Pros and Cons of Obama’s $10 Barrel Oil Tax

Assuming you own some stocks, it’s probably a good idea to distract yourself and avoid headlines this weekend. For instance, [Continue Reading]

This happens all the time

Here’s a very good article by Joshua Brown, who sends you to another article by Michael Batnick, the Irrelevant Investor. Today, Michael writes It Was The Best of Days, It Was The Worst of Days, which I also recommend reading.

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Turnaround Tuesday (in the Stock Market)?

Turnaround Tuesday? Checking Those Bounce Lines

Courtesy of Phil of Phil’s Stock World

Well, it’s been a rotten month.

All of our sectors are down, other than Utilities, and they are still down 3.4% over the last 6 months so that’s only a strong bounce (40% of the drop) in that sector anyway.  Still, it’s the only ray [Continue Reading]

A Market of Bears

A Market of Bears

By Ilene

We’re already in a bear market, but don’t panic.

Stock markets go up, down and sideways. The declines can be minor (corrections) or severe (bears!!).

The most significant declines are called “bears” because they feel a little like being mauled by a bear. A bear market is arbitrarily defined as a [Continue Reading]

PSW’s Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2016

PSW’s Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2016

By Phil Davis

Happy Holidays!

I hope you get everything you want this holiday season and, most importantly, hope you have time to spend with your family. I love waiting for my kids to wake up on Christmas morning to come out of their rooms so I can videotape (gosh I’m old, there’s no tape anymore) them in [Continue Reading]

Sticker Shock: Fed to Hike Rates First Time in NINE Years!

Sticker Shock: Fed to Hike Rates First Time in NINE Years!

Courtesy of Phil’s Stock World

A rate hike – what’s that?

It has been so long since the Federal Reserve has raise interest rates in the US that Banks and Brokerage [Continue Reading]

We’re All Hedge Funds Now, Part 3: Even The Swiss Are Taking Insane Risks

We’re All Hedge Funds Now, Part 3: Even The Swiss Are Taking Insane Risks

Courtesy of John Rubino

Let’s start with the latest on the global descent into negative [Continue Reading]

Untangling America From The American Empire

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith, Of Two Minds

The Status Quo would have us believe that America and its Empire are one entity. It is false: America could be untangled from its Empire. And many of us believe it is essential that America untangles itself from its Imperial structures and [Continue Reading]

Former Australia Prime Minister Chastises EU on Securing Borders, Economic Migration; Mish for President Review

Courtesy of Mish.

In a speech I almost completely agree with, former Australia prime minister Tony Abbott chastised the EU in an address at the Second Annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture in London on October 27, 2015.

Tony Abbott told the EU to shut its borders because "a country that cannot control [Continue Reading]

The Demobilization Of The American People & The Spectacle Of Election 2016

Courtesy of Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch

You may not know it, but you’re living in a futuristic science fiction novel. And that’s a fact. If you were to read about our American world in such a novel, you would be amazed by its strangeness.  Since you exist right smack in the [Continue Reading]

Financial Markets are a Game

Courtesy of EconMatters

Forget about Market Multiples: Totally Meaningless Sell-Side Crap

Anyone thinking about investing in financial markets should realize that most of the professionals who are on the inside, i.e., have power and access to information and capital to move markets, do not [Continue Reading]

Europe in Deflation: Got (cheap) Milk?


Europe in Deflation: Got (cheap) Milk? 

Why falling food prices are not a boon for Europe's economy

By Elliott Wave International

In the early 1990s, two simple words from a genius ad campaign radically transformed the way the U.S. consumer saw it: "Got Milk?"

Suddenly, the narrative changed [Continue Reading] Weekly Trading Webinar – 10-28-15 Weekly Trading Webinar – 10-28-15


1:40 The Fed: Might it raise rates? Dec. is a terrible time. 


6:34 NQ laggard at 4,637, Trade Idea

11:20 BHI Trade Idea

13:40 Natural Gas (SNATGAS), rolling average; there's a point at which prices won't go lower because producers will [Continue Reading]

Eventually The Weight Becomes Too Much To Bear

Courtesy of Dana Lyons

The “equal-weight” S&P 500 has dropped to near 3-year lows versus the cap-weighted version. Previous such events under similar conditions occurred at inauspicious times.

Continuing with the impromptu weekly theme regarding the relatively “thin” nature of the recent stock rally, today we take a look inside the S&P [Continue Reading]

Dirty Secrets, Hush Money, Conviction of Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert; Was Justice Served? Could Gold or Bitcoin Have Helped?

Courtesy of Mish.

Reuters reports Ex-House Speaker Hastert Pleads Guilty in Hush-Money Case.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a federal financial crime in a hush-money case stemming from allegations [Continue Reading]

Valeant Flash Crashes On Report CVS Terminates Its Philidor From Caremark Pharmacy Network

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

A few days ago we laid out Valeant's "Enron" org chart, laying out the extensive, and previously undocumented and in fact, secret, relationships between Valeant and Philidor – the specialty pharmacy whose sole customer is Valeant.

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This Is What The “Invasion Of Europe” Looks Like

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

On Monday, we brought you a series of still shots along with a video which depicted the scope of Europe’s migrant crisis via drone footage.

The point in highlighting the [Continue Reading]

Courage to Act; Reflections on Fed Hubris; What if Whatever it Takes is Not Enough? Fed Troika?

Courtesy of Mish.

This past week, Ben Bernanke was in London promoting his book "Courage to Act". Today, Albert Edwards at Societe Generale pinged me with his thoughts.

Edwards writes …

Ben Bernanke is in London to publicise his book ‘The Courage to Act’. Although the various open events would have been [Continue Reading]

Iraq To Washington: “We Don’t Need Your Help Fighting Terrorism”

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Perhaps the most astounding thing about recent events in the Mid-East is the extent to which outcomes that seem far-fetched one week become reality the next. 

This dynamic began back in June when Iran’s most powerful general vowed [Continue Reading]

The Fed Just Whacked Corporate Earnings

Courtesy of John Rubino.

The markets seemed to like what the Fed had to say yesterday, including the part about definitely, for sure, no kidding around this time raising interest rates in December. Especially elated were currency traders, who bid the US dollar up on the news.

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3rd Quarter Advance GDP Estimate +1.5%; December Hike Odds Up to 46.5%

Courtesy of Mish.

The third quarter advance (initial) GDP estimate came in at 1.5% a bit under the Econoday Consensus of 1.7%, a bit over the Atlanta Fed GDPNow Forecast of 1.1%, and well below the [Continue Reading]

Kickbacks, Conflicts and Darkness: Welcome to Your “Modern” Stock Market

Courtesy of Pam Martens.

New York Stock Exchange

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: October 29, 2015 

Chances are pretty high that among the daily lexicon of most Americans, you are not going to hear the words “maker-taker.” And yet, outside of the debate [Continue Reading]

All Hail Our New Lord & Master – The Stock Market

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith, Of Two Minds

The all-powerful Federal Reserve is a kitten absurdly claiming in public to be a tiger. If the market threatens to drop, the Fed quickly prostrates itself and does the bidding of its Lord and Master: "No rate hikes, minons!"

By cowering in terror of [Continue Reading]

Final 3rd Quarter GDPNow Forecast vs. Consensus Estimates Ahead of 3rd Quarter GDP Release

Courtesy of Mish.

The initial 3rd Quarter GDP release is due at 8:30AM on Thursday. Inquiring minds may be interested in the GDPNow forecast vs. the Blue Chip estimates vs. the Bloomberg Consensus estimate.

GDPNow vs. Blue [Continue Reading]