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  • Gold Unleashed by Fed
    By on September 24, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    Gold surged sharply this week after the Yellen Fed yet again chickened out on raising its benchmark interest rate.  Gold-futures speculators’ irrational fear of Fed rate hikes has been a major drag on gold.  And rate-hike risks just plummeted in the coming months, since the Fed can’t risk acti...
  • Technically Speaking: Not Out Of The Woods Just Yet
    By on September 21, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    In this past weekend’s newsletter, I discussed the markets walk along a bullish trend line: “There is little reason to believe, at the moment, the current bull market has ended. I say this for the following reasons: Central Banks are still engaged globally which continue to provide liquidity s...
  • 3 Things: The Fed Is Likely Trapped
    By on September 20, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    The confusion at the Fed continues as Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams painted an upbeat picture of the U.S. economy in a speech on Tuesday. This, of course, comes despite recent disappointing data on both the employment and economic fronts. “The economy is in good sh...
  • Why Has Gold Stalled?
    By on September 17, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    Gold’s young bull market has totally stalled out in the past couple months.  This major loss of momentum following gold’s powerful surges in 2016’s first half is really souring sentiment and vexing traders.  They are trying to figure out if gold’s recent consolidation drift is the dawn of ...
  • Technically Speaking: 5 Charts For Fully Invested Bea...
    By on September 14, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    In this past weekend’s newsletter, I discussed the return of volatility to the market: “While it seemed for a while that volatility had been completely eliminated from the market by an ever present Fed, I warned this was a dangerous assumption to make. On Friday, volatility returned with a ven...
  • Regression to Trend: The Latest Look at Long-Term Mar...
    By on September 13, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    At the end of August the inflation-adjusted S&P 500 index price was 90% above its long-term trend, up slightly from 87% the previous month. About the only certainty in the stock market is that, over the long haul, over performance turns into under performance and vice versa. Is there a pattern ...
  • Gold Stocks’ Massive Correction
    By on September 12, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    Gold stocks have suffered a terrible month, plunging in a serious selloff.  The resulting carnage has left investors and speculators shaken, wondering if this red-hot sector’s blistering new bull this year has already run out of steam.  These fears are misplaced, as massive corrections are commo...
  • Silver Miners Q2, 2016 Fundamentals
    By on September 7, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    The silver miners’ stocks have enjoyed an epic year, skyrocketing higher with silver’s new bull market.  At best since mid-January alone, some of these elite stocks had actually septupled!  Naturally such extreme gains beg the question of whether they can possibly be fundamentally justified. ...
  • Market Cap to GDP: An Updated Look at the Buffett Val...
    By on September 6, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    Market Cap to GDP is a long-term valuation indicator that has become popular in recent years, thanks to Warren Buffett. Back in 2001 he remarked in a Fortune Magazine interview that “it is probably the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment.” The four valuation...
  • Does It Matter If China Cleans Up Its Banks?
    By on September 6, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    I’ve always thought that Shirley Yam of the South China Morning Post has a great nose for financial risk, and this shows in an article she published last week on mainland real estate. For anyone knowledgeable about the history of financial bubbles and crises, much of the following story will se...
  • Debt, Deficits & Economic Warnings
    By on September 5, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    While the world has been focused on the Federal Reserve, the markets, and the upcoming election, few have noticed the expansion of the deficit in recent months which is now in excess of $667 billion up from a recent low of $530 billion. The chart below shows the history of U.S. surplus/deficit: Dur...
  • The Next Experiment – Part 1: Japan Prepares To...
    By on September 5, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    For most of the world, the past decade’s monetary and fiscal experiments are viewed as failures. See, for instance, French support for the EU project crumbling on both left and rightand Why were smart people suckered by Abenomics? So what do the best and brightest now running global economic polic...
  • Q2 Earnings Review: Hockey Stick Hopes Remain
    By on September 2, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    With roughly 97% of the S&P 500 having reported earnings, as of the end of August, we can take a closer look at the results through the 2nd quarter of the year. Despite the exuberance from the media over the “number of companies that beat estimates” during the most recent reported period, ...
  • Consumer Confidence at 11-Month High!
    By on September 2, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    The latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released earlier this week based on data collected through August 18. The headline number of 101.1 was a solid increase from the final reading of 96.7 for July, a downward revision from 97.3. Today’s number was substantially above theIn...
  • Technically Speaking: Why Interest Rates Are Going To...
    By on September 1, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    Last week, as the Fed wrapped up their annual Jackson Hole confab, the markets sold off following suggestions the Fed might just hike rates in September after all. On Monday, the markets rallied to recover a majority of that lost ground keeping the markets confined within the very narrow, low volat...
  • Gold Juniors Q2, 2016 Fundamentals
    By on August 31, 2016 | No Comments  Comments
    The junior gold miners and explorers have soared dramatically in an amazing year, before falling hard this week.  This sharp correction is doing its job in rebalancing bull-market sentiment, crushing greed and leaving traders wary of this sector.  But gold juniors’ recently-released second-quart...

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