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Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

What happens when today's high-tech data storage systems become tomorrow's floppy discs?<p>Google Vice President Vint Cerf is concerned about the answer and its implications for preserving history. Speaking at a conference of top American scientists, Cerf described such a loss of important information …

Top 10 Ski Runs & Lodges

Whether you want to hit the slopes or just drink some hot chocolate by the fire, these are the places to be this winter.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>Whistler/Blackcomb</b><br>British Columbia, Canada <br>www.whistlerblackcomb.com <br>These two towering mountains provide excellent …

ANALYST: China's 'Long-Awaited Day Of Reckoning' Is Almost Here

To China bears who have said the country is a debt bubble, Wei's conjecture will seem obvious. To bulls, it raises another question: Where did these credit problems come from? Where have they been hiding?<p>Wei's answer is simple: Problems have been lurking within state-owned enterprises (SOE) and in …

The US Economy Continues To Look Stronger And Stronger

There's nothing wrong with using a little borrowed money to finance purchases. For businesses, financing with debt is cheaper than financing with equity.<p>One of the things that's dragged on the economic recovery has been the deleveraging of consumer and business balance sheets. Specifically, …

An Economist Explains In Simple Terms Why Deflation Is Dangerous

So what's the big issue? If rising prices (inflation) are generally considered a bad thing, then shouldn't falling prices (deflation) be a good thing?<p>Well, yes and no.<p>Economics professor Ed Dolan is on hand with an easy-to-understand presentation (no economics degree needed), showing the …

Traveling to Europe is about to get a whole lot cheaper

If you've been thinking about taking a European vacation, it's almost time to book those tickets. (Well, as long as you weren't planning on going to Switzerland). That's because the euro is falling so fast against the dollar — down to $1.15 per euro, from a high of $1.45 a few years ago — that it …

Interest Rates

How key investments could fare if deflation fears worsen

If deflation takes hold, with a sustained decline in prices for goods and services, the rules of the investing game change.<p>A slow-paced deflation similar to Japan's since the late 1990s might not trigger sudden market crashes, but could change the relative appeal of investments.<p>The same could be …

Blackstone's Byron Wien shares 10 surprising predictions for 2015

<i>Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners (BX), today issued his list of Surprises for 2015.</i><p><i>This is the 30th year Wien has given his</i> …

The Death Of Knowledge Work And The Rise Of 'Learning Workers'

During the past few decades we have spent a lot of time talking about knowledge workers and knowledge work. However today knowledge is nothing more than a commodity and to be the smartest guy in the room all you need access to is a smartphone. This is especially true when we consider that more …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

GUNDLACH: The Consensus Is Wrong — Interest Rates Could Sink To Levels We Haven't Seen In Decades

For most bond market experts, all that means US interest rates are going to head up, especially considering the fact that rates have been falling for three decades.<p>But Jeff Gundlach is not like most bond market experts.<p>A year ago this month, Gundlach, the head of DoubleLine Funds, went contrarian …

Here's What 13 Top Wall Street Pros Are Predicting For Stocks In 2015

The S&P 500 closed the year at 2,058, above the year-end forecast of all but one strategist — FundStrat's Tom Lee.<p>For 2015, Wall Street sees stocks gaining some ground, but few strategists are calling for the fourth straight year of double-digit gains from stocks.<p>The average year-end target on the …

My Expected Investment Changes In 2015

I make investment changes at a glacial speed. The last change was about five years ago when I combined micro-cap stocks with small-cap value stocks to reduce the number of funds in the portfolio. Before that, I eliminated a preferred stock allocation, which was fortunately done right before the …