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Bulls Lead Midsummer Rally

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 17, 2007

To almost any sane person, a 1,300 pound bull is nothing to be fooling around with. An image of power, the massive animal is really nothing more than muscle, hooves, and horns. And then there is the attitude--it’s pretty nasty.

China Bull Market Pauses as Pork Prices Soar

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 17, 2007

In China's big cities, maids are going back to work and casting their day-trading dreams to the wind. The number of new accounts for trading Chinese A-shares (the most basic stock available to retail traders in the Middle Kingdom) is dropping far from recent record highs.

A Worthless Dollar?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 13, 2007

This week, bond rating agencies Moody's and Standard & Poor's finally announced downgrades on billions of dollars of bonds backed by sub-prime mortgages.

Solar Tower of Power

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 12, 2007

Like most entrepreneurs, Roger Davey is a man who sees something that very few other people do. Because of it he takes risks, he works hard, and he pushes his dream down a road with no sure answers. And as with most monomaniacs, his dream will either end in the Promised Land or at the bottom of a cliff.

Bioplastics: Taking Huge Profits, One Polymer at a Time

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted July 12, 2007

Today, Nick takes a look at the history of plastics in order to gain insight about the future of the bioplastic industry.

Is Arab OPEC Going Green?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 10, 2007

Recently I told you about a 100 MW solar power project in Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates. As one of the top oil and gas producers in the world, the UAE won the geological jackpot. Otherwise, it would be a loose confederation of feudal desert monarchies.

The Really BIG Next Big Thing

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 10, 2007

It's alternative energy. Meaning non-hydrocarbon energy. And for this discussion, we will temporarily ignore uranium, for its use has grown sufficiently that it really can't at this point be considered "alternative."

Will Japan Destroy the Yen to Save the Dollar?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted July 9, 2007

As the Japanese government continues holding short-term interest rates near zero while printing yen like it is going out of style, getting out of the yen has now replaced pachinko as the national pastime for rank-and-file Japanese.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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.