My fears about buying a home My fears about buying a home

Many people in my life have made the jump to home ownership in the past 6 months: one of my best friends and business associate purchased a great home for his wife and himself, a family member upgraded... 

College tuitions up 6.5%, but is it a surprise? College tuitions up 6.5%, but is it a surprise?

College is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many students just entering their higher education years, with the average tuition jumping to $7,020 per year for a 4 year college, says the College Board... 

Todd Stroger vetoes Cook County sales tax rollback Todd Stroger vetoes Cook County sales tax rollback

Cook County, Illinois, where Chicago is located, has a sales tax rate of 1.75%, which brings Chicago’s sales tax to 10.25%, one of the highest in the nation. The Cook County Board resolved to reduce... 

Harry Markopolos testifies to Congress: Madoff losses $15-$25 billion Harry Markopolos testifies to Congress: Madoff losses $15-$25 billion

We’ve written about Harry Markopolos enough, hitting Google’s top page for the searches.  We’re the only website on the Internet that posted, in text form, the Harry Markopolos letter... 

Another Madoff-like hedge fund ripoff: Arthur Nadel Another Madoff-like hedge fund ripoff: Arthur Nadel

After the $50 billion or so “lost” by Bernard Madoff, we have a new hedge fund manager who seemed to have disappeared with upwards of $350 million of his clients’ money: Arthur Nadel... 

G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 14, 2009 G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 14, 2009

The Global Unanimocracy Network runs a daily update on the financial markets, but rather than focusing on the dollar-value of goods and investments, we compare strictly the value of each market in terms... 

Robert Jaffe re: Madoff:  Don’t testify, just shut up Robert Jaffe re: Madoff: Don’t testify, just shut up

It’s coming to light in the media, and in the politcal circles, that one Robert Jaffe, current socialite of Palm Beach and New York circles, is being forced by the government to testify about what... 

COBRA isn’t too expensive for the unemployed only COBRA isn’t too expensive for the unemployed only

COBRA, or more specifically the COBRA Act, Title X, is a program designated by the Federal government that allows employers with more than 20 employees to write off the cost of health insurance if they... 

The Asus Eee keyboard: a must have for efficiency The Asus Eee keyboard: a must have for efficiency

With Netbooks all the rage, but way too big for me, the CES09 announcement of the Asus Eee Keyboard definitely raised my eyebrows.  I’ve been talking about such an implementation of a computer-in-a-keyboard... 

G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 7, 2009 G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 7, 2009

  The Global Unanimocracy Network runs a daily update on the financial markets, but rather than focusing on the dollar-value of goods and investments, we compare strictly the value of each market in terms... 

G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 6, 2009 G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 6, 2009

The Global Unanimocracy Network runs a daily update on the financial markets, but rather than focusing on the dollar-value of goods and investments, we compare strictly the value of each market in terms... 

Harry Markopolous / Markopolos Letter to the SEC 2005, against Madoff Harry Markopolous / Markopolos Letter to the SEC 2005, against Madoff

Here is the text of the infamous Harry Markopolous Letter to the SEC from 2005, warning about Madoff Investments that he had been making since 1999.  Please note that I scanned the letter and converted... 

IT Welfare: $30B stimulus to “create” 1 million IT jobs in 2009? IT Welfare: $30B stimulus to “create” 1 million IT jobs in 2009?

Over at tech blog/forum slashdot, a post was added about a report that says that a $30 billion stimulus package for IT would create 1 million new jobs in 2009.  The report talks about why such a stimulus... 

G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 5, 2009 G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 5, 2009

  The Global Unanimocracy Network used to run a daily update on the financial markets, but rather than focusing on the dollar-value of goods and investments, we compared strictly the value of each market... 

G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 2, 2009 G.U.N. Gold Financial Recap, January 2, 2009

The Global Unanimocracy Network used to run a daily update on the financial markets, but rather than focusing on the dollar-value of goods and investments, we compared strictly the value of each market... 

Must a journalist listen to the true believers in Austrian economics? Must a journalist listen to the true believers in Austrian economics?

Time Magazine’s online blog, the Curious Capitalist, offers some opinions on listening to the true believers of Austrian economics: People in the U.S. who self-identify as believers in Austrian economics,... 

SEC chief has regrets over short-selling ban SEC chief has regrets over short-selling ban

  By Rachelle Younglai   WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under fire for regulatory missteps, top U.S. securities regulator Christopher Cox defended his agency’s record but acknowledged some regrets... 

Gold: Not just up for the year, but WAY up. Gold: Not just up for the year, but WAY up.

 The DJIA, down 33.8% for the year.  The NASDAQ, down 40.6% for the year.  Crude oil, down 60% for the year.  Housing prices, based on the Case-Schiller report, vary between down 5% and down 20% for... 

Unstimulating spending Unstimulating spending

LiveMint, subsidiary of the Wall Street Journal, has an interesting article from an Indian perspective in regards to government projects and spending. With the government toying with the idea of another... 

Gold and precious metals pricing in 2009 Gold and precious metals pricing in 2009

Chicago, IL By A.B. Dada — With the 2008 year coming to a close, the popular theme on the gold and PM blogs is “where will precious metals go in 2009?”  As usual, the professional and... 

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