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  • Capital Market Update; Investment & Finance Thread (Sept. 14 edition)

    09/14/2014 12:55:21 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 31 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...
  • HERE IT IS: SocGen's Famous Chart With The Black Swans

    09/09/2014 6:07:16 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    BI ^ | 8-9-2014 | Sam Ro
    Sam RoSeptember 9, 2014 "Black swans" characterize unforeseen and unlikely events that have the potential to rock the economy and financial markets. While the sharp slowdown in Europe has dominated the economic headlines lately, SocGen believes that we should be most worried about China. "The most significant downside risks to the global economy in this short-term setting aside geopolitical risks remains a hard landing of the Chinese economy," the analysts' said. "As highlighted on a previous occasion, the fact that China is now the world’s second largest economy means that a scenario in which China experiences a hard landing knocking...
  • Stock Markets: A Managed Affair?

    09/04/2014 2:20:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9/4/2014 | James Longstreet
    There is no other place to put your money. Investors from around the world are parking their money in the United States stock market. The economy is rebounding. All this may be true. But is it not also true that the “stock market” has become a managed affair? Managed by whom one might ask. Well, some evidence is starting to come to the surface. The Federal Reserve is a Central Bank that is charged with a curious power to smooth out the blips in the banking system, keep stable prices, maintain moderate interest rates, and promote full employment. Noble endeavors...
  • 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...
  • Your Lack of Faith is Costing…

    09/06/2014 10:48:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | September 6, 2014 | Charles Payne
    We got the jobs report and it was mixed, reflecting a complex economy. The number is important, but even a “good” report would not have altered impressions of economic reality versus the perception of the economy. There is a major gulf between the data that keeps pointing to better conditions, and your emails and your tweets stating that things are horrible (and getting worse). More often than not, most of you are telling me and pollsters that you are okay; however, that empty feeling in your guts comes from the overall direction of the nation. In other words, your world is getting better,...
  • Whether Volatility Will Return in September

    09/06/2014 9:57:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | September 6, 2014 | Doug Fabian
    The summer is over, at least in Wall Street’s eyes, and traders now have returned to the floor after the long Labor Day weekend. Back to work means back to big trading volume, and I suspect that means we could see a return of volatility.To be certain, this year volatility has been largely absent, and, except for a few scattered weeks of fearful selling in January, April, late July and early August, things have been steadfastly bullish. In fact, recent action in the S&P 500 tells the tale of a market determined to push higher. After falling to an approximate...
  • We saw this before the Wall St crash, the dot-com bubble and the credit crunch

    09/06/2014 7:10:57 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    This is Money ^ | 9-5-2014 | TANYA JEFFERIES
    How pricey are US stock prices right now. How much could they fall? 'As of yesterday my price earnings ratio - I call it CAPE for cyclically adjusted price earnings - was 26.3. There's only three major occasions in US history back to 1881 when it was higher than that,' says Shiller. 'One is 1929, the year of the crash. The other is 2000, which I call the peak of the millennium bubble, and it was also followed by a crash. And then 2007, which was also followed by a crash. Asked for a worst case scenario, he says: 'Well,...
  • Icahn, Soros, Druckenmiller, And Now Zell: The Billionaires Are All Quietly Preparing For The Plunge

    09/04/2014 6:50:17 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9-4-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 09/03/2014 "The stock market is at an all-time, but economic activity is not at an all-time," explains billionaire investor Sam Zell to CNBC this morning, adding that, "every company that's missed has missed on the revenue side, which is a reflection that there's a demand issue; and when you got a demand issue it's hard to imagine the stock market at an all-time high." Zell said he is being very cautious adding to stocks and cutting some positions because "I don't remember any time in my career where there have been as many wildcards floating out there that...
  • These Billionaires Are All Quietly Preparing For The Stock Market To Plunge

    09/04/2014 7:47:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/04/2014 | Tyler Durden
    "The stock market is at an all-time, but economic activity is not at an all-time," explains billionaire investor Sam Zell to CNBC on Thursday morning, adding that, "every company that's missed has missed on the revenue side, which is a reflection that there's a demand issue; and when you got a demand issue it's hard to imagine the stock market at an all-time high." Zell said he was being very cautious adding to stocks and cutting some positions because "I don't remember any time in my career where there have been as many wildcards floating out there that have the...
  • Sam Zell: Stock market correction coming

