

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Hedge fund insider spills the beans: You’re better off with Treasuries

If the tailor who whipped up the emperor’s new clothes were around today, there’s a good chance he’d be a hedge fund manager. In what other job could an ambitious person with average abilities make so much money and produce so little?

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Should You Really Be Hoarding Your Pennies?

My kids love putting money in their piggy banks. They are too young to recognize the value of each coin.  10 pennies make them happier than a single quarter.

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The Number One Catastrophic Event That Americans Worry About: Economic Collapse

Can you guess what the number one catastrophic event that Americans worry about is?  There are certainly many to choose from.  Many Americans are deathly afraid of a major terrorist attack.  Others live in constant fear of natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes.

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The Water Business is an Old Business: Water Stocks with Long Histories

American Water (AWK) is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Actually, the transportation of water is an extremely old business.

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Congress’s Wealth Has Tripled In Past 25 Years While Average Americans See a Decline in Income

“Wealth distribution.” It’s easy to take a side road to nowhere in discovering the truth of the matter or get lost under an avalanche of data. So let’s simplify and just focus on Congress in comparison to the rest of the United States.

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Job Creation Is the Price We Pay for Obamacare: From “Hire-and-Grow” to “Cut-and-Survive”

“Our company, CKE Restaurants Inc., employs about 21,000 people in Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants. For months, we have been working with Mercer Health & Benefits LLC, our health-care consultant, to identify Obamacare’s potential financial impact on CKE.

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