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  • Inside the Bubble

    05/07/2017 6:14:21 AM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 8 replies
    Financial Sense Newshour ^ | May 6, 2017 | James Puplava
    What is the biggest bubble of our day? In today’s Big Picture podcast, Jim Puplava explains how stock prices are being driven to record valuations as investors herd into index ETFs. This is a self-feeding frenzy, he states, where fundamental analysis doesn’t apply. Next, he discusses “Oil: The Coming Age of Volatility,” looking at the recent drop and why we are moving into an era of boom and bust. MP3 Audio Link Here
  • WOW: Inside Trump's holdings: A web of potential conflicts

    01/19/2017 10:01:45 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | 19 JAN 17 | John W. Schoen
    When he takes the oath of office Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will carry with him a massive web of potential conflicts of interest not seen in modern American history. The next president's ethical quandary is the result of his refusal to divest himself of a sprawling network of more than 500 properties that he has amassed in more than three decades as a celebrity entrepreneur. At a long-awaited news conference last week, Trump dismissed the potential conflicts after his attorney laid out the broad outlines of a plan to separate himself from the day-to-day operations of his businesses. The plan...
  • TD Ameritrade buying rival brokerage Scottrade for $4 billion; STL will lose hundreds of jobs

    10/24/2016 12:42:25 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 39 replies
    Stltoday.com (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) ^ | October 24, 2016 | Lisa Brown
    Discount brokerage Scottrade is being acquired by rival TD Ameritrade in a $4 billion deal. The companies announced the deal early Monday, following several weeks of news reports about the merger. The sale is subject to regulatory approvals, and is slated to close by Sept. 30, 2017. Scottrade will convert to TD Ameritrade systems in 2018. Combined, the two companies have $944 billion in total client assets and 10 million funded client accounts. "It gives us a lot of power to combine the two," Scottrade's founder and CEO Rodger Riney told the Post-Dispatch Monday. "It is a business that has...
  • Why Hillary Clinton’s Tax Plan to Soak Investors Won’t Work

    08/05/2016 4:50:05 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 35 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | July 29, 2015 | Rob Garver
    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton last week released a proposal to overhaul the capital gains tax, which is paid on profits from the sale of investments. The detailed plan was designed to counter the pursuit of short-term gain at the expense of long-run investment – what Clinton called “quarterly capitalism” – by making it more expensive to sell stock in public companies that has been held for less than two years. The problem, according to Len Burman, the director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, is that it won’t work. “The proposal suffers several defects,” Burman wrote in an analysis...
  • How Election Will Really Affect Your Investments

    06/24/2016 6:49:22 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Money ^ | June 22, 2016 | Taylor Tepper
    Emotions are running high in this campaign. And that—not any candidate’s policies—is the real threat to your portfolio. Here’s how to drown out the noise. Stocks will plunge if Donald Trump is elected President. And the bond market could capsize if Trump goes ahead with plans to renegotiate the national debt. Yeah, but if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, she’ll cripple the economy by hiking taxes by $1 trillion. And oh, by the way, her foreign policy will end up destroying the world. As these are actual statements made by famous investors—like billionaire Mark Cuban and Swiss investment adviser...
  • California pension investment ticks off state engineers’ union

    05/15/2016 12:47:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 10, 2016 | Jon Ortiz
    Add one more investment to the list of CalPERS’ controversial investments: a privately run state highway. The retirement fund recently purchased 10 percent of Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. The firm runs a 157-mile stretch of highway that runs across northern Indiana from Illinois to Ohio. California’s state engineers’ union says it’s a horrible investment that sinks government employees’ money into a project that, ironically, is hostile to government employees. The toll-road company is the first of what fund managers anticipate will be more investments in infrastructure and transportation projects as the $291 billion system broadens its reach into those...
  • The economy and the stock market have already voted for the next president

    02/10/2016 8:52:48 AM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 6 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | Mark Hulbert
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — New Hampshire’s primary results are a sideshow compared with the most important political poll of all: the stock market. Which is ironic, since — in contrast to the presidential campaign so far, which has confused matters more than clarified them — the stock market is voting loudly and clearly: The Republicans are likely to regain control of the White House this November.
  • Cash is way more popular than stocks or bonds

    02/05/2016 1:03:04 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    cnn money ^ | 2-5-2016 | Matt Egan
    When investors are nervous, they flee risky assets like stocks for the safety of cash. That's exactly what's been happening lately. Since July 1, cash and money market funds have easily been the world's most popular asset class, attracting $208 billion of inflows, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. By comparison, investors have poured a relatively paltry $7 billion into stocks and yanked $46 billion from bonds. It's the latest evidence of the jitters ripping through financial markets amid crashing oil prices, a slowdown in China and soft U.S. economic activity. "The individual investor is scared by the volatility....
  • What is the best and least expensive way to buy gold for an investment?

