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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How to Beat the Market in 2012

If you want to make money in 2012, you must learn to trade.
Last year was full of extremes. The stock market went from extreme overbought conditions in April to extreme oversold conditions in October. It ended the year extremely neutral.
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Avoiding the Danger Zones in the Year Ahead

The Dow rose 135 points yesterday. But gold kept going down. It is looking more and more like gold intends to make its big correction now… It’s been down for 6 days in a row.

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Further Moves Lower in Gold Seem Unlikely

We are on the cusp of a new year, and this is the time that we take a look at those brave (or foolhardy) financial analysts who take out their crystal ball and predict where precious metal prices will go in 2012.

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Two Fine Analyses Of The Euro Mess

Here are two of the best perspectives on the Euro crisis (dilemma?) I’ve read. Tyler CowenT has an interesting list that refutes the argument that there is some sort of moral imperative for Germany to aid its neighbors while Ed Harrison

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