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The Mysteries of the VIX

The Mysteries of the VIX

The VIX is an index in the financial markets that is frequently used to gauge "Fear" and "Greed". But what is it really, is it accurate, should we trust it, and how do we use it?......[Read More]
Wall Street's 777 Drop - What Does it Mean?

Wall Street's 777 Drop - What Does it Mean?

This morning I gave an interview for a Dallas morning radio show. The two hosts had great questions about the significance of Monday's closing number on Wall Street.......[Read More]
The Fate of the US Dollar

The Fate of the US Dollar

Ever since the dawn of our modern economy there has been much talk about our dollar, the American dollar. Debate after debate shows the contempt many economists and business law grads have for our suspicious economy. One must ask when listening to the news and visiting various media sites: Is the Am......[Read More]
What-cha Gonna Do When Your Nation's Oil Runs Dry?

What-cha Gonna Do When Your Nation's Oil Runs Dry?

Imagine you are an Oil Exporting Country, oh yah, imagine your good fortune, but is it really all it's cracked up to be, remember; all good things come to an end. Indeed, a recent economic survey of African Nations showed excessive inflation of oil exporting countries and moderate to high infla......[Read More]
Made in the USA 'Ripple' Effect

Made in the USA 'Ripple' Effect

Have you ever heard people say you should buy products that are made in the USA, but wondered to yourself, 'who cares if the stuff I buy is American made, foreign made goods are usually easier on my wallet'. The reason why buying American made is important, is because of the 'ripple&a......[Read More]
R.I.P. Neighborhood Blockbuster

R.I.P. Neighborhood Blockbuster

On Saturday I made my weekly pilgrimage to my local Blockbuster to pick up a previously non-viewed flick. However, to my dismay, I discovered that they will be closing at the end of February. Not only does the best employee Blockbuster has ever seen work at this particular location (more on that lat......[Read More]
Economic Reform Needs Reason And Sense

Economic Reform Needs Reason And Sense

I've noticed an interesting trend lately in U.S. national politics: Republicans manage to look and sound stupid while saying smart things, while Democrats look and sound smart while saying stupid things. This weekend, President Obama (who seems to find doing his job much more difficult than cam......[Read More]
Free Market Capitalism Is a Concept, One We'd Be Wise to Practice

Free Market Capitalism Is a Concept, One We'd Be Wise to Practice

There is a big joke amongst economists when it comes to "free market capitalism" theory, in that no one has ever seen it, as free-market capitalism in its purest form isn't practiced anywhere to my knowledge, nowhere on Earth that is, well unless some undiscovered Amazon Tribe is doin......[Read More]
INR Appreciation and the Road Ahead

INR Appreciation and the Road Ahead

The Indian Rupee has evolved to great acceptance Worldwide since its inception by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century in the form of copper coins when 40 copper coins were said to constitute Re 1. The period of relevance in its history is the 20th century. ......[Read More]
Nice GDP #, Yikes!

Nice GDP #, Yikes!

Well the GDP revision #'s came in this morning and wow! 1.6%, how pathetic. ("Anemic" if you want to be PC). 2 years of recovery and a gazillion dollars in stimulus and this is the best we can do?......[Read More]
Airline Economics: Consumer Buying Behavior and Ticket Price Increases

Airline Economics: Consumer Buying Behavior and Ticket Price Increases

As fuel costs mount many airlines are forced to raise ticket prices. Currently airlines are indeed enjoying a robust economy and filled seats with business and consumer travelers, but they are also forced to raise ticket prices and there is a fine line that will cull the current 80%......[Read More]
Is the Food Stamp Program Causing Increased Food Costs?

Is the Food Stamp Program Causing Increased Food Costs?

In the summer of 2012 the US Midwest saw a rather harsh drought period, and as far as I can tell the worst in about 14-years or so. Plus, it is an El Nino year with hotter water surface temps off the California and Mexico's Pacific Coast meaning more rain along the coast and less inland, even l......[Read More]
Inflation Or Deflation - Which is It?

Inflation Or Deflation - Which is It?

One of the most memorable and most quoted lines of the late Milton Friedman is summed up in another cliche of the quasi academic world of the dismal science, "too much money chasing too few goods." Friedman taught us that money is essentially a good or commodity, and its value is determine......[Read More]
What a Federal Stimulus Package Should Include

What a Federal Stimulus Package Should Include

President Barack Obama is proposing to spend nearly one trillion taxpayer dollars on a federal stimulus package to hopefully revive the ailing U.S. economy. Such a bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate, where changes to it are likely. Therefore,......[Read More]
Growing Indonesian Economy Helping Foreign Exchange Expand Rapidly

Growing Indonesian Economy Helping Foreign Exchange Expand Rapidly

Foreign Exchange in Indonesia has witnessed a significant development since the past few years. Providing solid bases for trading and Forex, the Indonesian economy is among'st the top flourishing countries of South East Asia. Profuse natural assets and crude oils make Indonesia as one of the to......[Read More]
2009 and the Growth of Mobile Banking

2009 and the Growth of Mobile Banking

It is not surprising that technological developments in the financial sector this year have been somewhat overshadowed by the wake of the credit crunch and the continuing recession. Yet, it is fair to say that despite such developments as the historically low Bank of England Base Rate, the financial......[Read More]
Confidence is the Spark!

Confidence is the Spark!

Interesting word, confidence. We're all supposed to have it, as part of our necessary self-esteem. However, it seems that civic duty not to overindulge plays a part, because if one abuses or betrays a confidence, that's bad.......[Read More]
Why Australia and Others Will Be Left Behind

Why Australia and Others Will Be Left Behind

Imagine this. You plan a 3 month holiday and spend a lot of money on it then go. 2 months into the holiday you are running out of money so you sell all your possessions, house and car back home to fund the remaining month of vacation knowing you will have to go home in a month. Sound stupid? Well th......[Read More]
Prosper in Spite of the Economy

Prosper in Spite of the Economy

The majority of people are focusing on the gloom and doom of the economy. You can decide to rise above it, to even greater heights than before the 'so-called' economic downturn.......[Read More]
Dentist Treatment Skills Will Help Through the (R) Word!

Dentist Treatment Skills Will Help Through the (R) Word!

Dentist will experience a different type of recession in 2009 as was in 1987. Dentistry revenue is now more reliant on cosmetic procedures.......[Read More]