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The Contagion is Spreading

The Contagion is Spreading

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 5, 2007
After bubbling beneath the surface since last February, the absolute rot that is sub-prime lending reared its ugly head again last week. But this time it wasn’t just the stories of failing lenders like New Century and others that roiled the markets, it was much further up the ladder. The contagion is spreading after all.

Cracks in the Great Wall

Cracks in the Great Wall

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 3, 2007
When it comes to the incredible economic growth story being written in China these days, the numbers–like the country’s population–are simply off the charts. According to the data, the economy of the land of the dragon continues to grow at the massive rate of over ten percent per year, with no end in sight. In terms of GDP, that’s the amazing and unfathomable equivalent of adding a city the size of Philadelphia every month.

The 1,842% Beginning of a Bull Market

The 1,842% Beginning of a Bull Market

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted June 29, 2007
Imagine risking everything you own by investing it in just one commodity. And when I said everything, I meant it. We’re not just talking about the cash in the bank, but selling all of your assets as well–including your house.

iPhone Hype Intersects with Reality

iPhone Hype Intersects with Reality

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 28, 2007
With the long awaited debut of Apple’s iPhone tomorrow, Steve Jobs won’t be the only one hoping to earn a buck or two after six months of hype. In fact, a virtual cottage industry has sprung up surrounding the release.

A Refugee Bull Market in Jordan

A Refugee Bull Market in Jordan

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 26, 2007
AMMAN, JORDAN: As we scooted along through dense traffic that is typical of any developing country, my Jordanian host pointed out an Infinity SUV in front of us. “Look,” he said as he darted his index finger to the right, “Iraqi license plates.”

The Telco's New Star

The Telco's New Star

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 26, 2007
Like most Americans, Rich and Marjorie Bayer of Massapequa, NY, love their television. But their television is radically different from the one that’s probably on all the time in your house. Unlike your set, the Bayer’s is wired to the Internet, and it is nothing short of a glimpse into the future.

The $17.8 Trillion Market from Silicon Wadi

The $17.8 Trillion Market from Silicon Wadi

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 22, 2007
According to Nationmaster.com, the tiny state of Israel has more engineers and scientists per capita than any other country in the world.

Opinion Wanted: Contribute to Quantum Investor

Opinion Wanted: Contribute to Quantum Investor

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 22, 2007
As you well know, we think that the wave of Web 2.0 is continuing to build and will transform not just how information is made available, but also where it comes from. A large part of that, of course, is the massive growth in user-generated content.

The Most Dangerous Man in China

The Most Dangerous Man in China

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 21, 2007
It will come as no surprise that the military planners deep within the Pentagon continue to wrestle with the growing threats posed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. But the biggest risk to America might not be an old red General bent on invading Taiwan, but an economic technocrat. His name is Lou Jiwei, and in many ways he’s the most dangerous man in China–especially if you are in the market for a mortgage.

A Perfect Birthday for a Middle Eastern Bull

A Perfect Birthday for a Middle Eastern Bull

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 20, 2007
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL: As the clock struck midnight on June 10, I had just arrived in Amman, Jordan. My local hosts, vibrant young entrepreneurs and rising stars in government investment initiatives, insisted that I have a drink. Sunday brought mixed gifts of inside information, international travel, and little sleep.

Gates Squirms, Jobs Chuckles

Gates Squirms, Jobs Chuckles

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 15, 2007
When it comes to taste in all thing digital, Steve Jobs is a man with an uncanny knack for the pulse of consumers everywhere. It’s a simple fact that’s not lost on his biggest rival, Bill Gates.

Good Money After Bad

Good Money After Bad

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 15, 2007
At a commercial real-estate conference earlier this week, Alan Greenspan downplayed concerns that the Chinese might sell their significant holdings of U.S. Treasuries.