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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It’s The End of the World and Paul Farrell Knows It

If you read the paragraphs that Farrell wrote on those points, it is hard to disagree with the nature of the problems he cites. However these are not new issues and Farrell offers no reason as to why 2012 must be a tipping point for any of them.

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Sears blasted by investors on store closures

Shares of Sears Holdings Corp. plunged to their lowest levels in almost three years Tuesday after the department store retailer announced it was closing as many as 120 stores due to miserable sales.

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An Essential Toolkit for Resource Investors

OK… let’s say you realize that to succeed as a commodity investor, you must master the resource cycle. Let’s say you know “you’re either a contrarian or a victim.” And let’s say you’ve found a specific sector – like gold or oil – that allows you to take advantage of contrarian bargains.

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40 Hard Questions That The American People Should Be Asking Right Now

If you spend much time watching the mainstream news, then you know how incredibly vapid it can be.  It is amazing how they can spend so much time saying next to nothing.  There seems to be a huge reluctance to tackle the tough issues and the hard questions.

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Gold Might Have Already Hit Rock Bottom

The American economy has enjoyed … low-hanging fruit since at least the 17th century, whether it be free land, … immigrant labor, or powerful new technologies.

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Durable Goods report for Sept just so-so but Computer segment is on fire

I like to dig into the Durable Goods report because it can be useful for seeing how tech in aggregate is performing and how the sector may perform in the future. I always focus on two particular measures: shipments and new orders.

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A Brave New (Broken) World

It’s not that they’re not functioning on a daily basis, pricing risk and assets and performing their price discovery duties. They are doing that – or at least trying to.

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