Prepare for Iran’s Energy Market Chaos with the United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE: USO)

Iran kicked off the New Year with aggressive messages for the Western world, setting the stage for heightened political tensions and a huge oil price push in 2012.

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When Times Get Tough, The Tough Get A Backbone

Do not ever give up.  That is one of the secrets to life.  Almost everyone comes to a moment in life when things look absolutely hopeless.  But those that have come through those moments know that there is always a way to turn things around.

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Eight Reasons Why America’s Future Is Brighter Than Europe’s

From GDP growth to the banks, the US’s problems pale against Europe’s. But I have a bone to pick here. Comparing our unemployment to two of Europe’s worst off countries, Greece and Spain, isn’t fair.

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An Investor’s Guide to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses

Traditionally, the top three finishers in the Iowa caucuses have had the best shot at securing the Republican nomination for president. And while U.S. President Barack Obama has enjoyed a bit of a surge in the polls recently.

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What Does Warren Buffett have in Common with Vice?

There is a mutual fund called the Vice Fund (VICEX), which invests in what it calls ‘vice’ oriented company that are in the business of either aerospace and defense, gambling, tobacco and alcoholic beverages.

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You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure Correctly, NYC Crime Edition

Crime victims in New York sometimes struggle to persuade the police to write down what happened on an official report. The reasons are varied. Police officers are often busy, and few relish paperwork.

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Lesson of the Financial Crisis: Too Many “Dumb” Regulations. We Need “Smarter,” Not More Regs

I am often asked, “doesn’t the financial crisis mean we need more regulation?” It’s one of those maddening questions, because the answer is “that’s the wrong question,” which gets you nowhere.

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The 5% Solution?

A few years ago I wrote an article for theStreet.com where I tried to construct a diversified portfolio that yielded 4%. While the overall yield came in just below 4% it covered a lot of bases toward being diversified.

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2012 Will Be More Difficult Than 2011

Do you believe that 2012 will be more difficult for the global economy than 2011 was?  Well, that is what German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes.

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News Corp. moved to top pick at RBC

News Corp. was upgraded to top pick from outperform at RBC Capital Markets, despite expectations that the company’s phone hacking scandal in the U.K. could lead to a settlement in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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