My #1 profit play for 2012 …

I don’t believe that U.S. politicians are ready to make the serious (and painful) decisions that are needed to right our own country’s troubled financial situation …

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Microsoft vs. Apple: 2012 and Beyond

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s masterful bestseller, “Steve Jobs,” who he calls “the greatest business executive of our era,” equal in stature to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

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The Most Significant Developments of 2011 with Trends in 2012

As always the four great variables in human history are weather, disease, war, and religion.  The first two are of God and the latter of men.

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The key to creating a common vision

Brian T. Shea is chief executive of Pershing LLC, which, with $910 billion in assets under custody, is the biggest brokerage and clearing firm that most investors have never heard of.

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How Gold Betrayed Wall Street

Earlier this year when billionaire and fellow London School of Economics alumnus George Soros got out of gold, it made headlines everywhere. Little noted was the fact that he increased his shares in gold miners this year.

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30 Statistics That Show That The Middle Class Is Dying Right In Front Of Our Eyes As We Enter 2012

Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most vibrant middle class that the world has ever seen.  Unfortunately, that is rapidly changing.  The statistics that you are about to read prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the U.S. middle class is dying right in front of our eyes as we enter 2012.

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Five Economic Blunders of 2011 and Five Fixes for 2012

More than two years after the official end to the recession, the U.S. economy is still suffering through sluggish growth and an 8.6% unemployment rate.

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Expectations and Your Money

I started doing it because I couldn’t stand the silliness of it all. Most Christmases I wrapped my gifts hours before they were opened, often late at night on Christmas Eve. I’d have a bag full of those huge wrapping paper rolls

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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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