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Best investment option for 2013: Gold, realty or equity? – Moneycontrol.com


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Best investment option for 2013: Gold, realty or equity?
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Most investors have missed the rally, when Sensex has returned about 25% till now. 25% is not exactly something to scoff at, which incidentally is higher than the returns from gold & property, the current darlings of the investors. Does this say something?

Thursday, December 27th, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on Best investment option for 2013: Gold, realty or equity? – Moneycontrol.com

Kitcommentary from Kitco Metals Inc. – "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy"

December 24, 2012 (Investorideas.com Mining stocks newswire) Wishing You Happy Holidays and A Happy, Successful, Prosperous and Healthy 2013!

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New report highlights the best American towns for raising kids in 2013

From Bloomberg Businessweek:
 
Susan Drucker, lured by an excellent school system and diverse population, moved to Solon, Ohio, a suburb 18 miles from Cleveland, 20 years ago. "There's diversity and collaboration," says Drucker, a mother and now the town's mayor. "On a personal level, that's why my husband and I moved here."
 
Indeed, these perks have drawn many of Solon's 3,346 families with children. (Frozen-food fanatics might note it also happens to be where Nestlé manufactures Stouffer's and Lean Cuisine.) "As Solon's growing, it still has a friendly, safe atmosphere," says local real estate agent Kathleen Bergansky. Advantages such as these boosted the town to the top of Businessweek.com's seventh annual list of great small towns to raise kids.
 
Businessweek teamed up with Bloomberg Rankings to evaluate more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations between 5,000 and 50,000. Public school performance and safety were weighed most heavily, and to gauge the local job market, we looked at median income and county-level unemployment. Other factors include housing costs, commute time, poverty, adults' educational attainment, share of households with children, and diversity. The data come from GreatSchools.org, the FBI, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The list excludes places where the median family income exceeds $115,866, the lower limit for the wealthiest 20% of U.S. families.
 
The rise of telecommuting (up to 30 million Americans work from home at least once a week) can now give working parents more flexibility when choosing where to live. Of course, many thrive on the energy of big cities. But for those parents inclined toward small-town living and tired of the stresses of urban life, there are good options, including places without the isolation and lack of diversity typically associated with "Mayberry." In Solon, for instance…
 
 
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on New report highlights the best American towns for raising kids in 2013

A jaw-dropping fact about taxes and NFL football

From Jay Bookman:
 
Once in a while, I run across something that I did not know and it leaves me flabbergasted.
 
For example, I did not know that the National Football League (NFL), the colossus of professional sports, is classified as a non-profit — a tax-free non-profit, to be more specific.
 
That's right: The NFL has its own exemption, written into federal law, that makes it exempt from federal corporate taxes…
 
League commissioners and officials benefit from the nonprofit status of their organizations.
 
Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, reported $11.6 million in salary and perks in 2010 alone. Goodell's salary will reportedly reach $20 million in 2019. Steve Bornstein, the executive vice president of media, made $12.2 million in 2010. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue earned $8.5 million from the league in 2010. The league paid five other officials a total of $19.2 million in just one year.
 
In comparison, the next highest salary of a traditional nonprofit CEO is $3.4 million…
 
 
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on A jaw-dropping fact about taxes and NFL football

Must-read: An incredible tribute to Ron Paul

From LewRockwell.com:
 
As 2012 draws to a close, i'’s hard not to be reminded that 2013 will begin with Ron Paul retired from Congress. For all those years he was a fearless truth-teller, who exposed and denounced the horrors, domestic or foreign, of the regime. His farewell address – something practically unheard of for a congressman in the first place – will continue to be read years from now, as future Americans look back with astonishment that such a man actually served in the U.S. Congress.
 
For most of his career, those speeches were delivered to a largely empty chamber and to audiences of modest size around the country. A man of Ron's intelligence could have grown in stature and influence in no time at all had he been willing to play the game. He wasn't. And he was perfectly at peace with the result: although he wasn't a major political celebrity, he had done his moral duty.
 
