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Bond Market Is Flashing Recession Warning

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Bond Market Is Flashing Recession Warning

Recession risk remains low for US, based on the latest economic data overall, but the Treasury market is pricing in a higher probability that growth will slow and perhaps lead to a downturn at some point in 2019. It’s still unlikely that output will contract in the near term, although a combination of political and […]

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The Gradual And Then Sudden Collapse Of The Housing Market

| November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Gradual And Then Sudden Collapse Of The Housing Market

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” – “A Farewell To Arms” – Hemingway Zillow Group stock plunged 24% this morning after reporting Q3 numbers that missed revenue and net income estimates. In addition, the Company revised Q4 lower. ZG is down 52% after hitting an all-time […]

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America’s Fake Economy And Shale Oil Boom

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
America’s Fake Economy And Shale Oil Boom

PARIS – We promised to end the week with a bang! You’ll recall that Fed policy always consists of the same three mistakes… 1) Keeping interest rates too low for too long, resulting in too much debt; 2) Raising interest rates to try to gently deflate the debt bubble; and 3) Cutting rates in a […]

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Projecting Finances For The Aging

Projecting Finances For The Aging

In assisting my mother-in-law with her finances, one of the things I’ve done is to project how long her savings will last. I’m monitoring her income, spending and savings to ensure she is able to live comfortably now and still has enough to cover future potential living and care expenses. Since it may be of […]

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Investors Facing Crude Facts

Investors Facing Crude Facts

Shell-shocked investors are shifting their attention away from tariffs to the world’s most important commodity — crude oil. The U.S. and China are locked in a brutal struggle on trade policy, but they agree on at least one thing: they’d like to see lower oil prices. President Trump recently declared as much, complaining in a tweet […]

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Cadillac Desert: America’s Fresh Water Crisis

Cadillac Desert: America’s Fresh Water Crisis

Thirty years after Marc Reisner penned Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, his prophesy is being fulfilled. As the chalky rings which mark previous higher water levels around Colorado River reservoirs grow ever wider, Grist reports that major disputes are now afoot over the remaining water supply. Modern economists have long told us not […]

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Oil Is Breaking Out, How About Oil Company Stocks?

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Oil Is Breaking Out, How About Oil Company Stocks?

In late 2016, OPEC agreed to cut production in order to address an oversupplied oil market. Global crude oil inventories had reached record highs, and the price of oil had crashed. OPEC’s strategy is having the desired effect. Over the past year, despite strong U.S. shale production growth, global inventories have steadily declined. In response, […]

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Is Crude Oil Due For A Big Move?

Is Crude Oil Due For A Big Move?

In options trading, a straddle is literally a sit-on-the-fence strategy. By purchasing a put and a call at the same strike (price of underlying commodity) for the same time period, an investor isn’t making a conventional directional bet; rather the investor is looking for a big move either up or down. The rub is that […]

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Gold Will Be Priceless By 2020

Gold Will Be Priceless By 2020

Over the next few years as debt, currencies, and countries start to fall apart, individuals will be looking to place their money where it will hold its value and buying power during times of extreme uncertainty. If you eliminate fiat currencies, which are created out of this air and are nothing more than a credit, […]

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Where Do We Go From Here In 2017?

| January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Where Do We Go From Here In 2017?

Where to now… after what 2016 dished out? First, there was the surprise upset of the presidential election of dear old Donald. Then came the surprise shift in sentiment about the election. Before, he was a wrecking ball. After, he’s suddenly Jesus walking on water. Never mind that he’s already pissed off China… twice! Or […]

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