Archives for July 2013

How New Technologies Are Affecting Healthcare

The emergence of new technology in healthcare has and will have profound effects on quality of life, as well as the ability to save more lives. From new inventions in imaging to spreading virtual care by internet and sensors, to machines that can … [Read more...]

How Infrastructure Investment Boosts Job Growth

Ever since the onset of what is now being called "The Great Recession", people have been discussing ways to help prop up the economy and reduce unemployment. One of the most prominent suggestions is to increase the government's infrastructure … [Read more...]

Retirement Investing

As retirees (or future retirees) we need to take responsibility for our financial future. And that includes choosing investments and planning income strategies. In the good old high income days, it was easier to invest in income producing assets and … [Read more...]

Key Oil and Gas Discoveries of 2013

Just a few years ago the chatter was that "Peak Oil" was here and all the oil that could be found had already been found. But all that has changed, now new oil and gas  discoveries are being made at a frantic pace. This is not new.  The cycle goes … [Read more...]

UK Corporate Insolvency on the Decline

Since January of this year, it has been evident that the rate of corporate insolvencies in the UK is on the decline. Although it would be nice to think that the economy is improving, there are strong indications that the markets have yet to … [Read more...]

Timing the Bottom of Gold

By Louis James, Chief Metals & Mining Investment Strategist An interesting thing about the uptick in gold prices over the last couple days is the number of people asking me if I think gold has bottomed. This is somewhat amusing, since we all … [Read more...]

Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plants

The nuclear power debate has surrounded the use of a sustained nuclear chain reaction to generate electricity since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986 and recently Fukushima has reignited the debate. From 1952 to 2011 there … [Read more...]

Surviving a Hyperinflation

Hyperinflation is not as uncommon as you think- The most notorious recent case was in Zimbabwe  and ran from 1998 - 2008. But North Korea experienced a less severe hyperinflation in 2010 -2011. Other recent examples include Belarus 1994-2002, Bosnia … [Read more...]

Tapering Bets Could Backfire For Stock Bears

Dual Mandate Says No Major Changes Coming In 1977, Congress amended The Federal Reserve Act, stating the monetary policy objectives of the Federal Reserve are “to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices and moderate … [Read more...]

Retirement Investments Affected By U.S. Taxes

Many people dream of retiring at the earliest possible date with the expectation that their investments will provide them with a steady income for the next few decades. But as soon as they put in their papers and go to collect their last … [Read more...]