Little did he know that those thankless years of pointing out the state's lies and refusing to be absorbed into the blob would in fact make him a hero one day. To see Ron speaking to many thousands of cheering kids, when all the while respectable opinion had been warning them to stay far away from this dangerous man, is more gratifying and encouraging than I can say. I was especially thrilled when a tempestuous Ron, responding to the establishment's description of his campaign as "dangerous," said, you're darn right – I am dangerous, to them.
 
Some people used to tell Ron that if only he'd stop talking about foreign policy he might win more supporters. He knew it was all nonsense. Foreign policy was the issue that made Ron into a phenomenon. There would have been no Ron Paul movement in the first place had Ron not distinguished himself from the pack by refusing to accept the cartoonish narrative, peddled not only by Rudy Giuliani but also by the luminaries of both major political parties, accounting for the origins of 9/11.
 
How many bills did he pass, right-wing scoffers demand to know. A successful Republican politician, in between his usual activity of expanding government power, is supposed to have rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic five or six times, by means of bills with his name on them. At best, the bills these politicos boast about amounted to marginal changes of momentary significance, if even that. More commonly, even the bills they trumpeted turned out to be ambiguous or actually negative from a libertarian standpoint.
 
What is Ron's legacy? Not some phony bill, of zero significance in the general avalanche of statism. For his legacy, look…
 
Read full article…
 
More on Ron Paul:
 
MUST READ: Ron Paul gave his farewell address to Congress today
 
Ron Paul: Most Americans are afraid to admit this awful truth
 
Ron Paul: These are the controversial books every American should read

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on Must-read: An incredible tribute to Ron Paul

What history says about the markets heading into Obama’s second term

From The Daily Crux
 
Every week, the Weekly Radio Crux will synthesize all the hottest topics on the airwaves and bring them to you in a short audio report. If you love listening to financial podcasts but just can't find the time to listen to them all, the Weekly Radio Crux is for you.

This week's episode discusses historical market trends, real estate investing, the media’s influence on volatility, and more…

 
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on What history says about the markets heading into Obama’s second term

Controversial post: What the Obama administration really thinks about guns

From LewRockwell.com:
 
… In the aftermath of the recent Sandy Hook shooting, Obama and his cohorts are screaming about how they all despise guns and ammo.
 
Guns are the problem in America today — we've been told from every corner of the media — and so the only solution is to get rid of all the guns.
 
But not exactly…
 
There's one organization in America that's loading up on masses of assault rifles and enough ammunition to run a 10-year shooting war. That organization is, of course, the U.S. federal government and its Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has purchased a total of 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition to be used domestically, inside the United States.
 
It begs the question: Why does the Department of Homeland Security need 1.6 billion rounds of ammo?
 
… The DHS began all this in April of this year, with the purchase of 450 million rounds of hollow point .40 caliber ammunition. This is significant for two reasons:
 
1.  
DHS does not fight wars with foreign nations. Its entire theater of operations is on U.S. soil, dealing solely with the American people.
2.   Hollow point ammunition is banned by the Geneva convention and is not used by the U.S. military. This ammunition can only be used domestically, in the United States, against U.S. targets or people.
 
Along with these 450 million rounds of ammunition, DHS also purchased $400,000 worth of radiation protection pills and thousands of bullet-proof roadside checkpoint booths. Is it expecting a radiological event?
 
These 450 million rounds of ammo, Natural News calculated, is enough to wage a seven-year war with the American people.
 
You can see, the original federal purchase document requesting all this ammunition. The numbers in the document, by the way, are in thousands.
 
