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  • Does George Soros Know Something We Dont About The S&P 500?

    08/16/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    Mrket Watch ^ | 8-16-2014 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    August 15, 2014 By Barbara Kollmeyer Oh, goody. Its 13F time, when mere mortals like us get to see how the big boys rolled the dice in the last quarter. Among the highlights, Soros Fund Management increased a bear-call bet on the S&P 500 in a huge way. The fund lifted a put position a bet the market will go lower on the S&P 500 ETF SPY to its biggest size yet, in terms of value and portfolio percentage, making a 605% leap over the previous quarter. Bullion Baron, who has long kept a beady eye on Soross...
  • Let The Good Times Roll For The US Economy

    08/04/2014 4:48:37 AM PDT · by blam · 18 replies
    BI ^ | 8-4-2014 | Ed Yardeni
    Ed Yardeni, Dr. Ed's BlogAugust 4, 2014 Yardeni chart Aug 4, Dr. Ed's Blog The US economy appears on my worry list only indirectly and only because it is performing well, showing no signs of a recession. Thats bearish only if the Feds response of starting to raise interest rates in baby steps triggers an unanticipated financial crisis simply because interest rates have been too close to zero for too long. A rush out of corporate bond funds could be one of the consequences with recessionary consequences, or maybe not. Its something to watch. For now, let the good times...
  • Traders Are Blaming Thursday's Big Sell-Off On 1 Stat (DJIA -317)

    07/31/2014 3:05:04 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    BI ^ | 7-31-2014 | Sam Ro
    Sam Ro July 31, 2014The stock market is experiencing its worst one-day sell-off in months. There's no shortage of things to be worried about. Argentina just defaulted, Iraq's a mess, and Russia could soon retaliate for the latest round of economic sanctions. But traders agree that Thursday's sell-off is probably due to one stat: the 0.7% jump in the employment cost index (ECI) in the second quarter. This number, which crossed at 8:30 a.m. ET, was a bit higher than the 0.5% expected by economists. And it represents a year-over-year growth rate of over 2%. It's a big deal, because...
  • Why Is Zero Economic Growth 'Unexpected' ?

    07/15/2014 9:47:29 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    The Market OIracle ^ | 7-15-2014 | Andrew_McKillop
    July 14, 2014 Andrew_McKillop Always Unexpected Each monthly decline in leading economic indicators, when it happens in the Eurozone, as in the US or Japan, China, Brazil, India or elsewhere, is always unexpected. Why is this? For example the March, April, May and June declines for the Eurozone were each time titled unexpected by newswires and mainstream media the month following each surprise. Taking the case of Reuters, it reported April 14 that Eurozone industrial output had fallen in March for the first time since August so this was able to be called unexpected. Then the decline continued in April....
  • Stiglitz: 'Very uncomfortable' with stock levels

    07/07/2014 5:45:15 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-7-2014
    "The reason the stock market is high, in part, is that interest rates are low, wages are low and the emerging markets are still growing much faster than the U.S. economy, let alone Europe," Stiglitz said. He pointed to the fact that many U.S.-listed multinationals are increasingly getting a large chunk of their profits from emerging markets. "These very strong stock market prices are in a sense a symptom of the weak economy, not a symptom that we are about to have a strong recovery to our real economy," he said. Stiglitz, a professor of economics at Columbia University, said...
  • Controversy over Facebook Emotional Manipulation Study Grows as Timeline Becomes more Clear

    07/06/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT · by dalight · 21 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 6/30/2014 | Gregory S. McNeal
    My colleague Kashmir Hill just reported that Facebook conducted their news feed manipulation four months before the term research was added to their data use policy, she writes: However, we were all relying on what Facebooks data policy says now. In January 2012, the policy did not say anything about users potentially being guinea pigs made to have a crappy day for science, nor that research is something that might happen on the platform. Four months after this study happened, in May 2012, Facebook made changes to its data use policy, and thats when it introduced this line about how...
  • Obama Gets GDP Bassackward

