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America Invents Act -- good or bad for innovation?

August 07, 2012 – Comments (0)

Yes, I know this is old news, but from a search of fool.com for "America Invents Act" I've found nothing save for an older post on the Fool Boards, which seems to have been ignored (no comments following OP).  That post is here:  [more]

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question on "valuation allowance"

March 03, 2012 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: XIDEQ

Hi, I am hoping someone can help me with the term "valuation allowance", and any related information that would be helpful in understanding what it is about.  My original observation/question comes from the recent financial statements by XIDE, which I took a look at after reading the TMF article "Exide Technologies Misses on Revenues but Beats on EPS", at the following link:  [more]

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what's up with Sandstorm Gold (SNDXF.PK)?

December 28, 2011 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: SAND

SNDXF.PK just traded at 14 cents?  What's going on?  [more]

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The beginnings of a customer-driven shift away from the megabanks?

November 05, 2011 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: BAC , C , JPM

Nationally, 650,000 customers and $4.5 billion have transferred from banks to credit unions since the Bank Transfer Day movement started.  [more]

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money as medium of exchange vs store of value

August 23, 2011 – Comments (20)

I've been thinking about the use/purpose of money, and it seems that many agree that it is both a medium of exchange and a store of value.  Our modern economies seem to rely on the free flow of money for smooth and proper functioning, which fulfills the 'medium of exchange' part.  However, the store of value part presents a problem if a significant portion of money isn't circulated through the system (i.e. hoarding).  I do find myself agreeing with many parts of Austrian economics that argue against fractional-reserve banking and the leveraging of money, and also their contention that such and other monetary policies lead to boom/bust cycles.  The challenge I see is in having too much money saved in full-reserve demand deposits.  Even if this were "properly" implemented, which would necessitate safekeeping fees instead of our current "free" "demand deposits", a hoarding problem would exist if too high a fraction of the money supply is kept from circulation in this way.  This is why I am starting to think that maybe the 'medium of exchange' function of money is paramount, and the 'store of value' function secondary in importance.  Sure perhaps it is necessary to have it as a short-term store of value for convenience sake, but for long-term it would seem to be potentially extremely counterproductive.  [more]

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