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Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Five Golden Rules

Five Golden Rules

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, December 20, 2004 at 7:30am

If we look back over the recent past, we can see some of the tallest peaks and deepest valleys of our time. Just five years ago, in December of 1999, the U.S. economy was booming, the Nasdaq was surging ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The REAL Dollar Disaster

The REAL Dollar Disaster

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, December 13, 2004 at 7:30am

I write to you this Monday morning from Campos de Jordão, the highest city in Brazil and a popular resort among Brazilians because of its spring, summer, fall, and winter — distinct seasons that ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Urgent Questions for Alan Greenspan

Urgent Questions for Alan Greenspan

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, December 6, 2004 at 7:30am

Dear Mr. Greenspan, I write to you on behalf of American investors who see beyond the Dow and GDP, harboring sincere concerns about the dangerous decline in the dollar. We have never met, but you knew ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Thanksgiving Gold Rush!

Thanksgiving Gold Rush!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, November 29, 2004 at 7:30am

Late last week, while most Americans retreated to their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving, investors around the world came out in droves to buy gold and dump the dollar. The price of gold smashed the $450 ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Time For Action

Time For Action

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, November 22, 2004 at 7:30am

Never before in my lifetime have I witnessed a threat so great to the U.S. dollar! And never before have I seen complacency about its decline so widespread! The dollar has now plunged to a 4 1/2-year low ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, November 15, 2004 at 7:30am

The U.S. financial markets have taken on a dual personality, delivering both hope and fear. The HOPE, now dominating the U.S. headlines, is reflected in the surging stock market. Like a Dr. Jekyll, the stock ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Last Battle for the Dollar

The Last Battle for the Dollar

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, November 8, 2004 at 7:30am

Fortunately for all Americans, an extra 130,000 votes in Ohio last week spared us from post-election chaos and, potentially, the greatest domestic divisions since the Civil War. But it did nothing to stop the ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Election D-Day

Election D-Day

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, November 1, 2004 at 7:30am

Last week, Elisabeth called me on my cell phone with a warning: "Our early-voting polling place is swamped," she said. "Two-hour lines snaking around the building! We'll try again over the weekend ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Election Chaos

Election Chaos

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, October 25, 2004 at 7:30am

The probability of a stalemate on November 2 is mounting by the day. Right now, Bush has an estimated 213 electoral votes that are solidly in his camp or leaning in his direction, while Kerry has 190 ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Greatest Scam of All

The Greatest Scam of All

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, October 18, 2004 at 7:30am

Eliot Spitzer has just launched a major frontal attack on the insurance industry. But it's just the first battle in a long and bitter war. I know. I've fought a similar battle myself for many years, albeit on ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Bipartisan Deception

The Bipartisan Deception

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, October 11, 2004 at 7:30am

George Bush and John Kerry are lying to you. They say they're fiscally responsible. But they have abandoned the goal of a balanced budget in this decade. They say they're going to cut the deficit in ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - After The Debate

After The Debate

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, October 4, 2004 at 7:30am

On Friday, Wall Street ignored the Fannie Mae disaster ... brushed aside the Merck stock collapse ... forgot about the recent torrent of earnings warnings ... paid no attention to gold's surge to nearly ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - My Chat With FDR

My Chat With FDR

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Friday, September 24, 2004 at 7:30am

During the Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a dream — to create a government agency that would help buy homes for American families that could otherwise not afford one. And in 1938, the dream ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Family Crisis

Family Crisis

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, September 20, 2004 at 7:30am

Elisabeth and I are in Munich this morning — for a seminar attended by subscribers to the German edition of my Safe Money Report, Sicheres Geld. I'll be speaking from 6 to 10 p.m. local time ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Nature’s Revenge

Nature’s Revenge

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, September 13, 2004 at 7:30am

Our home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was just a few miles from the eye of hurricane Frances. Fortunately, the only damage we sustained was a busted screen porch and a shattered garage door window ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - A Sinister Plot

A Sinister Plot

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 7:30am

A sinister visitor from outer space wants to wreak havoc in the financial affairs of Americans. So he learns everything there is to know about our economy and devises a sinister plan ... The set-up ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Great Budget Hoax

The Great Budget Hoax

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 30, 2004 at 7:30am

Neither Kerry nor Bush is talking about it, and no one seems to give a darn. But with just 64 days before the election, Americans continue to be duped — by both parties — in the greatest federal ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Complacency and Rebellion

