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  • INVENTED DISEASES, PART I: MENTAL DISORDERS

    " Conservatives push for psychiatric diagnosis of 'loony leftists' ", screamed the headline of an article on the Swift Report blogsite on January 5. The article, an obvious hoax, has nonetheless been picked up as a true story by dozens...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-24-2005
  • Shades of Irrational Exuberance

    Introduction Readers know that Paul McCulley of Pimco, and his cohort Bill Gross, are two of my must read economic analysts. Pimco is in Newport Beach California and oversee more than $400 Billion in assets, predominately in fixed income. Last week my...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 01-24-2005
  • China: One Coin, Two Faces

    Introduction This week we begin what will be a series of occasional letters on China. The topic, like the country, is so vast that it cannot be adequately dealt with in one short letter. Today, we will take a long range view into the future, looking at...
  • A Money Manager For Virtually Any Kind Of Market

    Introduction As I discussed last week, “hedge funds” have been the rage in investment circles for the last several years. However, most of these funds require minimum investments of $1 million or more, if you can get in at all. This week I am delighted...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 01-18-2005
  • SHORT-LIVED SYMPATHY

    The international community has pledged nearly $2 billion in disaster relief for tsunami-stricken South Asian countries. Sounds great, but a pledge is just a pledge, not real money. What chance do those countries really have of getting the promised funds...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • HEALTH CARE TO DIE FOR

    "One thing is for certain about health in our country," said George W. Bush in a speech to the Illinois Medical Society in June 2003, "is [sic] that we've got the best health care system in the world and we need to keep it that way...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • DRACONIC MEASURES

    Last month, a Utah court sentenced 25-year-old rap record producer Weldon Angelos to 55 years in prison without parole... for selling small bags of marijuana to police informants while carrying a concealed weapon. Angelos, who is a first-time offender...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • THE CORONATION OF THE PRESIDENT

    On the morning of March 1, 1801, a 57-year-old Virginian named Thomas Jefferson took a leisurely breakfast with his fellow residents of Conrad & McMunn's boarding house on New Jersey Ave. in the newly created District of Columbia. Afterward, Jefferson...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • 2004 Quarterly Review and Outlook

    Introduction This week's letter is once again from two of my favorite economists, Van Hoisington and Dr. Lacy Hunt of Hoisington Investment Management Company in Austin, Texas. They offer a view on bonds which, as Van noted in a conversation with...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 01-17-2005
  • The Problem of the Endgame

    Introduction Last week we looked at my 2005 Forecast. This week, we ponder the far more interesting question of where I could (or will be!) be wrong and why and what would be the consequences. This week's topic came about as I was talking on Tuesday...
  • Baby Boomers Face Tough Decisions - Read This

    Introduction The Baby Boom generation (those born from 1945 to 1964), is facing a savings/retirement dilemma. I would say “crisis” but arguably that overstates the problem. Crisis or not, most Baby Boomers have not saved nearly enough for their retirement...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 01-11-2005
  • VEINS OF HOPE

    A brand new treatment developed in Germany over the last ten years and just now being studied in the United States gives hope to 12 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease: Growing new arteries. Compared with bypass surgery, one of the...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • UNREAL REAL ESTATE

    Owning a 6,000-acre tropical island, a steal at $26,500, may sound like a dream come true, except for one tiny detail: the fantasy property is just that--fantasy. This was the case, reported in New Scientist last month, when 22-year-old Australian David...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • THE DARK SIDE OF CHARITY

    What do the following people have in common: Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cher, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Suzanne Somers, and Sylvester Stallone? They all accept cash or other expensive gratuities in return for appearing at charity...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • RUSSIA--FROM GREAT BEAR TO LAME DUCK

    In addition to the usual holiday festivities, Ukrainians had another reason to celebrate the dying days of 2004: the election of a new prime minister, one who may reinvigorate the struggling nation, and, ultimately, shift the balance of world power. Thousands...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005