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Celebrating 75 Years of ‘The Fountainhead’

Can reading a novel make a real difference in one’s life? I know that for me, the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” And, I know I’m not alone, because many people have said that reading that same novel profoundly altered their perspective, deeply challenged their …

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Avoiding Sector Uncertainty with Factor-based Investing

Technology stocks were the clear market leaders in 2017, but the turbulence so far this year has made it difficult to find a truly strong sector in the stock market. Investors who are tired of trying to pick the next sector champion may want to …

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Is Surging U.S. Dollar Fund Worth an Investment?

The U.S. dollar has jumped compared to other currencies around the world in recent weeks and may tempt investors to buy shares in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the greenback. The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (NYSE:UUP) is an ETF that allows …

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Buying Portfolio Insurance before the Storms Come

There is no shortage of hand-wringing in the current market landscape, especially with the S&P 500 retesting its closely followed 200-day moving average after breaking through it for a short while last week. Volatility is running high right now and its effect is showing in …

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Eureka Moment Proves Austrian Theory of the Business Cycle

As many of my readers know, I teach a course in the spring called “Financial Economics” at Chapman University, where I am a Presidential Fellow. Financial Economics is about the contributions and insights of economists in the field of finance and investing. Over the years, …

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This Is My New Favorite Economic Indicator

As an investor, newsletter writer and market commentator, I’m always on the lookout for a new way to look at the macro picture that will give me greater insight. And while many of the tried-and-true indicators (moving averages, gross domestic product, 10s-2s spread, relative price …

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PowerShares CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust

This week’s fund, the PowerShares CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (FXY), tracks the changes in value of the Japanese yen, which is the national currency of Japan. FXY is a favorite among investors for both long-and short-term exposure to the yen. Its strategy is simple – …

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GOP Midterm Slogan: ‘We Need Guest Workers to Do Your Jobs’

At a rally in Michigan last weekend, President Trump promised to bring in lots of guest workers to — I quote — “do your jobs.” Once, long ago, Trump was against replacing American workers with cheap foreign labor. Back when Trump was invincible, he sounded …

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Precious Metals Investors Should Protect Their Assets and Lives

The adage about investors losing their shirts understates the reality for precious metals speculators, who not only can lose their assets but even their lives. Greed has led unscrupulous people to prey on investors who are too trusting. As a result, investors in precious metals …

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Riding out the Volatility with Dividends

The old saying of “it’s not a profit until you book it” rings true during this earnings season when stock gains are fleeting amid bullish earnings headlines. One leading company after another within the S&P 500 that is beating first-quarter estimates on the top and …

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