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Time to Turn Lemons Into Lemonade!

By Clayton Makepeace | 02/24/2011

So let me tell you a true story… The year was 1976, and life was NOT good in America. And it wasn’t just because disco was king and we suddenly found ourselves sporting silly-looking leisure suits. America’s name was being dragged through the dirt worldwide. In the preceding 24 months,…

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The Truth Behind GLD

By Andrew Gordon | 02/23/2011

Dr. Rusty McDougal first warned me about GLD last year. (GLD is the exchange-traded fund that uses shareholder money to buy an equivalent amount of gold, minus expenses.) Rusty is a gold bug. But he doesn’t like GLD. He doesn’t think it has the gold it claims to have. And…

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How to Write Sales Copy

By Craig Ballantyne | 02/22/2011

Amazon makes a lot of money off me with all of the books I buy, but it is always money well spent. I recently read a great business book, “The Richest Man in Town” (RMIT). In RMIT, the author interviews the richest person in 50 of America’s largest cities, and…

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A Different Approach to the Import-Export Game

By Jason Holland | 02/21/2011

In my recent essays in ETR on starting your own import-export business, I’ve focused on the business-to-consumer track. You find suppliers and manufacturers, buy their products for pennies on the dollar, and resell them online to customers in the U.S. (or Europe, South America… wherever you live) at a huge…

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Winner Take All? The Yin and Yang of Negotiating

By Mark Morgan Ford | 02/19/2011

Sid had done it. He had convinced the IRS agent to forgive the mistake my partner Joel and I had made. He had spent three weeks with the guy, working mornings, golfing with him in the afternoon, and taking him out to dinner.

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The Language Perfectionist: The Whether Is Fine

By Don Hauptman | 02/18/2011

In an eerie coincidence, two acquaintances almost simultaneously sent me e-mail messages that concerned the proper use of whether. One suggested that my use of whether should have been if. The other wondered if the phrase whether or not contains two unnecessary words. Let’s consider these issues in turn. First,…

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Getting Started As a “Connector”

By Jason Holland | 02/18/2011

Yesterday, I introduced you to Matthew Adams – and I told you about the very profitable form of networking he has mastered. I don’t mean handing out business cards at Chamber of Commerce mixers. I’m talking about actively building a group of contacts who can help you with your wealth-building…

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The Business of Bringing People Together

By Jason Holland | 02/17/2011

Michael Masterson was shocked. He was at a meeting with some heavy hitters in South America – government officials and developers who were discussing a massive housing project. When one official, Mr. X, said the project would be in the $1 billion to $10 billion range – even Michael wasn’t…

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The Government Has Solar’s Back

By Christian Hill | 02/15/2011

Yesterday, I talked about the tremendous year the solar industry had in 2010. While the S&P was up nearly 20%, some companies saw gains as high as 80% and 120%. And for the first time ever, the industry installed over 1 gigawatt of capacity. Solar has a lot of momentum…

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Dealing With Disappointments

By Mark Morgan Ford | 02/12/2011

The $3,500 commission check you were expecting won’t be coming. The customer canceled the order.

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ETR’s “Cookie Jar” Retirement Plan

By Jason Holland | 02/11/2011

How are you planning to fund your retirement? Depending on a mix of 401(k) and Social Security? Maybe a savings account? Real estate? Mutual funds?

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The Language Perfectionist: A Parade of Misuses

By Don Hauptman | 02/11/2011

While listening to National Public Radio, I heard a plug for the film The King’s Speech. The announcer referred to George VI’s “impromptu ascension to the throne.” If you’ve seen this excellent movie, you know that George’s becoming king could be described in many ways, but impromptu — spontaneous, unplanned…

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