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The Rails Return
By Chris Mayer. "In the last week of May, China introduced its first bullet trains - 280 cars capable of traveling up to 155 miles per hour. Now you can get from Beijing to Shanghai in 10 hours, instead of 12. Tickets sold out quickly."

Education and Financial Compensation
By Bill Bonner. "Poor Mr. Cohen. He has so much faith in the rich! He thinks they can do anything. Hedge fund managers expertly exploited this go-go credit bubble market; now they can do something about public education!"

Collateral Damage in the Subprime Market
By Bill Bonner. "The wheels of Financial Fate may grind slowly...but they grind exceedingly fine. And America's middle class is beginning to notice."

Interest Rate Differentials Dominate Trading
by Chris Gaffney. "I sometimes feel like Chicken Little regarding the Japanese yen and carry trade reversals. I have written at length about the massive short positions and the global imbalances that have built up as a result of the undervalued yen."

Middle of the Road Financial Woes
By Bill Bonner. "Subprime mortgages represent a substantial portion of the entire mortgage market. But it is not just the subprime part that poses a threat. The real problem is that American homeowners have too little money."

Vacation Week
By Chris Gaffney. "The euro and pound sterling both held onto their recent gains over the weekend and look set to appreciate further as we await Thursday's rate announcements."


Elliott Wave International NewsWire

The Last Great Southern California Housing Slump
According to some monthly data providers, median prices in Los Angeles County are still chugging upward, despite the steep drop in sales volume evident for over a year. So will prices stay levitated? If not, what will the market participants say and do as the slump progresses? The last time Los Angeles and much of Southern California experienced a housing downturn that came anywhere near being described as "ugly" started about 1988, and for the most part was a memory by late 1997. A review of local newspaper archives can tell us much, but only if the content is examined with socionomic eyes....

Market Watch: New (F)action Heroes?
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have both publicly circumvented the federal government on issues such as the environment, gun control and stem cell research. The fact that these key public figures have chosen to go against national policy says something for the national psychology, and it seems very bearish.

Coffee: ForeCASTing Around for Answers
After posting its big swoon on June 25, coffee again tumbled in trading on Monday (July 2), losing 0.5% to $1.122 a pound. For the second week in a row, the culprit, according to the mainstream financial media, is warm winter weather in Brazil, the world's largest coffee producer. What will the same analysts say if coffee prices start to rally -- will they blame it on a new weather forecast? We can't wait to hear their reasoning, because the rally should come pretty soon... Read on.

Coffee: Wake Up and Smell the Channel
Coffee, of which Brazil is the world's largest supplier, took a major tumble in trading this Monday (June 25), suffering its biggest loss since last October. The move imparted a less than Carnival-like atmosphere at the New York Board of Trade, sparking "a cascade of sell orders." Analysts attributed the sell-off to forecasts for a mild winter in Brazil, but can there be another explanation? Take a look at this chart and find out.

European Stocks: No S-PAIN, No Gain?
The main engine of Spain's economic growth has been real estate. In the 12 months ending March 2007, home prices rose by a national average of 7.2%. But there is an integral stage of every mania in which warnings from the professionals go unheeded by the public. Is that time at hand in Spain? Read on...

Special Report: Can This Indicator Improve Your Trading?
What many traders find helpful in dealing with hope and fear -- two primal emotions deeply seated in human nature -- are technical market indicators. It's much easier to stay with a winner or close a loser if the indicators you trust are telling you so. Elliott Wave International's Tom Denham takes a close look at one such tool, the 50-percent retracement indicator, in the Special Report of his just-published, July issue of the monthly European Financial Forecast. Read on...


InvestorsInsight: Financial Intelligence for Informed Investors

Forecasts & Trends - Greatest Gift For Your Kids Or Grandkids (Or You)
This week, we revisit an article I have published on two occasions in the past regarding the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation. Johnson O'Connor is a nationwide, non-profit organization that has been testing human aptitudes for 85 years...

Mauldin's Outside The Box - Knights of the Round Table: Mapping out the Markets
This week in a very special Outside the Box we have an investment outlook tour de force. My friend and South African business partner Dr. Prieur du Plessis gathered a group of some of the more interesting investment managers in the industry...

Thoughts From The Frontline - $250 Billion in Subprime Losses?
Is the subprime mortgage market collapsing before our eyes, or did we avoid a disaster as Bear Stearns stepped up to the plate with $3.2 billion to help its ailing funds?

What We Now Know - Week of 06/26/2007

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RightSide Advisors News Feed

200 Day Moving Average Support
The latest in technical analysis on the Qs

Eagle Materials Still Flying High / Illinois Tool Isnt Working
Chairman of Eagle Materials buys $14 million in shares

Bill DAlonzo: High on PCP
DAlonzo buys over $167 million of Precision Castparts

Resistance Continues.
The latest in technical analysis on the Q's.

Thornburg Mortgage: Is Wall Street knocking at the door?
CEO of TMA buys $2.2 million in shares.




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