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California is the worst State to do business in the US? (ncwatch.typepad.com)
by American in Japan on 15 May 2012  28 comments, latest 10 months ago
Has anyone read this article? http://ncwatch.typepad.com/med This one lists California #1 for business in 2 categories. http://www.cnbc.com/id/4166588 How can the trend be reversed?

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Wikipedia...problems?
by American in Japan on 31 Jan 2011  64 comments, latest 4 years ago
Has anyone ever found any errors in Wikipedia, small or large? Which articles or facts were they? Were these later corrected? I have only occasionally found any errors myself and...

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Investing in the Chinese yuan. (blogs.forbes.com)
by American in Japan on 14 Jan 2011  54 comments, latest 6 years ago
It will be interesting to see if this currency is made more available in the US (from currency exchanges to foreign currency savings accounts). http://blogs.forbes.com/robert http://consumerist.com/2011/01 http://www.marketwatch.com/sto Has anyone had...

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Nominations for the Dumbest things read on Patrick.net
by American in Japan on 3 Jan 2011  151 comments, latest 7 years ago
Patrick.net is one of my favorite sites on the internet, and the site I check out most for housing information and advice. Most of the posters and commenters are knowledgeable...

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Median (not Mean) Household income in the US...Where is it headed? (money.cnn.com)
by American in Japan on 26 Mar 2013  12 comments, latest 7 years ago
All I got was this lousy graph on Wikipedia. It looks like it is going down (probably around $50,000/ household now). I think this fingure is more important than the...

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So how did Romney make his huge fortune? (articles.businessinsider.com)
by American in Japan on 2 Sep 2012  94 comments, latest 7 years ago
I am bringing this up, since I hear many Americans (not in Japan, though) saying how Romney is an entrepreneur who has created many jobs for Americans... I have done...

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US Stock Market invincible under Obama?
by American in Japan on 2 Jan 2013  14 comments, latest 7 years ago
So far it seems so. What do you all think? Good earnings come in...market up... everyone cheers on Wall Street. Bad earning / other bad news..Fed prints money that indirectly...

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Mortgage types in the Bay Area and in California for 2012.
by American in Japan on 18 Dec 2012  12 comments, latest 7 years ago
This is an update thread for 2012. What type of loans are being taken out for home purchases in (A) the Bay Area & (B) California in general? What percent...

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So then what is the state of the EU? (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 30 Jan 2012  120 comments, latest 7 years ago
Stories like this seem to imply that all is well: Stock futures rise Greek debt hopes Asia stocks following surge wall However, something is rotten in the state of.... Greek...

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Take your money and leave... so what really would happen?
by American in Japan on 28 Apr 2011  35 comments, latest 7 years ago
I often hear people say that if the tax rates get to high on people with high incomes (especially unearned incomes), that they will just take their toys (money) and...

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Living in another country?
by American in Japan on 22 Feb 2011  60 comments, latest 7 years ago
This is the "living in another country" post. Who lives outside of the US or has lived outside of the US. For those living in the US now, have you...

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For Republican supporters out there... Which candidate do you support?
by American in Japan on 11 Feb 2012  168 comments, latest 8 years ago
How will the candidate of your choice be an improvement over Obama? What policies will be implemented...? Please be specific. I have my criticisms of Obama , incidentally, but I...

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Post your abuses that you've seen/heard about of food stamps and other welfare.
by American in Japan on 9 Oct 2012  25 comments, latest 8 years ago
I read about stories here and there, but how bad is this problem, really? Please post your anecdotes here. I hope to limit this to first or secondhand, and not...

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The Information Age?... are people more informed than they were 20 years ago? (newsweek.com)
by American in Japan on 29 Mar 2011  39 comments, latest 8 years ago
With the Internet, there seems to be more information at people's easy access than at any time before, yet ignorance abounds...or does it? Wikipedia, Wikitravel, Wikihow, IMDB, Wunderground, Opensecrets.org, Maplight.org,...

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Investing in Australian $ or the Australian market. (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 10 Apr 2011  30 comments, latest 8 years ago
Australian dollar is up again. Is anyone buying Australian dollars this month? http://finance.yahoo.com/q?d=t (ETF) http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc? (three month graph)#investing

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Big Business often depends on government too. (alternet.org)
by American in Japan on 15 Mar 2012  5 comments, latest 8 years ago
The biggest engine_of_economic growth_8_ways taxpayers_and the government are_necessary_to_capitalism (Alternet.org ) Eight ways... Number 5 is one of the the biggest if not the biggest. Think of the "defense" companies...

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Stories of wishful thinking... homes on the market the longest length of time.
by American in Japan on 4 Oct 2011  33 comments, latest 8 years ago
If you know anyone personally selling or have seen a home listed a long time, please comment here. Include any homes which have been taken off the market and been...

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HFT (High-frequency trading) and how it affects the market. (en.wikipedia.org)
by American in Japan on 16 Aug 2012  15 comments, latest 8 years ago
I will admid that while I know some about this, there is a lot that I don't know. So I started with Wikipedia (this is not the end of my...

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Stock market performance vs. general economy...6 month lag? (en.wikipedia.org)
by American in Japan on 5 May 2012  23 comments, latest 8 years ago
My knowledge of economics is limited, but I have heard from friends and family who are in finance, that the general economy basically lags 6 months behind the (forward-looking) stock...

