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Op/ed: The Gold Bug’s bull narrative keeps on failing investors

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The Gold Bug’s bull narrative keeps on failing investors

Rather than accepting certain unpleasant realities, gold bugs have contorted themselves into a painful waiting game.

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Op/ed: Report on Isla Vista gets an ‘incomplete’

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Report on Isla Vista gets an ‘incomplete’

I certainly agree with the independent committee that Isla Vista suffers from “inadequate representation, insufficient public services and a lack of infrastructure . . .” But that’s been the reality for 50 years, and the question remains: “What do we do about it?

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Bank Secrecy Act spoils Christmas for merchants who prefer cash

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Bank Secrecy Act spoils Christmas for merchants who prefer cash

Sometimes something that starts out with good intention can turn bad. This seems to be what has happened with the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970.

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Op/ed: Lessons from Japan’s struggle to recover from a post-bubble bout of deflation

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Lessons from Japan’s struggle to recover from a post-bubble bout of deflation

At its core, Abe’s decision to postpone the consumption-tax increase reflects the chaos that prolonged weak economic momentum inflicts on countries wishing to pursue more than one objective — in this case, raising living standards, curtailing the growth in government debt and breaking the private sector’s deflationary mindset.

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Op/ed: It’s time to throw the book at currency bid riggers

By   /  Friday, November 14th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: It’s time to throw the book at currency bid riggers

Fining institutions makes great headlines, but those billion-dollar penalties punish shareholders, not the wrongdoers, and won’t change the culture of banking.

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Op/ed: The net-net of neutrality debate is that innovation may be a loser

By   /  Friday, November 14th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The net-net of neutrality debate is that innovation may be a loser

One of the most comical features of the net-neutrality debate is that both sides say the other is trying to stifle innovation. Both are probably wrong.

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Op/ed: Both parties need to figure how to get something done

By   /  Friday, November 7th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Both parties need to figure how to get something done

Realistically, the best that either party, or the American public, can hope for is small ball.

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