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By: Michael Vodicka


“The so-called trust funds out of which the Social Security pays benefits to retirees are expected to run out of money in 2033. Is this a problem that the stock market can solve?”—-Marketwatch

“The U.S. dollar is building strength against ailing rival benchmark currencies including the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. The gain reflects improvement in the U.S. economy, a sea-change in Japan’s economic plan, and overall weakness in Europe that goes deeper than the recent Cyprus crisis.” —-Marketwatch

“This is one of the most interesting stories I have read regarding the precious metals market in quite some time.  It appears that Texas Rep. Giovanni Capriglione has a bill in play that would move the state’s gold from New York (where its under the “safekeeping” of the ultra shady Federal Reserve) to a depository within the state of Texas itself.” —-Zerohedge

“So far, global financial market reaction to the Cyprus crisis has been subdued. But Mr Orphanides warned that would change. “I don’t think that the full extent of the shattering of the trust that we have seen in this case . . . has been seen fully yet.”—-Zerohedge

“Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in the world. His investment strategies and ability to pick long-term winners has catapulted him to become the second-richest person in the United States, with a net worth of more than $53 billion, according to Forbes. So when Buffett buys stocks, the market doesn’t just listen, it follows.”—Street Authority

“The Food and Drug Administration’s new “breakthrough” status is making big waves in the biotech world. Under the federal agency’s “breakthrough” product designation, passed in July of 2012, the most promising drugs have an opportunity to move directly from Phase I testing to commercialization. That’s a big time and money saver. Now drug companies have a chance to accelerate or bypass Phases II and III of the clinical testing process that can last years.”—-Street Authority

“The financial crisis of 2008 produced what many insiders consider the greatest trade ever. But if you missed the housing trade, don’t worry. History is about to repeat itself.”—-Street Authority

“I want to show you the best way to invest in gold and other commodities. But there is something you need to know…”—-Street Authority

“Gold traders are becoming more bullish as concern mounts that a worsening of Europe’s debt crisis will spur demand for a protection of wealth at a time when nations from the U.S. to Japan are signaling more stimulus.”—Bloomberg

“America can boast only 500 green jobs in solar electric power generation, but 886,000 green jobs in government — many for passage of environmental laws, enforcement of environmental regulations, and administration of environmental programs, according to the new count of green jobs for 2011 released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week.”—-Marketwatch

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michael vodickaMichael Vodicka is the president and founder of the Vodicka Group Inc., a registered investment advisor (RIA) that specializes in providing customized investment solutions to individual and institutional investors. Before becoming a small business owner and entrepreneur, he developed fixed-income investment strategies for a multi-billion dollar brokerage firm before managing equity portfolios for a private investment research company.

Michael graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business communications and is registered with the State of Illinois as a Licensed Investment Advisor (Series 65).

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