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What is happening to the price of crude oil? (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 20 Sep 2012  5 comments, latest 8 years ago
Where do you predict it will be by the end of the year? Steep slide in oil-prices shows loss of faith in QE3 (CNBC.com) It could be a barometer of...

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How are you investing since Bernanke has set QE3 in motion?
by American in Japan on 18 Sep 2012  24 comments, latest 8 years ago
Are there any changes in your investment strategy? (more buying of stocks, selling off stocks...) I lack knowledge so I'm hoping to hear from some others out there. I am...

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Prescription drugs...the good, the bad and the ugly.
by American in Japan on 5 Apr 2011  15 comments, latest 8 years ago
There are many prescription drugs out there. Some have really proven useful to cure diseases, conditions completely. Others have at least been able to arrest conditions or lessen the negative...

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True and interesting tales of HELOCs and MEWs.
by American in Japan on 19 Jun 2012  11 comments, latest 8 years ago
So what has happened to those who took out these HELOCs and MEWs years later? These are not purchase money loans so there is some recourse I assume (but my...

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Iraq-What did it cost- a look back with 8+ years hindsight.
by American in Japan on 17 Feb 2011  50 comments, latest 8 years ago
It has been eight years now (as March 20), since the Iraq War began. What are the results now that some time has passed? Was it worth the loss of...

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House ownership down to its lowest level since 1965! (money.cnn.com)
by American in Japan on 8 Aug 2011  14 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/0 Before my time...

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Farm Subsidies- Can the US really afford them now? Are they necessary? (en.wikipedia.org)
by American in Japan on 30 Mar 2011  53 comments, latest 8 years ago
The US spends $10-$30B/ year subsidizing corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton, sugar, and other crops (even tobacco). Many of the farm are corporate mega farms these days. What do you all...

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Romney's Economic Plan for the 2000s... (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 7 Sep 2011  15 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs http://www.forbes.com/sites/jo Start your engines...#politics

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A post to praise the former vice president Cheney for his contributions to the US and the world. (news.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 25 Aug 2011  13 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ti Write your arguments and praises below.

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The reality as medical costs rise...people put off preventative care, etc. (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 22 Jul 2012  3 comments, latest 8 years ago
How is this good for US society? More Americans put off medical care.

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The bad side of Japan (or at least Tokyo)
by American in Japan on 14 Jun 2011  30 comments, latest 8 years ago
There is some interest here so I will post this side. (1) Japan doesn't honor the UN convention on childhood abductions (but this *might* change). (2) Forced confessions by police....

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Is the US economy steadily recovering? (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 27 Feb 2012  18 comments, latest 8 years ago
"Yes, it is" seemed to be the prevailing thought in the media I noticed while I was back in California this month. Articles that recovery is underway like this seem...

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Did anyone sell in 2005, 2006 or 2007 ?
by American in Japan on 17 Mar 2011  76 comments, latest 8 years ago
Did anyone sell their house 2005, 2006 or 2007 and then either (1) start renting or (2) significantly downsize their house? If you don't mind saying— How much did the...

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Melbourne named worlds most liveable city. Vienna second...Vancouver third... (japantoday.com)
by American in Japan on 30 Aug 2011  14 comments, latest 8 years ago
http://www.japantoday.com/cate A summary: 1) Melbourne 2) Vienna 3) Vancouver 4) Toronto 5) Calgary 6) Sydney 7) Helsinki (Finland) 8) Perth 9) Adelaide 10) Auckland (NZ) ... 26) Honolulu (Highest US...

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Residential housing ready to awaken?? (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 9 Dec 2011  1 comment, latest 8 years ago
Is residential housing ready to awaken? (Yahoo.com ) When? In 5 years? And I quote: "There's a ready appetite for it, if you can relieve consumers of some of that...

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Bought or Buying a house in 2011.
by American in Japan on 2 Feb 2011  172 comments, latest 9 years ago
Has anyone bought, or know anyone who has bought in 2011? Are you/they happy with their purchase? This general post will have some interesting follow-ups this year...

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Banks not that really well off on their own...bankers bonuses uncalled for in ne (bloomberg.com)
by American in Japan on 15 Feb 2011  16 comments, latest 9 years ago
How well are the banks really doing? It seems like new ones are being closed every month... . http://www.bloomberg.com/news/ http://www.ajc.com/business/tw http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.co http://www.signonsandiego.com/ http://robertreich.org/post/33 http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ et. al. Also bankers...

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The World's First Fat Tax... Denmark levies it! (japantoday.com)
by American in Japan on 1 Oct 2011  11 comments, latest 9 years ago
It isn't actually a tax on how fat people are, but on the fat in food... Read carefully (I know someone will misunderstand) http://www.japantoday.com/cate

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The Sandwich Generation (finance.yahoo.com)
by American in Japan on 13 Oct 2011  19 comments, latest 9 years ago
http://finance.yahoo.com/focus They are becoming more common in the US. What do you all think?

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Those who walk away...what will eventually happen... (washingtonindependent.com)
by American in Japan on 29 Dec 2010  126 comments, latest 9 years ago
There are many types of loans out there. Some are non-recourse (purchase money), but many are recourse loans even in the state of California (loans for second homes, second mortgages,...

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The Top 0.1% of Americans...in terms of Net Worth.
by American in Japan on 2 Feb 2011  10 comments, latest 9 years ago
A curiousity post... $21,479,000 was their average net worth in 2006 (Forbes 400-sorry it's out of date). I would guess this amount has increased steadily for this group to the...
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