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Beyond the Iron Curtain

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 6, 2006

Winston Churchill would not recognize this side of the Iron Curtain. The buildings of Tallinn are tall and proliferating, and the cab drivers are as savvy as they are sneaky. An abundance of tourists, especially from Finland, have flooded into the Estonian capital in recent years. The 27 different operating "takso" (taxi) companies race to scoop up the foreigners and pump up the meters.

Energy - It Depends!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 30, 2006

We've talked a great deal in Wealth Daily about energy independence and what it means for the 21st century energy economy. The idea is that each country should be able to stand on its own two feet in order to gain the fuel to grow. But here in the Baltic States, the major players want to be interdependent as well, joining grids to power everyone's future.

Monetary Lag - What a Drag!

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 26, 2006

I abhor lag. Having surmounted jetlag, I now have to deal with latitude lag up here at 57°N in Riga. Only five hours of true nighttime means little sleep for your correspondent, but plenty of time to think. Now, monetary lag is foremost in my mind. Let me explain.

To Nationalize or Not to Nationalize

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted May 23, 2006

Now that Bolivia has moved to nationalize their natural gas industry, will the country's mining industry be next?

Nuclear Problems and Solutions

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 22, 2006

Nuclear Power provides use with a reliable domestic power source, but new developments may now make it even better than it already is.

Big Brother Economics Update

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 15, 2006

Big Brother doesn't just watch you. He's a bully too.

Weight in Copper Prices

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted May 12, 2006

Gold World editor Luke Burgess provides information for investors looking to profit from current copper prices.

Solid Copper Proof

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted May 9, 2006

Copper prices took a break today from a bull run that has pushed up prices nearly 75% since the beginning of the year.

Manganese: Ancient Chinese Language or Precious Metal

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted May 5, 2006

You may have never heard of it, but soon manganese may become one of the most sought after elements in the world.

Manganese Prices

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted May 4, 2006

Gold World editor Luke Burgess outlines the investment highlights of rising manganese prices.

Money - It's a Gas

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 2, 2006

In China, roads are being built. Other roads that have already been constructed are torn up and repaved. With an urban unemployment rate of 8%, the government has to have people do something...so sometimes they have them undo something.

Three More Years of High Gas Prices

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted May 1, 2006

On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran failed to conform to a 30-day UN Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

SunTunes

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 23, 2006

Hot damn, I love the sun. It gives us light, Vitamin D, and is the world's foremost nuclear power no matter what Iran and the US do to each other. Now it's music to my ears.

Pinching Your Pennies

Written by Luke Burgess
Posted April 20, 2006

Gold World editor Luke Burgess reports that rising copper prices provides a different reason to pinch your pennies.

Hopkins Hears a Hu

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 18, 2006

Man, I missed China. I missed delicious dumplings, eye-popping neon signs, and bombastic speeches. I especially missed the speeches. Halfway between high school coach and preschool teacher, Chinese bureaucrats have a flair for the sentimental as motivation. Last week in England, I refueled my reservoir of rhetoric.