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Shootout at the Sub Prime Corral

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 30, 2007

As if shedding nearly 40,000 jobs over the last eight months weren't quite bad enough, in some ways the mortgage industry's troubles have really just begun. The next blow, it seems, promises to come at the hands of the nation's politicians.

Change is in the Air

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 29, 2007

Since last November, it has been my great pleasure to bring you the stories that I believe will lead the markets for years to come. From nanotech to Web 2.0 to robotics to IPTV and everything in between, I've covered it all in the "knowledge economy" and then some.

Brazil's Hot Stock Market

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 28, 2007

The hottest spot in Brazil isn't the Copacabana beach. It's not the Sambadrome built for Carnival parades or the violent streets of the hillside favelas. It's the stock exchange.

It's a Shoo-In

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 27, 2007

The current economic debate really boils down to one essential question: "Will there be a recession?" To me, the question has about as much vitality as debating whether Roger Clemens will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (With over 300 wins and more strikeouts than any other pitcher besides Nolan Ryan, the Rocket is a sure thing for Cooperstown). Similarly, a recession is not a question of "if" but merely of "when."

Technology Stocks

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 23, 2007

Commodities, banking, real estate, mortgages, builders - you name it - all down for the count and headed nowhere but lower, no matter what the Fed does.

Markets of the Rising Sun

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted August 21, 2007

It's a world where Wednesday night's news from Asia told me to expect a Thursday slide on Wall Street, but it took until Monday for Asia to absorb Thursday night's Fed cut. This is not the Twilight Zone, it's the global stock market.

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.

Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted August 20, 2007

A look at the progression of the solar industry. From bulky panels to flexible strips, the solar industry has come a long way. Get ready for the next solar innovation.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.