    06/25/2014 6:14:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    This country is a bunch of lions led by donkeys, as the Germans said about the English Army in the first war. The latest Obama-related bray is the revised GDP numbers for the first quarter. Economists expected the economy to grow by 1.9% even after a discount for the cold weather. Instead the initial estimate saw a contraction of 1%. As we approached the revision to the initial estimate, we began hearing that perhaps things would be even worse in the next estimate. They were. The revision came in at a contraction of 2.9% for the first quarter. But...
  • The U.S. Economy Has Collapsed: This Is A Monstrous Negative Revision

    06/25/2014 1:31:56 PM PDT · by Signalman · 54 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | 6.24,2014 | Mac Slavo
    For months the administration, financial pundits and Wall Street analysts made it a point to inform Americans about the healthy state of our economy. One of the key metrics theyve used as proof of recovery was the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which measures the productive output of the U.S. economy as a whole. Earlier this year the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis noted that this measure was showing positive growth. But now, after a second official revision, all of that purported growth used to goad consumers into spending more money on homes, cars and other goods has been revealed to...
  • Islamic Caliphate Is Born, World War III Has BEGUN!

    06/22/2014 5:48:17 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 6-21-2014 | Ty Andros
    Jun 21, 2014 Ty Andros Insanity is coming at US in huge waves. This week really saw a lot of new tea leaves presented to those working through the puzzle of the MAN MADE disaster. We are indeed living in interesting times, and I believe they will be studied and written about for decades and centuries into the future. I also believe this time period offers the greatest opportunity's in history if played from an applied Austrian economic perspective, and a good handle on history. They are one and the same actually. So let's look at some of the vignettes...
  • A Development That Should Have Wall Street Terrified

    06/15/2014 10:32:22 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 15 2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    Wall Street lost a close friend this week. As BI's Linette Lopez explained on Wednesday, the defeat of Eric Cantor, to primary opponent Dave Brat, meant that one of Wall Street's most reliable allies within the GOP was gone. And not just gone, but replaced by a candidate who specifically made being anti-Wall Street part of his campaign. The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza went as far as to describe Dave Brat the Elizabeth Warren of the right. On the trail, Bratt lamented the fact that no Wall Street bankers went to jail for the crisis of 2008. But the story...
  • The Madness Of Crowds And The Great Insanity (the coming economic collapse)

    06/08/2014 6:42:22 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 139 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | June 8, 2014 | Ty Andros
    Never in my 30+ year career as a market observer have I seen so many out on a limb which is about to be SAWED OFF. Those who live within the matrix are fully loaded for a recovery which is not and will not appear. Nominally the Main stream media can proclaim ECONOMIC recovery has arrived, point to the rising developed world stock markets, seemingly benign bond markets of all categories: sovereign, investment grade and Junk, Private equity, corporate buy backs and more have priced in Happy Days are here again. HFT, unrestrained leverage in a financially repressed world and...
  • U.S. Retail Economic Death Rattle Grows Louder

    05/26/2014 10:54:28 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-26-2014 | James Quinn
    May 26, 2014 - 06:47 AMBy: James Quinn The definition of death rattle is a sound often produced by someone who is near death when fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulate in the throat and upper chest. The person cant swallow and emits a deepening wheezing sound as they gasp for breath. This can go on for two or three days before death relieves them of their misery. The American retail industry is emitting an unmistakable wheezing sound as a long slow painful death approaches. Death rattle It was exactly four months ago when I wrote THE RETAIL...
  • This Is Why Hewlett Packard Just Announced Another 16,000 Job Cuts

    05/22/2014 3:18:39 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-22-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 05/22/2014 16:26 -0400 The biggest scandal in today's release of Hewlett Packard Q2 earnings was not that it hit 30 minutes prematurely, catching algos unaware and unable to BTFD when the stock tumbled on what was a revenue miss and 1% decline from last year, nor that the company guided below estimate, pushing its stock some 3% lower in the last minutes of trading. The biggest scandal was this disclosure in the second quarter results press release: "As HP continues to reengineer the workforce to be more competitive and meet its objectives, the previously estimated number of eliminated...
  • Why the Stock Market Could Rise 74% in the Next Three Years

