American Realty again tries to take control of real estate investment trust

American Realty Capital has fired a second salvo in a hostile takeover bid for Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc., a non-traded real estate investment trust that is in flux.

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Look Out Below – The Nightmarish Decline Of The Euro Has Begun

The euro is a dying currency.  On Thursday, the EUR/USD fell below 1.28 for the first time since September 2010.  In fact, as I write this the EUR/USD is sitting at 1.2791.  Back in July, the EUR/USD was over 1.45.  But this is just the beginning.

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Washington’s Next Big Project: Getting Our Taxes Right

Our tax system is too complex (40,000 pages long), too riven by loopholes and exemptions (they amount to about $1.2 trillion a year), and driven by vested interests rather than by a sense of fairness.

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Why the Spirit of Protest Seemed to Travel at the Speed of Light in 2011

No discernible New Year’s Eve hangover for the markets yesterday, Fellow Reckoner. The Dow, like those insufferable individuals seen jogging early on Sunday morning,

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THE RULE BENDER

Have you ever played games with a rule bender?  I have.  You know the ones.  If you don’t, let me make a fresh deposit in your short term memory bank.

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Sector Rotation Insights and Lessons from 2011

The fact that the S&P 500 “did nothing” in 2011 fails to take into account the performance of the individual sectors of the stock market, some of which returned as much as 15% in 2011.

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Evil Walmart Offers Free Health Screening at Sam’s

On Saturday, January 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sam’s Club offers the communities they serve a simple solution for health maintenance by screening for several key vital health metrics.

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The Genius of the Price System

The other day, a local hamburger joint was advertising a 99 cent hamburger, and I took the offer. It was great. I wondered how they can make money this way.

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Apple dividend coming in 2012: analysts

Every few months, as Apple Inc.’s cash hoard gets bigger and bigger, analysts and investors alike speculate about whether this will be the year that the company reinstates its dividend.

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The Simple Story on Buying Gold Stocks

Buying small gold stocks is still a dangerous bet right now…
Over the past two months, most any gold stock – large or small – has suffered a big selloff. The large-cap gold fund (GDX) is down 17% since November… and many small “junior” miners are down over 33%.
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