Michael Birnbaum
Into Perspective

Calling Time Out on the Payroll Tax Debate

By, 12/30/2011

Before leaving for the holidays, Congress gave us all a two-month payroll tax cut debate reprieve. But before they return to politick anew, let’s review what’s at stake.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

An (Italian) Tale of Two Auctions

By, 12/30/2011

Italian debt auctions this week resulted in incremental improvements in yields to round out a bumpy 2011.

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Amanda Williams
Capitalist Corner

Fiat Lux

By, 12/29/2011

Things look a little brighter for consumers and free markets this holiday season since government gave them an early present in the form of a reprieve.

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Michael Hanson

The Return of the Unconscious, Part I

By, 12/29/2011

A handful of books on the mind to close out the year.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

As Good as Congress Gets

By, 12/29/2011

The US Treasury seems poised to request another debt ceiling increase soon. And this time, the exercise seems even more meaningless.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Talking Tokyo

By, 12/28/2011

Japan’s been quite busy the last few days—here’s a quick rundown of some primary stories.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

(Growth) Dashing Through the Year

By, 12/23/2011

Thursday bore gifts a little early as indications of US growth continued and Congress reached an agreement.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

The Grinch Who Stole Free Trade

By, 12/22/2011

Tuesday, South American leaders did their best to mar what had so far been a pretty stellar year for free trade—but are they likely to achieve their aim?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Bonds and Banks

By, 12/21/2011

Spanish yields, the ECB and Hungarian politics dominated European news on Tuesday.

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Ken Moore
Business in Review

Think Again!

By, 12/20/2011

Daniel Kahneman’s seminal compilation of his life’s work on the psychology of decision making encourages you to think…and then think again!

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Darkness and Light

By, 12/20/2011

Lessons from the markedly different lives of Kim Jong Il and Vaclav Havel.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Financial Alchemy

By, 12/19/2011

Gold prices have been rocky lately to the bewilderment of many whose views hinge on mythological views of the yellow metal.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Others

A Busy Day Around the Web

By, 12/16/2011

A look at Spanish yields, recent US economic and legislative news and renewed drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Elisabeth Dellinger
The Global View

In Defense of Britain

By, 12/15/2011

 An open letter to EU officials.  

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Trade

Revving the Trade Engines

By, 12/15/2011

China announced new tariffs on US-made cars Wednesday—in our view, an incremental step in the wrong direction for all involved parties but not likely terribly impactful.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
US Economy

Inside Retail Sales

By, 12/14/2011

US November retail sales grew less than estimated. But digging below the surface, the report wasn’t bleak.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Interest Rates

Weighing Italy’s Debt

By, 12/13/2011

An alternate perspective of Italy’s debt costs shows today’s levels are low by historical standards.

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Michael Hanson, Alex Nelson and Andrew Bates
Into Perspective

12 Things That Mattered Last Week

By, 12/12/2011

A quick look around the web at some stories that grabbed our attention recently.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

The Battle of the (Budget) Bulge

By, 12/12/2011

The EU summit came to a close on Friday. And what emerged was another demonstration of the will to back the euro.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Lowering the Euro Curve

By, 12/09/2011

Measures enacted by the ECB Thursday are far from a cure-all to fix the eurozone’s copious issues—but they do represent incremental steps to add liquidity at a time when it’s perceived to be much needed.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Geopolitics

Pearls of Resilience and Wisdom

By, 12/08/2011

Wednesday marked a couple momentous global milestones—each a testament to democracy’s resilience, in starkly different ways.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Developed Markets

Differentiate Before You Downgrade

By, 12/07/2011

S&P placed 15 eurozone countries and the EFSF on credit watch negative Monday—but that ignores significant variety among European countries, in our view.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Deficits

Technoplans From Italy’s Technocrats

By, 12/06/2011

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti announced tough new austerity measures and 10-year yields fell below 6%.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Media Hype/Myths

Unemployment, Overall and on Average

By, 12/02/2011

Is a still-high unemployment rate that unusual?

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Politics

Greece’s Tranche and the ECB

By, 12/02/2011

While troubled PIIGS have taken incremental steps forward, eurozone politicians continue to take necessary measures to prevent a disorderly breakup of the union.

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Fisher Investments Editorial Staff
Monetary Policy

Liquidity, Payrolls and Ratings, Oh My!

By, 12/01/2011

Wednesday was a busy day in headlines and markets alike. Here’s a look at some of the day’s more prominent stories.

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