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Tim Iacono - Iacono Research
Janet Yellen and the “B-Word”
John Cassidy writes in the New Yorker that Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen didn’t see fit to once mention asset bubbles in her speech at the Economic Club of New York the other day and that, in itself, is a bit disconcerting. But what was most striking to me about Yellen’s remarks was that she didn’t even discuss the financial markets and the overriding need to avoid another damaging speculative bubble, like the ones that the American economy experienced in the late nineteen-nineties and mid-
Friday, April 18, 2014
Chris Powell - GATA
Conspiracy fact: Top central bankers meet secretly every six weeks at BIS
By Michael Sauga and Anne Seith Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Since the financial crisis, central banks have slashed interest rates, purchased vast quantities of sovereign bonds, and bailed out banks. Now, though, their influence appears to be on the wane with measures producing paltry results. Do they still have control? Once every six weeks, the most powerful players in the global economy meet on the 18th floor of an ugly office building near the train station in the
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Chris Martenson
The Screaming Fundamentals For Owning Gold 
This report lays out the investment thesis for gold. Silver is mentioned only where necessary, as a separate report of equal scope will be forthcoming on that topic. Various factors lead me to conclude that gold is one investment that you can park for the next ten or twenty years, confident that it will perform well. Timing and logic for both entering and finally exiting gold as an investment are laid out in the full report. The punch line is this: Gold (and silver) is not in bubble territory, a
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Rising Rate Realities
The entire global economy now clings precariously to one crucial phenomenon. That is, how much longer can the central banks of the developed world artificially suppress interest rates at near zero percent? The violently-negative market reaction to Janet Yellen's comments during her first press conference was a clear indication of how vulnerable the stock market is to the eventual reality of rising interest rates. All Ms. Yellen did was remind investors that the Fed Funds Rate would hav
Monday, April 07, 2014
Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
Emerging Dynamics of Petro-Yuan Standard 
The shocks will be many as the USDollar struggles and falls off the global financial stage in full view. The desperate maneuvers like in Syria and Ukraine should be seen as last ditch efforts to save a dying system. For two decades the USDollar has been defended by military means. Worse, for 50 years the USGovt has been a hidden nazi enclave of wicked fascists who have hidden behind their overt disdain for communism, with Kissinger the flag bearer, with Brzezinski the ideologue, with Papa Bush the executor, with narcotics and genetics and gold thefts their principal agenda.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Chris Ciovacco - Ciovacco Capital Management
How To Monitor The Risk Of A Midterm-Election-Year Stock Correction
The Other Side Of The Midterm Coin In an April 1 article, we cited two midterm election years, 1986 and 1994, as cases where assuming stocks would follow the accepted midterm correction script proved costly. Today, we will look at midterm election years that experienced a mid-year correction and answer the question: How can we monitor the risk of the midterm-election-year correction pattern in stocks playing out in 2014? After understanding the "look" of a midterm corr
Friday, April 04, 2014
Michael Pento - Delta Global Advisors
Japanese Debt Debacle Now Imminent 
I first warned about the impending bust of Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs) when I wrote "Abe Pulls Pin on JGBs" back in January of 2013. In that commentary I laid out the math behind a collapse of the Japanese bond market and economy stemming from the nation's massive amount of government debt, combined with the Bank of Japan's (BOJ's) folly of pursuing an inflation target. It was my prediction back then that a spike in interest rates was virtually guaranteed in the not-too-distant
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Jason Hamlin - Gold Stock Bull
Gold and Silver Testing Critical Technical Support Levels
Gold and silver are testing key technical support levels this week. Some analysts have already flipped their outlook to bearish over the past few days, but I believe the uptrend remains intact as long as current support levels are not breached. Goldman Sachs has predicted new lows for gold in 2014, but physical buying remains strong and precious metals represent a good safe haven during increasing political tensions worldwide. I also believe that precious metals are one of the only asset classe
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
BRICs Under Attack: S&P Cuts Brazil's Credit Rating to One Notch Above Speculative
BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) cannot seem to get much love lately. Today, it's Brazil's turn to say "show me the love". Reuters reports S&P Cuts Brazil Credit Rating. Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's sovereign debt rating closer to speculative territory on Monday in a blow to President Dilma Rousseff, whose efforts to stir the economy from a years-long slump have eroded the country's finances. Brazil had its long-term debt rating downgraded to BBB minus, the agency's lowest investm
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Chris Ciovacco - Ciovacco Capital Management
Five Reasons Your Simple Bear Market Plans Could Backfire
