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Economic Outlook
November 24, 2009 Posted by

Over the river and through the woods To grandmother's house we go The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow! - Traditional It's been over two years since the extendible commercial paper issued by Ottimo Funding Ltd. extended — something it was never supposed to do. Though we ca

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Economic Outlook
November 17, 2009 Posted by

In the movie Idiocracy, "Private Joe Bauers, the definition of average American," is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

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Economic Outlook
November 10, 2009 Posted by

In a previous column, I wrote that there is a desirable level of tax* revenue for every economy and that it necessarily changes over time. It is found at the peak of the utility curve for taxation, which is a difficult curve to define.

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Economic Outlook
November 04, 2009 Posted by
I have always been a value investor. It always made sense to me that prices can be off-market for short periods of time, but tend to revert to the appropriate clearing level, acting as an equalizer between supply and demand. Basically, different views on value compete in the open marketplace until prices settle. We've all seen this mechanism in action time and time again.
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Observation Deck
November 02, 2009 Posted by

Historically, gold has been a precious commodity used for trade, jewelry, medicine and decoration. In more recent times, it has been used as a hedge against inflation. There are many investors who currently believe our country is heading into an inflationary environment, pushing up the price of gold. But we do not see any data to support the position that inflation will spiral out of control
anytime in the near future.

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Economic Outlook
October 27, 2009 Posted by
With Halloween just around the corner, it is an excellent time to reflect on the horror the economy has faced, realizing good times will return though they may have a new definition.
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Economic Outlook
October 20, 2009 Posted by
For the 26th and 27th time last week something thrilling happened.
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Economic Outlook
October 13, 2009 Posted by
For those of you who never really get away from it all, I highly recommend a vacation. I'm talking about a full-fledged separation from the work life, a break from the daily grind.
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Economic Outlook
October 06, 2009 Posted by
Last month the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced a pilot deal to sell $1.3 billion in mortgage securities in exchange for $856.2 million from the debunked Franklin Bank after the lender was taken over by the agency.
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Observation Deck
October 01, 2009
The month of September 2009 proved to be an important one for money market mutual funds, with rising signs of a return to normalcy for this vital investment segment.
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