For the last four years, ordinary Americans have struggled to rebuild their wealth in the wake of the Great Financial Crisis.
Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reported that the average U.S. household has recovered only 45% of its wealth lost during the recession.
Of course, the Federal Reserve won't acknowledge that its Chairman, Ben Bernanke, has been a principle driver in the underperformance of the middle class' return to financial normalcy. Bernanke has removed incentives for anyone to keep their dollars in a savings account by knocking interest rates to near-record lows.
Meanwhile, nearly 50% of Americans do not own any stocks or bonds. Given recent memories of their wealth evaporating, it's been difficult to instill much confidence for those who lost so much.
Low rates and lost confidence in the markets have left more Americans vulnerable to inflation, accelerating costs of staples, and uncertainty about their financial future.
But there is good news.
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Best Investments: How China's Creating a Huge Market for These Metals
Looking for some of the best investments in metals?
Don't overlook palladium and platinum, key materials used in building catalytic converters.
Demand for the metals - and prices - will take off.
We asked Rick Rule, the founder of Sprott Asset Management's Global Companies unit, to explain why.
Rule told Money Morning in the following interview the prices will rise partly because demand for palladium and platinum will grow as a result of what's happening in the automobile market in China, now the largest automaker in the world.Read More...
Best Investments: Don't Miss the Next Raging Bull Market in Uranium
Investors who bought into uranium at the right time in the 1970s probably considers it one of the best investments they've ever made...
When the element entered a bull market in the '70s, the result was 10-fold gains for uranium prices, and 100-fold gains for related uranium stocks.
Now the stage is set for uranium's price to go on another tear...
To find out why uranium could be one of the best investments over the next few years, we turned to Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resources Investments.Read More...
- Best Investments 2013: Why Hedge Funds Love Greece The best investments can offer reward far greater than risk. Here are some that are not for the nervous, but could deliver five-fold gains. Read more... Read More...
Follow Africa's Richest Man Into One of the Best Profit Opportunities on Earth
Aliko Dangote is the richest man you've never heard of.
The 56-year old native of Kano, Nigeria is a self-made business magnate, with a net worth of more than $16 billion.
With boom times ahead for Africa, Dangote is leading the continent's headlong charge into infrastructure building and resource exploration.
A person of vision and drive, he's well suited for the unfolding boom, and all the opportunity it offers.
As the African Century moves into its second decade, Dangote is still very bullish on Africa-- making - and keeping - most of his fortune there.Read More...
- Best Investments 2013: How the Mining Mess Will Send Platinum Soaring Don’t let a recent metals selloff deter you from metals investing. In fact, platinum looks to be one of the best investments of 2013. Read more... Read More...
The Best Sector to Invest in Now
The main reason for investing in this sector is Ben Bernanke and his international banking brethren.
As long as they keep interest rates far below the level of inflation, and add extra "quantitative easing" at every opportunity, the current fiat-money currencies have nowhere to go but down.
In those circumstances this sector has nowhere to go but up.
Check out my 5 top picks... Read More...
Best Investments 2013: This Could Be the Most Lucrative Time Ever for Biotech
Some of the most exciting developments in the last fifty years have been in the biotechnology industry - which has also meant the emergence of some of the best investments for 2013.
Just look at the progress biotech has made in medicine.To continue reading, please click here…
Best Investments 2013: Are TARP Warrants the Way to Play Banks?
Believe it or not, the big bank rescue plan known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) actually has created some of the best investments for profiting from a banking recovery.
As you may recall, the federal government gave money to troubled banks in order to shore up balance sheets wounded by falling real estate and mortgage security prices. As part of the program, the government took an equity stake in these institutions in the form of preferred stock and equity warrants.
When the funds were repaid, the securities - including the warrants - were auctioned off to the public.
Equity warrants are a form of derivative security that gives the holder the right to buy a stock at a certain price until the expiration date. This is much like a stock option but warrants are usually issued for a much longer period of time. They are usually traded on the exchange and are priced based on the strike price, current interest rates and length of time until expiration.
Most of the TARP warrants still have a long time to go until they expire. The majority last until about 2018.
And now is looking like a good time to buy in to these warrants.Read More...
Best Investments 2013: Buy the Top-Performing Emerging Market of Q1
While the Standard & Poor's 500 Index 10% first-quarter gain was great, it wasn't the world's best.
One of the standout performances in 2013's first quarter was in a market that's off many investors' radar screens: the Philippines.
The Philippine stock market, valued at about $236 billion, rose by 17.8% in the first quarter.Read More...
Best Investments: How These Investors Got 20% Annual Gains for a Decade
When billionaire and corporate raider Carl Icahn gets involved in a stock, the share price often skyrockets - known as the "Icahn Effect," or "Icahn Lift."
That's why investors often follow his lead into these stocks, hoping to get a piece of the resulting gains.
But there's another way to profit from Icahn's investing prowess. Investors who took this route have scored 20% annual gains for a decade.
We're talking about investing in Icahn's $6 billion master limited partnership, Icahn Enterprises LP (NYSE: IEP).Read More...
- Best Investments: The One Stock to Buy in the Red-Hot Biotech Sector The Nasdaq Biotechnology Exchange Traded Fund (NasdaqGS: IBB) has notched 16.1% annualized returns for the last five years. That's just one reason this stock has home-run potential. Read More...
- Jim Rogers on the Best Investments to Make When "Everything Has Problems" Jim Rogers thinks central banks have created a nightmare for investors. Here are what he considers the best investments so you don’t get burned. Stick with what you know will work... Read More...
Why Some of the Best Investments for 2013 Come from this Region
With low growth forecast in the United States, some investors have headed beyond U.S. borders in search of the best investments for 2013 - and landed in Latin America.
Latin America's largest economies, like Brazil, aren't the ones that will be delivering the biggest stock gains this year. As measured by the iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (NYSE: EWZ), equities in the region's largest economy are extending last year's glum pace as the exchange-traded fund (ETF) is off nearly 2% to start the year.
But while economies like Brazil and Argentina might not offer the best investments for 2013, there are some "unsung gems" that will deliver.
Here are some of the most promising Latin American names, both on the equity and debt fronts, that investors should consider this year.Read More...