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Biotech Developments: Map of Human Epigenome Released!

Punxsutawney Phil, our furry weather forecaster, definitely earned his paycheck this year, calling for six more weeks of winter on February 2. What he failed to warn us was that


Don’t Turn A Blind Eye! Student Loan Debt Affects Us All

There used to be an interesting warning etched into the side mirrors on cars. It read: “CAUTION — OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.” It always struck me

Housing Market

Singapore: The Next Global Domino to Fall in Real Estate

Singapore has the highest standard of living of any country in Asia and higher than the U.S. There are two reasons for this: It’s one large city that’s very strategically


Earnings Season: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Earnings season is almost behind us but it’s interesting to note that almost 80% of the quarterly releases met or exceeded consensus estimates for the S&P 500. That’s the good


Did Equity Market Volatility Pay Off? Risk-Appetite Has Returned

The nerves of equity market participants have certainly been tested over the last three months. Since last November, major U.S. indices have chopped up and down with above-average volatility… but,

Housing Market

The Dilemma of Real Estate: Buy, Sell, or Rent?

Sometimes we have control in our lives.  Sometimes, it’s only “perceived” control. I’ll give you an example. I moved to Tampa, Florida in 2005, at the height of the real


Go Greeced Lightning! Their Position of Power in the Global Economy

Interest rates have spiked since the beginning of February. The 10-year U.S. Treasury note was trading well below 1.70% at the end of January and was at 2.13% just three

Foreign Markets

Terror in the Middle East: Scarcity, Poverty and Cultural Change

I always remember the early scene in the infamous film Lawrence of Arabia. Omar Sharif sees at a great distance, someone stealing water from his well. He shoots the person


Want to Build a Safe Income Portfolio? Don’t Chase Yield!

If something looks too good to be true… you can bet that it is. And nowhere is this truer than in the world of income investing. As investors, we’re drawn


Lending Club. BancAlliance. Friend or Foe?

There was a time when community banks were friendly places. Bank employees and managers worked hard to build trust with people in the area, trying to attract depositors, as well