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U.S. brokers starting to turn away foreign dollars

Brokerage and asset management firms like Fidelity love your money. They want you to give them all of it — up to a point. If your money brings along extra costs or hassles, those same firms are quick to throw …

Goodbye Bitcoin, Hello Ripple?

Recommended: American Banker outlines How a Bitcoin Rival Could Create a Global Supermoney. If you follow my thoughts over on the Uncommon Wisdom Daily blog, you know I was never much of a Bitcoin fan but I’m still very intrigued …

Don’t look too healthy in that ‘selfie’

If you’re collecting disability payments and you’re captured on film having a good day, be careful what you post to Facebook. While we are huge advocates of U.S. citizens’ privacy — and certainly don’t want anyone looking over our shoulders …

A tax to your health!

As if getting motivated to exercise or, at least, to dust off that gym membership card isn’t hard enough, you may be able to look forward to a workout tax. Here’s a thought. Maybe INCENTIVIZE Americans to get healthy, or …

Your smartphone has the right to remain silent

The U.S. Supreme Court is getting a lot of airtime in the press lately. But while America has been watching the ruling on employer-sanctioned contraception, we’ve been following a different story that affects — and, we’re thankful to report, protects …

China’s yuan is in no danger of becoming the world’s reserve currency

All the talk about the U.S. greenback losing its status as the world’s reserve currency lacks one key answer, and that’s to the question, “Which currency is the first runner-up to take its place?” While the answer *may* be China, …

Are We Seeing an Auto Bubble Forming?

Auto sales are booming all over the USA. General Motors (GM) had its best month since 2008. Despite a bunch of recalls, GM sold 286,694 cars in May, up 13% from the same period last year. GM’s sales growth handily …

Could Obeying this Obama Order Cost U.S. Shareholders?

More violence in Ukraine doesn’t seem to be hurting the U.S. economy yet, at least according to today’s import/export data. Western Europe is another story — and the Obama administration seems intent on making U.S. companies share their pain. First, …

BAC: No Clue Where $2.7 Billion Went

An hour before markets opened on Monday, Bank of America (BAC) disclosed that the quarterly financials it released on April 16 were not quite right. Bank of America’s bookkeepers, who really ought to know better, somehow lost track of about …

A globe without the greenback? It could happen …

Recently I received an e-mail from one of our subscribers concerned about investing in dollar-denominated investments. He was also concerned that some other currency would replace the U.S. dollar. This is really a two-part question: What risks does the greenback …

Freedom, Privacy and Fusakichi

Editor’s Note: Here’s incredibly moving story from Tony Sagami that I believe all of us can relate to. America is a nation of immigrants. Most of us can trace our roots to some place other than the U.S. For many …

How Many Times Can They Tax the Same Dollar?

Caterpillar (CAT) found itself on the U.S. Senate hot seat last week. There, what should have been an information-gathering hearing about offshore earnings turned into a full-blown attack on Caterpillar and its profitable foreign operations. A little background first. Lots …

How to Legally Write Uncle Sam Out of Your Will

This just in from Tony Sagami … Two topics always generate a mountain of reader hate mail. The first is whenever I say or even hint at anything negative about President Obama does. Let me tell you: This president has …

Fed: Rest Easy, America: Your Money is Safe

The Federal Reserve Board triumphantly announced this week that 25 top banks had passed their “stress tests.” The Fed thinks they can survive another severe economic downturn without collapsing. That’s the good news. The bad news is that five other …

Death by a thousand taxes

Rather, a slow death by 97 taxes … in addition to the roughly 30% you gift to the government around this time every year, of course. The Economic Collapse blog has the full list. As an informed consumer, you know …

Traders Made ‘Rookie Mistake,’ Not Yellen

A quick way to lose money is to “follow the money” after a Federal Open Market Committee press conference. While I wouldn’t automatically suggest to “do the opposite” of whatever the market is doing (i.e., buy when everyone is selling), …

Russia removes $105B in Treasuries from the Fed

Is Russia messing with the Fed? When it comes to Vladimir Putin, perhaps the ultimate political chessmaster in recent history, it wouldn’t surprise us … especially when it comes to batting around the U.S. like a cat with a brand-new …

12 Days That Could Have Saved Target $61 Million

If someone told you about a major security breach that would result in tens of millions of your customers having their personal financial data stolen, would you ignore it for two weeks? Then you just might work at Target ($TGT) …

Live from SXSW: Is Snowden a Traitor … or the Ultimate Team Player?

The SXSW Interactive Festival is a major tech industry gathering with a reputation for launching great ideas. Privacy is a top theme this year. There, NSA whistleblower (or leaker) Edward Snowden gave his first live video interview yesterday since taking …

6-cent gas, $15 bread & a boon for U.S. Oil

Venezuela has the world’s largest crude oil reserves, a whopping 297 billion barrels according to the latest estimates. That’s 20 billion more than Saudi Arabia. The abundant oil and socialist economic system helped create a culture where Venezuelans consider cheap …

Ukraine-Crimea crisis reopens U.S. natural gas export talks

James DiGeorgia keeps close tabs on Vladimir Putin. He said he is not at all surprised to see Russia seize parts of Ukraine. James thinks Putin is not bluffing and will not back down in the face of U.S. or …

Is the Fed Afraid of Bitcoin?

What does the Federal Reserve think of Bitcoin? According to Janet Yellen, the answer is “not much.” Last week the new Fed chair humbly told a Senate panel, “The Federal Reserve simply does not have authority to supervise or regulate …

The NSA may know your identity, but for Target shoppers, it also tried to protect it

Do you think the Target (TGT) debacle — when ackers stole millions of credit and debit card numbers along with PIN codes and other information –  is done and your bank and credit card information is finally as “safe” as …

Fed Prepared to Bail Out Mexico

Remember NAFTA? The North American Free Trade Agreement was Ross Perot’s signature issue in the 1992 presidential campaign. He predicted a “giant sucking sound” as the “free trade” agreement caused jobs and capital to flee the U.S. Bill Clinton beat …

Un-’belieb’able!

Privacy in America is the newest oxymoron to hit the airwaves, especially when we see a new story every day about the latest battle lost in the war upon it. Former CIA whistleblower Frank Snepp, who detailed Vietnam war-era intelligence …

Yes, Bob Dylan, the Times They ARE a-Changin’

Nothing says “industrial” like the automotive industry. All the major brands advertised during last night’s Super Bowl. The Super Bowl commercials were definitely more exciting than the game. As usual, consumer brands spent untold millions producing and airing their best …

Obama unveils plan to nationalize your retirement

If you preferred to watch “American Idol” over this week’s State of the Union speech, you made a good call. In case you were enjoying that hour doing just about anything else, there’s one item on President Obama’s list that …

Currency Controls Failing in Weak Emerging Markets

Editor’s Note: Judging by the recent chaos in some of the weaker emerging markets, we must always remain on high alert when it comes to protecting our currency … sometimes even from the people charged with keeping it safe and …

You probably picked up one of these $70K tabs. It could be worthwhile … but will it be?

All the cool kids were in Davos, Switzerland, last week for the World Economic Forum’s exclusive, invitation-only annual gathering. This year 2,633 business leaders, politicians and assorted “big thinkers” spent a week gabbing about the world’s problems. Of course, the …

The Government Overpays for What?!

I’m not being ironic with that headline. We know the government has a propensity to spend money we taxpayers haven’t even earned yet. However, every once in a while when you hear about wasteful spending that’s beyond what you’ve sadly …