    05/11/2014 6:59:26 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 5-11-2014 | Marc Lichfield - Investment U
    Why the Stock Market Could Rise 74% in the Next Three Years May 11, 2014 GMT By: Investment_U Marc Lichtenfeld writes: We had a bit of a scare in the markets last month. At one point, the S&P 500 fell more than 4%, causing some permabears to proudly proclaim that the "bubble" had burst. Of course, they're not quite so vocal now that the market has rebounded and is back within 1% of its all-time high. As you know, we're not market timers at Investment U and The Oxford Club. But I believe this market has a long way to...
  • CORE INFLATION UNEXPECTEDLY RISES

    04/15/2014 5:58:37 AM PDT · by blam · 49 replies
    BI ^ | 4-15-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    CORE INFLATION UNEXPECTEDLY RISES Matthew BoeslerApril 15, 2014, 8:30 AM      Inflation unexpectedly accelerated in March due to increased costs of food and shelter, according to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both the headline consumer price index and the "core" price index (which excludes food and energy prices) advanced 0.2% in March from the previous month, ahead of consensus estimates for a 0.1% rise in both series, matching February's pace. The year-over-year change in the core index rose to 1.7% from 1.6%, while the year-over-year change in the headline index was boosted...
  • The IMF Is Sleepwalking Into Another Global Economic Catastrophe

    04/13/2014 6:39:05 AM PDT · by blam · 5 replies
    BI - The Guardian ^ | 4-13-2014 | PHILLIP INMAN, The Guardian
    The IMF Is Sleepwalking Into Another Global Economic Catastrophe The Guardian PHILLIP INMAN, The Guardian Apr. 12, 2014, 7:22 PM The complacency is palpable. Despite some dire warnings about risky trading and the threat posed by overly indebted banks, the mood last week at the International Monetary Fund's spring conference was one of calm. We have turned a corner since the financial crisis, the Washington-based organisation says. Normality is returning. And this will mean establishing normal interest rates (up from 0.5% in the UK to 2%-3%, according to Mark Carney), restoring normal inflation and generating steady growth in the west...
  • The ONE Revelation About HFT Programs That Truly Scares Bankers (It's Not Stock Market Rigging)

    04/08/2014 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 April 2014 | smartknowledgeu
    Last week, the big story was how bankers use HFT (High Frequency Trading) algorithmic software not only to rig markets but also to commit theft on a daily basis (Frontrunning, like Quantitative Easing, is just fancy Wall Street lingo to disguise its true meaning of theft). Though many in the public blogosphere expressed shock that stock markets are rigged and that regulators like the Securities Exchange Commission willingly allow this theft to occur, the only thing shocking about this story was how long it took this story to reach the mainstream and that people were crediting Michael Lewis with uncovering...
  • The State Of The Big Four Recession Indicators

    04/04/2014 4:36:57 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    BI - Advisor Perspetives ^ | 4-4-2014 | Doug Short, Advisor Perspectives
    The State Of The Big Four Recession Indicators Doug Short, Advisor Perspectives April 4, 2014, 6:25 PM Note from dshort: This commentary has been revised to include today's release of the March Nonfarm Employment data.Official recession calls are the responsibility of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee, which is understandably vague about the specific indicators on which they base their decisions. This committee statement is about as close as they get to identifying their method. There is, however, a general belief that there are four big indicators that the committee weighs heavily in their cycle identification process. They are: Industrial...
  • ALBERT EDWARDS: The Next Shock Will Be Enough To Send The Economy Into Recession

    03/25/2014 5:35:35 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 3-25-2014 | Sam Ro
    ALBERT EDWARDS: The Next Shock Will Be Enough To Send The Economy Into Recession Sam RoMar. 25, 2014, 8:15 AM    For years now, many economists have been predicting that a business investment recovery would come, spurring corporate profits, GDP growth, jobs, and all sorts of wonderful things for the economy. However, Albert Edwards and his colleagues at Societe Generale warn that it's not coming. "The bulls will point out, quite correctly, that on many key measures the profits situation in the US looks quite healthy," wrote Edwards in a new research note to clients. "But experience shows...
  • Why Chinese Copper Demand Could Come Booming Back (Dr Copper)

