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  • Why governments are unique -- and dangerous

    07/19/2018 11:03:20 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 7/18/2018 | John Conlin
    In the flow of this 3.8 billion-year-old river of life it is death, not life, that drives evolution. Death is that which sculpts the flow of life. In the marketplace of business it is failure, not success, that shapes, sculpts and hones that which survives. Whether it is an inability to survive in ever-changing physical conditions or an inability to convince enough people to purchase your goods or services at the price you require, demise of the entity controls and shapes what remains. Death and failure are the invisible hands that ensure these systems remain somewhat in balance. They put...
  • That Calm Chinese Stock Market? It’s Engineered by the State

    06/01/2018 10:42:33 AM PDT · by heartwood · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/30/2018 | Shen Hong and Stella Yifan Xie
    SHANGHAI—Long derided as a casino, China’s once-volatile stock market is going through a long stretch of calm. One reason is an orchestrated government effort to keep traders and investors in line. Three years after a national uproar when Chinese stocks plunged by nearly half in just over two months, traders and brokers say regulators are increasingly stepping in to influence trades and make China’s markets appear less volatile, especially during political events when Beijing wants to project stability.
  • Opinion: Investors who believe in a free lunch are about to get a very expensive bill

    02/21/2018 9:00:38 PM PST · by cba123 · 7 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | February 21, 2018 | Nigam Arora
    Martketwatch -- (and now, for a contrarian column) -- More and more investors believe there is a free lunch. That is, you get something for nothing. In investing, people have been getting a free lunch: Stocks (and bonds) have been rising for years without a bad turnout. Will there ever be consequences of massive money printing by central banks, $20 trillion in national debt, a high trade deficit, underfunded social-program liabilities and higher deficits resulting from tax reform? One would think so. In theory, gold is supposed to be a hedge against the supposed free lunch investors are enjoying. In...
  • The Markets Point Toward Economic Strength: Central Banks Try to Curtail Their Outsize Influence

    02/07/2018 8:13:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/07/2018 | By Jason De Sena Trennert
    The pullback in stocks the past two trading days is both long overdue and healthful. But after nearly a decade of easy money engineered by the Fed and other central banks, is the sell-off in the bond market simply a short-term tantrum? Or is it the start of a secular bear market in bonds, due to higher inflation, that can only end in tears? If one thinks about interest rates as simply the price of money, one could argue that the correction in stock prices would be more worrisome if accompanied by significantly lower bond yields than higher ones. In...
  • Market “Earthquake Is Coming” – Icahn Warns “A Lot Of People Will Pay The Price Like In 1929”

    02/06/2018 3:41:06 PM PST · by blam · 63 replies
    Newz Sentinel ^ | 2-6-2018
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn spoke to CNBC via telephone this morning and had some very ominous warnings after what he has seen in the last few days. Reflecting on the market’s moves recently, Icahn shocked the anchors by saying: “This is something we’ve never seen before… I don’t remember ever seeing a market with this kind of volatility over two weeks.“ “The market has become a much more dangerous place [due to index funds and ETFs]… it’s like 2008 where everyone was buying mortgages and CDS.” Concluding that: “Passive investing is the bubble right now.” “There is going to be...
  • Here’s how much the stock market would have to drop to wipe out Donald Trump’s stock rally

    02/06/2018 8:18:49 AM PST · by NRx · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02-06-2018 | Tae Kim
    President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the strong stock market performance since his election victory as proof of his success. Detractors may point to the Dow Jones industrial average's recent stumbles, but the benchmark index has much further to fall before Trump's postelection gains are gone. The Dow declined by 1,175 points, or down 4.6 percent on Monday. From its high on Jan. 26 at 26,616.71, the benchmark index has declined nearly 2,300 points or 8.5 percent through Monday's close at 24,345.75. Trump still has a big cushion. The Dow closed at 18,332.74 on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016, which...
  • The Falling Market

    02/06/2018 5:28:24 AM PST · by EBH · 75 replies
    Vanity | 2/6/2018 | EBH
    Yesterday, as I sat down from a long day of being disconnected from the electronics of the world, my initial reaction to the market drop was gut wrenching to say the least. Acknowledging the news, I started to ponder why such a devastating drop. While percentage wise, based on the current market value this really appears to be more like a correction, but what exactly is it and why? I am no financial guru, just a little guy on the outside looking in. But a market losing confidence is a key indicator for a crash. Just before the State of...
  • Selloff in equity futures, Asian markets continues

    02/05/2018 11:26:29 PM PST · by socialism_stinX · 25 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 2/5/2018 | Reuters
    U.S. S&P 500 futures,the world's most liquid, tumbled as much as 2.5 percent to 4-month lows in Asian trade on Tuesday as the sell-off triggered by worries about inflation showed no sign of abating, indicating Wall Street could be set for another brutal day. Futures fell to as low as 2,542, the weakest levels since early October, and 11.7 percent below their record peak of 2,878.5 touched on Jan. 29. S&P futures were last down 1.6 percent while Dow futures were last down 2.2 percent. The slide added to sharp falls over the past week. The S&P 500 index and...
  • Obscure security linked to stock volatility plummets 80% after hours, worries of market effect

    02/05/2018 9:30:40 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/05/18 | Thomas Franck
    An exchange-traded security which is supposed to be a bet on calm markets was collapsing after hours. The VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note (XIV) is down more than 80 percent in extended trading Monday. The security, issued by Credit Suisse, is supposed to give the opposite return of the Cboe Volatility index (VIX), the market's widely followed turbulence gauge. The VIX doubled during regular market hours Monday, causing obvious havoc for a product seeking to track its inverse return. Though, the XIV dropped just 14 percent during regular trading. But then after hours trading began and the security,...
  • The Federal Reserve May Secretly Want to Sink the Record-Breaking Stock Market