    09/03/2014 5:36:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 57 replies
    cnbc ^ | 9-3-2014
    Billionaire Sam Zell told CNBC on Wednesday he believes a correction in the stock market could be on the horizon. "The stock market is at an all-time, but economic activity is not at an all-time," the chairman of Equity Group Investments said in a " Squawk Box " interview. "People have no place else to put their money, and the stock market is getting more than its share. It's very likely that something has to give here." Zell also expressed concern about tensions in many parts of the world, including the threats posed by the Islamic State militant group, the...
  • 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 (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...
  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 edges up to set new record again; best month since Feb

    08/29/2014 1:59:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/29/2014 | Chuck Mikolajczak
    * Trading volumes light ahead of Labor Day holiday * Major indexes notch fourth straight week of gains * Chicago PMI, consumer sentiment both top forecasts * Indexes up: Dow 0.11 pct, S&P 0.33 pct, Nasdaq 0.5 pct U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns. Since falling to a near three-month low on Aug. 7, the S&P 500 has risen in 12 of...
  • Two experts warn correction could total 60%

    08/27/2014 5:07:06 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 93 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 Aug 14 | Matthew J. Belvedere and Everett Rosenfeld
    <p>Markets could soon face a fall of up to 60 percent, two experts told CNBC on Wednesday.</p> <p>A jolt to international confidence in central banks will lead to a 30 to 60 percent market decline, David Tice, president of Tice Capital and founder of the Prudent Bear Fund, told CNBC's "Power Lunch." When this happens, he said, markets will face a "period of extreme turmoil."</p>
  • 'Scary' correction is coming: Analyst

    08/27/2014 9:16:01 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    cnbc ^ | 8-27-2014
    The Fed's low interest rates could bring a "scary" 50-60 percent market correction, technical analyst Abigail Doolittle told CNBC on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, I think it could come on a crash similar to what happened in 2007," the founder of Peak Theories Research said on " Squawk Box " a day after the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 level for the first time ever. "It's tough to know what the exact catalyst will be. But that's the very nature of that kind of selloff. They start slowly and then happen very suddenly." Doolittle pointed to a 20-year chart of the...
  • Another Milestone: S&P 500 Closes Above 2,000 [for the first time in history]

    08/26/2014 3:00:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 08/26/2014 | ALEX VEIGA
    It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time. The move extended the stock index's record-shattering run this year. The latest milestone comes as investors see new signs that the economy is strengthening, a driver of stronger company earnings. "There's perhaps a small psychological boost when you get over such a significant price level," said Cameron Hinds, regional chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank. U.S. stocks, in the midst of a five-year rally,...
  • S&P 500 trades above 2,000 points for first time in history; Burger King jumps on deal talks

    08/25/2014 10:53:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 08/25/2014 | ALEX VEIGA
    U.S. financial markets moved higher in midday trading Monday, edging the Standard & Poor's 500 index past 2,000 points for the first time. Investors shrugged off lackluster data on new home sales and focused instead on the latest round of corporate deals. Burger King soared on news it was in talks to buy Tim Hortons of Canada. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,001 as of 12:05 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones industrial average added 109 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,110. The Nasdaq composite rose 28 points, or 0.6 percent,...
  • 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...
  • How You Can Use a Technical Analysis of Earnings to Make Smarter Investments

    08/23/2014 8:15:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 23, 2014 | Chris Versace
    One of the easiest and simplest metrics that investors use to screen for, as well as value, stocks is the price-to-earnings ratio, better known as a stockÂ’s price-to-earnings (P/E). Of course, on its face, a P/E is nothing more than a snapshot in time, but what if I told you it was far more complicated than that?There are several P/Es that you need to keep in mind. Sure, there is the current P/E, which reflects a stockÂ’s price divided by the current yearÂ’s expected earnings per share, but there are also trailing P/Es, as well as price-to-peak-earnings and price-to-trough earnings....
  • Investors cheer: S&P 500 hits all-time high [again!]

