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Well now, haven't prices taken a nice upsurge? Everyone's at a profit position now, it seems. For some, they have waited a bit too long for this, and are now tempted to take their profits and sell…at a profit of course. Should they? I don'...
In my column last Friday on my web site, (click on Don's Column), I hypothecated that the hurricane might trigger a terrible situation in America, and could possibly be the beginning of a collapse. Over Labor Day, the wife and I traveled...
"Shave and a haircut, two bits." What is the origin of the phrase "two bits"?  What about "doubleoons" and "pin money"? Learn where these peculiar phrases came from as well as the origin of the dollar sign. 
There goes the buck? Will that flashy new currency and coinage called the euro, spell doomsday for the used to be almighty dollar? Hardly. Before we go into the euro, its history, and coverage, let's state at the very beginning, that all...
The saga of the Hunt Brothers, or at least two of the 15 kids by several marriages and liaisons of the old man, H.L Hunt, of necessity must begin with the father. H.L. Hunt was born in Illinois, and left home at age 16. He did a lot of...
It means "forbidden" in German, and there are many "forbiddens" in our lifetime. Adultery, prohibition, and drugs instantly come to mind, but there are others. Did you know that a simple poker game is illegal in most places? Any gambling...
There are three definitions of "tender," and we will take the second, which is, "To offer in payment of an obligation." So one can be tender with one's wife or gal, treat something tenderly, tender a resignation, or tender money for...
Let's talk about a "weak or "strong" dollar, and perhaps get a bit of understanding as to what the term means, and the effects it has on all of us. Terms such as 'weak' and 'strong' are bandied about by economists on a daily basis, and few...
I am writing this on Bastille Day, so a bit of French History, if you please. History does repeat itself, with variations. For several hundred years, the French used the livre as a currency. It may, or may not have been backed by gold, but...
Gold is the first, and most frequently mentioned metal in the Bible, as at Genesis 2:11. From the beginning, it has been a noble metal, highly valued for its weight, rarity, durable non-tarnishing luster, shimmering beauty, ductility, and...

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The term “carat” comes from “carob seed,” which was standard for weighing small quantities in the Middle East.