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May 19, 2017, Vol.35, No.10

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'I own tulips at 40 cents a bulb'

Bitcoin is on fire, other digital currencies are likewise making new highs and ICOs--initial coin offerings--are supplanting, in some small degree, the dearth of equity IPOs. Still, the question lingers: What's the wampum good for?

Bank sells dresses

Shrinkage is the corporate theme. In store count, share count and revenue count, less is the new more. In the absence of growth, apply more debt.

'No More Champagne'

There are innumerable books on how to manage your money. Here might be the best book on how to mismanage it.

Chinese Wallpaper

In China, too, April is the cruelest month.

Loaded for bear

Take every known principle of long-term investment success, negate those precepts and multiply the negative times leverage. Welcome to the world of the ultra-funds.

The story changed

A land of opportunity--for value investors, that is--loses its allure.

Monetary confidence meter

A short survey of the world's listed central banks. How many can you name?

Books by the editor

James Grant is the author of these books on finance and American history.

Center Section Explained

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