    02/05/2018 7:33:21 PM PST · by familyop · 83 replies
    TheStreet ^ | Sep 19, 2017 | Scott Gamm
    A big Federal Reserve meeting is coming up. Here is one thing that could happen if the Fed gets too aggressive. Despite its independence, the Federal Reserve may quietly want a bear market that takes down a president that loves tweeting about the stock market. Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, told TheStreet the "[Janet] Yellen put" in the markets could expire under President Trump. "I don't know if the Fed has much love for Trump," he said, adding that the Fed had the markets' back during the Obama Administration. "Maybe the Fed would be happy to see a...
  • Stock markets hit record highs – here are three reasons why

    01/05/2018 1:47:27 PM PST · by BlackAdderess · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/5/18 | Kamal Ahmed
    Not too hot, not too cold - but just right. Goldilocks' requirements for the perfect bowl of porridge are similar to the requirements of an attractive economy. Not too hot - growth busting out the lights raising fears about sustainability and rampant inflation. And not too cold - economic slowdowns and recessions pulling down business profitability and weighing on equity valuations. Market investors certainly sense that 2018 will see a continuation of a global "Goldilocks economy". Why?
  • For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever Amen

    01/04/2018 7:12:23 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 1-4-18 | Bible
    Posthumous awareness is yours for the taking as you enter My gates of Thanksgiving and fill My courts with praise for Truly as you enter in My likeness I arise in you ! My words become yours and your words become My knowledge for you HAVE obtained The Mind of CHRIST that "IS" The Manifold Wisdom of God Himself in an eternal manner for His Glory "as" The Kingdom of ZION above all kingdoms for this is the inheritance of The Sons and Daughters of The Living GOD "YAHWEH" 8888888 EPHESIANS 3:8-11 8Though I am less than the least of...
  • Is Germany about to go to war ?

    01/02/2018 10:58:48 PM PST · by Jedediah · 17 replies
    Bible | Bible
    Will this battle be inside or from outside or both
  • GOP senators hold back support for tax bill over child tax credit [Also Lee, Utah]

    12/14/2017 6:03:51 PM PST · by familyop · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2017 | Alex Pappas, Mike Emanuel, Chad Pergram, Serafin Gomez, Adam Shapiro
    Two Republican senators indicated Thursday they were holding back support for the final $1.5 trillion GOP tax reform bill unless a larger child tax credit is included...The strongest statement came from the office of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio...Conn Carroll, a spokesman for Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee, also said Lee is "undecided" on the bill in its current form. “Sen. Lee continues to work to make the [child tax credit] as beneficial as possible to American working families," Carroll said.
  • Wall Street set for a positive open with Dow futures up triple digits, as tax plan lifts sentiment

    12/04/2017 1:27:42 AM PST · by abb · 11 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | December 4, 2017 | Alexandra Gibbs
    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a strong positive open on Monday, as sentiment was boosted by news that the U.S. Senate narrowly passed a major tax bill over the weekend. Consequently, the news put a smile on investors faces ahead of Monday's open, with the Dow Jones industrial average pointing to higher open, by more than 200 points, at 4:00 a.m. ET. U.S. stocks finished in the red Friday after a report emerged stating that former national security advisor Michael Flynn was directed by Trump to talk to Russians. Shifting to Monday, investors will be poring over news that...
  • Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high: UN

    11/01/2017 10:35:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. “Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years,” the World Meteorological Organization said. “Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Niño event,” it said. The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN weather agency’s...
  • Dollar to Gold Ratio According to U.S National Debt Clock

    09/25/2017 8:55:51 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 60 replies
    I wanted to post this just in case people missed it, a while back the U.S National Debt clock began publishing the real ratio for U.S dollars to gold. At this point it's up over 6,000 per ounce. Keep stacking!
  • Why We're Doomed: The point is the present system cannot endure

    09/01/2017 8:44:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/31/2017 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,The point is the present system cannot endure.Despite all the happy talk about "recovery" and higher growth, wages have gone nowhere since 2000--and for the bottom 20% of workers, they've gone nowhere since the 1970s.Gross domestic product (GDP) has risen smartly since 2000, but the share of GDP going to wages and salaries has plummeted: this is simply an extension of a 47-year downtrend.Last month I posted one reason Why We're Doomed: Our Economy's Toxic Inequality (August 16, 2017). The second half of why we're doomed is stagnant wages. Why do stagnating...
  • World Markets On Edge After North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan

    08/29/2017 9:01:42 AM PDT · by Mr Apple · 12 replies
    Kitco News ^ | August 20, 2017 | JIM WYCKOFF
    (Kitco News) – News that North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan has rattled world markets. Global stock indexes are lower and safe-haven assets like gold and U.S. Treasuries are higher. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward lower openings when the New York day session begins. Gold prices hit an 11-month high overnight, as a combination of safe-haven demand and technical buying are boosting the yellow metal.
  • Market Volatility Has Vanished Around the World

    06/19/2017 7:34:06 PM PDT · by jonno · 25 replies
    As Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ nears all-time lows, one commonly used measure shows Asian equities near their least volatile this century. The calm that has descended on U.S. financial markets is stretching around the world. Based on one commonly used measure, Asian equities are near their least volatile this century—a byproduct of improving corporate earnings, stabilizing economic growth and the diminishing impact of geopolitical events on markets. In the U.S., Wall Street’s “fear gauge” is near all-time lows, and in Europe, volatility has also largely subsided.