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An investment in more ways than one

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted January 5, 2006

How long do you think you're going to live? What about your kids? If you're anything like most people, you probably expect to live only about as long as your parents did - perhaps five or ten years longer, to take account of medical progress. Chances are that you similarly think that your kids will live only a few years longer than you.

Bootleg Brains?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted January 3, 2006

Anyone who has visited China knows the scene: row upon row of American and other foreign films, their artwork laser-printed nicely on cardstock with a flimsy plastic sleeve inside holding a normal-looking DVD.

New "G" on the Block

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 27, 2005

We here at Wealth Daily like to throw ideas around the office. The brilliant, the stupid, and the downright goofy - all have a place in the forum boxing ring.

Dragons and Lions, Oh My!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 23, 2005

Banking in China can be confusing. Staying this summer in the western province of Qinghai, I did not have access to more than one bank that could change U.S. dollars or make a withdrawal from my bank account using my check card.

Kill Your Horses

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 20, 2005

There are few things I find more frustrating than a bad metaphor. Figurative language has the ability to make one sound educated, insightful, and even original.

The New Cold War

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted December 19, 2005

On Thursday I shared my eye-popping gas and electric bill with you.

Old Sneakers

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 16, 2005

Some of you readers may have been wondering something since you started reading The Waking Dragon - why doesn't Sam talk about China as "the world's workbench" or recommend China plays that highlight the country's role as provider of low-cost labor to the world?

Communist China Saves Christmas

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 13, 2005

Bill O'Reilly can't take it anymore. His nose is Rudolph-red over the "Happy Holidays" signs and "holiday trees" popping up around the country.

Where Are the Young'uns?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 9, 2005

As I sat down in one of the meeting rooms of Baltimore's World Trade Center, I wondered why the evening's lecture had drawn the same demographic as an episode of Matlock.

Natural Gas Supplies Tighten

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 9, 2005

I'm stuck at my house in rural Maryland. Last night we got our first big blast of winter, dumping 6-inches of snow.

Can You Hear Me Mao?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 6, 2005

It's hard to learn Chinese script. Reading and writing the language of Confucius, Sun Yat-Sen, and close to 2 billion Chinese worldwide is quite difficult for westerners raised with alphabetic writing systems.

Mark My Words

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted December 2, 2005

If the US goes to war with China, it might as well drop a bomb on Los Angeles.

Chicken Dance, Part II

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted December 2, 2005

It's happening before our eyes. Yesterday I told you about a strain of the bird flu virus that was found on a quail farm in Southern California.

Justified Hype

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted November 29, 2005

In my other life as a disc jockey, I've witnessed the rise of many previously unknown talents. Artists in every branch of music, from experimental noise to straightforward rock 'n' roll, depend on DJs to expand their audience and turn them into household names.

Massive Metal Rally

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted November 28, 2005

Today most metals hit multi-year highs in a broad metals rally.