Are You Smart Money?

You’ve probably heard the term “smart money” used by various investing pundits. It’s a reference to those investors (often professionals) that are consistently better informed and better at making money than the uninformed masses. What makes an investor a member of the “smart money” cadre. Are you one of them? Let’s take a look at […]

Is History Repeating Itself?

In the 15th century, China was home to the highest standard of living in the world. This was China during the Ming Dynasty. Places like Sichuan had reached the pinnacle of civilization at the time with modern infrastructure, robust economies, international trade and a prosperous middle class. On the other side of the globe, Europeans […]

The Dollar Is Doomed, Right?

Save for a few deflationists relegated to the hinterlands, the majority of financial bloggers and advisors are firmly on “the dollar is doomed” bandwagon. Can all these expert opinions be right when they’re all on the same side of the same trade? Apparently the answer is “yes”. When there exists an absolute consensus about anything, […]

Is America Following in the Footsteps of the Roman Empire?

Many believe there were two primary reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.  After centuries of prosperity and dominance, the Roman Empire fell like a house of cards.  How could an empire so large and seemingly indestructible crumble so quickly? The first reason many believe Rome collapsed is due to a decline in morality.  […]