Update Jan. 28, 15

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Market Shadows has returned to its original purpose of featuring a variety of articles about the financial markets and introducing interesting materials for traders and investors. To receive original articles when posted, please provide your email at the top left of this page. 

Options Trading: Phil Davis constructs options trades to “be the house” and earn premium while waiting for stock [Continue Reading]

Why The U.S. Shale Boom May Come To Abrupt End

Courtesy of Arthur Berman via OilPrice.com

U.S tight oil production from shale plays will fall more quickly than most assume.

Why? High decline rates from shale reservoirs is given. The more interesting reasons are the compounding effects of pad drilling on rig count and poorer average well performance [Continue Reading]

Trade by Fibonacci Numbers?

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Trade by Fibonacci Numbers?

The Fibonacci series of numbers make me think of designs in nature, and patterns that come to life again in art and architecture. Images like these:



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The Surprising Consequences Of The Global Frenzy For Positive Yield

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds

As central banks rush to depreciate their currencies and push yields into negative territory, what's becoming scarce globally is real yield in an appreciating currency. Real yield is yield adjusted for inflation/deflation: if inflation is 3% and bonds yield 2%, the real yield is [Continue Reading]

MarketWatch Infomercial: Can Millennials Finally Afford a Home?

Courtesy of Mish.

The Outside the Box MarketWatch Opinion of Damian Maldonado is Millennials Can Finally Afford Homes with New Mortgage Rules.

Let’s start with a look the new rules.

New Rules

The administration earlier [Continue Reading]

The Age of Intervention Continues

The Age of Intervention Continues

By Dennis Miller

One key perk to working alongside investing seers is the opportunity to ask them the big questions. Wondering what lies ahead, I asked Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad and technical analyst Dominick Graziano to share their views on [Continue Reading]

Here Are The 13 Banks That Rule The World


Courtesy of Lee Adler of the Wall Street Examiner

A central tenet of my view of the markets is that there’s just one worldwide pool of liquidity, and it is ruled by the same Killer Whales operating out of a few world financial capitals. We call [Continue Reading]

Here’s a Picture of The Single Family Housing Recovery- Holy Cow!

Courtesy of Lee Adler of the Wall Street Examiner

Here’s a brief comment from leading analyst on the new home sales news:

Lies And Deception In Ukraine’s Energy Sector

Lies And Deception In Ukraine's Energy Sector 

Courtesy of Robert Bensh for Oilprice.com 

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly claimed it is doing its best to improve the oil and gas investment climate, but official statements are the opposite [Continue Reading]

Fed Statement Today: Between a Rock and a Hard Currency

Courtesy of Pam Martens.

Jeffrey Gundlach, DoubleLine CEO, Tells CNBC’s Bob Pisani What He Thinks the Fed Is Really Up To With Its Interest Rate Talk

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve will release its monetary policy statement at [Continue Reading]

What Would You Do?

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What Would You Do?

Courtesy of Paul Price

Suppose you had the technical ability and raw materials to print up counterfeit dollars, euros or yen that were identical to the real things. Assume you could spend them as fast as you could create them with [Continue Reading]

Clash Over Sanctions: Syriza Opposes Sanctions on Russia, Calls Them “Neocolonial Bulimia”; Negotiation Rules

Courtesy of Mish.

The Blowout Victory of Syriza has taken on some new meaning outside of Grexit possibilities.

Please consider Greeks Rebuff EU Call for More [Continue Reading]

Looks like we got ourselves a ballgame

Looks like we got ourselves a ballgame

Courtesy of 

On October 15th, I officially declared the Relentless Bid era over (see [Continue Reading]

Greek Payback Math at 0% Interest

Courtesy of Mish.

Payback of Greek Debt

Greece has something like €315 billion of public debt.

Forget about that. Instead focus on liabilities as presented in Revised Greek [Continue Reading]

Email From US Special Forces Veteran; 500 US Blackwater Mercenaries in Ukraine? US Backs Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

Courtesy of Mish.

US Special Forces in Ukraine?

In response to US Special Forces in Mariupol? I received an interesting email from “Dan” a 23-year Army veteran with four years in special services.

Dan writes …
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A Fresh Look at Stock Market Sentiment

A Fresh Look at Stock Market Sentiment

Courtesy of , TraderFeed



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It’s Not The Greeks Who Failed, It’s The EU

Courtesy of The Automatic Earth

Matson Aircraft refueling at Semakh, British Mandate Palestine 1931

In what universe is it a good thing to have over half of the young people in entire countries without work, without [Continue Reading]

Scientists figure out to unboil an egg


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Scientists unboil an egg, and it may be a big deal

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Swiss Franc Yield Curve Negative for 12 Years; Bond Crash – Austrian Bank Raiffeisen; Another One Bites the Dust

Courtesy of Mish.

The casualties continue to pile up in the wake of the Swiss National Bank dropping its peg to the euro.

(See Rabbit Hole [Continue Reading]

This Is What It Means To Lose A Currency War


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This Is What It Means To Lose A Currency War

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How Capitalism Dies

Courtesy of Bill Bonner via Acting-Man

Two Comedy Acts

Today, we’re going to tell you why America’s middle class is getting poorer. Or put another way, we’re going to show you how capitalism dies.

Two comedy acts appeared last week: President Obama’s State of the Union address and Mario Draghi’s [Continue Reading]

Beware The Correction Of False Prices

Beware The Correction Of False Prices 

Courtesy of Charles Gave of Gavekal Dragonomics

I want to start this paper by reiterating a few of my strongly held convictions about the role of central bankers:

Economics is a [Continue Reading]

Evidence Grows Showing Wall Street as a Negative Economic Force

Courtesy of Pam Martens.

Earlier this month, Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, published a stunning indictment of Wall Street as a job creating engine. Clifton reported that the U.S. now ranks 12th among [Continue Reading]

Preview of January FOMC Meeting and Beyond

Courtesy of Marc To Market

The Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting concludes Wednesday.  To the extent the FOMC meeting is ever routine, this should be it.  Its forward guidance evolved at the end of last year.  The “considerable time” between the end of the asset purchase program, which it [Continue Reading]

Time to Focus on Europe?

Weighing the Week Ahead: Time to Focus on Europe?

Courtesy of Jeff Miller, 

There is plenty of economic data this week and earnings season is in [Continue Reading]