    08/21/2014 2:28:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08/21/2014 | Heather Long
    If you kept your money in the stock market this summer, you're likely feeling pretty smart now. The start of August was rough for stocks as the Russia-Ukraine standoff, the Israel-Gaza conflict and terrorist group activity in Iraq all flared again. While serious problems remain in each of these regions, their impact on the U.S. economy so far has been limited. A stock market bounce back is in full effect. On Thursday, the Dow closed above the 17,000 mark for the first time since July 24. Not to be outdone, the S&P 500 set a new all-time high of just...
  • Does George Soros Know Something We Don’t 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. It’s 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 Soros’s...
  • 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...
  • Soros Bets $2 Billion on Stock Market Collapse

    08/17/2014 3:15:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 08:41 AM | F.J. McGuire
    Billionaire investor George Soros has increased his financial bet that U.S. stocks will collapse to more than $2 billion. The legendary hedge fund manager has been raising his negative bet on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since late last year. The latest 13-F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Soros Fund Management increased its position in “puts” on the SPDR S&P 500 exchange-traded fund by a staggering amount in the second quarter from the first. …
  • Watch out for the corporate debt bomb

    08/14/2014 9:12:25 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 08/04/2014 | Brent Arends
    It’s not just the stock market we have to worry about. It’s also the bond market. For the past five years, U.S. corporations have been living in a financial paradise. Interest rates have been on the floor. Wages have been flat. Companies have been able to lay off workers and slash costs. Profits have skyrocketed to record levels. And they’ve spent almost nothing on new capital equipment, either. And what effect has this had? In 2007, at the peak of the last credit mania, U.S. nonfinancial corporations owed $7.2 trillion according to data compiled by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Today?...
  • 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...
  • How you’ll know if it’s time for a market crash

    08/05/2014 11:45:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 8-5-2014 | L.A. Little
    Last week, U.S. equities dropped 2% to 3%, depending on what index you monitor. That had the financial columns full of crash warnings about the coming plunge. Now to be fair, we have seen these headlines for a while now, so it's not like they just suddenly began to appear, but the fact that there actually was some selling added a little credence to the crash worries. Sure there were a few voices of reason, but for the most part, the coming declines were all but set in stone as far as most commentators were concerned. But is that really...
  • U.S. Stocks End Lower

    08/05/2014 5:58:55 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Wall Street Jounal ^ | 5 Aug 14 | Saumya Vaishampayan
    U.S. stocks slid on Tuesday, with the Dow industrials posting their fourth loss in five sessions. Traders said the selling was kicked off by remarks from a Polish official warning about the potential for Russia to invade Ukraine. But traders said the scope of the declines reflected low volumes and a lack of other news. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 139.81 points, or 0.84%, to 16429.47. The S&P 500 lost 18.78 points, or 0.97%, to 1920.21 and the Nasdaq Composite Index fell 31.05 points, or 0.71%, to 4352.84. "This hit the tape, and all of a sudden the market...
  • 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...
  • Why Stocks Could Fall by 50 Percent

    08/01/2014 7:10:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/01/2014 | Henry Blodget
    After meandering higher for most of the year, the stock market is now sputtering. That's triggering chatter about a minor "correction," which many people believe is long overdue. And maybe that's what we're at the start of — a minor "correction." Or maybe this is just a blip and the brilliant and prudent Jeremy Grantham is right that we're on the cusp of a new bubble that will take the S&P 500 up another 10 percent to 15 percent over the next year to 2,250. (As a stockholder, I sure hope so!) Or maybe we'll get both—a minor "correction" and...
  • Telecom sector up big today

    07/29/2014 8:01:15 AM PDT · by Starboard · 3 replies
    Benzinga ^ | July 29, 2014 | Luke Jacobi, Benzinga Staff Writer
    Telecom Sector Shoots Higher On Unprecedented Windstream Announcement
  • Ultrawealthy pile into private equity

    07/28/2014 5:09:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    cnbc ^ | 7-28-2014
    The rich are increasingly enamored with private equity investing, but their rising allocation to PE funds doesn't mean they're cutting back on stock or cash allocations, according to a new survey of ultrawealthy investors by Tiger 21, a peer-to-peer network of high net worth individuals. The 265 members polled—with investable assets of more $25 billion—increased their private equity allocations to 22 percent of the average portfolio during the second quarter of 2014, according to Tiger 21. That matches the record in PE during the first quarter of 2013 and the most significant allocation increase since Tiger 21 began tracking member...
  • 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...
  • Here's why stocks could keep hitting new highs

