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How's the Middle Class Doing

How is the Middle Class in the U.S. Doing? (Infographic)

Middle Class Household Income- Currently, in the United States we consider a family that has a household income of less than $100,000 to be "Middle Class". But how well are families really doing? … [Read More...]

Scotland Independence

Separatist Forces Growing in Europe

Throughout Europe people are yearning to downsize their governments and bring control back to the grass-roots level. The leader in this area (with the most possibility of success) is Scotland with a … [Read More...]

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Golden Oldies

There is an old saying, "Those who do not study the past are condemned to repeat it" and another that goes along with it which says, "History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme." Recently I … [Read More...]

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Russia Looks to China as Relations with Europe Deteriorate

The standoff between the U.S. and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, intensified pretty quickly late last week. The U.S. quickly slapped heavier sanctions on Russia after its annexation of Crimea, leading to a mutual escalation of retaliatory measures. … [Read More...]

Crimea

What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy

Birth of a New Ukrainian Nation? Interview with Robert Bensh Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is now Russia's. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on independence from Ukraine. … [Read More...]

Crimea Oil and Gas

Russia Eyes Crimea’s Oil and Gas Reserves

The results of Crimea's referendum appears to be solidly in favor of the Crimea joining Russia. This was to be expected since the majority of the residents of Crimea are of Russian rather than Ukrainian descent and most speak Russian. The only problem is that Crimea … [Read More...]

Ukraine

How Events in the Ukraine will Affect the World

Ukraine: Three Views By John Mauldin All eyes are on Ukraine as the drama continues to unfold. Today, for an early Outside the Box, I’m going to offer three sources on Ukraine. The first is a note that I got from the head of emerging-market trading at one of the … [Read More...]

Our government is causing fiscal cancer

Kiss Your Pension Goodbye!

By Dennis Miller In July 2007, our national debt was $8.9 trillion. Six years later, it has nearly doubled to $16.7 trillion. The cancer has metastasized. While the fiscal cancer continues to grow, pensioners are about to battle another type of cancer—one that is … [Read More...]

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Doug Casey: “Gold Stocks Are About to Create a Whole New Class of Millionaires”

By Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst Bear markets always end. Has this one? Evidence is mounting that the bottom for gold may be in. While there's still risk, there's a new air of bullishness in the industry, something we haven't seen in over two … [Read More...]

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Current Trends in Asbestos Litigation

Asbestos litigation has been a hot topic since asbestos was banned in 1977.  For more than 30 years new cases have continued to be diagnosed. As more and more cases of asbestos continue coming in, the trend in asbestos litigation in the United States is on the rise, … [Read More...]

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Iraqi Government Threatens Action Against Kurds as Oil Exports Set to Begin

For two centuries the Kurdish people have been fighting for independence from their Arab neighbors. The Kurdish region is located along the border where Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria meet. The Kurds have been subject to repression and often genocide but continue to fight … [Read More...]

Offshore Oil Rig Fracking

New EPA Rule Requires Chemical Disclosure for Offshore Fracking

The environmental impact of "fracking" has been the subject of some debate in recent years. It is the process of pumping water and some other agents into oil wells under pressure in an effort to open cracks in the rock and allow the oil and gas to get out. This process … [Read More...]

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Choosing a Brokerage Firm

If you're ready to do some investing, you need a broker to be able to buy stocks, options, and pretty much anything else. Deciding on the right broker for you can be difficult. If you've made the rounds of the local brokerage firms you'll notice a trend: they all charge … [Read More...]

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Violence Threatens to Thwart Iraqi Oil Resurgence

A wave of violence has swept parts of Iraq at the start of 2014 as the central government fights back against Al-Qaeda aligned militants in Anbar Province. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly took control of Ramadi and Fallujah, bombing police … [Read More...]