Blogs

  • RESOLVING THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS

    Recently, WWNK took a hard look at Social Security, and discovered that it is not nearly in as rough a condition as the fear mongers in politics would have us believe. Today we turn our attention to Medicare, another federal program that's received...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-28-2005
  • Bargain Hunter

    Introduction Once again we look at one of my favorite analysts and behavioral finance thinker, James Montier of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London. James wrote a fascinating book two years ago called "Behavioural Finance: A User's Guide"...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 03-28-2005
  • MONSTER FOR SALE

    We've recently seen the Virgin Mary grilled-cheese sandwich, spoonfuls of water from a styrofoam cup Elvis supposedly drank from, and a haunted cane being sold on eBay. But the creativity of eBay sellers seems boundless: Now a Philadelphia mother...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-21-2005
  • GOVERNMENT SECRETS ON THE NET

    Pundits from both major parties agree that--aside from the Nixon administration- - the Bush group is the most secretive administration to date. Want to see the federal government's regulation that authorizes airport security personnel to pat you down...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-21-2005
  • CAN HIV CURE CANCER?

    An estimated 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Another 8,000 people will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. To fight that dreaded disease, for 20 years researchers have unsuccessfully tried to find...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-21-2005
  • THE HOUSING BUBBLE

    One of the biggest considerations overhanging the economy at this point is: Is there a housing bubble? You can find opinions on both sides of this question, but there is no doubt that housing prices have been on a tear. Whereas from 1950 to 1995, housing...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-21-2005
  • Of Bonds & Zombies

    Introduction This week's research comes once again from the GaveKal Ad Hoc Comment publication, however this piece was done by Anatole Kaletsky, a different analyst than the previous reports we have highlighted. This group is located in Hong Kong...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 03-21-2005
  • The New Retirement Model

    Introduction It seems like every week I get a letter from a reader asking questions along the following line: "How can I make a lot of money so I can retire early and/or live the lifestyle I want to live when I do retire?" Most of them are phrased...
    Posted to Thoughts From The Frontline by John Mauldin on 03-19-2005
  • Reverse Mortgages Offer New Hope For Seniors

    Introduction In the investment industry, we often talk about seniors who are “house-rich but cash-poor,” in that they have a home, but do not have enough money for regular monthly expenses such as food and medicine. In many cases, family members are required...
  • MOUSE HUNT

    Ever get up in the morning and feel like killing something? Well, now you can do it from the comfort of your home computer! For $300, hunters can log onto www.live-shot.com and shoot a wild animal--in real time, with real guns. The only requirement is...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-14-2005
  • THE GREAT SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE, PART II

    In last week's WWNK , we analyzed how Social Security currently works and whether it's indeed on its last legs, as politicians would like to have us believe. In Part II, we're going to dissect Bush's reform plans and see if they can really...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-14-2005
  • THE TROUBLE WITH TRANS FATS

    In May 2003, trans fats had their 15 minutes of notoriety when Stephen Joseph, a San Francisco public interest lawyer, filed a lawsuit to ban the sale of Oreo cookies. The nutritional villains, argued the lawyer, that made the white cream so creamy and...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-14-2005
  • WHAT THE @#$% DO WE KNOW ABOUT LEBANON?

    That is the question of the day, isn't it? The former Prime Minister of Lebanon is killed in a massive car bomb explosion and as a result, tens of thousands of people take to the streets demanding that the occupying Syrian army leave their country...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-14-2005
  • Making the Bull's Case and the Bear's Case

    Introduction This week's analysis comes to us from Steve Leuthold of The Leuthold Group. They are located in Minneapolis and put out lots of financial analysis including the monthly Perception for the Professional . In the publication is Steve's...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 03-14-2005
  • The Trade Deficit End-Game

    Introduction This week we finish with our series on the US trade deficit. When will we see a real problem? What are the likely results from a balancing of global trade? Where are the investment opportunities, and where are the pitfalls? It should make...