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NewsFlash - No New Dead Dinosaurs

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 26, 2006

It's been the top question in every radio show I've been on in the past two weeks. "Why is the world suddenly awash in oil?" I writhe in my seat every time, furrowing my brow not out of confusion but frustration. The world seems all too ready to paint itself into the fossil fuel corner yet again.

Privatize Your Wealth Today

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 25, 2006

Today Americans enjoy unlimited benefits from new technologies in our wired world. But those wires send information in two directions, and the access to our personal data has never been more open for abuse.

Housing's Humble Pie

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 21, 2006

Baltimore,Md-Thomas M. Stevens should have known better. After all as the reigning president of the National Association of Realtors, he is a guy that ought to have some bona fide real estate savvy. How couldn’t he?

Don't Worry, Be Happy...Gold is Going Higher!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 20, 2006

Just as it looked as if the summer doldrums were ending and gold was beginning to creep higher, WHAM, we have a huge sell-off that takes gold below $600 an ounce!

How Swede It Is!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 19, 2006

It's long been the stoic model of northern European moderation. Though Sweden's seasons vary wildly, the dole doesn't. But there is still economic contrast - high benefits, and unemployment too high for comfort. This past Sunday's elections may change that.

The Most Undervalued Metal on the Market Today

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted September 18, 2006

Zinc prices have slumped nearly 10% in just two weeks. And the 12-month rally has seemingly stalled as prices have remained relatively flat since April. But the fundamentals that have been driving the long-term zinc bull haven't changed one bit.

Real Estate's Unholy Trinity

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 14, 2006

Buying a home is an exciting experience. In fact, it’s kind of giddy, because for a lot of people it represents something of a fulfillment of a dream. That’s how deep the belief in home ownership is in America and the rest of world. But as exciting as the experience is for the homebuyer, it’s extra exciting for the members real estate industrial complex, especially the realtors, the loan officers and the appraisers

Remember the Other Eleventh

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 12, 2006

The news crawler on the morning of December 11, 2001 scooted across the bottom of the TV screen at its normal pace. The previous night's sports scores, some stock prices...Oh, and China was admitted to the World Trade Organization!

Time to Buy Palladium

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 11, 2006

While investors are very familiar with gold, silver and platinum, palladium is often overlooked when considering it as a precious metal for investment purposes.

The Wrath of the "Mortgage Moms"

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 6, 2006

First it was the “soccer moms.” And then it was the “security moms.” But today, according to a story in the Washington Post, our nation’s political future is now in the hands of the “mortgage moms.” And given the state of today’s housing market, they are clearly on to something.

China, Vietnam, and the New Domino Theory

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted September 5, 2006

Though I doubt he’ll land on the roof of the Hanoi embassy, US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s arrival in Vietnam this week is symbolic. Vietnam – vacated in bitterness by Marine helicopter three decades ago – is the newest staging ground for western capitalism.

Caffeinated Commodities

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 29, 2006

Every day it’s a new brew. Coffee can give you a heart attack. Or it can fight cancer. It can make investors rich or turn poor farmers towards the cocaine industry. Today we filter the economics inside a cup o’ joe.

Baghdad Bob Comes to Baltimore

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 28, 2006

My hometown newspaper the Baltimore Sun just can't seem to make up its mind. Just last month the paper went to press with a three part story entitled "The Coming Housing Crunch." It was the epitome of folly.

Fill 'er Up

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted August 25, 2006

Average retail gasoline prices have fallen significantly since the beginning of the month and are now at multi-month lows. Here in the U.S., the engine fuel has dropped over 5% since August 4th while average prices in Canada have dropped nearly 10%. But this won't last long.

Home Sales Down, Saint Statues Up

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 23, 2006

At Ward's gift shop in Boston there has been a run on St. Joseph statues. In fact, they are selling so many that the owner, Donald Ward Cranely, is having a hard time keeping them on the shelves.