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The Government and the Housing Market

The housing market has long been the measuring stick of how well the economy is doing or how badly it is doing. When the economy is good, houses are being built, banks are lending money, and people are buying houses. When the economy is bad houses are not being built, banks are not lending money and people are not buying houses.

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Humans have a great deal that they can learn from us mice. For example, mice immediately know the difference between a mouse and a rat. Humans take a long time to recognize rats. Just look at how many times they elect the same rats to Congress.

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Forex Trading Fundamentals: Good News for the Dollar

Over the past six months it seems like almost every major finance magazine has published an article related to the weakness of the dollar. If you are a currency trader like I am then this topic is particularly relevant to you because you need to know what the long-term trends of each currency are so that you can make profitable trades.

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Transforming Federal Government – An Unknown Success Story

The President's Management Agenda is almost an unbelievable success story! Money has been saved, efficiencies have been achieved, and higher accountabilities demonstrated. We have been in the midst of this transformation the past seven years with significant and positive changes in government that we taxpayers should applaud. Since most of these are not public activities, very few people outside the government know about them.

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Americans Hunkering Down for a Chilly Economy

According to recent polls, more Americans would rather see the government work on the economy then work on the environment. The economy remains at the forefront of Americans' minds and tops the list of concerns. Despite the empirical evidence that the economy is on the mend, people across the country still feel the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression. The national unemployment rate is still at ten percent and retail numbers are still down.

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What the Federal Reserve Doesn’t Want You to Know

The United States' original monetary system that was set up by the Founding Fathers had limits to how much money could be printed. The U.S. currency was backed by gold and silver, creating a gold standard. This is why Fort Knox existed. By 1971, with the help of global and political events, the United States was completely off of the gold standard, and there were officially no limits to how much money could be printed up by the Federal Reserve. Since then the economy has had booms and busts many times over, and on a global scale we are all feeling the repercussions of having a monetary system that is without discipline.

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Don’t Get Talked Into An Economic Decline

The media is doing their best to talk us into another recession. If they have their way we will find ourselves in a full-blown economic decline. I don't know about you, but I refuse to let the people who report the news determine my destiny. In a nutshell - I can't afford another recession. I have been through 3 since I started speaking and training full time in 1973.

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The Price of Crude Oil, How High Will It Go?

Although many people don't realize it, open bidding at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York City sets the price of crude oil. For all intents and purposes, this open bidding, or open outcry, is actually the same as an auction. The New York Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, or any other futures exchange for that matter, is no different than a great big financial Ebay.

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The Coming Boom in Enhanced Oil Recovery

While a cult of Peak Oil adherents fret about the end of the hydrocarbon age, we've been focusing on trends that will provide buffering to the upcoming declines in oil production. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Peak Oil won't happen, however the dreaded peak may turn into a downward sloping plateau supported by higher prices. This high price plateau should buy the planet enough time to start thinking about conservation and using alternate energy sources.

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