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  • The American Investor's Stock Holding's at All-time High --Investor Thread May 12, 2015

    04/12/2015 10:27:18 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Weekly Investor's Thread ^ | April 12, 2015 | freeper investors
    † The total privately owned stocks and mutual fund shares adds up to a soaring record total $21,169,400,000 --according to the latest Federal Reserves Flow of Funds Report.† Yeah I see all the hands waving --and the big question that follows has to do with population and inflation.† We went through this back on an earlier thread when the press was tootin' about how America's private wealth was supposedly at an all time high but only as a total of inflated dollars.† The average American's total holdings in real dollars is still less than it was eight years ago.†...
  • From 1st Quarter (zero GDP or what?) to Q2 (sell in May or buy?)--Investor Thread May 5, 2015

    04/04/2015 1:03:19 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 56 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | April 5, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    † YTD† --January, February, and March 2015: † Looking ahead† --April, May, and June 2015: †††Hope everyone enjoyed their first quarter!† Not bad --not only have both gold and the S&P500 come out positive but the NASDAQ punched above 3% (annualized to more than 14%) but silver's come out 6% ahead -a 26% rate/year.† Market prices are great the way we can follow up-to-the-second reports, but for stats on the general economy we'll have to wait until the folks who're paid for being smarter than us are ready to make up their minds.† What we got so far is that...
  • Something weird is going on --Investor Thread March 29, 2015

    03/28/2015 3:17:44 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 81 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 29, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    (excerpt from)† ††Something weird is going on in the US economy, and it's not good...Despite experiencing a healthy pace of job growth, the US economy has largely disappointed economists' expectations by delivering a series of weaker-than-expected economic reports. The unexpected plunges in retail sales and durable goods orders stand out as they reflect weakness in both consumers and businesses. On Wednesday, Bloomberg LP Chief Economist Michael McDonough tweeted a chart of the unprecedented divergence between job growth and retail sales growth. This is concerning as personal consumption accounts for roughly 70% of US GDP. It's particularly concerning considering all...
  • Broader Market Rallies Right Up a "Wall of Worry"--Weekly Investor Thread March 22, 2015

    03/22/2015 7:24:29 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Prices in both precious metals and stocks are booming again:† metals are soaring as if they're looking for higher bases and stock indexes are within a couple percentage points of all time highs.† The good news is that this time the experts show no sign of confusion as to what's going on and they've all decided what we need to do.† It's all because of the Fed, international tensions, and the NCAA. The bad news is that each expert's saying something different.† †Here are a few samples: † (excerpt from) †Stocks are likely to struggle during March Madness ...Because March...
  • Investments go from Friday 13th to Ides of March-- Thread March 15, 2015

    03/15/2015 7:00:49 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | MARCH 15, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Seems like there's an awful lot of doom'n'gloom out there: (excerpt from) † More Volatility Sends Market Down for a 3rd WeekThe stock market was hit hard on Friday, capping a third week of declines as investors reacted to a steep drop in oil prices and a jump in the value of the dollar. Utilities, major exporters and companies that make basic materials like steel had the biggest declines. The sell-off came at the end of a volatile week, and it sets the stage for a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week. Investors will be watching closely for clues about...
  • Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russian people

    03/11/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/10/15 | Matthew Holehouse
    Foreign Secretary interested in proposals to broadcast information on secret wealth of Putin's circle, as he warns Russia could be "single greatest threat" to Britain Philip Hammond said he was interested by the idea of publicising the wealth of the Russian presidentís inner circle in order to embarrass them in front of their people, as part of the response to the ongoing incursion into eastern Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary warned that Putin is rapidly modernising his armed forces, and warned Russiaís bid to destabilise eastern Europe poses ďthe greatest single threatĒ to British national security. Mr Hammond said that Britain...
  • Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russia

    03/11/2015 4:05:12 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10 Mar 15 | Matthew Holehouse
    Britain may broadcast the financial secrets of Russiaís ruling elite as part of the information war against the Putin regime, the Foreign Secretary has indicated. Philip Hammond said he was interested by the idea of publicising the wealth of the Russian presidentís inner circle in order to embarrass them in front of their people, as part of the response to the ongoing incursion into eastern Ukraine.
  • Metals and Stocks Sell-off on Good News --Investor Thread March 8, 2015

