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Top 5 Most Outrageous Articles of 2013

Sometimes the world of finance can be unimaginably boring, so it’s important to spice things up a bit every now and then.

The only problem is, oftentimes our readers aren’t happy with the result. You can’t please everybody!

With that in mind, here are the top five most outrageous articles that seriously turned some heads this year.

Outrageous Article #5:
Beware of This Insidious New Currency Scam

You wouldn’t believe the hate-filled emails we received on this gem! I called out Bitcoin as one of the most dangerous pitfalls in the market. Of course, no one listened, since investors have been bidding up the cryptocurrency like crazy. Here’s one of my favorite comments we received about this analysis: “Shame on you. What a moronic, uninformed article. There is clearly no hope for some people.” Ouch.

Outrageous Article #4:
The World’s First Vomit-Powered Car

Yup, we took it there! Scientists had demonstrated that bacteria found in the digestive systems of humans and animals can be reprogrammed to produce a gasoline alternative. I know, not the most enticing subject in the world. But it certainly got readers’ attention.

Outrageous Article #3:
China’s Two-Child Policy Will Set These Super-Hot Stocks Ablaze

In August, news surfaced that China was about to relax its one-child policy at the end of 2013 or early 2014. At the time, I said that the policy change could be the country’s “best economic stimulus plan yet.” After all, it would unlock a new wave of demand for the latest consumer goods necessary to feed and entertain the swelling populace. And I had my sights set on two stocks in particular.

Outrageous Article #2:
The Biggest Government Lie in History?

The government claims that there are almost 5,000 metric tons of gold – or roughly 3% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history – inside Fort Knox. However, skeptics will tell you that the vault is totally empty. After digging a little deeper, we couldn’t simply laugh off the idea, either. Neither could you, apparently. One reader actually wrote in to say that “Obama is stealing the gold for himself.”

Outrageous Article #1:
Beware of This “Dead Money” Investment

Way back in the 1990s, banks uncovered a novel way to save money on taxes and employee benefits by – get this – betting on their employees dying. And when I wrote this article back in August, the involvement of one of the world’s largest financial institutions in these “dead money” investments was making its stock, well, a “dead money” investment, too. One reader in particular wasn’t too fond of this article, calling it “a load of B.S.”

That’s all for today.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when I’ll break down the most popular Friday Charts articles.

Ahead of the tape,

Louis Basenese