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Lenders Take the Jab, Borrowers Take the Knockout

Lenders Take the Jab, Borrowers Take the Knockout

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 20, 2007
The current weakness in domestic markets has recently been magnified overseas as panic spread to foreign investors with exposure to U.S. asset-backed debt. Some commentators point to this reaction in an attempt to disprove the belief that foreign assets offer protection from falling U.S. stocks. I believe such conclusions are premature. Global stock markets will soon decouple from ours, and strong returns overseas will occur even as U.S. stocks slump.

A Few Bright Spots in the Markets

A Few Bright Spots in the Markets

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 17, 2007
Well, after holding sway over the markets for so long, the bulls have had it absolutely handed it to them since those heady and short-lived days at the 14 k mark on the Dow.

Like Lemmings Off a Cliff

Like Lemmings Off a Cliff

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 16, 2007
With so many lenders tumbling into the abyss these days, it’s hard not to be reminded of that footage of a whole herd of lemmings jumping off a cliff. (Myth or no myth) I mean how else you can possibly characterize the ruin of so many financial institutions in so little time?

The Best Way to Invest in the Muslim World

The Best Way to Invest in the Muslim World

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 14, 2007
It’s an underdog in emerging Asia and in the Islamic world too. Indonesia has the world’s fourth-largest population, and is number one among predominantly Muslim states. Here’s why you can’t afford to keep your money out of this archipelago.

Surgical Robot Primed to Deliver 284% Returns in Two Years

Surgical Robot Primed to Deliver 284% Returns in Two Years

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 13, 2007
Of all of the problems to have in this world, a falling stock market is really nothing compared to the troubles of being diagnosed with cancer.

The Shoddiest Export

The Shoddiest Export

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 10, 2007
For years, Americans have been able to pay for enormous trade deficits by exchanging IOUs for imported consumer goods. Unfortunately for foreign creditors, a substantial percentage of those IOUs have recently taken the form of mortgaged backed securities.

The Lurking Water Monster

The Lurking Water Monster

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted August 9, 2007
A sneak peak at the coming massive investment in water infrastructure, companies already making huge gains, and the unveiling of the Green Chip Water Index.

Cisco Knocks the Cover Off . . . Again

Cisco Knocks the Cover Off . . . Again

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 9, 2007
On the same day that Barry Bonds belted his way into baseball history, Cisco Systems crushed a long ball of its own. But unlike the Bonds home run that fell practically without a sound, Cisco’s 4Q performance led to nothing but cheers on the Street, particularly over at the NASDAQ.

Ready to Vacation in North Korea?

Ready to Vacation in North Korea?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 7, 2007
Few would have dreamed of gallivanting around China during the Cultural Revolution. Now, the country is a tourist hotbed and host of a major tourism industry gathering this year. Could North Korea turn the same corner in a few decades?

Armed Robotic Squadron Takes to the Air

Armed Robotic Squadron Takes to the Air

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 7, 2007
In the skies above the bloody streets of Iraq and Afghanistan, military drones continue to deliver the goods on one battlefield after another. Part spy and part weapons system, the effect of drones in the war on terror is both visible and undeniable.

Peak Oil is Here

Peak Oil is Here

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 6, 2007
The world’s most respected journal of economics has now officially acknowledged the advent of peak oil, validating (finally!) what we’ve been saying for years.

It's the Fundamentals, Stupid

It's the Fundamentals, Stupid

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 6, 2007
Amid the recent stock market weakness, the pundits are virtually unanimous in their claims that good underlying economic fundamentals are being trumped by irrational fear.