    03/08/2015 10:12:24 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 77 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar 8, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    excerpt from: Stock Indexes Take Hard Hits; Market Uptrend Under PressureStocks ratcheted lower Friday in fast trade, with the indexes suffering their biggest percentage losses since late January. The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 skidded 1.1% and 1.4%, respectively. [snip] What they're saying is stocks plunged in higher volume and the S&P 500 smacked down into the danger warning ten-week moving average.¬† It's supposed to be a bad sign, a sell signal, a harbinger bad moon rising.¬† Only thing is that the last two times this kind of signal popped up--¬†‚Üź ¬†they ended up turning into fabulous buying opportunities.¬†However...
  • Stock Run-up 3 Weeks Old, Experts Confused-- Investor Thread March 1, 2015

    03/01/2015 5:34:21 AM PST · by expat_panama · 85 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar. 1, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Stock-market crash of 2016: The countdown begins]Dow will drop 50% as market replays 2008, 2000 and 1929.† That will translate into the DJIA crashing from todayís 18,117 down 50% to about 9,000. Ouch, the Dow crashing all the way below 10,000. Unimaginable. Bulls will hate it. No wonder our brains tune out, turn off. Instead, we prefer the happy talk that will just keep coming out of Wall Street and Washington till the 2016 collapse. Weíll just keep denying reality ... till itís too late, and we suffer another $10 trillion loss is on the books. Deja...
  • Billionaire Tells Americans to Prepare For 'Financial Ruin'

    02/26/2015 11:05:29 AM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Newsmax Wires
    In a recent interview for his book Aftershock, Wiedemer says, ďThe data is clear, 50% unemployment, a 90% stock market drop, and 100% annual inflation . . . starting as soon as next year.Ē When the host questioned such wild claims, Wiedemer unapologetically displayed shocking charts backing up his allegations, and then ended his argument with, ďYou see, the medicine will become the poison.Ē The interview has become a wake-up call for those unprepared (or unwilling) to acknowledge an ugly truth: The countryís financial ďrescueĒ devised in Washington has failed miserably.
  • There's a new mortgage crisis brewing [Richard Bove]

    02/24/2015 4:49:11 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2015 February 23 | Richard X. Bove
    In 2008, the nation entered into a financial crisis widely believed to have been caused by excesses in the residential mortgage industry. By 2010, the nation thought it had put in place a series of measures that not only would resolve the crisis but would insure that it never happened again. Yet, here we are in 2015 looking at another potential mortgage crisis. Only this time it is different. In 2008, funds flowed in waves into the mortgage industry. In 2015, it appears the funds are drying up. The solutions to the problem in 2010 and thereafter included: Suing and...
  • The stage is being set for a massive financial meltdown...

    02/24/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 43 replies
    Greek 4 month extension does nothing for the people of Greece. Sub-prime auto loans all time high and delinquencies are rising. Existing home sales implode while home price fall. Baltic Dry Index falls and ship builders are filing for bankruptcy. US blimp in Maryland used to watch the people. Ukraine bans Russian media and sets up their own propaganda media. Poroshenko wants Crimea back as they pull more weapons to the front line. US and the coalition forces getting ready for a major offensive in the middle east. DHS budget in trouble, using fear and a false flag event to...
  • Stock Rally Adds Another Percent while Metals Fade: Week Ahead Worries-- Investor Thread Feb. 22

    02/22/2015 8:34:45 AM PST · by expat_panama · 92 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | February 22, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Yahoo Finance: What to watch next week: TGT, HD, M, HPQ, GDP and Greece] Next week will be a busy week on Wall Street with a raft of big earnings reports including Target (TGT), Macyís (M), Home Depot (HD) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) to name just a few. Investors will also have a lot of economic data and geopolitics to digest this coming week and in the weeks that follow. The Commerce Department will release the latest reading on third quarter Gross Domestic Product. Yahoo Financeís Rick Newman thinks investors will be watching that report closely, as well...
  • Two More Harbingers Of Financial Doom That Mirror The Crisis Of 2008

    02/15/2015 10:11:44 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 63 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | 12FEB2015 | Michael Snyder
    The stock market continues to flirt with new record highs, but the signs that we could be on the precipice of the next major financial crisis continue to mount. A couple of days ago, I discussed the fact that the U.S. dollar is experiencing a tremendous surge in value just like it did in the months prior to the financial crisis of 2008. And previously, I have detailed how the price of oil has collapsed, prices for industrial commodities are tanking and market behavior is becoming extremely choppy. All of these are things that we witnessed just before the last...
  • At record high, U.S. stocks look to extend breakout --Weekly Thread Feb. 16

