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Increase in Price of Food

If you want evidence of the price inflation headwinds the average consumer is facing, look no further than price of food. Against a backdrop of global population growth, and a

Social Security

Were you looking to collect Social Security Benefits?

Rodney Johnson | Friday, December 14, 2012 >> There’s a lot of talk about Social Security benefits right now. The long run debt and annual deficits are finally big enough


Don’t Pay More Taxes in 2013

As wealthy Americans brace to pay more taxes in 2013, I fully expect Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) to grab the attention of wise investors. The reason is two-fold… First, these

Purchasing Power

Why a Tax Hike on the Top 2% Will Hurt Us All

The fiscal cliff continues to loom ever nearer while the powers-that-be battle over the best way to save us. Scratch that. They’re not interested in finding the best way to


Efficient Market Hypothesis vs. Relative Strength

We all know investors’ bottom-lines can be summed up with that one-liner from Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money!” But for ambitious money managers, the quest for a profitable investment


A Page from Buffett’s Playbook: Bullish on Housing Market

Warren Buffett made a big splash in October when he announced his bullish bet on the housing market. Here we are warning against participation in the real estate market, while


Home Sales are Inching Higher

I like reading the paper, but not for enlightenment… I read it for entertainment. Most of what I read on business and economics is so woefully stupid as to be


Is Consumer Confidence a Double-Edged Sword?

To astute investors, consumer confidence is a double-edged sword. And, as Harry pointed out, it is often misunderstood. For the average layperson, consumer confidence is interpreted in a simple way:


Consumer Spending or Consumer Confidence – Which is a Good Sign

Harry S. Dent | Monday, December 10, 2012 >> I’ve always been in the forecasting business. As such I’m constantly on the hunt for accurate, consistent and reliable leading indicators


Don’t Be Fooled by a “Cheap” Shanghai

China’s Shanghai Index appears undervalued. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be even more undervalued in a few months. Of course, “undervalued” is a relative term. Anytime I hear someone