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June 2008



Gold and Silver Miners that You Like / Dislike and Why?

June 22, 2008 – Comments (29) | RELATED TICKERS: AUY , HL , SLW

With a title like this, it is obvious that I believe gold and silver is a good investment in the current environment. I know that not everybody will agree with this statement, and that’s okay. That is the beauty of CAPS. All of us are looking at the same stock market and the same economic data and we all come to different conclusions on what it all means. And that’s a good thing! Because not everybody is right all the time. We are all bears and bulls on particular sectors and the economy in general. It is a very nuanced picture and we are all helping eachother by discussing this. So my take on this issue is that I do believe in the current economic environment and that macroeconomic trends that will be hitting us over the next few months and years, gold and silver really does have a place in your portfolio.   [more]



Why e is the coolest number

June 18, 2008 – Comments (27) | RELATED TICKERS: E

Okay, this is obviously not going to be a blog about stocks. It will be about investing only in a very general and relatively abstract sense. But growth (and more importantly exponential growth) is why all of us are investing in the first place. And it is interesting to think about the fact that all exponential growth has its basis is one very cool number: e.  [more]



Mercury from Coal Plants and a Way to Spice up your Dinner

June 15, 2008 – Comments (13) | RELATED TICKERS: AN

Leave it to my wife to find random food health facts. And this one is a real winner. Several weeks ago, madcowmonkey wrote a blog about mercury in coal processing: It's not as if enough energy at a ... We were discussing how horrible mercury is as a neurotoxin, and the fact that a number of studies suggest that the mercury in the air near coal plants and the mercury that is in vaccines is a contributor to autism.  [more]



Cellulosic Ethanol, Beautification and Employment … :)

June 08, 2008 – Comments (16) | RELATED TICKERS: DD

Okay, don’t take the post very seriously, only mildly seriously. First things first, corn ethanol is stupid. It is a complete boondoggle. It solves no energy problem as it costs just as much energy to create compared to what you get in the end. It diverts crops which should be grown for food to fuel production. This is creating / contributing to the global food shortage. It is just dumb on so many levels.  [more]



Treasury Department official says the US is not in a recession ...?

June 06, 2008 – Comments (11) | RELATED TICKERS: SKF , UDN

It seems like every government economist and administration official is going out of their way to say we are not in a recession. The FED after months of cutting rates finally says that the dollar is not where they want it to be and are going to keep an eye on inflation.  [more]



Chevy Volt approval by GM board - Is this the start of a new GM?

June 04, 2008 – Comments (12) | RELATED TICKERS: GM

First let me say I owe a lot to GM. Both my dad and my grandfather worked for them all their lives. I have a real interest in them being successful (my Dad's continued retirement depends on it). But I was always so disappointed in them not really investing in hybrids years ago. I try to choose fuel efficient domestic cars (I have a Saturn SL with 160K miles and still gets ~38 mpg). But this is still "old school" tech. They could have been leaders and innovators in this new era of cleaner cars and fuel efficiency, but kept their focus on SUVs and Trucks. It was so obviously unsutatinable, and Wagoner talks about "being surprised about the rise of oil prices" in his speech.... really?  [more]

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