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Platinum Market Prices

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted November 15, 2007

Production problems mean demand for platinum is exceeding supply, which could push platinum market prices as high as $1,700 an ounce by the end of next year.

Homebuilders Struggle with Bankruptcy

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 15, 2007

Editor Steve Christ takes a look at the fortunes of the nation's homebuilders as more them try to skirt bankruptcy.

Warren Buffett is Dead Wrong

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 15, 2007

When it comes to the Warren Buffett story, there's really not much about it that I don't love. After all, how could you not like a guy whose favorite meal is a big cheeseburger and a Cherry Coke. Nonetheless, I'm not exactly blinded the brilliance of his Congressional testimony yesterday.

Green Building Stocks

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted November 14, 2007

This week, editor Nick Hodge takes a look at the convergence of the green building and carbon markets, and discusses the future of each.

Boycott Yahoo

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 14, 2007

Ok. I admit it. When it comes to this story I'm a bit late to the scene. But after reading about Yahoo's settlement yesterday with the families of the Chinese dissidents that the company helped to send to jail, I'm boycotting them for good.

Economic and Political Crisis

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 13, 2007

If it hadn't been for inflationary fears, the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, or the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1980, patient gold investors would have never watched as $104 gold skyrocketed 725% to $850.

Main Street is Getting Nervous

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 13, 2007

While a good bit of the news lately surrounding the credit crunch has revolved around those faltering CDOs, the real affects of the sub prime mess actually continue long after those massive write-downs hit the Street.

Home Depot Stock Stumbles

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 13, 2007

Big box retailer and national bellwether stock, Home Depot Inc. (NYSE:HD), reported this morning that its 3rd quarter net profit fell by nearly 27% due to a "tough environment" in housing.

The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 12, 2007

This agitation against the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement seems a bit too late, as the United States and the Republic of Korea (as the South is known, versus the North's Democratic People's Republic of Korea) signed the deal in June.

Ron Paul vs. Ben Bernanke

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 12, 2007

With one eye on a mess of intraday charts and the other on CNBC, I caught this exchange yesterday between two people that can only be described as polar opposites-Ron Paul and Ben Bernanke. It was classic-if you're a Fed nerd like me.

Drowning in Red Ink

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 10, 2007

According to a story in Marketwatch, our elected officials have now buried us all under over $9 trillion in red ink. Unfortunately, as big as that sum is it is only the tip of the iceberg.

CDO Mess Lines Up Its Next Victim

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 10, 2007

First it was Merrill. Then it was Citigroup. And now it's Morgan Stanley's turn to put its cards on the table.

A 10 Billion Trillion Trillion Carat Diamond

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted November 9, 2007

Located over 10,000 feet above sea level in the frigid Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, the Letseng diamond mine is the highest diamond mine in the world. But this sky-scraping mine is really most widely known for the large world-class gems that it produces.

War by Other Means

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 9, 2007

Barely three months into the destruction of the dollar at the hands of the Federal Reserve, the rest of the world beginning to get a little queasy over its free fall. Gee go figure.

Sinners and Saints

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 9, 2007

I want you to think about something. Oil prices are already approaching $100 a barrel. If the IEA is warning us about an "an abrupt escalation of oil prices," what exactly does that mean?!