Complacency and Rebellion

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 23, 2004 at 7:30am

Does the stock market's immediate reaction to economic news leave you scratching your head? Take the latest Fed rate hike, for example. Earlier this month, instead of going down as most people would ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - August Mega-Shocks

August Mega-Shocks

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 16, 2004 at 7:30am

Just when Wall Street and Washington were breathing a sigh of relief ... just when they were blindly assuming that the economic storm of the early 2000s was over ... a new series of mega-shocks have ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Recovery Ending

Recovery Ending

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 9, 2004 at 7:30am

With just 12 weeks between now and the presidential election, sifting through the political spin to figure out what's really going on in the economy is going to be tougher by the day. Politicians will point ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - 7 Tough Lessons

7 Tough Lessons

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 2, 2004 at 7:30am

My father died several years ago. But he has left a rich legacy of writings, notes, tapes and other materials which can shed a unique light on the likely or possible challenges we face today. Here are ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Best Investment in The Worst of Times

The Best Investment in The Worst of Times

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, July 26, 2004 at 7:30am

Downtown Boston is under a virtual state of siege. Manholes are welded shut. Armed Coast Guard boats are patrolling Boston Harbor. Sections of Interstate 93 will soon be closed. And the subway's North ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Tech Stock Profit Squeeze

Tech Stock Profit Squeeze

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, July 19, 2004 at 7:30am

Four years and four months ago, on March 10, 2000, the Nasdaq Composite Index, representing the cream of U.S. technology and innovation, closed the trading day at an all-time high of 5,048.62. This past ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - A Future Scenario

A Future Scenario

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, July 12, 2004 at 7:30am

The future is fiction — not a time and place where events await us, but an infinite set of possibilities that ripple out in concentric circles from every action we take. The mere act of ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Consequence Of Complacency

The Consequence Of Complacency

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Friday, July 2, 2004 at 7:30am

Some people never learn; and some governments are equally stubborn in their ignorance. This is especially true of money and inflation, as the following case studies vividly illustrate ... Philadelphia ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Interest Rates and Gold

Interest Rates and Gold

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, June 28, 2004 at 7:30am

Last night, in the midst of a dream, Dad appeared out of nowhere and talked to me for what seemed like hours. He spoke about interest rates and gold. He told me about his experiences of the past and his ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Shock and Disappointment

Shock and Disappointment

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, June 21, 2004 at 7:30am

It's so quiet on Wall Street that traders are literally falling asleep at their desks. The Dow Jones is behaving like a discarded ping-pong ball — bouncing up and down a few times and then dribbling ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - More Important Than Money …

More Important Than Money …

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, June 14, 2004 at 7:30am

When former President Reagan was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he released a poignant, handwritten letter announcing that he was embarking on "the journey that will lead me into the sunset ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - A Convenient "Forgetory"

A Convenient "Forgetory"

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, June 7, 2004 at 7:30am

Right at this very moment in Simi Valley, California, friends and admirers of former President Ronald Reagan are filing past his coffin, beginning five days of official remembrance. Dignitaries and ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Remembering Battles Of Another Kind

Remembering Battles Of Another Kind

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Friday, May 28, 2004 at 7:30am

Today, stocks and bonds will not rise or fall — for the simple reason that 33 years ago, in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the last Monday in May a federal holiday — the day we remember ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Financial WMD

Financial WMD

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, May 24, 2004 at 7:30am

Warren Buffett has called them "financial weapons of mass destruction." And before my Dad passed away in 1997, he called them "a gambling casino empire that has taken over the world's largest banks." In the ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Hidden Consequences of Surging Oil

The Hidden Consequences of Surging Oil

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, May 17, 2004 at 7:30am

Crude oil prices are on a rampage — busting through the $40 barrier early last week ... closing at a new record high of $41.38 per barrel in New York on Friday ... and surging still further this morning ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Crash Alert!

Crash Alert!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, May 10, 2004 at 7:30am

Treasury notes and bonds have just plunged to the lowest level since July 2002. Mortgage bonds are falling even more quickly, driving mortgage rates through the roof ... sending mortgage company stocks into a ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Google-Mania or Impending Tech Crash?