    03/24/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    BI ^ | 3-24-2014 | Mamta Badkar
    Why Chinese Copper Demand Could Come Booming Back Mamta BadkarMar. 23, 2014, 11:21 PM     Copper prices have been tumbling on concerns about China's economic slowdown and an unwinding of copper-backed loans. But Sijin Cheng at Barclays writes that grid spending could "help dispel" concerns about Chinese copper demand. China's grid companies invested 40 billion yuan (about $6.4 billion) in the first two months of the year, up 22% year-over-year. This comes "despite a high base; in January-February 2013, [when] investment rose 44% from a soft 2012." While some cable providers reported "sharp slowdowns" in the Jan-Feb...
  • EL-ERIAN: The State Of 'The New Normal' (Devastating)

    03/22/2014 10:47:27 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI ^ | 3-22-2014 | Mohamed El-Erian
    EL-ERIAN: The State Of 'The New Normal' (Devastating) Mohamed El-ErianMarch 22, 2014Editors Note: Business Insider reached out to Mohamed for an update on the New Normal. Here is what he sent us in response. The context: When first rolled out in a May 2009 PIMCO publication, the concept of the new normal attracted only limited support in economic, market and policy circles. But after five years of frustratingly-low economic growth and alarmingly-high unemployment, the concept has caught on. It also relates to the more-detailed analytical work done by Carmen Reinhard, Ken Rogoff, Larry Summers, Paul Krugman, Richard Koo, Tom Friedman,...
  • The Stock Market And Pessimistic Press Headlines

    03/20/2014 10:41:13 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 3-20-2014 | Doug_Wakefield
    The Stock Market And Pessimistic Press Headlines Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2014 Mar 20, 2014 - 08:52 AM GMT By: Doug Wakefield Do you remember the following headline from the fall of 2011? "In the Absence of a Credible Plan We Will Have A Global Financial Meltdown in Two or Three Weeks" [states] Dr. Robert Shapiro, Advisor to the IMF, Zero Hedge, October 6, 2011 How about these headlines, from June 2012? [Spanish] Bankia Customers Pull Out Over 1 Billion Euros, Reuters, May 17 '12 Or some of these from December 2012 through December 2013? Ben Bernanke: If We Go...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market

    03/08/2014 8:42:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    "The number of publicly traded U.S. stocks available to investors is plumbing new lows, even as their prices brave new highs." -- Barron's (February 24, 2014) The Wilshire 5000 Stock Index is supposed to be the ultimate measure of the U.S. stock market, but in reality there are now only 3,666 stocks in the index. Back in 1998, it contained 7,562 stocks. The employment participation rate isn't the only number in decline. There are a lot of reasons for this decline. The number was artificially high during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Since then, the dot-com boom collapsed...
  • ROSENBERG: 'The Chances Of A Recession In The Next Year Or Two Are Close To Zero'

    03/04/2014 11:52:35 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Advisor Perspectives ^ | 3-4-2014 | Robert Huebscher
    ROSENBERG: 'The Chances Of A Recession In The Next Year Or Two Are Close To Zero' Robert Huebscher, Advisor Perspectives Mar. 4, 2014, 10:50 AM Following a lackluster recovery that began in June 2009, many fear the U.S. is due for another recession, given that the average post-war economic expansion lasted five years. But were only in the fourth or fifth inning of the business cycle, according to David Rosenberg, who predicts growth in consumer and capital spending and positive returns for U.S. equities. It takes a lot to shock the U.S. economy into a recession, Rosenberg said. None...
  • Markets doing the job Obama and the west can't do: The Russian Stock Markets Tank 10%

    03/03/2014 6:55:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/03/2013 | Rick Moran
    "How to punish Russia" is the question of the day. All sorts of measures are being considered, including kicking Russia out of the G-20, trade sanctions, even travel restrictions for some Russian government officials.But in the end, as Jason Karaian poin ts out in Quartz, it is the free market that is doing enormous damage to Putin's Russia: Strongly worded statements, threats of travel restrictions, and summit no-shows. So far, these are the relatively mild diplomatic implications for Russia of its incursion into Ukraine, as few in the West can stomach an open military confrontation with Moscow over its apparent...
  • This Infamous (1929) Stock Market Crash Chart Just Won't Die

