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  • Rising Stocks of the Rising Sun

    By Ryan Cole - December 31, 2012 | Tickers: HMC, NMR, PCRFY, SNE, TM | Editor's Choice

    At a glance, Japan appears to be a mess.

    With GDP contracting at a 3.5% clip last quarter – and the previous quarter’s small growth revised to a small contraction – the country is officially in recession. The current quarter is expected to see GDP fall even further.

    A trade spat with China has hurt the economy. Poor economic growth around the world has hurt exports. The country’s debt-to-GDP more »

  • Why You Should Forget China And Invest In The US

    By Ryan Cole - December 8, 2012 | Tickers: DDD, AAPL, GE, SSYS | Editor's Choice

    Reports of the demise of U.S. manufacturing have been greatly exaggerated.

    Let’s start with the most obvious point – and the most shocking to anyone who has spent their time listening to pundits: The U.S. remains the largest manufacturer in the world.

    That’s right, for all the talk of China eating our lunch, and outsourcing destroying America’s factories, we’re still number one. Granted, the lead more »

  • Why I Want A Fiscal Cliff Fail

    By Ryan Cole - December 7, 2012 | Tickers: CAT, GE, VZ

    Would you take investment advice from a bipolar teenager?

    Believe it or not, that’s a serious question. When I first became interested in the markets, my father imparted his best insight to me – and it’s something I’ve remembered ever since.

    “Son,” he said, or something less printable, “Son, always remember the markets are – over the short term – an emotional beast. And not just an emotional beast, but more »

  • The Patent Anchor

    By Ryan Cole - August 10, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, GOOG, MSFT | Editor's Choice

    And so begins the end for Eastman Kodak. On August 8th, the former photography giant held its patent auction, with results to be announced August 13th. Kodak has been hoping to get $2.6 billion from two different patent packages. While bidding has reportedly been sluggish, two major groups are expected to bid against each other; don’t be surprised if the initial estimate is met, or surpassed more »

  • The 3D Revolution Will Come - But Not Today

    By Ryan Cole - August 2, 2012 | Tickers: DDD, AMZN, AAPL, HPQ, SSYS | Editor's Choice

    What one industry could take down Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and China… but not before redefining the way we deliver and receive healthcare?

    If you said 3-D printing, you get a gold star.

    On the pages of The Fool – and throughout the internet – you’ve heard the future of 3-D printing touted. It’s changing healthcare – already, a new, 3-D printed jaw has been used in a surgery, resulting in a more »

  • When Your Touchscreen Touches Back

    By Ryan Cole - July 20, 2012 | Tickers: AAPL, BBRY, GOOG, IMMR, NOK

    The way you interact with your mobile devices is about to change – again.

    First, we had buttons. And when that came out, no one was complaining – we were just happy to have calculators and, later, phones we could carry around.

    Then came the resistive touchscreen – a huge leap forward. Think of Palm’s Treo, with the stylus helping pinpoint and depress the exact part of the screen you wanted to more »