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Reframing the Gold Standard Debate: The Fixed-Money-Supply Standard

A debate between those advocating for a fiat money supply and those advocating for a gold standard has been raging for nearly a century. It's time to reframe this debate.

Portfolio Strategy: In Praise of Inaction

Doing nothing in the face of changing markets may seem counter-intuitive to most people. Nevertheless, when it comes to investing, inaction is often the best course of action.

The Best Learning Resources on Corporate Governance: Robert A. G. Monks Shares His Picks (Podcast)

Robert A. G. Monks, a pioneer of corporate governance, shares his picks for the best learning resources.

Roger Urwin: Investing in the New Financial Order (Video)

In a presentation at the India Investment Conference, Roger Urwin, global head of investment content and advisory director at Towers Watson, reviewed the three challenges of investing that have been intensifying in recent times.

How Many of Our Successes and Failures Should Be Attributed to Luck?

How many stock pickers who outperform this year will beat a dart board next year? The answer depends upon whether luck or skill had more to do with their results.

Take 15: Crush of Debt Threatens First World (Video)

Lacy H. Hunt examines research that demonstrates how current levels of first world debt threaten to cause an economic catastrophe unless action is taken soon.

Book Review: The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation

John Bogle’s story is an oft-told tale, yet even Bogle junkies will learn some fascinating new facts from the latest book by the founder of the Vanguard Group. Every thoughtful investor can benefit from his wisdom, served up with refreshing modesty by a giant in a field notorious for outsized egos.

The Difference Between Trading and Investing (Video)

What it means to be an investor? This video explains the difference between trading and making long-term investment allocations.

Current Thinking on the Financial Crisis and the Way Forward

A great crisis can produce great leaps forward in thought and human achievement. So is there any evidence that the epic financial crisis of 2008 will leave a legacy of fruitful ideas for our financial system?

Cash As Trash, Cash As King, and Cash As a Weapon

Individual investors should not be afraid to hold cash, even when it’s earning little, if it’s available to them when needed most. Investment professionals should get away from misguided notions about how much cash is too much cash in a portfolio.



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