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The stock market's been doing alright over the last few weeks, but I still can't escape the view that the longer-term trend is down. Even though recent gross domestic product (GDP) numbers revealed solid economic growth, I really sense a lack of confidence in the marketplace. Declining trading…

Between May 6, 2005 and May 12, 2005, Merrill Lynch (one of the world's leading and most respected financial management and advisory companies) surveyed 339 fund managers from around the world on their views of the global economy. Let's just say the results weren't very encouraging. Fund managers…

I'm not sure about you, but the high gas prices are making me think hard about driving my gas guzzling SUV! The view high up is great, but I'm constantly going to the pumps and it hurts when I fill up and shell out the cash. And if…

The Bank of England was the first of the major central banks to raise interest rates. As we know, the U.S. Federal Reserve followed suit. Rates are also rising in countries like Canada. In general, central banks around the globe are raising interest rates. This could be perceived…

Today's Profit Confidential takes a different twist. I'm breaking away from my usual Thursday financial commentary to pay tribute to a man who, I believe, changed America and the world for the better. I'd like to start by admitting upfront that I have always been a huge Ronald…

Carl Faberge the world-famous goldsmith and jeweler to the Tsars of Russia created a variety of items for the Russian royal family. He made an arrangement in 1885 with Emperor Aleksandr III to fabricate a special Easter egg with a surprise in it for the Queen. He did…

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,…