Maybe It’s Time to Give Up on Africa

ASI:

Britain’s international aid budget costs the equivalent of 22 days of national borrowing from international markets. By 2015, British Aid will have increased by 34.2% to £11.5 billion per annum. Including personal donations and state spending, Britain gives 0.8% of GDP in international aid. With state aid increasing, more people should ask: Why . . . → Read More: Maybe It’s Time to Give Up on Africa

Charles Neivert: Fertilizer Companies with Value

The recent tumultuous downturn in stocks has created deeper values and new opportunity in the agricultural space. Dahlman Rose & Co. Managing Director Charles Neivert is a near-term bull on fertilizer companies, but the window could close and diminish prospects in the not too distant future. In this exclusive interview with The Energy . . . → Read More: Charles Neivert: Fertilizer Companies with Value

Vijay Kelkar

Financial Express recently did a special feature about 20 interesting people in India’s economic reforms. In that, I wrote this profile of Vijay Kelkar.

Vijay Kelkar’s is a fascinating story in Indian public policy. He started out as an economics Ph.D. and turned himself into a consummate policymaker. While he did many interesting things . . . → Read More: Vijay Kelkar

Economic Events on August 31, 2011

The Mortgage Bankers’ Association purchase index will be released at 7:00 AM EDT, providing an update on the quantity of new mortgages and refinancings closed in the last week.

The Challenger Job-Cut Report will be released at 7:30 AM EDT, providing an estimate of the number of layoffs in August.

At 8:15 AM EDT, . . . → Read More: Economic Events on August 31, 2011

John McClintock: Gold Producers Riding the Risk Trade

With the price of gold soaring to over $1,900 an ounce and investors abandoning equities for commodities, John McClintock, equity research analyst at Mackie Research Capital, sees gold mining companies benefitting from this flight from risk. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, McClintock identifies several gold mining companies with great upside potential.

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A tale of two economic impact reports

Well, let’s wake Wiz up.

Now we have two specific numbers, both by Penn State researchers, with comprehensive economic impact analysis of the development of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

Just out and dated August 2011

Economic Impacts of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: Employment and Income in 2009, by

Timothy W. Kelsey (Penn State), Martin . . . → Read More: A tale of two economic impact reports

How to Choose an Online Broker

With so much volatility in the stock market recently, choosing which firm you use to invest is a more important decision than ever, due to the major differences in trade execution, quality of support, services offered, and costs associated with trading and maintaining the account.  It’s very important to analyze your personal needs and . . . → Read More: How to Choose an Online Broker

Economic Events on August 30, 2011

At 7:45 AM EDT, the weekly ICSC-Goldman Store Sales report will be released, giving an update on the health of the consumer through this analysis of retail sales.

At 8:55 AM EDT, the weekly Redbook report will be released, giving us more information about consumer spending.

At 9:00 AM EDT, the monthly S&P/Case-Shiller home . . . → Read More: Economic Events on August 30, 2011

Free Trade Fallacies

I sympathize with the sentiment, but this is a dumb way to analyze free trade:

Decades of outsourcing manufacturing have left U.S. industry without the means to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to rebuilding its economy, as noted by Gary Pisano and Willy Shih in a classic article, “Restoring . . . → Read More: Free Trade Fallacies

Chen Lin: Betting on Gold and Silver Stocks

Chen Lin stumbled into investing. While working on a doctorate at Princeton, he turned $5,411 in his wife’s retirement account into $1.5 million. In his newsletter, What is Chen Buying? What is Chen Selling?, Lin shares the fruits of his analytical aptitude. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Lin reveals his . . . → Read More: Chen Lin: Betting on Gold and Silver Stocks