Blogs

  • THE NEW CELL PHONES

    New cell phone bells and whistles are arriving so quickly that most consumers should be cautious before spending hundreds of dollars on the latest product offering. It may be obsolete next month. But the mega-trend you should keep an eye on is the move...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005
  • RELIGIOUSLY BREAKING THE RULES

    Motorists have long feared the Israeli community of Bnei-Brak, where jaywalking is so rampant that drivers report they need "seven eyes" to watch for meandering pedestrians. The problem was striking enough to catch the eye of transportation...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005
  • CHERTOFF'S CRIMES

    After the dismal failure of Bernard Kerik--President Bush's first choice for Tom Ridge's successor as head of Homeland Security--to survive media examination of his past, it might have been expected that the President would be more cautious next...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-14-2005
  • Global Financial Markets

    Introduction In a past Thoughts From the Frontline letter, I quoted some economic forecasts from a group in The Netherlands called ECR Research. ECR is an independent financial research group with a team of analysts and economists specializing in medium...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 02-14-2005
  • Blame it on Demographics

    Blame it on Demographics Last week we talked briefly about some of the problems surrounding Social Security, and especially the possibility that the deficit problems may be worse than we thought because of the trend towards (on average) living longer...
  • FOLK MEDICINE: SWEET TREATS

    Folk remedies have been ill-reputed in our days of high-tech medicine, mostly dismissed (including by the ever-present skeptics in the WWNK office) as old wives' tales and snake oil therapy. However, recently grandma's cures have quietly crept...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-07-2005
  • LOYAL TO THE ROYALS

    Throughout history, kings and queens have ruled over Britain. With a national anthem of 'God Save the Queen' and the monarch-of-the-day's face emblazoned on every British pound note and coin, British heritage is steeped in this time- honored...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-07-2005
  • A HAIRY TURN OF EVENTS

    The '60s youth rebellion in the United States, it might be argued, was as much about hair as it was about sexism, race relations or the War in Vietnam. Who, among those present at the time, can forget the gorilla jokes, the enforced shearings, and...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-07-2005
  • THE RIGHT TO PRIVATE PROPERTY By Doug Casey

    In his landmark 2000 book, The Mystery of Capital , Peruvian economist Hernando De Soto tackles the vexing question posed by his subtitle: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else . The answer, De Soto maintains in a carefully constructed...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-07-2005
  • Inflation is Always and Everywhere a Monetary Phenomenon

    Introduction A few weeks ago, I posted a letter by Dr. Gary shilling on why he thinks there is deflation in our future. For another look at the inflation-deflation debate, this week's letter is by Myles Zyblock, who is Chief Institutional Strategist...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 02-07-2005
  • A Great Essay On The "Ownership Society"

    A Great Essay On The “Ownership Society” IN THIS ISSUE: This week, I am reprinting an excellent, thought-provoking essay published last week by Karl Zinsmeister of The American Enterprise Online www.taemag.com . With the current brou ha ha over reforming...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 02-05-2005
  • Social Security's Flawed Assumption

    Social Security and Other Myths Social Security in the US (and the equivalent in Europe and Japan), as well as some pension plans, might be in far worse shape than you think. And the reason may be very good news for you, and almost certainly will be for...
    Posted to Thoughts From The Frontline by John Mauldin on 02-04-2005
  • The Economy, The Stock Markets & Hillary In 2008

    Introduction This week, we start off by analyzing the latest economic data released last Friday, which was both disappointing and encouraging at the same time. Despite last week’s disappointing GDP report, The Bank Credit Analyst still predicts growth...
  • DOMAIN NAME HIJACKING

    One of the problems that have been plaguing residential long distance customers for years is an illegal tactic known as "slamming" wherein a customer's long distance provider is switched without consent. Now the Internet version of "slamming"...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-31-2005
  • THE NEW GUYS IN GOVERNMENT

    The wake of President Bush's re-election has brought the usual changing of the guard within key cabinet posts. Gone are high-profile officials like Secretary of State Colin Powell and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, replaced by new faces on Capitol...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-31-2005