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How your Grandchildren can Reap Profits with These Nuclear Stocks

Three Mile Island. Chernobyl. Sellafield. Fukushima.

These are just the most famous names from an alarmingly long list of civilian nuclear incidents. Each of these accidents resulted sparked intense public debate on the future of civilian nuclear power.

Is it really safe? What do we do with the waste? It'll be toxic for tens of thousands of years? How bad will the next accident be? What kind of trade-off are we making? These are just some of the questions mooted in the wake of these and other nuclear accidents.

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G8

The G8 Will Never Get a Handle on Taxes at This Rate

The G8 meetings this week at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland had a theme of "Tax Evasion and Transparency." This theme may have been chosen because "Enchantment under the Stars," or "A Night to Remember" were taken by the local high school prom committee.

And I joke not to lampoon this august body – far from it. It's only that the efforts of a group of people – none of whom put on a necktie – who help shepherd the world's largest economies ought to be focusing on economic growth, such as that which we haven't really experienced in the West for quite some time now.

Instead, the world is given the Lough Erne Declaration, which calls for a "robust" international framework to ensure fair tax collection and rational tax regimes. That the United States should be mentioned in the same breath as "fair tax collection" or "rational tax regime" is ludicrous enough.

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Global Economy

Bank of Japan Called "Single Biggest Danger to Global Markets Today"

The Bank of Japan is sticking to its policy of fiscal stimulus to try to stoke inflation, and that's rattled markets worldwide.

There are short-term signs of economic recovery such as an increase in consumer spending and in manufacturing.

But longer-term, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald told CCTV, "there has never been an instance in history where stimulus has worked. So the question really is when, not if, this will break down."

Check out the accompanying video to learn why Keith considers the Bank of Japan "the single biggest danger to global markets today."

Trend Watch

A Deadly Wall of Silence Surrounds a Potentially Global Pandemic Disease

By Greg Madison, Associate Editor, Money Morning

One of the really beneficial things about science is its power to transcend borders and ideologies.

Scientists in countries that may be totally hostile to one another have the chance of collaborating on difficult problems in a spirit of openness.

This ability to collaborate and exchange information across borders is particularly important when a new disease with global pandemic potential emerges, as it has in the Middle East with the respiratory system coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

This "novel coronavirus" was identified in September of 2012 in the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah. The disease was found in a deceased 60-year old man who died of acute pneumonia and kidney failure. Little else is known of this unfortunate individual.

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Top News

Bangladesh Tragedy Exposes Real Cost of Corporate Greed

We've known for a long time that the things that fuel our lifestyles can come from some pretty ugly places.

The coltan that's used in our mobile phones and entertainment systems is mostly mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions have died in what's been called "Africa's World War." The United Nations has reported that warlords, guilty of numerous crimes against humanity, vie for control of coltan production while enslaving and killing thousands.

Many of the diamonds we buy for our loved ones come from West Africa, where diamond mining and the black market in the stones has fueled bloody wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Now, in light of a recent tragedy in Bangladesh, it seems even the clothes on our backs may be contributing to a portion of human misery.

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Top News

If North Korea Has Nuclear Missiles, Here's the One Stock You Need to Own

For months now, North Korea has been threatening to launch a nuclear missile strike against the U.S. mainland.

However, the Pentagon has been quite confident in its assertions that the reclusive country doesn't have the technology to actually put a nuclear warhead atop a ballistic missile.

And even if North Korea were able to match a nuke with an ICBM, our military leaders said it could never reach the U.S. mainland.

But we knew better than to be so dismissive.

North Korea has sold so many missiles to Iran, Syria, Pakistan and others that intelligence analysts refer to the arms-dealer as "Missiles "R' Us."

That's why – back in February and March, in reports in both Private Briefing and Money Morning – we cautioned that North Korea's weapons technologies were likely much more advanced than the Pentagon would have us believe.

Now it looks like we were right to be so cautious.

Global Economy

Eurozone Debt Crisis: Now It's a Hopeless Game of Whac-a-Mole

The Eurozone debt crisis that was supposed to have blown over long ago instead has become more like an endless game of Whac-a-Mole, with both new and old problems popping up faster than European leaders can bop them.

As Europe's finance ministers gathered in Dublin today (Friday), they faced at least half a dozen major issues threatening the fiscal health of the Eurozone.

Although Europe's leaders, in concert with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), have succeeded in keeping a lid on each successive crisis over the past three years, that streak can't survive in the face of the new and old fiscal woes that have been peppering the Eurozone.

U.S. investors can't let those past successes deceive them into thinking the Eurozone is no longer a worry.

When the Eurozone debt crisis finally implodes – and sooner or later, it has to – it will hammer stock markets around the globe.

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Top News

Why Paul Krugman is Wrong About Margaret Thatcher

As the top Keynesian gadfly, Paul Krugman's recent attack on Margaret Thatcher wasn't very surprising.

In a blog post on the very day she passed, he questioned whether or not Margaret Thatcher had actually made any difference to the performance of the British economy.

Since she had spent much of her career fighting the theories of like-minded economists you can easily understand why Krugman was so quick to take a swing.

But as someone who was actually there, I can tell you the evidence of Thatcher's success is incontrovertible-no matter what Paul Krugman wants you to believe.

What's more, the larger truth is that Thatcher's principles still hold lessons for us today.

Stock Market

This Little-Known Indicator Says Stocks Should Double

With the markets breaking all-time highs last week, it begs the question of just how high they can go.

At 1,569 points the bears would say at this point the S&P 500 is completely overdone. With a sluggish economy and a growing federal deficit, you might be prone to believe them.

But there is a little-known indicator that became very fashionable between 1982-2007 that says something else entirely. Noted for its accuracy over that period, it actually suggests that stocks should double.

It's called the "Fed Model."

Top News

Keith Fitz-Gerald: Cyprus is "The First of the Dominoes to Fall"

With guards outside Cyprus banks Friday and depositors reeling after suffering huge losses, the nation's central bank reassured residents they wouldn't face restrictions on using their debit and credit cards.

But according to Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, the reverberations and possible implications of the Cyprus bailout extend well beyond the island nation.

Appearing on the FOX Business Network, Fitz-Gerald said Cyprus had "achieved every central banker's dream. They have privatized gains and socialized losses, and this is the first of the dominoes to fall."

He said "any nation in the world is subject to this now that politicians have figured out they've gotten away with it."

To see why it matters and what else Keith had to say, check out the video below.

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