Blogs

  • WHY IRAN IS NEXT

    In recent weeks, the news media has been overflowing with reports on the increasing tension between the U.S. and Iran, supposedly based on the Islamic country's unwillingness to drop its nuclear programs. A clear-cut case of another tyrannical nation...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-28-2005
  • The BoK's Announcement & the US$

    Introduction This week we will turn once again to a group headquartered in Hong Kong called GaveKal Research Limited. Louis Vincent Gave's GaveKal Ad Hoc Comments for Wednesday, February 23, 2005 looks at the possible implications of the recent announcement...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 02-28-2005
  • The Dollar as the Old Maid

    Bretton Woods 2, Redux As I wrote last week, the first Bretton Woods system came about when representatives of most of the world's leading nations met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944 to create a new international monetary system. Under the...
  • Tax Reform - Don't Get Your Hopes Up

    Introduction During his re-election campaign, President Bush piqued interest among voters, especially conservatives, when he said that replacing the current income tax code with a national sales tax was “an interesting idea.” Then just after the election...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 02-22-2005
  • WHERE HAS ALL THE HUMOR GONE? by Doug Casey

    Back in the bad old days, we made moron jokes, Polack jokes, and a whole host of others that are frowned upon in our present-day, politically correct society. That such humor has disappeared from polite company is not necessarily a bad thing. There is...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005
  • SERVING REVENGE

    Whoever said that 'Revenge is a dish best served cold' obviously never worked in a restaurant. From spitting in the food to much, much worse, nowadays vengeance in the restaurant kitchen is so widespread that diners should think twice before leaving...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005
  • THE LIFE OF AN EMAIL

    What is the life of an email in the business environment? It's a question without a clear-cut answer, and that fact alone should make you pause the next time you send a personal email from work, particularly if it contains private or confidential...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005
  • AFGHANISTAN REVISITED

    The eyes of the world were on Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on November 13, 2001 when U.S. forces toppled the Taliban regime, a repressive group that had held power for nearly a decade. One month later, leaders around the globe celebrated as Afghanistan...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005
  • Fed Pause Now Seen Later Rather Than Sooner

    Introduction This week's letter is from another one of the country's top economic analysts, Paul Kasriel of The Northern Trust Company. Kasriel is Senior Vice President and Director of Economic Research, responsible for producing the Corporation's...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 02-21-2005
  • Bretton Woods, Part Two

    Bretton Woods, Part Two "Another G-7 meeting has come and gone. And what has been accomplished? Next to nothing, in my view. The club of the world's wealthiest nations has punted on the big issues facing the global economy - namely, unprecedented...
  • Investors Flunk The Test, Revisited

    Introduction The US stock markets have been on a roller-coaster so far this year. Right out of the box, the Dow Jones fell from 10,800 to below 10,400 in the first three weeks of the new year. Then just as abruptly, the Dow ran right back up to the 10...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 02-15-2005
  • NANOMEDICINE NOW By Doug Casey

    In WWNK 6/14/2004 , we reported on the promising future of nanomedicine. While the advanced technologies scientists are feverishly working on seem nothing short of miraculous, their practical application is doubtlessly years, if not decades, away. But...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005
  • THE NEW CELL PHONES

    New cell phone bells and whistles are arriving so quickly that most consumers should be cautious before spending hundreds of dollars on the latest product offering. It may be obsolete next month. But the mega-trend you should keep an eye on is the move...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005
  • RELIGIOUSLY BREAKING THE RULES

    Motorists have long feared the Israeli community of Bnei-Brak, where jaywalking is so rampant that drivers report they need "seven eyes" to watch for meandering pedestrians. The problem was striking enough to catch the eye of transportation...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005
  • CHERTOFF'S CRIMES

    After the dismal failure of Bernard Kerik--President Bush's first choice for Tom Ridge's successor as head of Homeland Security--to survive media examination of his past, it might have been expected that the President would be more cautious next...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005