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Italian Bond Yields Defy Reality

You might think that governments around the world, already overburdened with excessive debt loads, would be pairing back. Eh… not so much. Take Italy as an example. When the global

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Bush Tax Cuts to Debt Ceiling Debate

Rodney Johnson | Friday, January 11, 2013 >> It’s common knowledge that the Republicans got spanked in the fiscal cliff negotiations. As the expiration of the Bush tax cuts loomed,

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Stock Market in 2013

In the wee hours of 2013’s first day, politicians set the tone for another year of dysfunctional governing. But I’m not a political analyst. And while I always keep an

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Lowest… Interest Rates… Ever

Interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds may never be this low again. Ever. As Harry points out, we’re still facing another nine to 10 years of slowing growth, debt deleveraging

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Housing Market Trend

In the world of technical analysis there are many different ways to define a trend. Of them all, I tend to rely on one of the simplest – the “highs

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Housing Market Attract Buyers… But For How Long?

Harry put his finger on the most important factor in the real estate market: it’s not interest rates. It’s not lending standards. It’s supply and demand. Or, as Harry puts

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Outperformance of Regional Banks Waning

Regional banks had a good run. Over the past 15 months, the SPDR S&P Regional Bank ETF (NYSE: KRE) is up just shy of 58%. The gains made by these

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Second Financial Crisis Ahead – Savers Revolt

Rodney Johnson | Monday, January 7, 2013 >> We need a banking revolution… or at least a saver’s revolution. The latest twist in the saga of the bank bailouts is

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Buyers Beware

Harry’s right on. Australia has a lot of great things going for it right now. It’s an amazing place to visit, from a tourist’s perspective, and it’s one of the

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And You Think Gas Prices are Volatile!

I got a good laugh myself when Rodney first told me his story of the $800 plastic button. It reminds me of similar gripes my dad had when he drove