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The Level of Confidence in the Stock Market and Our Social Contract

There is unsaid in our daily life a social contract between all the players. Individuals are able to live their daily lives in a manner without much fear because of this contract, unless one lives in an area where this contract has broken down. You might call this unseen force in ordinary life the confidence that people have that their persons, social, economic, spiritual lives will be protected from the actions of others in that society, or from their government.

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Bad Banks, Good Banks during a Credit Crunch: Opportunity Knocks

This article might be titled, How You Can Make a Fortune by Investing in Strong Banks During a Credit Crunch. In my article Monday March 5, 2007: Are Stocks Still Worthwhile Investments? I stated in reference to at that time lesser possibility of contagion in the subprime mortgage problem, "The only thing that I believe could affect the economy and equities would be for the authorities to starve the system of providing mortgage money to potential borrowers - in other words, a credit crunch."

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Be Conservative in the Stock Market - Make More $$$

In my eBook, A Way to Wealth – The Art of Investing in Common Stocks, I outline my investing journey through both good and awful stock markets, and tell how I am to the current date winning the battle for long term profits in equities and mutual funds. The eBook profiles my unique technique for profitably investing in stocks and mutual funds. Much of my results have been achieved and profits retained by choosing stocks and funds more conservatively.

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The Best Way I Know to Build Stock Market Wealth: Well Chosen Mutual Funds

In my eBook, A Way to Wealth – The Art of Investing in Common Stocks, I share my philosophy and practice of selecting mutual funds managed by value managers in order to build wealth over time. Most of the funds in which I have personally chosen to invest fit that category. So far, my original investments in most of the funds in which I have invested have multiplied over the years and I have by and large been satisfied with their performance in both up and down markets.

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When the Gold Market Speaks a Thousand Words

In the last three and a half decades we have encountered both periods of relative stability in the gold price, but also periods of extreme volatility. When President Nixon took the United States off the gold standard in 1971, the result was a 9 year bull market in the price of the golden metal. There were two inflationary waves in the 1970's, the first peaking in 1974-5, and the second more severe wave peaking in the late 1970's and early 1980's. This period was also marked by escalating oil prices, driven by the actions of an Arabian cartel.

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Are Stocks Still Worthwhile Investments? A Reconsideration: The Odds of a Panic

In this article written the year before the 2008 stock market crash and near economic collapse, John wrote that the sharp fall of the Shanghai stock market in February 2007 foreshadowed a similar potential decline in the U.S. stock market. He explained that the Chinese market's directional moves may at times lead the American stock market's trend and remarked that the American equities markets had entered a speculative phase in 2007.

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Stock Market Investing and the Power of Contrary Opinion

The term “contrary opinion” in the field of equities refers to taking the course of action which is least popular in the stock market. Simply said, it means buying stocks when the majority are selling and selling when most others are buying. This often means taking an action which is against the emotions you may be feeling.

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Hedge Funds: Four Reasons Why You Should Not Invest in Them

Stock market author John Reizner cites four reasons why investors should not invest in hedge funds: ranging from multiple levels of fees (benefiting the organizers) to the hedge fund failure rate.

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