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Monthly Archives: July 2009

USA: BBQ Sauce Economy

One of my favorite dinners is bar-b-q baby-back ribs. As much as I like all things pork, I find that it is the sauce that really makes the ribs experience. We like our home-made rib sauce so much, we joke that you could cover an old leather shoe in it and still find it tasty. This, I maintain, is an accurate depiction of the […] Read the rest of this entry »

You have to like Brazil

In obvious juxtaposition to the previous article, here is a “pick-me-up”. Why I am so optimistic on the Brazilian economy: First, an education: The country’s land mass is approx 90% the area of the USA (big) – 3.1M sq mi (Brazil) vs 3.5M sq mi (USA). Population: almost 200M people. (5th most populous country) Language: Portuguese Main religion: catholic (almost everyone) Government: democracy Currency: […] Read the rest of this entry »

Avoid Russia

Those that had invested in Russia over the past 10 years have ridden an even larger roller coaster than what we’ve experienced here in the US. Here is a snapshot of the broad Russian stock market index over the past 13 years or so: stock market index value 67 in March 1996 540 in Oct 1997 (you made 700% in 1.5 years) 41 in […] Read the rest of this entry »