    02/13/2014 11:28:40 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    BI - The Reformed Broker ^ | 2-13-2014 | Joshua Brown
    This Infamous Stock Market Crash Chart Just Won't Die Joshua Brown, The Reformed Broker Feb. 13, 2014, 12:27 PM     No matter how many times it’s been debunked*, the 1929 stock market overlay chart just will not die. Probably because you keep clicking on any headline with the number ’1929′ in it. Probably because of how provocative the idea is and because of the fact that we are much more likely to be made uncomfortable by fear than we are to be take pleasure in potential opportunity. The studies all confirm that the human animal is, at...
  • The Next Two To Three Days Are 'Extremely Critical' For The Stock Market It May Crash 40%

    02/05/2014 9:40:05 AM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    BI ^ | 2-5-2014 | Matthew Boesler
    TOM DEMARK: The Next Two To Three Days Are 'Extremely Critical' For The Stock Market — It May Crash 40% Matthew BoeslerFeb. 5, 2014, 11:20 AM      Noted market-timer Tom DeMark did not sound optimistic about the prospects for stocks in an interview with CNBC this morning. DeMark compared today's market to that preceding the Black Friday crash in 1929. "When the market made its high on September 3, [1929], there were 23 subsequent trading days where the Dow Jones Industrial Average had a short-term bottom," he said. "23 days aligns with the low end on...
  • Is Anyone Really Surprised That The System Is On The Brink Again?

    02/05/2014 5:32:42 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    Is Anyone Really Surprised That The System Is On The Brink Again? Phoenix Capital ResearchZero Hedge 02/04/2014 15:07 -0500 We find it truly extraordinary that anyone is surprised the financial system is under duress again. After all, what have the Central Banks accomplished in the last five years? 1) Did they clear out the bad debts that caused the 2008 collapse? NOPE 2) Did they implement structural reforms to insure another 2008 didnt happen? NOPE 3) Did they punish fraud or corruption in any way to insure that the system was clean? NOPE So what did they do? They cut...
  • Asia Stocks Extend Rout After US Selloff; Nikkei Dives 4% On Strong Yen

    02/04/2014 1:30:16 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2-4-2013 | Nyshka Chandran
    Asia Stocks Extend Rout After US Selloff; Nikkei Dives 4% On Strong Yen Published: Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 1:23 AM ET By: Nyshka Chandran Assistant Producer, CNBC Asia-Pacific Asian equity markets suffered heavy losses on Tuesday after Wall Street shares tumbled overnight as weak economic data sparked fears of a slowing U.S. economy.U.S. stocks saw their worst start to February since 1933 after a manufacturing report heightened concern about the economy before Friday's monthly jobs report. Overall factory activity hit an eight-month low in January as new order growth plunged by the most in 33 years. In a sign...
  • SocGen: An Economic 'Perfect Storm' Is Brewing

    02/02/2014 7:15:51 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    BI ^ | 2-2-2014 | Rob Wile
    SocGen: An Economic 'Perfect Storm' Is Brewing Rob WileFeb. 2, 2014, 8:46 PM    Last weekend at Davos, Nouriel Roubini told BI's Joe Weisenthal that it seemed markets had sailing into a perfect storm, resulting in lots of volatility. "...Between Chinese PMI of 50, Argentina letting its currency go, noises coming politically from Ukraine, Turkey, and Thailand … [the] contagion is not just within emerging markets but also affects advanced economies' equity markets. This evening Société Générale says, that, indeed it sure looks like we have. In a note to clients titled "Perfect Storm Brewing As Policy Turns,"...
  • Margin Debt Hits All-Time High

    02/02/2014 12:46:29 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    In the month of December margin debt on the NYSE surged by over $20 Billion dollars hitting a new all-time high of $444.931 billion. The rise in leverage also sent investors net worth to a negative $149.358 billion which is also a record. This is shown in the chart below.
  • Stocks sink on Fed, emerging market fears

