XTO Energy (XTO): A Good Pick?

If you are looking into energy stocks (which are rather volatile right now, what with all the oil fluctuations), it can be difficult to decide what to go with. ExxonMobile (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) seem a little expensive — even if they are gaining along with the rest of the stock market. This is part…

American Lifestyle, American Emissions

Photo: Dead Air, Creative Commons, Flickr Reports from reputable scientific groups like the Global Carbon Project of Australia indicate the rise in global carbon dioxide emissions last year exceeded even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s (IPCC) predictions. This is pretty alarming, considering the IPCC is far from optimistic.

How to Murder a CEO

I couldn’t resist the violent title. A mob of fired workers in India killed the local CEO of Italian Manufacturer Graziano Transmissioni. Now, I am totally against death as punishment in any circumstance, and this event will likely hurt the willingness of foreign companies to locate manufacturing in India, but the punishment is ironic given…

How the Lehman Collapse Made Me Thankful

Jeane Roberts writes a frustrated account of the fall of AIG and points out the amount of public money going the rescue of various financial institutions (except Lehman Brothers). Personally, and for my net worth, I’m disappointed that Lehman (LEH, LEHPQ – $0.30) didn’t get rescued. As an ex-employee and shareholder I would have liked…

Has Life Changed that Much in the Last 150 years?

Photo: djprybyl, Creative Commons, Flickr If we go back in time to pre-Civil War era United States, we would see a country that is a 180 degrees different than the United States in 2008. The powerful, upper crust of society was dominated by the large plantation owners and slavery was a legal and accepted practice.…

Freddie and Fannie Bailout: The $5.4 Trillion Contradiction

Photo: z_everson, Creative Commons, Flickr "Housing finance in the U.S. has long depended on the GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," writes Stephanie H. Giroux, TD Ameritrade’s Chief Investment Strategist. "These mortgage lending giants were created by Congress in 1938 and 1970 to support the housing market, and currently hold $5.4 trillion of the roughly…

Wake Up Larry Kudlow! Lehman is the Biggest News Yet

Even though he is a right wing cheerleader who is always eager to politicize every stock market jitter, while wearing his pinstripe suit and pinkie ring, I have to take my hat off to CNBC’s Larry Kudlow. He has always had the guts to take a contrarian stance. Lately though, he seems to have lost…