Weekends are a good time to review investment risk management strategies. If an approach or system can manage to avoid the common bear market pitfalls below, the odds of successfully navigating though the next crisis should improve: You think you know what is going to happen next. Your plan is not flexible enough. Failing to understand the strengths and weaknesses of technical analysis. Government and central bank intervention. Economic turnaround. Bear Market Preparation Is C
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Jim Willie CB - Hat Trick Letter
  Ukraine as the USDollar Waterloo 
The desperation of the Anglo-American leadership, guided by the steady corrupt banker hands, has never been more acutely high, nor obvious in full view. The entire Ukraine situation is a travesty. It includes Langley agents killing police and street demonstrators from rooftops, the confirmation coming from the Estonian Embassy (translation of scripts). It includes thefts of official Ukrainian Govt funds, again sent to the Swiss hill sanctuary. It includes sanctions delivered by a US Paper Tiger,
Friday, March 07, 2014
John Rubino - Dollar Collapse
Welcome to the Currency War, Part 12: Bankrupt Rome and Soaring Euro 
Only in a world totally corrupted by easy money could the following two things be announced on the same day. First: European Bonds Surge as ECB Stimulus Confines Crisis to Memory Yields on the euro area's government bonds have never been lower as the potential for extended European Central Bank stimulus helps exorcise memories of the region's sovereign debt crisis. The bond-market rally is broad based, encompassing both core economies such asFrance and also peripheral ma
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Mark O'Byrne -
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Germany at Heart of Europe's Political Predicament; Squaring the Circle; When is the Breaking Point?
Germany is at the heart of Europe's political predicament. Although the status quoa cannot and will not work, there is no incentive to change. Germany’s Constitutional Court has strengthened the Eurosceptics and eliminates further moves by Germany towards debt mutualization. Some think debt mutualization, eurobonds, and combined fiscal budgets are a good idea. Others, like myself, don't. Regardless, and as noted in Rethinking "Paper Tiger", those options remain off the table. What remains o
Monday, February 24, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Ukraine's President Replaces Head of Armed Forces, Military Intervention Feared; Financial Crisis Th
The situation in Ukraine grows more desperate by the hour. President Viktor Yanukovic had already replaced the head of the army. Today Yanukovic replaced the head of all armed forces. Given that lower ranks are divided in support, calling out the military could start an all-out civil war. “If there is a decision to use force to clear the protesters, it can be done but will start a civil war,” said Ihor Smeshko, former head of Ukraine’s SBU security services. “The army is so far neutral, but i
Friday, February 21, 2014
Bill Downey - Commodity Trader
Gold and silver holding gains as FOMC minutes release today and CPI report on Thursday
Lately the metals have been rallying in gold and silver. Both metals ended last week on a higher note, with gold closing well at $1322 on Tuesday, gaining close to $140 since the Dec 31st 1180 low. Silver followed suit, hovering around the $21.80 mark. Is this bullish sentiment sustainable? Let’s explore two factors today. First is the resumption of inflationary expectations.  Such expectations are nowhere to be found in the developed world, but the Emerging Markets certainly has issues si
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Jan Skoyles - The Real Asset Co
World Gold Council on gold price corrections and 2013 
Given we are now half way through the first quarter of 2014, it may seem a little desperate to continue write articles on what went on in 2013. However the World Gold Council has just released a review of the last year along with the outlook for 2014. As we all know by now, the gold price had its first annual loss in 12 years, falling by nearly 28%. We know all the depressing facts, even the record demand seen in both China and India wasn’t enough to counter the 900 tonnes of ETF outflows or the
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Michael J. Kosares - USAGold
Gold as the portfolio choice for all seasons 
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Friday, February 14, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Rethinking "Paper Tiger"
Last Friday, in "Paper Tiger" I expressed the viewpoint that the German constitutional court caved in to the ECB, then bowed down before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. It's time to reconsider. Here are three good reasons: AfD, the German euroskeptic party was thrilled with the ruling The nannycrats are furious The monetarists scream paralysis Anything that annoys the nannycrats and monetarists while pleasing the euroskeptics cannot possibly be all bad. Let's take a look at wh
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Mish - Global Economic Analysis
Portuguese Debt About to Implode? What About Spain? 
Is Portugal about ready to implode? That's what one hedge fund manager believes. For now, interest rate action suggests otherwise. We will explore the case for implosion but first consider this chart of 10-year sovereign bonds. Portugal 10-Year Sovereign Debt Yield One certainly could have made a fortune plowing into 10-year Portuguese bonds. Does that mean Portugal out of the woods? I don't think so, and neither does Tortus Capital hedge fund manager David Salanic. The New York times
Tuesday, February 04, 2014