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22 May 2004
Frugality, Modesty and Humbleness
Parents today take the time to bring their kids to all kinds of extracurricular activities (mostly lessons and team sports), such as swimming, piano, baseball,...
18 May 2004
The Contrarian Theory at Work
An investor who invested $1,000 in each of the Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks at the beginning of 2003 (a total investment of $30,000) would...
17 May 2004
It’s Already Happening
Quietly, without much attention from the press, interest rates on 30-year mortgages have risen sharply over the past several months. The average rate on a...
15 May 2004
Ideas, Money and Knockers
In the Robber Baron days, the only way to build a great fortune was through domination of an industry... old fashioned monopolies or oligopolies. Today,...
13 May 2004
Man With Lots of Dollars
You've probably heard the news about the 1905 Picasso painting "Boy With a Pipe," which sold at Sotheby's for $104 million last week--a record for...
11 May 2004
The Flight to Dollars
After declining against world currencies during 2003 and the first few months of 2004, the U.S. dollar has taken flight. Why has the Greenback started...
10 May 2004
Too Late and Likely Too Little
Here I go on my tangent again: Greenspan has waited too long to raise interest rates, and, in doing so, he has created a debt...
8 May 2004
Morning Glory
Last week, I celebrated a milestone birthday... I turned the big "Four O." Some friends told me life starts at 40, while others, jokingly I...
6 May 2004
Big Homes, Big Loans and Rising Interest Rates
"Toronto Sees Surge in Sales of Million-Dollar Starter Homes," reads the recent headline in the National Post. The article in the Canadian paper goes on...
3 May 2004
The Wrong Type of Jobs
This coming Friday, the U.S. Labor Department will report April non-farm payroll growth. Economists are expecting about 150,000 new jobs created in April, about half...

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