Blogs

  • Outlook for Rates and the Curve

    Introduction This week's commentary comes from Douglas Greenig of RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, CT. I have been reading his material over the years and always find it solid and thought-provoking. In this piece, we get one more look at Greenspan's...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 06-27-2005
  • The Idea of Europe

    Introduction This week we return to Europe, as what is happening there is one of the most important questions of the day. It is every bit as critical to our long-term world economic future as the valuation of the Chinese currency or US trade deficits...
  • Reader Feedback 06/21/2005

    Paul B. had his own thoughts about our article "U.S./China: A Look over the Fence": "In your article [...] you say, 'TV has once been described as "chewing gum for the eyes", and the writer of that quote might have been here...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-21-2005
  • The Real Health Risk

    Avian flu is for this year what SARS was for the last. Media outlets across the nation beat each other in ever more sensational findings, additional infections, and projected casualties in the millions if the flu strain should mutate into a virus transmittable...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-21-2005
  • Fallacies of Non-Skeptics

    Optimist or pessimist, atheist or believer--whatever your life philosophy, it can never hurt to apply an ounce of skepticism to everything you read, see and hear. We stumbled over the wonderful "Skeptic's Dictionary" at http://skepdic.com...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-21-2005
  • Libraries--Last Bastions of Freedom?

    Civil rights proponents have reason to cheer. Last week, in a 238-to-187 decision, House leaders showed a rare display of unity when they thwarted President Bush's demand for a roundabout renewal of the PATRIOT Act. [Ed. Note: We refuse to spell it...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-21-2005
  • Creative Stock Scams

    Stock scams have been around since, well, probably about five minutes after the invention of stocks. Over the years, their variety has been limited only by the collective ingenuity of the scammers. The classic scam of our time is the pump-and-dump, recently...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-21-2005
  • Getting Somewhere When The Market Goes Nowhere

    Introduction As I have written over the last year or so, many market analysts, including the editors at the globally respected Bank Credit Analyst , believe that stock market returns will be lower in the next 3-5 years than they have been in the past...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 06-21-2005
  • What's Worrying The Chairman?

    Introduction This week's letter is by Richard Duncan who is based in Hong Kong and is one of the brightest financial analysts I know. Richard is the author of one of my favorite books called The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures . A new paperback...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 06-20-2005
  • Public Pensions, Public Disasters

    Introduction This week we will look with fresh eyes at an old problem: US pension funds, both public and private, are under-funded, and the situation is getting worse. And the US taxpayer is going to get to fund the difference. The recent slew of data...
    Posted to Thoughts From The Frontline by John Mauldin on 06-17-2005
  • Reader Feedback 06/14/2005

    Regarding last week's article "Canadian House Arrest", reader Mark H. comments: "Your article on this subject was very interesting, but left out the most important question, which is: "How did it work?" "You covered the...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-14-2005
  • Better Breath through Yogurt?

    Halitosis, the more sophisticated term for 'bad breath', is embarrassing for the sufferer as well as his environment. The common solution for breath odor is to cover it up with mints--but of course that doesn't really change the condition...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-14-2005
  • America's Overworked Workers

    With summer break and family vacation time on the horizon, we considered it timely to gather some highly quotable factoids on American work and vacation behavior. Here they are: Americans work about 350 more hours per year than most Europeans and 70 more...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-14-2005
  • U.S./China: A Look over the Fence

    What do Americans really think about the Chinese, and vice versa? Antony Peyton, "our man in China", takes a closer look. What concerns most Americans about China is the economic threat it represents, and its rising status as a military power...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-14-2005
  • U.S. To Maintain Permanent Bases In Iraq?

    Introduction During the last half of May, reports began to surface in several mainstream publications that the Bush administration and the Defense Department are formalizing plans to consolidate US military bases in Iraq. Further, that these bases will...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 06-14-2005