Monthly Archives: January 2007

Paul Krugman: an old piece on national competitiveness

COMPETITIVENESS: DOES IT MATTER? By Paul Krugman Almost nobody — in business or government — would disagree with this statement: “Today America is part of a truly global economy. To maintain our standard of living, we must learn to compete … Continue reading

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Education for a professional investor?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What is a good college major for Financial Investor careers? I want to be the best financial investor I possibly can. It doesn’t matter. Benjamin Graham majored in classics at Columbia, so successfully that Columbia … Continue reading

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Investing in Ukraine?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What do you know about investing in Ukarine ? Investing how? Are you interested in stock market, bonds, private debt, private equity, real estate, something else? The largest financial investor in the Ukraine is The … Continue reading

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Investing in IPOs?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Investing in newly floated companies? Just a thought…. I guess new companies floating on the stock market make an interesting investment. High risk and possibly great gain??. Does anyone have any opinions on this? How … Continue reading

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What did Copernicus do for a living?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Does anyone know what Copermicus did for aliving? Does anyone know about his job? or what he did for a living?? or if he had anychildren? A convoluted story, that… Copernicus didn’t have to work … Continue reading

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Pinning down user’s location

A question from Yahoo! Answers: I have a website (using php and apache) and want to know how to find location (country and city) of web users? You can’t. You can narrow it down by IP address (see www.maxmind.com for … Continue reading

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Why switch from Java to PHP?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why php is being popular when it is not as safe as java,y som compnis sh\witching from java platform to php ? First of all, what do you mean when you say “Java”? Is it … Continue reading

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Does a free market create monopolies?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Does a truly free market inevitably create monopolies or not? It depends on the cost structure. In a decreasing-cost industry, where marginal costs decline with increasing volumes, free market creates monopolies, because the competitor who … Continue reading

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If the third world modernizes…

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Will the world economy collapse if the third world modernizes? Every developed nation (US, Europe, Japan) has a trade deficit with developing nations. That is they import more materials than they export. Therefore is it … Continue reading

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Foreign investment in the U.S.

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Is it true that there are countries such as saudi arabia, that have so much money invested in the usa? for example if the saudi’s one day decided to take their money out of the … Continue reading

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