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  • $8 Trillion and Counting

    Introduction As long time readers know, I get a lot of newsletters sent to me from around the world. Many are from private sources. Among the best is the HCM Market Letter written by Michael Lewitt of Harch Capital in Florida. Michael is one smart guy...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 11-29-2004
  • RETIRING ON A CRUISE SHIP

    You remember our tongue-in-cheek story "Retire at the Holiday Inn" ( WWNK 2/16/04 )? Here's the sequel, and it's not even a joke. Rather than walking the hallways of an assisted living facility, seniors should consider riding the big...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-29-2004
  • Re-Learning The Basics Of Financial Planning

    Introduction I often receive requests from readers of my E-Letter asking how to get an investment plan started. These requests often come from young people early in their careers, but I also receive similar inquiries from older readers who either lost...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 11-23-2004
  • The Dollar Is In Trouble

    Introduction This week we have a special double treat for Outside the Box. Peter Bernstein, the venerable editor of Economics and Portfolio Strategy, has sent two pieces our way. The first is a brief treatise on the dollar which appeared in the Financial...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 11-22-2004
  • MONEY: MAKE IT OR FAKE IT

    For over a decade, U.S. secret services have been suspiciously eyeing North Korea. Not for their WMDs but for their weapons of mass inflation: near-perfect counterfeits of U.S. banknotes. Just recently, a new batch of fake $50 notes was found and confiscated...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-22-2004
  • ANTI-AGING SCIENCE, PART II

    (This is the concluding installment of a two-part article, and focuses on three important discoveries/trends in the Genomic Sciences) RNA INTERFERENCE ~ Silencing Genetic Instructions A cell--whether plant or animal--possesses DNA (dioxy-ribo-nucleic...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-22-2004
  • NGO'S: THE HAPLESS HELPERS

    It sounded like a heinous injustice. The evil World Bank was foisting a dam-building project on unwilling citizens in Uganda, causing environmental destruction and the forcible relocation of nearby villagers. What was worse, the people being moved wouldn't...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-22-2004
  • THE INFLATION SCAM

    Inflation is tame, we are told, over and over. It is under control. And it has been since the advent of the easy money, low-interest-rate policy championed by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve since 1995. In fact, they say, between 1995 and 2003...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-22-2004
  • Things That Go Bump in My Worry Closet

    Introduction From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! --Old Scottish Prayer Coming back from Canada this morning, where the Canadian dollar is on a breath-taking rise, and reading...
  • Oil-For-Food - Much Worse Than We Thought

    Introduction I last wrote about the “Oil-for-Food” program in Iraq in May shortly after the United Nations (UN) engaged former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker to conduct an internal investigation of the scandal. Only limited attention was focused...
  • Life After Gold

    Introduction This week's letter is part two of a series by my good friend, Andy Kessler, author of Running Money about his days running a hedge fund in the 1990's, a book that I highly recommend, especially to anyone in the "running money"...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 11-16-2004
  • CANADA: GONE TO POT?

    In the land famous for its red maple leaf, there is a very real prospect of another leaf-- typically green and seven-fingered--stealing the spotlight: Canada's Parliament is preparing to decriminalize marijuana possession. But while many liberal-minded...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • GOOGLE-MANIA

    We at What We Now Know always liked Google as a search engine; it's just so much better than Yahoo. The news page is more extensive, the searches more efficient, and the gambler in our brains just loves to play with the "I feel lucky" button...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • ANTI-AGING SCIENCE, PART I

    "Who wants to live forever?" asks the title song of the 1986 blockbuster Highlander that deals with immortality; yet we should ask, who doesn't? Wouldn't you like to be a frisky 200-year-old if it were possible to maintain your health...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • THE IWATE MODEL: LESS IS MORE

    Iwate is a small backwater prefecture in Japan that, for years, was struggling economically, trying to catch up to buzzing Tokyo's standard of living. Until in a daring move, Governor Hirova Masuda told his fellow citizens to give up the rat race...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004