    02/15/2015 9:51:16 AM PST · by expat_panama · 65 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | February 15, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from Yahoo Finance] ††NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are poised for more upward momentum even as uncertainty over oil prices and Greek debt negotiations keeps the market on tenterhooks, analysts say.Strong fourth-quarter U.S. company earnings and signs of an overall improving economy, alongside what appears to be the start of a bottoming in crude oil prices, have given equities support.After starting 2015 with its sharpest monthly drop in a year and a spike in volatility, the benchmark S&P 500 (.SPX) hit an intraday record on Friday while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) reached its highest point...
  • The Week's Investment Markets --Weekly Thread Feb. 8 - 14

    02/08/2015 10:42:35 AM PST · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | February 8, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    [excerpt from NASDAQ Weekly Market Wrap: February 6, 2015 ] The fifth full trading week of 2015 comes to a close with the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ composite all lower in afternoon trading on Friday. Most actively traded stocks include Bank of America (BAC) up 3.5%, Twitter (TWTR) higher by 15.9%, Frontier Communications (FTR) up 3%, and Sirius XM Holdings up 1.1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite are all significantly higher in the last five days of trading. Crude oil futures are higher this week, trading at $51.83 per barrel on...
  • A System Reset Is Imminent...

    02/08/2015 4:40:35 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 15 replies
    This is not the first time the gold standard has been seen as the ultimate cure for Russiaís economic problems. In September 1998, the noted economist Jude Wanninski predicted in a far-sighted essay for The Wall Street Journal that only a gold ruble would get the the country out of its then-debt crises. It was upon taking office about two years later, in May 2000, that President Putin embarked upon the countryís massive gold-buying campaign. At the time, it took twenty-eight barrels of crude just to buy an ounce of gold. The gold-backed ruble policy of those years was adopted...
  • Bank of America having system issues for six days now (vanity)

    02/07/2015 8:10:44 PM PST · by ColdSteelTalon · 29 replies
    Looks like Bank of America is down. I was just told to call back on Monday to pay my credit card bill. WOW.
  • A Darkening Market Sky [Maybe; Investment & Finance Thread Feb. 1]

    02/01/2015 10:49:28 AM PST · by expat_panama · 54 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | January 30, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    On the left is the excerpt --from the expert linked in†Real Clear Markets:††A Darkening Market Sky†- Anthony Mirhaydari, The Fiscal Times†††† By†Anthony Mirhaydari, The Fiscal Times January 30, 2015 With the first month of the new year coming to a close, it's clear that 2015 is shaping up to be quite different from the smooth, easy climb investors enjoyed in 2013 and 2014.As recently as late December, the market optimism seemed indefatigable as stocks powered to new record highs on hopes for new stimulus from the European Central Bank, solid U.S. economic data and a strengthening tailwind to consumer spending...
  • What Experts Say about This Past Week--Investment & Finance Thread Jan. 25

    01/25/2015 10:11:11 AM PST · by expat_panama · 107 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Considering the top headlines were about soft footballs this has to have been an easy no-brainer week for investments.† Maybe; here's what he experts are telling us:†††††††††††††††††††† [excerpt from Investors Business Daily At Davos, Hypocrites Tell Rest Of Us To Lower Expectations]Former Vice President Al Gore listens to singer Pharrell Williams... [snip]...talking, of course, about the annual confab at Davos, Switzerland, ...[snip] "The purpose," said former vice president and climate-change entrepreneur Al Gore, standing with hip-hop star Pharrell Williams, "is to have a billion voices with one message, to demand climate action now." OK, so how about you flying commercial,...
  • Learning to Love Market Chaos --Investment & Finance Thread Jan. 18

    01/18/2015 10:51:35 AM PST · by expat_panama · 70 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Jan. 18, 2015 | Freeper Investors
                          The main reason we try to predict markets is so afterward we can gloat saying we knew it all along.  Easy-peasy -- all we do is predict doom'n'gloom and eventually asset prices will sag.  Sure, most of the time prices go up, things grow and wealth is created, but the only time folks cry WHY!!?? is during the rough times. Then again, the other reason we figure out expected market trends is so we can make money.  That's not that hard either because over time most investments do better than say, cramming...
  • "January Effect" an omen for 2015? --Investment & Finance Thread - Jan. 4

