Feel Like Investing in a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

Feel Like Investing in a State Sponsor of Terrorism? How about a country whose leaders have stolen $400 billion in the last decade and have seen 300 foreign workers kidnapped? Another country lost four wars in the last 40 years. Still interested? How about a country that suffers one of the world’s highest AIDs rates, […]

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Watch International Savings Rates for Market Cues

Often while searching for a piece of data through Google, I stumble across something else, which is far more interesting. That is how I found the table below of international savings rates. Why should you care? Because countries with high savings rates tend to have strong economies and great stock markets, since there is plenty […]

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Guess Who’s Bailing Out the 2012 Olympics?

Where is the 2012 London Olympics turning to meet gargantuan cost overruns? None other than BP, which is going the extra mile to burnish its tarnished image. With the British economy mired in a vicious financial crisis, many are wondering if hosting the games was such a great idea. The original plan was to convert […]

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Where The Economist “Big Mac” Index Finds Currency Value

My former employer, The Economist, once the ever tolerant editor of my flabby, disjointed, and juvenile prose (Thanks Peter and Marjorie), has released its “Big Mac” index of international currency valuations (click here for the story). Although initially launched as a joke three decades ago, I have followed it religiously and found it an amazingly […]

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July 6, 2012 – Quote of the Day

“When the fools are dancing, the greater fools are watching,” according to an old Japanese proverb.

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Goodbye BRIC, Hello N-11

Jim O’Neill, the clever Goldman Sachs analyst who came up with the term “BRIC” a decade ago, has cooked up a new, catchy investment theme. Get ready for the “N-11”, shorthand for the “New 11”, a gaggle of early stage emerging markets who will become the inheritors of the BRIC’s high growth rates. The basic […]

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The Future in Consumer Spending

As part of my never ending campaign to get you to move more money into emerging markets, please take a look at the chart below from Goldman Sachs. It shows that the global middle class will rise from 1.8 billion today to 4 billion by 2040, with the overwhelming portion of the increase occurring in […]

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The History of Technology

I have just finished leisurely reading Tom Standage’s book The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century On-Line Pioneers. Standage discusses the creation and development of the telegraph system and how it revolutionized communication in the nineteenth century. The book claims that Modern Internet users are in many ways the […]

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The New Cold War

My friend, Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group, a global risk analyst who I regularly follow, will soon publish another book entitled The End of the Free Markets: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations. I find this highly depressing, as it takes me as long to read one of Ian’s books as it […]

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July 5, 2012 – Quote of the Day

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open,” said Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

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SOLD OUT! Last Chance To Come Join Me for the July 5, 2012 New York Strategy Seminar!

Come join me for the Mad Hedge Fund Trader’s Global Strategy Seminar, which I will be conducting in New York, NY on Thursday, July 5, 2012. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be provided, but no food. A PowerPoint presentation will be followed by an extended question and answer period. I’ll be giving you my […]

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Look at Home Price in Terms of Gold

Every day, I get pounded by experts who insist that the bottom is here in real estate and that it is time to load the boat. I therefore find the chart below pricing US residential real estate in gold for the last 40 years. After peaking in 2002, house prices have death spiraled 75% when […]

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The China View from 30,000 Feet

I have long sat beside the table of Mckinsey & Co., the best management consulting company in Asia, hoping to catch some crumbs of wisdom. So, I jumped at the chance to have breakfast with Shanghai based Worldwide Managing Director, Dominic Barton, when he passed through San Francisco visiting clients. These are usually sedentary affairs, […]

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The Service Job in Your Future

Anyone wondering about the long term future of the US economy should take a look at the chart below. It shows the unrelenting growth of services’ share of American GDP growing from 25% to 45% over the last sixty years. Far and away the fastest growth area has been in health care, and with the […]

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The Hard Truth About Residential Real Estate

Anyone who believes that housing is on the rebound, and that now is the time to buy, should take a very hard look at the numbers I dredged up for my spring lecture and luncheon tour. There are 140 million personal residences in the US. Today, there are 19 million homes either directly or indirectly […]

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