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It seems that, wherever I look, these days, hedge funds and other funds that run on the same investment principles are not only abundant--they're "all the rage." Strangely enough, most of us know little about them or their sudden popularity. The year 1949 saw the emergence of the…

It is darn hard opening a newspaper or magazine these days without seeing an article on debt. Be it consumer debt, state debt, corporate debt, or the looming federal deficit, debt has been a popular topic in this column. But where is all this debt leading to? It…

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…

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…

If bull riding were easy, we would all be rodeo stars and retired, pursuing safer endeavors with our prize money. No doubt bull riding is thrilling, but it is also fraught with ups and downs. One minute you're up... the next you're down, and so and so on…

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"…

Well it is that time again, another year over and a new one has begun. I hope everyone is re-energized and ready for another year of profit making and profit taking. I'm ready to lay it on the line, stick my neck out and provide you, dear reader…