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Americans fear U.S. economy is permanetly scarred

Although the recovery is strengthening, many feel as if the Great Recession has caused lasting damage to their quality of life

Is This Bull Market Real?

By Roger Nusbaum: This week's Barron's had some great quotes, a couple of which we covered in our weekly market update. The first one was in the Up and Down Wall Street column as follows; Central bank largess rather than economic growth...Show More Summary

Competition, Earnings Pressure, Threatens Global Reinsurer Ratings: S&P

By Steve Evans: [Originally published on 8/14/2014] The increased competition in the global reinsurance market, created by excess capital which is driving down rates, could threaten the ratings of global reinsurers and create greater...Show More Summary

Survey: Americans' Pessimism Over Economy Rises

Stocksnapper/Alamy By JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON -- Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one...Show More Summary

True Gold Mining Brings Good Karma To Your Portfolio

By Itinerant: We have written up a great deal of our research into gold and silver miners in the past couple of years here on Seeking Alpha as our readers will be well aware of. However, our best long investment ideas (at least as judged by the editors through their Top Idea award) have all been outside the precious metal space. Show More Summary

Bernanke Says 2008 Worse Than Great Depression

By Brian Gilmartin, CFA: The above link was copied and pasted from a Real Time Economics Wall Street Journal tweet yesterday, after Gentle Ben testified in the AIG litigation recently. Show More Summary

The Fab 5: Great Charts That Translate Into Investment Ideas

By Nanette Abuhoff Jacobson: For many sports fans, the "Fab Five" refers to the immensely talented 1991 University of Michigan men's basketball team's starting lineup. In this month's commentary, I'm using the Fab Five to mean five fabulous...Show More Summary

Volatility Outlook For September

By Nathan Buehler: Hello everyone! I hope all has been well over the past couple of weeks. My school year is off to a great start. Thank you for the well wishes in the comment section of my last article. Let's get started on our regular...Show More Summary

Saxo Bank CIO Warns "It's Time To Be Defensive... Very Defensive"

Via Saxo Bank's Steen Jakobsen of, Lee Iacocca, one of the true greats of the motor industry and a prolific author on leadership and management, once noted: "What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts change?...Show More Summary

Stop Dreaming of a Stripe Christmas

Image via So, Twitter's talking about allowing people to buy stuff from tweets. Great news, right! Umm, maybe... I posted a column in Ad Age about this. The pre-edited version is below, so read the better version there, or my edition below. Show More Summary

Kohl's EPS Growth Is Mostly Due To Share Repurchases: Still A Great Stock To Own

By Jeroen Jongbloed: Over the past month, shares in Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) have advanced by 16.1%. Shares in the company are now trading for $59.61, just $0.28 below the 52-week high of $59.89. In its most recent quarterly report, the company announced its sales had dropped by 1.1% compared to the same quarter last year, but EPS was up by 9% to $1.13. Show More Summary

Donaldson Corporation - I Am A Buyer On Dips In This Great Long Term 'Boring' Business

By The Value Investor: Investors in Donaldson Corporation (NYSE:DCI) have been rather pleased with the latest results of the filtration manufacturer. The company ended the fiscal year on a strong note, issuing a solid guidance for next year. Show More Summary

Seeing the Great Depression

A new project from Yale invites viewers to explore some 175,000 images of America in the 1930s and '40s.

Loving The Leverage: American International Group

By Wall Street Hippie: This is the first article in my "Loving The Leverage" series in which I explore the potential gains of stock warrants, which offer great long term leverage for those who are bullish financial services. (Prosepectus linked here.) AIG Warrant Features On January 19th, 2011, American International Group, Inc. Show More Summary

LA's Lost Mad Men: Before Mad Men, there was Great...

Before Mad Men, there was Great Society, a never-produced HBO show about a young radical who lands a job at Santa Monica's RAND Corporation in 1966. GS was created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, best known for helming The...

Here’s Why Women Feel Underemployed (Hint: It’s All in the Major)

This Great Graphic was posted by Christopher Ingraham on the Washington Post's Wonkblog. It shows the results of a survey conducted by PayScale. It shows the percentage of people by undergraduate majors that identified themselves as underemployed.

Bernanke: 2008 Meltdown Was Worse Than Great Depression

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, a prominent student of the Great Depression, contends that the 2008 financial crisis was actually worse than its 1930s counterpart.

Tight Spaces: Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist...

Someone in Berkeley posted a Craigslist ad for what is surely the world's tiniest rental. At $2,000/month and only nine square feet, this "spacious, carpeted," er, micro-unit "with lots of windows and great light" is, yes indeedy, the trunk of...

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