    01/29/2014 6:04:28 PM PST · by Signalman · 6 replies
    local10.com ^ | 1/28/2014 | Ben Rooney
    While the Fed's decision was not a surprise, some investors had expected the central bank to address the recent turmoil in Turkey and other emerging markets that has spilled over to Wall Street. Drew Nordlicht, managing director at wealth management firm HighTower in San Diego, said that investors were disappointed by the Fed's decision to "not even acknowledge the strains" in emerging markets. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 190 points. Boeing was the biggest drag on the Dow as investors were disappointed by its earnings outlook. AT&T also gave earnings guidance that fell short of expectations. The S&P...
  • $23 Trillion Chinese Credit Bubble Starting to Collapse Global Financial Crisis Next?

    01/21/2014 5:12:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 21, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that financial institutions all over the world are warning that we could see a mega default on a very prominent high-yield investment product in China on January 31st? We are being told that this could lead to a cascading collapse of the shadow banking system in China which could potentially result in sky-high interest rates and a precipitous plunge in credit. In other words, it could be a Lehman Brothers moment for Asia. And since the global financial system is more interconnected today than ever before, that would be very bad news for the United States as...
  • Cash for Kidneys: The Case for a Market for Organs

    01/18/2014 8:01:29 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/17/2014 | Gary S. Becker
    In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted organ. Yet only about 16,500 kidney transplant operations were performed that year ... For all the recent attention devoted to the health-care overhaul, the long and growing waiting times for tens of thousands of individuals who badly need organ transplants hasn't been addressed.
  • Who knows about trading penny stocks? A plea for help.

    01/12/2014 2:03:05 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 60 replies
    1/12/14 | Righttackle44
    Folks, I am a poor boy who would like to be helped and educated by someone who knows what they're doing--what they're talking about. I have been reading some, but there are a lot of basic things I don't yet understand. How much money would I need to start the whole shebang? Can you use online stock sites to purchase shares, or do you have to go through a broker? You get the picture. My friend said that me thinking about penny stock trading is like trusting Lou Costello or Jerry Lewis to assemble an H-bomb. I'm looking for advice,...
  • Treasury Secretary: Markets too calm about debt ceiling

    09/24/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/24/13 | Hibah Yousuf
    While stocks have slipped for four consecutive days as investors turn their attention to Washington and the looming debt limit, the S&P 500 and Dow are just 2% from the all-time highs reached last week. In addition to the muted market action, a key metric for measuring market fear and volatility, the VIX (VIX), is indicating calm markets. While CNNMoney's Fear & Greed Index has ticked just slightly into "Fear" mode, from neutral earlier in the week. "I think if you look at the calm out there, it's a bit greater than it should be," Lew said at the Bloomberg...
  • Emerging market rout threatens wider global economy

    08/22/2013 10:01:58 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Telegraph (UK) | 8:38PM BST 22 Aug 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Indias rupee and Turkeys lira both crashed to record lows on Thursday following the US Federal Reserve releasing minutes which signalled a wind-down of quantitative easing as soon as next month. Dilma Rousseff, Brazils president, held an emergency meeting on Thursday with her top economic officials to halt the reals slide after it hit a five-year low against the dollar. The central bank chief, Alexandre Tombini, cancelled his trip to the Feds Jackson Hole conclave in order to monitor market activity amid reports Brazil is preparing direct intervention to stem capital flight. The country has so far relied on futures...
  • Strangling Life

    07/17/2013 4:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | John Stossel
    There are now 175,000 pages' worth of federal laws. Local governments add more. I'm not so cynical that I think politicians pass laws just to control us. Someone always thinks: "This law is needed. This will protect people." But the cumulative effect of so many rules is to strangle life. Yet lawyers like George Washington Law professor John Banzhaf want more rules. Banzhaf requires his law students to sue people, just for practice. "And we keep winning!" he bragged to me. They do. But his legal "victories" hardly benefit the public. He and his students have sued Washington, D.C., hairdressers,...
  • Seven Surprising Truths about the World

