July 2007 - What We Now Know

You won't find specific stock recommendations in "What We Now Know", but you WILL find a remarkable array of fascinating, entertaining, and always useful information on a wide range of trends in the economy, geo-politics, health and technology and more.

  • "All Natural" Foods

    Following the recent food scare from China, 92% of consumers now want "Country of Origin" labels on their food, found the latest poll in Consumer Reports . What a lot of people don't realize is that even food made in the U.S. provides no...
  • Celebrity Carbon

    On a recent episode of the Daily Show , comedian Lewis Black took some well-deserved potshots at a number of our favorite celebrities, beginning with Matt Damon. Black ran a clip of Damon, looking earnestly into the camera, about to let us know what we...
  • U.S.-China Trade: A Secret Standoff?

    In the last few weeks, there's been a flurry of reports in the U.S. media about Chinese products exported to the United States. Toothpaste imported from China was found to be tainted with diethylene glycol, a thickening agent - and an ingredient in...
  • Google Revisited, Part 2

    In our May 29 issue , we took a look at what Google is doing these days and concluded that, in general, it's pretty good stuff. We're impressed that Google has achieved its success without resorting to the kinds of coercive behavior that has characterized...
  • Central Bank Sales

    Lately, there has been much talk in the financial media about large gold sales by central banks, and the negative effect this has had on the metal's price during the late spring months. Since such talk tends quickly to degenerate into static, we'll...
  • Your Cash Is Trash, and So Are Most of Your Investments

    Almost everyone, probably including yourself, gets held back by inertia at one time or another. It can happen with anything, including investments. Inertia weighs on an investor, trapping him in a state of paralysis and freezing his portfolio, almost...
  • Emotional Jackpot Damage

    Americans have always been accused to be sue-happy, going to court over minor - or even silly - grievances. But the Dutch seem to strive to catch up. In a recent article, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Helene de Gier of Heusden, Netherlands...
  • Reader Feedback 07/24/2007

    Here are some comments on our article "U.S.-China Trade: A Secret Standoff?" The FDA does not need an ulterior motive to take action. It's guilty of procrastination in the case of Chinese goods. Who, in their right mind, would ever think...