Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Doug Fabian | April 18, 2014

Alternative and niche investments can help round out your portfolio, along with offering diversification and alternate value propositions when the broader market is stagnant or correcting.

John Ransom | April 18, 2014

If you're a Washington politician or bureaucrat I'd be all for you retiring now, regardless of age. If firing Sebelius improved Obamacare, I have a whole bunch of additional suggestions on improving the government.

Erick Erickson | April 18, 2014

Common Core State Standards could be the under-the-radar issue of the 2014 campaign. Business leaders and politicians had their hearts in the right place. We are a highly mobile society. People are likely to move more than once for jobs.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 18, 2014

In Pro-Russian controlled towns, in Eastern Ukraine, Jews are being asked to “register” with authorities and list their “assets”… Haven’t we seen this movie before? Obama’s responded by telling Vladimir Putin that he would “unfriend” him on Facebook if things didn’t settle down a bit.

John Browne | April 18, 2014

When the former Soviet Union collapsed almost 25 years ago, most global strategic forecasters assumed that the U.S. would adapt pragmatically to her new status of sole world superpower.

Fritz Pfister | April 18, 2014

What would your solution be if you had the opportunity to implement an agenda, following a recession, to grow jobs, the economy, and return to the nation to prosperity?

Peter Morici | April 18, 2014

Facing mid-term elections and burdened with persistently high unemployment, President Obama is playing the race, gender, and class cards. Fabricating fear and injustice, such tactics keep the economy in slow gear and make worse the very people the president professes to help.

Night Watch | April 18, 2014

NATO has no intention or ability to rescue Ukraine. Everything the NATO members have done to date may be interpreted as giving the Russian leadership a green light and a pass on Ukraine.

Charles Payne | April 18, 2014

This morning, all eyes were on Google (GOOG) and International Business Machines (IBM), after both companies posted financial results that came up short of expectations. What is interesting is that these are giant behemoths, and today's action will be inconsequential in the long run.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 18, 2014

If Obamacare is a success, as the White House and establishment media would like us to believe, then why is the Obama Administration so anxious to hide the numbers?

Mike Shedlock | April 18, 2014

If the separatists are acting on their own, then unless Russia or someone else can convince the separatists to lay down their arms, the accord will break down.

Thu, Apr 17, 2014

John Ransom | April 17, 2014

There’s a damning number regarding our economy that Obama doesn’t want to talk about. It’s a number, but for him, would be lower. And, lower, in this case would be a good thing for the economy.

Michael Schaus | April 17, 2014

Bill “punish the rich” de Blasio paid a mere 8 percent of his income in federal taxes. Just to put that in context for any liberal that has accidently stumbled across this paragraph: That’s less than that capitalist pig, Mitt Romney.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 17, 2014

Can you believe anything that comes out of this administration? Peter Morici joined the program to talk about the Obama Administration’s habit of fudging numbers. (And He and John had a few words to share on recent GDP numbers.)

Doug Fabian | April 17, 2014

If you were looking for a reason to be cautious about the financial markets, then last week’s action in stocks offered you one giant yellow light. The selling in domestic stocks nearly across the board pushed the major U.S. averages below their 50-day moving averages last week.

Nicholas Vardy | April 17, 2014

Just two months ago, investors were fleeing emerging markets amid fears about the “Fragile Five” — Turkey, Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa. Central banks scrambled to prop up shaky currencies after political and economic concerns led to investors abandoning these markets.

Bill Tatro | April 17, 2014

Disregarding dividends and certain hedge strategies, like call writing, money can be made or lost when a stock goes up and down. Going long or going short gives you the best opportunity of maximizing profit potential regardless of market or stock direction.

Heidi Harris | April 17, 2014

I heard a rumor that some sensitive folks on the religious right are concerned about the possibility of the GOP 2016 convention being held in my beloved hometown, that den of iniquity known as Las Vegas. I have to admit, I’m puzzled...

Night Watch | April 17, 2014

Ukraine's acting President Olexander Turchynov announced the start of an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Russian separatists. He told parliament it was being conducted "stage by stage, in a responsible... manner".

Charles Payne | April 17, 2014

The year 1985 saw the beginning of a new dawn in technology, which would see the exploitation and evolution of a defense department project, develop into the worldwide web - the Internet.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 17, 2014

As a supporter of genuine capitalism, which means the right of contract and the absence of coercion, I don’t think there should be any policies that help or hinder unions. The government should simply be a neutral referee that enforces contracts and upholds the rule of law.

Mike Shedlock | April 17, 2014

The biggest things Spain needs to do are cut public spending and public employment, and lower taxes. Instead, it is raising taxes on those with real jobs.

Wed, Apr 16, 2014

John Ransom | April 16, 2014

Rebellion typically starts after a period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years, even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real reform.