    12/10/2015 5:23:44 PM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 80 replies
    Vanity | 12/10/15 | Keli
    What is the best and least expensive way to buy gold for an investment?
  • U.S. Producer Prices Stymied by Low Inflation

    11/16/2015 3:19:30 AM PST · by expat_panama · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 13, 2015 | Jeffrey Sparshott And Kate Davidson
    WASHINGTON --A gauge of U.S. business prices fell in October, the latest sign of low inflation amid cheap gasoline and a strong dollar. The producer-price index, which measures the prices companies receive for goods and services, decreased 0.4% in October, the Labor Department said Friday. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, so-called core prices were down 0.3% from the prior month. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected overall prices would rise 0.2% and core prices would rise 0.1%. Overall producer prices decreased 1.6% in October from a year earlier, the 10th straight year-over-year decline and the...
  • Paris terror: The potential aftermath for markets

    11/16/2015 3:04:44 AM PST · by expat_panama · 1 replies
    CNBC World Markets ^ | November 15, 2015 | Catherine Boyle
    Friday's tragic events in Paris are set to have repercussions all over the world, and financial markets are no exception. As the dust settles from the attacks which left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured, analysts began to ponder the geopolitical and economic implications. Euronext, France's main securities market, said in a statement that business will proceed as usual --albeit with added precautions. "Markets will open as normal at Euronext on Monday," the exchange said in a statement. "Our priority is the safety of our staff and there will therefore be extra security in place in Paris on Monday‎."...
  • Why Owning a House is Financial Suicide

    11/12/2015 11:23:52 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 100 replies
    News.Com (Australia) ^ | November 13, 2015 08:32 GMT | James Altucher
    OWNING your own house is as much the Australian dream as the American dream, and it's one that feels increasingly out of reach for many. But when one user on Quora pondered whether it was ultimately better to rent or own your own home, blogger and investor James Altucher penned this highly controversial response: I am sick of me writing about this. Do you ever get sick of yourself? I am sick of me. But every day I see more propaganda about the American Dream of owning the home. I see codewords a $15 trillion dollar industry uses to hypnotise...
  • Jim Lacamp, Sr. VP of Investments at UBS talks about declining oil prices, trends in 2015.

    09/25/2015 10:10:38 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 5 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 02/05/2015 | Jacki Daily
    This show is from February, was this guest correct? listen in to find out! Jim Lacamp, Sr. VP of Investments at UBS talks about declining oil prices and likely price trends in 2015.
  • Dow up as China admits propping up currency

    08/27/2015 5:52:47 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 27 Aug 15 | Jerome R. Corsi
    U.S. stocks rallied again Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at 16,654.77, up 369.26 points, as the Chinese government admitted intervening in foreign currency markets to prop up the value of the yuan. The communist government also admitted simultaneously intervening in the Chinese stock market to halt further declines. The average investor got a second breather this week as the Dow gained back Wednesday and Thursday the 1,000 points lost in opening trading Monday in a roller-coaster market that shows no signs of stabilizing. Market Watch reported the Treasury market, a comfortable haven for many nervous investors,...
  • The Troubling Decline of Financial Independence in America

    08/28/2015 10:16:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/28/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    If you can't work for yourself and afford health insurance, something is seriously messed up. By financial independence, I don't mean an inherited trust fund--I mean earning an independent living as a self-employed person. Sure, it's nice if you chose the right parents and inherited a fortune. But even without the inherited fortune, financial independence via self-employment has always been an integral part of the American Dream. Indeed, it could be argued that financial independence is the American Dream because it gives us the freedom to say Take This Job And Shove It (Johnny Paycheck). This chart shows the self-employed as a percentage of those with jobs (all nonfarm...
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? There’s one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Wall Street in free-fall as traders ditch stocks amid global rout (Dow Down 921/6%)

    08/24/2015 6:36:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | August 24, 2015 | Adam Samson
    Wall Street plummeted early Monday as traders aggressively sold stocks and bid-up only the safest asset classes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 577 points, or 3.5%, to 15843, the S&P 500 plunged 77.5 points, or 3.9%, to 1884, and the Nasdaq Composite dived 412 points, or 8.7%, to 4295
  • Report: Homeland Security Official Used Improper Influence

    03/24/2015 11:21:00 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors in three cases involving the U.S. government soliciting investments in exchange for American visas, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said he helped secure the visas, and created the appearance of favoritism and special access. The investigation could not suggest a motive for the official's involvement.
  • Snoop Dogg: Unload Your 401K, Refuse to Invest in Gun Companies

    03/09/2015 3:42:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | March 9, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Rapper Snoop Dogg is part of new UnloadYour401K campaign aimed at getting hard-working Americans to call their financial advisers and get rid of any and all investments in gun companies. Snoop Dogg appears in a video for the campaign in which he says, “I’ve been affected by gun violence over the years, just through the deaths of friend and family members, and associates.” In another portion he appears again, this time holding a white sign with “#ImUnloading” emblazoned upon it. He says, “I’m unloading for my love ones that I lost.” Singer/Songwriter Jhene Aiko also appears in the #ImUnloading video....