    01/04/2015 9:26:15 AM PST · by expat_panama · 117 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Jan. 4, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    A good January for stocks promises big gains for the year --or so goes the story goes (from Down January for stocks is bad omen for 2014 - USA Today) "How stocks fare in January often sets the tone for the full year".†† A lot of work's been done on this, and TradingSim reports that†† When the S&P500 has a net positive gain in the first five trading days of the year, there is about an 86% chance that the stock market will rise for the year, it has worked in 31 out of the last 36 years (as of...
  • 2015 Predictions; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 28

    12/28/2014 8:22:56 AM PST · by expat_panama · 121 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 28, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    ††††††††††† [click to enlarge]†††††††† Weird, all our doom'n'gloomers have disappeared!† Usually the pundits are warning about the big upcoming market crash but look at what the latest "expert" predictions are for 2015 stock market returns: Outlook 2015: Year Ahead Reports & Analysis†Our 2015 year-end target for the S&P 500 is 2200, putting returns on a more-normal pace of 6%.Barron's Cover†Outlook 2015: Stick With the Bull Wall Streetís top strategists expect the S&P 500 to rally 10% Markets† Wall Street bull: Market will rise another 14% in 2015 Add to this the fact that we're still overdue for our†longer term...
  • 2014 Recap --Looking Back; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 14

    12/21/2014 8:49:52 AM PST · by expat_panama · 51 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    2014 Recap --Looking Back; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 14 [click for link to list] Merry Christmas!†† We get to open some goodies a few days early here, first with the list of this past year's thread links (left) for a nostalgic walk down Memory Lane while we go over this past market strategies.† Then we can number-plot check out how general markets fared.† †Stocks: †Looking over the past year (as of Dec. 19) we're seeing the S&P 500 up 12.0% and the NASDAQ up 14.1% --above average!† OK we've done better but I personally can live w/...
  • What Oil Shock and Repub. Cave Mean to Stocks and GDP; Investment & Finance Thread - Dec. 14

    12/14/2014 7:43:31 AM PST · by expat_panama · 158 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    So while nobody knows the future we still need to know what to expect from the week's two big headlines, even though our view can easily (and will probably) be muddied w/ other factors.† So we deal with an unknown future by checking the historical record for clues on at what the news means to our future investment returns.† What oil bargains do:† namely, what's it doing to the economy and to investments; here's what tanking oil's done in the past (ya gotta LOVE the fed's data site) and how real oil prices (2014$ per barrel) track real GDP-- [click...
  • This Week --December 11 Budget Decision; Investment & Finance Thread

    12/07/2014 8:02:25 AM PST · by expat_panama · 81 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Dec. 7, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Soap box time. Even as we speak the hired help in Washington are working out how to deal with the fact that the current budget continuing resolution expires this Thursday.† We got rumors galore on what they're coming up with but let's face it--† this is just not their strong point.† We're in a situation where the hired help is going to need our intensive supervision.† I know it's a lot of work to keep 'em in line but it's what we do.We can google here to find your congress contact info and I found this site good for senators...
  • The Oil Glut And An Inevtiable Oil Price Rebound

    12/03/2014 5:02:23 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 01 December 2014 | James Hamilton
    The world is awash in oil, Iím hearing. The problem is, itís fairly expensive oil. Take for example Canada. The country that has managed to increase its production of oil by a million barrels a day over the last decade. But almost all of that increase has come from oil sands. If you consider only conventional crude oil, Canadian production today would be a third of a million barrels a day lower than at its peak in 1973. Even without counting environmental costs, that stuffís not cheap. It was profitable when West Texas Intermediate was over $90. But last week...
  • December/year-end Markets; Investment & Finance Thread

    11/30/2014 1:24:35 PM PST · by expat_panama · 99 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Nov. 30, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    † Once again we can say we're looking at a great time for investing!† OK, so it means we wince over last Friday's metals prices, but like who does metals anyway dude, like it's soooo 2013 even.†† That and the general feeling we get reading stuff like† Gold mining industry mostly Ďunder waterí Ė Gold Fields CEO (h/t Chgogal). Hey, I'm talking stock market year end "window dressing"Ü January effect --check out the averages over the past 30 years for the Dow, S&P500, and the NASDAQ, they typically go up 3.4%, 3.6% and 4.8% respectively.† On top of that...
  • Investment & Finance Thread November Rally Progress Report

    11/23/2014 12:48:39 PM PST · by expat_panama · 46 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Nov. 23, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread November Rally Progress Report Great time for investing!†† Gold & silver have been recovering for a couple weeks now and a stock index rally is already in it's sixth week.†† What's next --can it last?† Pundits (as usual) are covering all sides, so anyone wanting to indulge their confirmation bias need only pick their favorite flavor op-ed: Downside ††††† Upside not de-sided † Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world Cramer Remix: Warning about Friday's rally Global Economy Weekahead - Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world (h/t Chgogal)...
  • Investment & Finance Week Ending Nov. 16, 2014 --NOTHING HAPPENED!!

