Archives for January 2013

The Trend Toward Buying Online is Growing

Clicks vs. Bricks With the huge popularity of the internet it's no longer uncommon for people to do their discretionary shopping online. The trend is towards more and more online purchases. According to the U.S. Census Bureau News, eCommerce for the … [Read more...]

5 Simple Financial Techniques That Will Save You Money

It's in everyone's best interest to ensure they have a cash reserve. This extra cushion of money allows you to deal with any unexpected financial adversity such as an emergency dental treatment or unexpected car repairs. Without such a cash reserve … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Gold Analyst: “It’s All My Fault”

by Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst Common sense dictates that when you need information or advice on something you're unfamiliar with, you consult with a professional. That's what people do, whether refinancing a home, choosing an … [Read more...]

Catastrophe Bonds

Anytime a hurricane or other natural disaster is predicted to strike, it causes widespread uncertainty in the stock market. Although the people who are in the path of an upcoming storm place their focus on staying safe and protecting their homes and … [Read more...]

Silver Investing: The “Other” Precious Metal

Gold is one of the most aesthetically pleasing metals our planet naturally produces. Its value has skyrocketed over the past decade, which has created a new generation of investors eager to get in on the potential profits. Though gold is much … [Read more...]

Real Estate Trends: Martha’s Vineyard

In recent years, real estate has suffered major price setbacks due to foreclosures, and the supply overhang of foreclosed real estate. But the old adage of Real Estate value, Location, Location, Location still applies. Today we will look at Real … [Read more...]

The Five Key Investment Criteria

by Dennis Miller Do not do what I did and start reading newsletters and buying into investments because they sound like winners. A recent reader question is from Alex L, who is a member of my Super Sports Roadster club, a “collaborator-friend,” and … [Read more...]

Is American Justice Dead?

by David Galland, Managing Director Every nation-state has a body of laws woven into the fabric of society. As Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto has commented on extensively, the stronger the rule of law, the stronger the economy. And by … [Read more...]

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Building and Managing Your Retirement Portfolio

How Should You Get Started? by Dennis Miller How much gold is enough? How much should you allocate to dividend-paying stocks? How much should you hold in cash? How can you sort through the vast number of opportunities out there? When it … [Read more...]

Insights into Cultural Shifts from a Visit to a Hardware Store

by Pete Kofod "So this is what it looks like when a society is starting to collapse," the man standing behind the counter at the hardware store said matter-of-factly. The remark had been directed at no one in particular, but generally at anyone … [Read more...]