Forget The Economist's famous "Big Mac" index -- at least if you're trying to get a bead on the economic and political direction of certain Middle Eastern countries. This article suggests that a forward stability index won't be found in the prices at McDonald's
If the reported numbers are true, it represents 600% appreciation in the price of the world's most popular assault weapon since "when the instability and fear index was low." That's the kind of pricing power U.S. firearms producers like Sturm Ruger
Unfortunately, this is serious business. A civil war in Lebanon won't do the country, or the region, any good. And U.S. investors could quickly feel a pinch. There are dozens of Israel-based companies trading on U.S. exchanges, from Aladdin Knowledge Systems
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