    11/16/2014 10:11:33 AM PST · by expat_panama · 43 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Week Ending Nov. 16, 2014 --NOTHING HAPPENED!! Investor's Business Daily said it well with their headline: "Stocks Wrap Up Do-Nothing Week With More Small Gains".† For both S&P and NASDAQ this week's been tepid gains w/ falling volume†† Key question is whether we're looking at a top or not, and that's where analysts cite "quite volume" and "the distribution count remains low" (re "How To Tell An Uptrend In Stocks Is All But Over").† On the other hand (as they used to tell Truman) if we look at where we were a couple weeks into the...
  • Stock Rally Stalls with Republican Win; Investment & Finance Thread Nov. 9, 2014

    11/09/2014 9:53:35 AM PST · by expat_panama · 48 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Nov. 9, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Stock Rally Stalls with Republican Win; Investment & Finance Thread Nov. 9, 2014†Whoa, the past week was decisive in more ways than one! A week ago we took inventory of then-current trends and considered which scenarios would lead where.† All we knew for sure was that either things would stay their courses or we'd change direction.† What happened is we dumped 'business as usual' --as far as trend-lines went-- and we now got signals pointing at "something new".†† That 'something new' might even be a basing/stage prep for a continued price surge (Stock Indexes In Pause Mode, But That...
  • Investment & Finance Thread Market Rally Progress Report

    11/02/2014 9:30:08 AM PST · by expat_panama · 60 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Nov. 2, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Thread Market Rally Progress ReportStocks are up and metals are down.† Details: major stock indexes have been showing a run up for the past three weeks --enough time to look at trading patterns.† The past two uptrends (w/ both the NASDAQ and the S&P500) seemed to come in two parts, a 3-4 week burst followed by a month & a half stalling before the drop off.† OK, so there's no law that says the current run-up has to follow suit but what we know is that for the next week prices within the trendlines are "business...
  • How freepers see elections/ebola/deflation/terror affecting investments&economy --Weekly Thread

    10/26/2014 10:48:06 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 80 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Oct 26th 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Our investing strategy is the mix of our own personal financial needs plus expected future developments in the economy.† So the buzz (on these threads) is that the biggest up-coming economic/employment changes impacting our investment choices in the next week or two are the midterm elections, Ebola, deflation, and the war on terror.† We'll share our thoughts here on what we expect, and let's rate our expectations in terms of what we've been having up til now on the 'click-to-enlarge' graphs.† On the right margin we got 5-yr stock index performance for a back drop on our own personal expectations.†...
  • Investment & Finance Thread Market Bounce Re-cap

    10/19/2014 11:18:38 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 82 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Oct. 19, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This past week saw upside reversals across the board coming out with prices holding steady in spite of the hammering we had over the past month or two.† [click pix to enlarge]The October metals rally held on to its gains, in fact market prices show gold's just about clawed back to break-even for 2014.† That's said, metals' role in price trends ahead is become increasingly controversial (re Gold And Silver - Financial World: House Of Cards Built On Sand) even while many see a bright tomorrow with other commodities (We Maintain Our Outlook For Higher Prices For Commodities). †Stocks. †OK,...
  • Researchers Expect Over 20 US Ebola Cases In Weeks, "You Don't Want To Know Worst Case"

    10/16/2014 7:24:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | Tyler Durden
    "We have a worst-case scenario, and you don't even want to know," warns Alessandro Vespignani, a researcher creating simulations of infectious disease outbreaks, but there could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month. The projections only run through October because itís too difficult to model what will occur if the pace of the outbreak changes but, as Bloomberg reports, Vespignani warns if the outbreak becomes more widespread in other regions, it "would be like a bad science fiction movie." As Bloomberg reports,
  • Investment & Finance Thread Freepathon Special

