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I sometimes get funny looks when I pay for things with cash (my favorite way) that other people usually pay for with a card. I bought a TV for $600 cash the other day, and, frankly, the cashier looked at me like I was some sort of criminal!…

From what I can tell, the G-7 meeting in Boca Raton, Florida that starts tomorrow seems to be shaping up to become a real tear jerker and whine fest. Pass the tissues please. Currency issues overshadow this meeting like gold on an Egyptian sarcophagus. Many unhappy participants are…

I read recently that the IRS estimates that married couples with two children that have a combined income of $75,000 to $100,000 USD and are subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax will spend 63 hours to complete and compute their tax return! 63 hours! Hmm. The way I…

There is no doubt that Alan Greenspan has the ability to move markets. Even the slightest change in vernacular can bring about reactions that are... spectacular. He attempts to hide his manipulative ways with fed jargon, saying "for a considerable period" one month then switching to "patient" the…

I am truly amazed by the strength of our domestic housing market. Almost every investment guru has predicted softening or pullback in the last couple of years. Including yours truly. But on it goes... up, up and away! Recent Commerce Department comments reveal that a "larger than expected"…

Buying a treat at my local corner store with one of my children last week caused me to have a flashback to 1960 (or so). I was doing the same thing with my dad and he said, "I remember when that cost a penny." I found myself saying,…

These days I'm finding it more difficult to separate politics and the economy. It is after all an election year and to put it mildly, the circus is coming to town... if it hasn't already arrived. I thought last year was jammed packed with interesting developments. Looks like…

It wasn't too long ago that in this column we covered the trials and tribulations of General Motors' beleaguered pension plan. It seems that the topic of pensions is in the news and making news again. Take for example the federal agency Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. On Thursday…

The title of today's column and the frigid weather some of us are experiencing may give you reason to think that I might be using a winter activity as some sort of economic metaphor. Dear reader, I wish I could. The situation is too dire for metaphors! The…

I noticed two things this morning on my way to work. The first was that it took too long for my vehicle to produce warm air; the other was a noticeable price spike at the pumps. It was just a few weeks ago (Dec. 22) that we here…

After a weaker than expected December employment report revealed that the U.S. economy is not creating enough new jobs, the NASDAQ and the Dow moved lower. About time too. Both indices seem to be on fire in this New Year, leaping forward on up days and barely sinking…

I ran into my friend David recently, while doing a little Christmas shopping. David is a very successful appliance salesman and owns his own store. I asked him how things were at the shop. He said things were "slower" than last year. I joked that it's "damn hard…

This $11 stock is now positioned to rise to $55 within the next two years - 5 times your money! In all my years as a market insider, I have never seen a stock so perfectly positioned as this one. In fact, I'm very confident it will make…

This past July, I recommend a stock called iBasis Inc. at 54 cents a share. It skyrocketed to $1.97 by early December--- making my readers 265% profit. Loudeye Corp. was another stock I recommended at the low price of 31 cents. I believed the right management could turn…

Greenspan has pumped-up the stock market, run up the national debt, and told us that the economy is improving. But what he hasn't told you is about to affect everything you own. Here's the full story... plus what you must do now to protect yourself and profit from…

The penny stock gold rush is making investors rich again with actual 3-month gains of 470%... 585%... and 640%! Remember how excited Wall Street was at the beginning of the recovery as the indices finally headed up? For the 6 months following the March 2003 lows, the... DOW…

If you are serious about making money in the stock market you must spot trends early, invest in the right stocks, and take your profits when the momentum shifts the other way. And this profit stock report will put you on the ground floor of one of the…

In March of this year, I recommended a stock called ACT Teleconferencing when it was $1.05 per share. It skyrocketed to $2.20 a share within two months--- making my readers 110% profit! Zarlink was another stock I recommended at the low price of $2.12. I believed the right…