    07/15/2013 1:01:09 PM PDT · by Twotone · 36 replies
    Reason ^ | August/September 2013 Issue | Ronald Bailey
    Did you know that the incidence of cancer in the United States has been declining for nearly 20 years? That the spread of pornography correlates with a decline in rape? That average IQs are going up substantially all around the world? These are just some of the truths that are well-known to the scholars who study those subjects but generally come as a surprise to even the best-educated among us.
  • The US Has The Least Ugly Stock Market In The World

    06/24/2013 8:36:15 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-24-2013 | Steven Perlberg
    The US Has The Least Ugly Stock Market In The World Steven PerlbergJune 24, 2013 Stock markets are getting pummeled around the world, possibly over fears of a Chinese credit crisis and deceleration of Federal Reserve monetary stimulus. But Americans can take solace in one fact. Their stock market is in better shape than the rest of the world. This chart, via BTIG's Dan Greenhaus, shows global equity returns from their 2013 highs. The U.S. is still the top performer. Relatively speaking, at least, things could be worse. 2013 global equity change off highs: Dan Greenhaus/BTIG
  • Markets Are Falling, Interest Rates Are Spiking Again, And China Got DESTROYED

    06/24/2013 4:05:54 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-24-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Markets Are Falling, Interest Rates Are Spiking Again, And China Got DESTROYED Joe Weisenthal June 24, 2013, 4:13 AMREUTERS/Aly Song People look at an electronic board at a Shanghai brokerage house. A few weeks ago all the talk was about Japan. Now the focus turns to China. Last week we saw a surge in short-term interbank lending rates spark fears of a credit crisis. Today: market crash. The Shanghai Composite fell 5.3%, as the saddest index in the world continues to plummet. A big contributor to this was a message from the People's Bank of China telling banks that their...
  • Has the Great Financial Crisis Finally Arrived?

    06/22/2013 9:29:41 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 6-22-2013 | Graham Summers
    Has the Great Financial Crisis Finally Arrived? Stock-Markets / Credit Crisis 2013 June 23, 2013 - 05:33 AM GMT By: Graham Summers The technical damage from yesterdays bloodbath was severe. Spain, which lead the Europe is saved party from the lows last year has just taken out its trendline. So much for the crisis is over proclamations. Were heading back down in a big way. The S&P 500 has also taken out its trendline. QE Forever is dead and buried. What will hold the market up now? Copper is indicating that the entire post-2009 recovery is ending. Were moving back...
  • U.S. Treasury Bond Market Implosion Has Officially Begun

    06/21/2013 10:31:27 AM PDT · by blam · 26 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 6-21-2013 | Graham Summers
    U.S. Treasury Bond Market Implosion Has Officially Begun Interest-Rates / US Bonds June 21, 2013 - 06:02 PM GMT By: Graham Summers The QE Infinite parade officially ended yesterday when Bernanke hinted at tapering QE later this year or in mid-2014. I first warned about this in mid-May writing, "If Bernanke is going to step down (as hinted by his decision to skip out on the Jackson Hole meeting) hes not going to want to leave with the Fed going at QE 3 and QE 4 full throttle. Instead his best bet would be to take his foot off the...
  • ALL GLOBAL MARKETS GOT SHREDDED: Here's What You Need To Know (DJIA -349)

    06/20/2013 1:14:27 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-20-2013 | Sam Ro
    ALL GLOBAL MARKETS GOT SHREDDED: Here's What You Need To Know Sam Ro June 20, 2013 No one was safe today. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 14,758.3 -353.8 -2.3% S&P 500: 1,588.1 -40.7 -2.5% NASDAQ: 3,364.6 -78.5 -2.2% And now, the top stories: Stock, bonds, commodities, and currencies around the world got destroyed today."Rare to see every futures market I follow down," tweeted bond trader Ed Bradford. Today's drop in the S&P 500 was the worst one since 2011. Today's calamity was really an extension of yesterday's sell-off, which appeared to be triggered by comments made...
  • Gold, Silver, Stocks, Bonds Plunge On Fed Noise And China Debt Crisis Risk