    10/11/2014 8:49:26 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 113 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Oct. 11, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Money.  Investing.  Freerepublic.  Here are the top 10 reasons that us FR investors want to participate in the current FReepathon: 10.   Gold, silver, stock indexes, and bond values are all cr@pping out these days anyway... 9.    The FReerepublic is a proven and solid force for (among other things) sound national fiscal policy; we need that force stronger now more than ever. 8     We benefit from these threads personally.   Equity as a legal doctrine thus requires our compensatory donations. 7.    Economic realism: there's no free lunch. 6.    Market realism: you get what you pay for. 5.    Donations are necessary for continued maintenance/loss reduction of desired FR...
  • Investment & Finance End of 2014 Q3 into Q4 Thread Edition

    09/28/2014 10:13:30 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 92 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Sept. 26, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance End of 2014 Q3 into Q4 Thread Edition Comodities Stock Indexes † †now† †3 Mo. Chg.† †Annualized return† † †now† †3 Mo. Chg.† †Annualized return† gold $1,220.26 -7.2% -25.9% S&P500 1,982.85 1.2% 4.7% silver $17.71 -16.2% -50.7% DJIA 17,113.15 1.7% 7.0% oil $512.66 -6.2% -22.6% NASDAQ 4,512.19 2.4% 9.8% U.S. $ $85.62 6.7% 29.8% Rus2k 1,119.33 -6.2% -22.5% †Here's what happened with the third quarter investments:† Looks like the dollar soared (so much for Fed printer devaluations), metals tanked (so much for safe havens), and while big cap. stocks have done best this past quarter the current...
  • Investment & Finance Week in Review (Thread -Sept. 21 edition)

    09/21/2014 11:32:29 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Sept. 21, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Investment & Finance Week in Review (Thread -Sept. 21 edition)Prices finally picked a direction and went for it† --topping a super week w/ metals collapsing, an FOMC meeting, Scottish Vote not to do anything, new IRS rules, stocks leaping, and the Alibaba IPO hype, †--and in the lull before the end of Q3 and beginning a new earnings season. †One thing at a time; metals finally broke in to newer lower levels as support folded,† ††...and stock traders made up their minds deciding to respect the 50-day moving average support and rebound prices into what IBD calls "market in...
  • Capital Market Update; Investment & Finance Thread (Sept. 14 edition)

    09/14/2014 12:55:21 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 74 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Sept. 14, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Capital Market Update; Investment & Finance Thread (Sept. 14 edition) In a phrase it looks like everything's beginning to bust loose for stocks, metals, bonds --something here for everyone! † Stocks chalked up another distribution day last Friday as the S&P nudges toward the famous 10-week moving aveage that serves as a floor in the good times and a ceiling in the bad.† Traders are also noticing that over the past week or two up volume was slight while down volume was strong.† Like maybe some kind of consensus or something, at least for the short term.† Remember however...
  • States by Economics and Voting (Investment & Finance Thread)

    09/07/2014 12:50:08 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 70 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Sept. 7, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Day before yesterday we were checking out this BEA map of the U.S. that was colored/labled by GDP and it got us on to the redstate/bluestate divide.† †Naturally (as expected) small gov't low tax policies generally flowed with growing economies but what snagged us were the anomalies --Alaska did so poorly yet West Virginia soared.†† Seems we can overcome that by ourselves and get all the state numbers for GDP from the BEA along w/ employment states by state from the BLS --and then toss them into online mapping websites (I used iMapBuilder Online). Got to just love this info...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Labor Day week edition)

    08/30/2014 3:08:28 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 81 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    This morning looking in today's Real Clear MarketsGet I got a real kick out of this link that appeared :† Kick Off Labor Day Weekend With Some Depressing Charts - Quartz.† †What the Quartz guys were wetting their pants over was how employee pay % total Gross Domestic Income was falling.† Here's a plot of the numbers they stole from the American Tax Payer supported BEA.gov:†(Note: Freepers can't post Quartz articles because of an alleged copyright complaint) †† ††Apparently what's really got them upset is that the evil capitalist is exploiting the American Worker and the the share for evil...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 24 - Aug. 30 edition)

    08/24/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 106 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 24, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Happy weekend investors!!This week's thread will have to settle for a lame blog at the top due to a severe case of writer's block.† Topics considered were a weekly recap but here's the week in stocks and here's the week in metals.† Another idea was chat about the Fed meeting at Jackson Hole but they're just wrapping it up and the Fed website isn't quite updated.† Another idea is a resume of all the good news & bad news about today's econ condx, but that either keeps changing or it's already been rehashed on these threads by better brains than...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 17 - Aug. 23 edition)

