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The Bottom Line Archive

May 2, 2005
No Bear There

The market’s recent nosedive was allegedly caused by four factors. The thing is, none of them really matters.

April 4, 2005
Crude Math

The coming oil boom; or, How to stop worrying and profit from sky-high—and headed higher?—prices.

February 14, 2005
Mergers on the Verge

Which billion-dollar companies are about to join forces and form multi-billion-dollar companies? A 2005 M&A forecast.

January 3, 2005
Future Stock

Wal-Mart will stumble, the stock exchange will move to Chicago, major airlines will cease to exist, and other humble predictions for 2005.

December 20, 2004
Ode to the Falling Dollar

Or, why we should stop worrying and learn to love our nation’s rapidly plummeting currency.

November 29, 2004
Going Private

The Bush plan to privatize Social Security and Medicare is a multi-billion-dollar disaster in the making. Perhaps the best we can do, ironically, is to copy the savings plan that federal employees get.

November 15, 2004
IPOs, Dirt-Cheap

There’s a new boom in initial public stock offerings. And this time around, the merch is priced to sell.

November 1, 2004
Outlook Murky

The Vioxx scandal is more than a headache for the long-beloved drug giant. It could be the death of the company as we know it.

October 18, 2004
The Next Enron?

Fannie Mae says it did nothing wrong, but criminal indictments could be on the way.

October 4, 2004
Buy High

With the rich getting richer, companies that cater to upmarket tastes have never looked like a better bargain.

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