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China Grabs Second Place on the Global Super-Rich List

In China, people believe becoming rich is glorious, so news that China has the second most number of billionaires was greeted warmly. With a 115 on Forbes’ latest billionaire list, China is the only country outside the United States with over a hundred of these super rich. The United States has 413 billionaires on the...

Japan’s Market Stumbles in Wake of Disaster

Japanese financial markets fell sharply Monday, after the most devastating natural disaster in the country’s history, as eyes at home and abroad turned to its nuclear power industry. With estimates of more than 10,000 casualties and over $100 billion in damages, investors looked for safe havens until specifics from the worst earthquake and tsunami to...

Don’t Buy Into the Muni Bond “Fear” Trade

No doubt you’ve heard about the mass exodus from municipal bond funds. Over the course of three months, investors yanked almost $32 billion out of them – the most severe outflow of cash on record. It’s also in stark contrast to fund flows in 2009 and most of 2010 when investors stuffed more than $100...

Stake Your Claim to This Mobile Market “Land Grab”

There’s no question that mobility is one of today’s biggest growth trends. In North America alone, Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) predicts that… Mobile traffic will jump by 128% each year through 2013… The number of mobile phones is expected to equal the world’s population in 2015… More than 400 million of the world’s Internet users will...

Will Inflation Sap China’s Growth?

Prices in China stayed high, but leveled off, while factory output rose, suggesting some success in efforts to tame inflation without harming growth. China’s February inflation held steady at 4.9 percent, with central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan optimistic about current trends Zhou Xiaochuan says: “Currently, inflationary expectations are generally stable. That is to say, if...

Optical Illusionist Achieves the “Impossible”

Three sloped ramps are aligned along three of the four sides of a square. Each ramp appears to be sloped in the same direction but when a marble is placed at one end of the ramp it seems to defy gravity. It’s called an “anti-gravity slide”. Only when the entire structure is turned 180 degrees,...

The Safe Real Estate Investment That Nobody’s Talking About

We’re more than four years into the housing downturn and it’s still fashionable to be bearish on real estate. And why not? The latest reading S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index revealed that home prices fell for the sixth consecutive month. Eventually, though, the real estate market is destined to rebound. And history proves that investing in...

Why the Gaming Industry’s Biggest Players Love This Tiny Manufacturer

The massive popularity of video games is still very much alive. Last year, the industry raked in a staggering $18.58 billion, crushing sales of DVD, blu-ray and music… combined. Just take a look at the performance of these top industry players: ~ Market leader Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) grew its net revenue to $4.45 billion....

Why Amazon’s True Value is in the “Clouds”

Geography teachers might not like it… but these days, you’re more likely to associate the word “Amazon” with “super-saver shipping” or “Kindle,” rather than “a river in South America.” Heck, even a Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) search for “Amazon river” produces a list of books to buy on Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) before listing the Wikipedia page...

Wall Street Takes a Birthday Tumble

After two years of the bulls reigning supreme, the bears are flexing their muscles after a ratings downgrade of Spanish debt reminded investors of an ongoing European debt crisis. (Greek debt was downgraded earlier this week). Worries about the global economy at large also flared up after China announced its largest trade deficit in 7...