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As with last week's awesome stuff, we're trying out something slightly different. Instead of gathering three new crowdfunded products, we're focusing on just one and taking a slightly closer look at it. Please let us know what you think in the comments! This week, we're looking at a potentially exciting new addition to the maker's toolkit: the Orbit1 tabletop electroplater. The Good The Orbit1 simplifies, streamlines and compacts the complex process of electroplating a wide variety

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Mohnish Pabrai is the principle investor and is a classic value investor in the tradition of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Pabari Funds ( PF1 through 4 ) have a combined capital of $690 Million under management Inception : 2000 Value Proposition :  No Leverage / No Margin / No Short Positions No management fees, only […] The post Pabrai Investment Funds Annual Meeting Notes – 2014 appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Submitted by Alasdair Macleod via GoldMoney.com, Last Monday there was a meeting in Washington hosted by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) to discuss the future relationship, if any, of gold with the Special Drawing Rights (SDR). Also on the agenda was the inclusion of the Chinese renminbi, which seems certain to be included in the SDR basket in this year's revision, assuming that the United States doesn't try to block it. This is not the first time the subject has come up. OMFIF's chairman, Lord Desai wrote a paper about it after the last Washington meeting on gold and the SDR exactly four years ago. The inclusion of the renminbi in the SDR was rejected in 2010 because of inadequate liquidity and is due to be reconsidered this year. Desai pointed out in his paper that there are difficulties when it comes to including gold, because (and I think this is what he was trying to say) none of the SDR's paper constituents are convertible into gold, but gold's
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) — It was a fairly quiet trading day from a price perspective in the Far East on their Friday.  The price developed a negative bias right out The post Saturday, April 25: Today in Gold and Silver appeared first on King World News.

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All those angered by the mere question of the viability of this predatory pillaging in the name of capitalism are incapable of even admitting this cultural crisis exists.Somewhere along the line, we lost the ability to distinguish between earning a profit and maximizing private gain by any means, i.e. Infinite Greed. If you insist on making this distinction now, you anger a lot of people, as it blows the capitalist cover of Infinite Greed. The distinction between earning a profit and maximizing private gain by any means angers not just the few benefiting from the useful delusion that Infinite Greed is simply profit on overdrive; it seems to anger everyone who believes the Status Quo of burning mountains of coal to power towel warmers,
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FactSet notes that oil refiners are the only industry in the Energy sector to make a profit over the last 12 months The post Oil Refiners Profiting From High “Crack Spread” appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Last Wednesday, some ostensibly serious people talked with some openly unserious people about “obsessive” corporate buybacks when Moody’s head of leveraged finance Christina Padgett, told CNBC that her “concern would be—if you think about how a company should position itself for further growth, you want to think of them as taking the cash they do have and using it to invest in something that generates growth.”  By “growth,” Padgett was of course not talking about artificially growing EPS or growing executives’ stock price-linked compensation, but rather about growing productive capacity via capex (a term which is now a four letter word in more ways than one). Why would you not want to spend on productive capacity if you’re a company? Well it’s pretty simple: in the short-term, buybacks are a great way of driving up stock prices and making the bottom line look better than it otherwise would (and EPS beats are a great way of securing further stock price
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This week, our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with Liz Ann Sonders, Chief Market Strategist for Charles Schwab. Early in her career, Sonders worked for the legendary Marty Zweig, where she learned the importance of sentiment analysis. She also had a front seat to the 1987 crash, accurately forecast by Zweig. Sonders was also a guest host...Read More

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The Americans' blocking of reform signals her desire to preserve the dollar's hegemony; but given she lost out spectacularly over the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, IMF reform could become the next serious threat to the dollar's dominance. And if America does not back down over the IMF and the SDR, she will have no fall-back position; China on the other hand still has some aces up her sleeve. One of them is gold, and another is her role in a rival organisation established by the BRICS. The New Development Bank (NDB) is in the final stages of being set up, driven by
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"The ‘buyback corporation' is in large part responsible for a national economy characterized by income inequality, employment instability, and diminished innovative capacity," wrote William Lazonick, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in a new paper published by the Brookings Institution. Lazonick argues that corporations -- which once retained a sizable share of profits to reinvest (including investing in their workforce by paying them enough to get them to stay) -- have adopted a "downsize-and-distribute" model. Last week, the CEOs of America's 500
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The post Wage Growth Beats Expectations for March appeared first on King World News.

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The post Non-Farm Payroll Data for March 2015 Disappoints appeared first on King World News.

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The post Strong US Dollar Index Has a Fallout Impact on GLD appeared first on King World News.

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``China's economy expanded at its slowest full-year pace in 24 years in 2014, undershooting the government's target for the first time since 1998. The economy continued to lose momentum in the first quarter of 2015 with on-year growth marking its slowest pace in six years... NPL, or bad loans, rose at ... 38.23 percent to 641.5 billion yuan, the report said. Loans that could turn bad increased at an even faster pace; overdue, but not NPL loans, jumped 112.65 percent on-year.''

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Fireside Markets Episode 06: Fixing The 401(k) With Ben Carlson by James Osborne, CFP® , Bason Asset Management In this episode of Fireside Markets, host James Osborne discusses the current state of the 401(k) marketplace with Ben Carlson, the blogger behind A Wealth of Common Sense. Items mentioned in this podcast: Frontline’s Retirement Gamble Fixing America’s Battered […] The post Fireside Markets Episode 06: Fixing The 401(k) With Ben Carlson [Podcast] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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``Lenders want Greece to implement far-reaching pension and labor market reforms, as well as implement privatization programs and more cost-cutting measures. However, Greece's leftwing government, which was elected in January in large part because of its opposition to austerity measures, is strongly resistant to doing so.''

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``In a note published this week, the term said "Grimbo" described a possible "drawn-out" process of negotiations between Greece and its lenders that could result in the country leaving the euro zone.''

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``While municipalities have issued a record $130 billion of long-term, fixed-rate bonds this year, an unprecedented 70 percent of the deals have gone to refinance higher-cost debt, rather than fund capital expenditures, according to Bloomberg and Bank of America Merrill Lynch data... The country requires about $3.6 trillion of investment in infrastructure by 2020, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The group's 2013 report gave the country a "D+" grade.''

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