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Hedge your US Dollar Risk

By Faisal Laljee

The US Dollar has recovered over the last 8 months or so, partly due to the weakness in global markets and currencies and partly due to the decline in oil. Now that oil has moved much higher from its January lows, the dollar is starting to show signs of resuming its long-term downtrend. So... »

It is that kind of an Economic Climate

By Faisal Laljee

The following comic strips demonstrate perfectly the economic and financial environment we are in. – Faisal Laljee »

Jim Rogers speaks out against bail outs

By Faisal Laljee

On the subject of economics and financial markets, Jim Rogers is one of the few people that I really like listening to. Whether it is the US economy or other parts of the world, Jim Rogers, believes that bailing out failed institutions with money from successful ones is not good economics. I agree with... »

Top Stocks to Buy in 2009 – Part 1

By Faisal Laljee

2008 was perhaps one of the worst years for most investors in their lifetimes. One can safely look back and be thankful that the year is over. Of course, 2009 might not exactly be a rebound year, but at least one can assume that equity markets don’t have much further to fall. I won’t... »

Some American Brands Still have Integrity

By Faisal Laljee

In the current economic and stock market environment, where questions have been raised around business ethics, salaries and layoffs, and tarnished images of once revered American brands like Citigroup, AIG, Ford, GM, Countrywide, Lehmann Brothers, Bank of America, WaMu, Bear Stearns and many more flash across our eyes in one negative context after another,... »

Top 5 Life Changing Events in 2008 – The Year That Was

By Faisal Laljee

We still have one month left in the year, and while there could be a melt-down or two yet, 2008 will certainly go down in the annals of history as one of the most brutal, most controversial and certainly the most interesting year that we will ever have seen in our life times. If... »

Recession for a Year. I Told You So!

By Faisal Laljee

It comes as no shock to me, that the National Bureau of Economic Research confirmed today that we have been in a recession for almost a year. In fact, it makes me laugh. I find it utterly ridiculous how long it takes for NBER to determine the point at which we entered a recession.... »

Government rescues Beloved Banks but shuns Auto makers

By Faisal Laljee

It has now been well over a month since the $700 billion package was approved and the government came to the aid of the US banks with the hopes that it would trickle down to the consumer. However, the general feeling out there is that banks are shoring up their reserves with this money... »

Does Lower Income Tax Really Incentivate People to Work Harder?

By Faisal Laljee

I have heard this argument time and again, from the likes of Larry Kudlow and Gary B. Smith, that lowering income taxes incentivates people to work more and work harder. My question is this: How can an average salaried worker, who works the 9 to 5 day work harder? To begin with, 9 to... »

Top 10 Reasons the Market is Down

By Faisal Laljee

The Dow plunged almost 700 points today, and is down 17% just this week and 24% over the last 30 days. The drop is not just the result of the financial crisis that plaques the market today. Additional reasons are: A weakening world economy. A deeper recession than the government had formerly suggested. Bernanke... »

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