Charles Payne | April 16, 2014

As a fan of sequestration and an advocate for much deeper cuts in the federal government, I understand that there will be military spending casualties. Of course, I think the reckless mastery of the current administration and its quest for a Utopian welfare society must make the larger sacrifices as well.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 16, 2014

I realize this may be a thought crime by DC standards, but it sure would be nice to eliminate the high tax rates that undermine economic growth and reduce American competitiveness. At the risk of sharing too much information, I fantasize about a world without the internal revenue code.

Nick Sorrentino | April 16, 2014

Who actually owns the land on which the Bundy cattle ranged? Does the Bureau of Land Management? Does the federal government? Does the “public”? Do the Bundys who have worked the land for over a century?

Mike Shedlock | April 16, 2014

Yesterday, the government of Ukraine moved with force against the separatists, evoking a Specter of Civil War.

Political Calculations | April 16, 2014

To avoid getting hit with a larger tax bill than you might otherwise expect when you file your taxes for 2014, how much extra should you have withheld from each of your paychecks today?

Dr. Ben Carson | April 16, 2014

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French historian, came to America to study our nation. Europeans and others were fascinated with the success of the fledgling nation, then barely 50 years old and already competing on the world stage.

Michael Schaus | April 16, 2014

Killers, thugs and assailants are being allowed to walk the streets of Chicago – all so Rahm Emanuel, some CPD brass, and city leaders can tout “lower” crime statistics… And keep their cushy public positions of trust.

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

John Ransom | April 15, 2014

While Obama continues to take his weekends in the country, in a paraphrase of Winston Churchill, Putin takes his countries on the weekends.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 15, 2014

Apparently businesses hate women… At least that’s the message from the DNC and Obama administration. As Gayle Trotter, from the Independent Women’s Forum, points out: If women work for so much less, why aren’t businesses hiring more of them?

Bill Tatro | April 15, 2014

Finally, the pent up demand that the Keynesians had been shouting about was making its presence felt. Right?

Dave Ramsey | April 15, 2014

Taking on a pile of debt to have a high credit score or increase your current score is just plain stupid!

Night Watch | April 15, 2014

All the towns that the pro-Russia activists have seized lie astride main highways into eastern and southeastern Ukraine from Russia. The point of the government building seizures in separated towns is to stretch Ukraine's security resources. Both effects look deliberate and well-planned.

Charles Payne | April 15, 2014

The market is perfectly unwinding from last year's action, with the dogs leaping to the front, and the (2013) winners free falling down into bottomless pits. In many ways, it is remarkable that capital would seek out names called losers just weeks ago.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 15, 2014

My leftist friends, when confronted with this type of polling data, are generally dismissive. They say ordinary people are misinformed and stupid because fraud rates for government programs tend to be far lower than 50 percent.

Mike Shedlock | April 15, 2014

There is no sign of tension easing in the Ukraine today. Russia promises to protect the protesters from violence as the Separatists Defy Ukraine Deadline.

Michael Schaus | April 15, 2014

On occasion, the White House Press Corps stumbles across an actual moment of journalism. It almost seemed like Major Garrett was taking a jab at the President’s uncanny ability to lob well-worded UN speeches at advancing Russian T-90 tanks.

Ralph Benko | April 15, 2014

Sen. Paul now is winning standing ovations at, of all places, Berkeley. He is massing interest from high dollar donors in Silicon Valley and elsewhere around America. He enjoys the loyalty of the impressive Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty.

John Ransom | April 14, 2014

In the Transparent Age American’s are quickly finding out that Mark’s Twain’s adage that Congress is the only distinct criminal class in this country is as true now as it was in Samuel Clemens’ Gilded Age.

Mike Shedlock | April 14, 2014

In response to the violence and threats of further violence Russia Seeks UN Meeting

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 14, 2014

Yes, I like that America is a tax haven for foreigners, but the real moral of the story is that we should apply the same good policies to Americans.

Political Calculations | April 14, 2014

The number of publicly-traded U.S. companies who announced they would be cutting their dividends during the month of March remained at elevated levels.

Hunter Lewis | April 14, 2014

Her largest worry has to be that foreigners will stop buying U.S. bonds.

Nick Sorrentino | April 14, 2014

This is not about a rancher owing the Bureau of Land Management money. This is about a federal government which just assumed control of public land years ago (not government land like military bases or federal courthouses – though the taxpayers do pay for these too) changing the rules and telling citizens to lump it.

Chris Edwards | April 14, 2014

Congress should pursue major tax reforms that not only unshackle the economy but also expand our civil liberties.

Michael Schaus | April 14, 2014

When you hear the “progressives” talk about increasing taxes on the rich, just remember: We’ve been doing this since 1913. There is nothing “progressive” about continuing a century of failed ideas.