In it, you'll discover that the U.S. government has also purchased all the following ammunition in addition to the 450 million rounds of .40 hollow point "anti-personnel" ammo:
 
•   Over 1 million rounds of hollow-point .223 rifle ammo
•   Over half a million rounds of non-hollow-point .223 rifle ammo
•   220,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #7 ammo (target ammo)
•   Over 200,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun #00 buckshot ammo (tactical anti-personnel ammo)
•   66,000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun slugs (tactical anti-personnel, anti-vehicle rounds)
•   Over 2 million rounds of hollow-point .357 Sig JPH (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel)
•   Over 4 million rounds of .40 S&W JPH (hollow-point) pistol ammo (anti-personnel)
•   Over 60,000 rounds of .308 match grade anti-personnel sniper rounds (BTHP)
•   Plus, hundreds of thousands of additional rounds of .38 special, .45 auto, 9mm, 7.62×39 (AK rifle) ammo, and others.
 
A few months after buying the 450-plus million rounds of ammo… the DHS then went on to purchase another 750 million rounds of ammunition.
 
Additional contracts were added after that, bringing the grand total of government ammo purchases in 2012 to 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.
 
That's over five bullets for every American man, woman, and child. It also includes long-range sniper rounds.
 
By comparison, a citizen is considered to be a stockpiling "terrorist" prepper if they own just 1,000 rounds of ammo. The government, however, can purchase billions and the mainstream media doesn't even question it…
 
Read full article…
 
More on guns:
 
The bottom line on calls to "ban guns" in America
 
Warning: New report says Congress will move to ban guns on January 1
 
Must read: Thomas Sowell destroys the No. 1 argument for gun control

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on Controversial post: What the Obama administration really thinks about guns

A trader’s road map for stocks and gold going into the New Year

From Gold Scents:
 
The stock market has known all along that the fiscal-cliff issue was going to be pushed out to the last minute. This is just how Washington works. Nothing is ever settled until everybody gets all of the pork needed to buy their vote.
 
The correction today is nothing more than a short-term breather before the market makes a final push to test the all-time highs, probably by the first week in January.
 
I'm guessing we will get some kind of stopgap measure, or extension of the deadline next week that will trigger another explosive move up to test those September highs.
 
At that point, the market will find some excuse to drift down into a daily cycle low around the middle of January.
 
Once a deal is struck, the daily cycle correction will end and the market should explode to new highs, maybe big, new highs…
 
Read full article…
 
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One of the world's most-hated sectors could be on the verge of a monster move

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on A trader’s road map for stocks and gold going into the New Year

This line could set off a "major sell signal" for stocks

From Jeff Clark in Growth Stock Wire:
 
The stock market action this year is eerily similar to 2007.
 
Back then, the S&P 500 started off the year with a strong rally before a summertime correction gave back all the gains. Stocks rallied again and hit their highs of the year in October. Then we got a sharp drop in November and a rally to a lower high in December.
 
Stocks started off strong in 2012. Then a summertime correction gave back nearly all the gains. The S&P 500 rallied to hit its high of the year in October. Then we got a sharp drop in November and a rally to a lower high (so far) this month.
 
The anecdotal evidence is similar, too. Restaurants aren't filling up anymore. And in-store Christmas shopping isn't as robust as expected…
 
By the end of 2007, I turned bearish. Not because of anything mentioned above – but because the monthly chart of the S&P 500 closed below its 20-month exponential moving average (EMA).
 
The 20-month EMA is the line in the sand that separates bull markets from bear markets. As long as the S&P 500 is trading above the line, stocks are in a bull market. But when the index drops below the line, the bear is in control.
 
As you can see from the following chart, this indicator timed the bear markets of 2001 and 2008 almost perfectly…
 
 
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on This line could set off a "major sell signal" for stocks

A great list of last-minute holiday gift ideas

From The Big Picture:
 
So far this year, I've thrown out a few "shopmas" gift guides…

  
• TBP Holiday Shopping Ideas! (an assortment of various baubles, books, and gifts from $20-$3,200)
 
• More Shopmas Gift Ideas! (more of the same)
 
• Even More Holiday Shopping Ideas (emphasis on $50-$500 price range)
 
• Gift Giving Guide for the Traders in Your Life…
 
 
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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 Invest, News, Wealth Comments Off on A great list of last-minute holiday gift ideas

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