Google-Mania or Impending Tech Crash?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, May 3, 2004 at 7:30am

Martin's busy writing his Safe Money Report this weekend. So I'm filling in for him. My name is Tony Sagami, and I own one of the few dot-coms in the country that not only survived but actually ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - A Crescendo

A Crescendo

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 26, 2004 at 7:30am

It's 10 a.m. Monday morning, April 26; and as I survey the events swirling around us, it's clear that everything I've been writing to you about in recent weeks is building up to a crescendo. The bond ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Bond Market Bubble

The Bond Market Bubble

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 19, 2004 at 7:30am

Don't underestimate the power of rising interest rates to change your financial future. Don't assume they will stay relatively tame or that the Federal Reserve can keep them under control. Above all, don't ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Pyrrhic Victories

Pyrrhic Victories

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 12, 2004 at 7:30am

A new American-led war against radical Islam is approaching critical mass, with potentially dramatic impacts on your stocks, your bonds, and your financial well-being. Perhaps you have become inured to ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Big Interest Rate Surprise Coming

Big Interest Rate Surprise Coming

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 5, 2004 at 7:30am

The last two weeks were among the worst for the U.S. bond market in recent memory. Long-term Treasury bond prices began tumbling on March 24th and have been mostly falling ever since. Then, this past Friday ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Real Estate Madness

Real Estate Madness

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 29, 2004 at 7:30am

Martin is busy this weekend writing his Safe Money Report, which will be mailed and posted to the Web on Friday. So he's asked me to fill in for him. He'll be back next week. My name is Tony Sagami ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Wall Street’s Quiet Revolution

Wall Street’s Quiet Revolution

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 22, 2004 at 7:30am

A new gust of change is sweeping through Wall Street — for the better. No, this change cannot stop the stock market from falling again. Nor can it insulate investors from big losses in overvalued ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - A Rough Ride Ahead

A Rough Ride Ahead

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 15, 2004 at 7:30am

When the stock market fell last week, most Americans probably didn't notice. They went about their daily lives, commuting to work, dropping their children off at school, playing golf, enjoying their ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Jobs, “Buys” and Other Lies

Jobs, “Buys” and Other Lies

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 8, 2004 at 7:30am

Despite what spin-doctors in Washington may tell you, the job situation is ugly and getting worse. According to the Labor Department's report on Friday, 2.35 million jobs have disappeared in a puff of ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Looming Confidence Crisis

The Looming Confidence Crisis

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 1, 2004 at 7:30am

Consumer confidence has taken a nosedive. The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index plunged from 103.8 in January to 94.4 in February. Its Current Conditions Index, which measures the way ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Vivid Voices

Vivid Voices

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, February 23, 2004 at 7:30am

It never ceases to amaze me how, in an advanced society like ours, each new generation of economic policymakers fails to learn the hard lessons of their predecessors. They spend like drunken sailors ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Greatest Economic Scandal of All Time

The Greatest Economic Scandal of All Time

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, February 16, 2004 at 7:30am

Last weekend, officials representing the seven most-powerful economies on Earth convened at a five-star beach resort just a few miles down the road from here. They huddled behind closed doors. They debated ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - G7 Flops!

G7 Flops!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, February 9, 2004 at 7:30am

Will the dollar continue to fall? Or will the G7 meeting this past weekend turn it around? The answer will determine the immediate fate of gold, silver, oil, bonds, and soon, stocks as well. It could alter the ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Enslaved Generation

Enslaved Generation

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, February 2, 2004 at 7:30am

Right now, as you read these words, officials from the White House are just back from a trip to the Capitol where they delivered the president's budget with a projected deficit of $521 billion. In ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Most Tragic Comedy of All Time

The Most Tragic Comedy of All Time

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, January 26, 2004 at 7:30am

You hear the President's State of the Union address, and you wonder what it all means. You hear the cacophony of new voices from the already-overheated Democratic primary campaigns, and it adds even ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Wilder Than Wildlife

Wilder Than Wildlife

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, January 19, 2004 at 7:30am

It's Friday, January 16, and I'm with my staff and two visitors. We're gathered in a meeting room that overlooks the lake behind our office building in Jupiter, Florida. Outside our window, wildlife is ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - 3 Dire Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears!

3 Dire Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, January 12, 2004 at 7:30am

This weekend, I had a strange dream. I was many years older than I am today. My graying beard was white; my hair, mostly gone. I even had two grandchildren — a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year old boy ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Prosperity or Instability?

Prosperity or Instability?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, January 5, 2004 at 7:30am

Where does 2003 fit into the scheme of history? Was 2003 the first year in a new American prosperity that will continue for years to come? Or was it merely an interlude in a long period of instability and ...