I sit here at Virgin Atlantic’s upper class lounge at London’s Heathrow airport, awaiting their transcontinental nonstop service to San Francisco, listening to Bach’s Sonata No.1 in G Minor on my headphones. I am returning from a two-month tour of Europe that was highly informative, exciting, and even mind expanding. The proof is the ten […]
Global Market Comments August 19, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (HOW THE GOVERNMENT UNDERSTATES THE ECONOMY), (HOW TO GET A FREE TRIP TO EUROPE)
I am writing this in the second-class cabin of the Wales to London express train, which is packed to the gills with holiday revelers. In the adjacent seat there is a gaggle of four young ladies dressed to the, nines sporting feathers from their hats, obviously headed for a late summer wedding. They are sharing […]
During my recent trip to Europe, I made another startling discovery about the woeful state of America’s 19th century health care system. I needed to get refills on my prescription drugs when I was in Zermatt, so I stopped by the local pharmacy and placed an order. This was for three different drugs I take […]
Global Market Comments August 16, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (WHY I LOVE/HATE THE OIL COMPANIES), (XOM), (KNOWING THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING AND THE VALUE OF NOTHING) (WHY BUFFET HATES GOLD), (GLD), (GDX), (ABX) Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) Barrick Gold Corporation (ABX)
The first thing I do when I get up every morning is to curse the oil companies as the blood sucking scourges of modern civilization. I then fall down on my knees and thank God that we have oil companies. You’ve got to love ExxonMobil (XOM), which constantly trades places with Apple (AAPL) for being […]
As a fanatical follower of the price of everything, I have long been an avid viewer of the television program, Antiques Roadshow, for 14 years, and the English version of the show well before that. This is where you learn what stuff like majolica is. Many aspiring collectors come into the open appraisal events hoping […]
The “Oracle of Omaha” expounded at length today on why he despises the barbarous relic. The sage doesn’t really care if the yellow metal hit an all-time high today of $1,440. He sees it primarily as a bet on fear. If investors are more afraid in a year than they are today, then you make […]
Global Market Comments August 15, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (CALIFORNIA MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN?) (DEATH OF THE CONSUMER), (SPX) S&P 500 Index (SPX)
Who was the top paid state employee in California last year? The governor? The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? How about the leader of the Senate? Nope. It was a prison psychiatrist who took home an eye popping $838,706, most of it in overtime. I love it! The state drives people insane by sending […]
I often get asked why I never put out “BUY” recommendations on consumer discretionary stocks. I promptly send them in search of the latest consumer spending figures at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which do not paint a pretty picture (click following link http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/pi/pinewsrelease.htm). Since 2008, quarterly spending has come in at a scant 0.5%, […]
Global Market Comments August 14, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (END OF THE COMMODITY SUPERCYCLE, OR NOT?) (CU), (DBA), (USO), (FCX), (BHP), (ABX), (RIO), (JPM), (GS), (ECH), (EWZ), (IDX) (BRING BACK THE SMOKE FILLED ROOMS), (SPX), (TBT) First Trust ISE Global Copper Index (CU) PowerShares DB Agriculture (DBA) United States Oil (USO) Freeport-McMoRan Copper & […]
When I toured Australia a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help but notice a surprising number of fresh faced young people driving luxury Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches. I remarked to my Aussie friend that there must be a lot of indulgent parents in The Lucky Country these days. “It’s not the parents who are […]
In days of old, when congressional impasses presented themselves, the Speaker of the House, rosy-cheeked Tip O’Neil, would meet his counterpart in the Senate for a night of poker. Several bottles of Scotch later, a deal would get struck, and the two would be photographed together shaking hands the next morning, talking about the good […]
Global Market Comments August 13, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (THE BOND CRASH HAS ONLY JUST STARTED), ($TNX), (TLT), (TBT), (INDIA VS. CHINA), (FXI), (PIN), (INP), (TTM) 10-Year Treasury Note ($TNX) iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) PowerShares India (PIN) iPath MSCI India Index […]
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