More Cash for Clunkers

Last year, after much soul-searching, I decided to trade in my trusty 1998 Toyota Avalon in favor of a smaller, better-for-the-environment car--2009 Toyota Matrix. According to Toyota, the 1998 Avalon gets 19 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway, not for...
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Starbucks in Your Home

I don't drink coffee; my last cup was roughly 23 years ago. But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the power coffee has in our society, both in the U.S. and the whole world. Coffee is the world's most popular beverage, and ranks only...
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Gun Stocks Still Strong

A few weeks ago I asked the question: “Why are gun stocks strong?” The first reason is that many Americans fear the president and his associates will soon make guns more difficult to buy, so they're buying them now. The second reason is of...
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Ending the Post Office Monopoly

Today, the USPS is the third-largest employer in the United States, after the Department of Defense and Wal-Mart. It's also the largest civilian operator of motor vehicles. Considering its great size, it's done a very good job of adapting to changing times. But growing...
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My Predictive Powers

It's March and that means it's time for the NCAA tournament, the gauntlet of games that will eventually crown a school the king of college basketball. I filled out my bracket before the games began, but I didn't have high hopes, especially since no...
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Readers’ Views on Healthcare

The healthcare column I wrote on Monday resulted in my heaviest email volume ever and I thank everyone who responded. In total, 69% of respondents were supportive, 6% were critical, and the remainder addressed other items in the column, mainly American International Group which...
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Answering Readers’ Survey Questions

Two weeks ago, many of you kindly filled out a survey and, in doing so, asked several great investing questions, some of which I'm going to tackle today. I’ll touch on low-risk investment strategies for market downturns, high-yield investments, investments that will benefit the...
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GM’s Short-Term Memory

So with the Detroit auto show starting this week and running through January 25, I've been paying attention to what might be coming down the line. No surprise, there are lots of electric and hybrid concept cars on display, including the Chevy Volt. yes,...
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Finding the Next Apple

Last week I wrote a long piece about Steve Jobs, Apple and AAPL, saying, "AAPL's best days as an investment are over. In fact, AAPL is likely to underperform the market in the years ahead." Today, the stock plunged on big volume through support,...
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