    08/17/2014 1:35:32 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 105 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 17, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Alternate Title:† UPTREND SPECIAL EDITION!†† That's right, last Thursday IBD announced that NASDAQ had its "follow-through-day"† so investors in the driver's seat just saw the light turn green.† That said, we also know that nobody walks across a one-way street without looking both ways, and even though the signs say 'buy' here's what they've been saying so far this year--†--and this is the problem we got driving down the road while only being able to look out the back window.Remember these market designations are not arbitrary, they're signals proven with decades of research.†† That said, we're still looking at a...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 10 - Aug. 16 edition)

    08/10/2014 9:08:03 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 69 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    No matter how you look at it this is truly an amazing world we live in if everyone has more information than any time in recorded history and the only thing that's for sure is (like Sam Goldwyn said): "nobody knows nothing!" †What we got is that 2014 started out great for gold and the blahs for stocks, then the other way around w/ stocks powering up, and now we're back w/ metals out-shining stocks again.† †In fact, right now the Russell 2000 (favoring small stocks) even shows the infamous 'death cross' w/ the 50 day moving average punching down...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week Aug. 3 - Aug. 9 edition)

    08/03/2014 2:06:47 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 102 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Aug. 3, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Yo!†† What we got this past week is the economy's officially in terrific shape and both stocks and metals are tanking.† Now, while it's never good to be too convinced about what we think is going to happen next in the future, I personally am having a hard time trying to decide what I think is happening right now.† Somehow the more I know about what's going on the less I know about what's going on.Oh yeah, IBD says stocks are still in an 'up-trend'. † This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week July 27 - August 2 edition)

    07/27/2014 10:28:41 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 101 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | July 27, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    While this past week may have been pretty much nothing in the way of general asset growth (metals flat off --stocks flat in market under pressure), it's been a great week for geek number thingees, in fact we updated the link list to include Business Insider's Chart page (hat tip to Wyatt's Torch) and we've been into the income shifts that have turned the Great Recession into the gift that keeps giving. †Chgogal gave us the headsup to the† NYTimes piece "The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less" and Wash. Post Chart study Median household incomes have collapsed since...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week July 20 - July 26 edition)

    07/20/2014 4:02:51 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | July 20, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Year-to-date wrap-up time.† †General markets varied a lot but right now they're all together at 5-10% up so far.† Actually that's pretty good as it represents a 5-year doubling time.†† †click to enlarge †A closer look at stock indexes so far this year are showing roughly the same track but my dim eyes are somehow seeing us having a plateau for the past 3 weeks.† That's usually a good sign; witness the run-up after the mid-April basing.†click to enlarge .As Torch says, "Discuss".† This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week July 13 - July 19 edition)

    07/13/2014 4:06:02 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | July 13, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    †Condensed version:† this past week's metals 'n stock indexes saw a (imho) a flat decision making base --not sure how metals volume went but stocks had high volume for the dips & low for the rebounds --bearish, a situation IBD calls 'uptrend under pressure'.†† fwiw, their distribution day count is running at 6 for the S&P and 4 for the NASDAQ.Fortunately I can now say what the upcoming week's going to be; it'll be "interesting".† † This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and investment --here's a list of popular investing links that freepers have posted here...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week July 6 - July 12 edition) [my title: The Economy Looks Great!]

    07/06/2014 10:24:34 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 72 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | July 6, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    † Huh.† While coming into the second half of 2014 we just had the GDP and employment rpts, and what happened is we got what seemed to be contradictory -2.7% and +6.3 bombshells.††† On the other hand (Truman hated economists saying that) a look at the year over year GDP return along with the employment/population ratio puts the two together.[click to enlarge]The reason GDP growth looks solid is because that -2.7% was just one Qtr to the next, so last week's rpt tells us more about how good Q4 was than it does about how bad Q1 turned out.†...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week June 29 - July 3 edition)

    06/29/2014 2:17:00 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 87 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | June 29, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo which sparked the war and the NYSE decided to close for the duration (more here).† This week we begin the new quarter --and the second half of 2014.† We'll see if the GDP for Q2 shows any improvement (1st report coming out in three weeks).† Imho we're in an economy where we can still make money but it's just going to take more effort. Review of last week here, reports/consensus coming out this week here. This is the thread where folks swap ideas on savings and...