    06/20/2013 10:38:29 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 6-20-2013 | GoldCore
    Gold, Silver, Stocks, Bonds Plunge On Fed Noise And China Debt Crisis Risk Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013 Jun 20, 2013 - 04:14 PM GMT By: GoldCore Todays AM fix was USD 1,303.25, EUR 986.34 and GBP 842.38 per ounce. Yesterdays AM fix was USD 1,366.00, EUR 1,019.86 and GBP 874.91 per ounce. Gold fell $16.10 or 1.18% yesterday and closed at $1,351.00/oz. Silver sank to $21.25 and ended down 1.25%. Bonds, shares plus gold and silver fell sharply around the world this morning after the U.S. Federal Reserve again suggested an end to their easy money policies. Data...
  • We Are Witnessing A Rare Across-The-Board Selloff In The Global Markets

    06/20/2013 6:39:33 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-20-2013 | Sam Ro
    We Are Witnessing A Rare Across-The-Board Selloff In The Global Markets Sam Ro June 20, 2013 Usually, when one asset class sells off, another rises. And when a lot of asset classes fall, the so-called "safe havens" will rise. These include things like U.S. Treasuries, gold, and a handful of other currencies like the Swiss Franc or Japanese Yen. However, everything is selling off right now. "Rare to see every futures market I follow down," tweeted bond trader Ed Bradford. Here's a look at a bunch of futures via FinViz.
  • STOCKS CRUMBLE AND RATES SURGE AFTER BERNANKE SPEAKS: Here's What You Need To Know

    06/19/2013 1:40:46 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-19-2013 | Sam Ro
    STOCKS CRUMBLE AND RATES SURGE AFTER BERNANKE SPEAKS: Here's What You Need To Know Sam Ro June 19, 2013 It's the day everyone's been waiting for: Fed day. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 15,112.1 -206.0 -1.3% S&P 500: 1,628.9 -22.8 -1.3% NASDAQ: 3,443.2 -38.9 -1.1% And now, the top stories: The Federal Reserve wrapped up its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and published its market-moving statement and updated economic forecasts at 2:00 p.m. ET. The big takeaways were that the Committee saw "further improvement" in the labor market and said downside risks to the...
  • The Nikkei Is Set To Surge When It Opens

    06/13/2013 2:41:36 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-13-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    The Nikkei Is Set To Surge When It Opens Matthew Boesler Jun. 13, 2013, 4:16 PM Thursday, the Japanese Nikkei 225 stock index crashed 6.4% (down a whopping 844 points to 12,445). Nikkei futures have been rallying all day long, though – as U.S. stocks have advanced – and are currently trading at 13,080, up 635 points already from Thursday's close. That implies a 5.1% surge when the Nikkei re-opens Friday in Japan. Why is the Japanese stock market so volatile? WSJ chalks it up to day trading, which has surged in popularity as the market has stage a wild...
  • A Bit Of A Global Bloodbath Is Happening In Markets, And Here's What Traders Are Talking About

    06/13/2013 5:18:42 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-13-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    A Bit Of A Global Bloodbath Is Happening In Markets, And Here's What Traders Are Talking About Joe Weisenthal June 13,2013 Dave Lutz of Stifel, Nicolaus passes along the top topics about which he is chatting with clients this morning. As he puts it, there is a "bit of a bloodbath" in global markets today. Morning, a bit of a bloodbath in Global markets, but US futures have recovered from their lows thus far Like yesterday, the SPX Futures are outperforming Japan and Europe Losing only 30bp, but trading under the 50dma a first since April. DAX...
  • STOCKS TUMBLE AGAIN: Here's What You Need To Know (-127)

    06/12/2013 1:21:21 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-12-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    STOCKS TUMBLE AGAIN: Here's What You Need To Know Matthew BoeslerJune 12, 2013 No economic data in the United States today, but the market fell all day long. First, the scoreboard: Dow Jones: 14,994.69, -127.33, (-0.84%) S&P 500: 1,612.54, -13.59, (-0.84%) Nasdaq: 3,400.43, -36.52, (-1.06%) And now, the top stories: 10-year U.S. Treasury yields climbed 5 basis points to 2.24% today. The sell-off in the bond market is being driven by rising real interest rates, which in turn are being driven by the threat that the Federal Reserve could taper back monetary stimulus this year. ...