    07/17/2014 6:46:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/17/2014 | Patti Domm
    Bears may be making the most noise on Wall Street, but bulls expect to see stocks stay on a record-setting course this summer, fueled in part by a surge in merger activity. Despite calls for a big correction, the S&P 500 and Dow have persisted in making gains, with major indices up more than a percent this month so far. The Dow closed at 17,138, a new high, Wednesday. The S&P 500 trended higher to 1,981, four points below its all-time high. [SNIP] Stocks could continue to benefit from low rates and easy Fed policy into next year, and the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Jobs drive Dow, S&P 500 to records in short session. Dow Breaks 17,000.

    07/03/2014 1:31:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo Finance ^ | 07/03/2014 | By Ryan Vlastelica
    <p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's holiday-shortened session ended with multiple records on Thursday, with the Dow topping 17,000 for the first time after the June jobs report came in much stronger than expected.</p> <p>Both the Dow and S&P 500 ended at their third consecutive record highs. The Nasdaq ended at its highest since 2000 and rose for a third straight week. The three major indexes wrapped up a week of solid gains on the day before the Independence Day holiday, when the U.S. stock market will be closed.</p>
  • Another financial meltdown on the horizon?

    07/02/2014 7:29:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/01/2014 | Judy Shelton
    And you thought that last global financial crisis was bad. A report issued on Sunday by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) warns that policymakers have failed to address the root problems that caused the 2007-2008 financial meltdown. Instead of taking a long-term perspective aimed at increasing real economic productivity and output — the kind that actually benefits people by raising living standards — government officials have sought to pump up the numbers through monetary and fiscal stimulus. As a result, we now have an alarming disconnect between the performance of global equity markets, which are booming, and an underlying...
  • Dow Closes at Record High, Just Short of 17,000-Point Milestone

    07/01/2014 1:43:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    NBC Business News ^ | 07/01/2014
    The Dow closed at a record high, just short of the 17,000-point milestone, as stocks surged on Tuesday after reports of expansion in U.S. manufacturing and better-than-expected sales for major U.S. automakers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended unofficially 129 points higher at 16,956.07, eclipsing its June 20 record of 16,947.08. The S&P 500 also closed at a record high, climbing 13 points to 1973.32, and the Nasdaq added 50 points, or more than 1.1 percent. Tuesday's economic reports had the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index coming in at 55.3 in June, nearly unchanged from May's 55.4 reading.
  • 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...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (week June 22 - 28 edition)

    06/22/2014 11:28:08 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 30 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | June 22, 2014 | Freeper Investors
      While this past week many have reported how gold bumped up 3.4%, we should also note that silver leapt 6.7%.   Here they are w/ the DJIA and the S&P500 (from here)----but those two indexes really weren't the best performing indexes this week.  In fact a look at a spread of indexes (from there) shows that say, utilities did even better than gold.   Individual stock leaders did well ("the week, the IBD 50 rose 3.4%" (read more @IBD) and that's a bullish sign assuming that those leaders continue to lead.   As usual, the pundits are all up, down,-- New Market Highs...
  • A new reason to worry about jobs and stocks: The Dreaded 'R' Word is Making a Return

    06/21/2014 1:12:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 06/20/2014 | Rick Newman
    A worrisome word is popping up in discussions among some economists: Recession. As in, the next one. Many Americans feel the recession that began at the end of 2007 never ended, but in technical terms, the economy has been growing since the middle of 2009. Until recently, it looked as if growth might finally hit “normal” levels of 3% or more later this year, as the housing recovery kicks in and employers finally start to hire more. But recent economic setbacks have fed new worries about tapped-out consumers falling even further behind. “The danger has increased the U.S. economy could...
  • Dow, S&P 500 hit new highs yet again; S&P set for six-day rally

    06/20/2014 11:58:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/20/2014 | Angela Moon
    U.S. stocks rose on Friday, pushing the Dow and the S&P 500 to record levels and setting the benchmark index up to score its fourth weekly advance over the past five. But trading is expected to become volatile as the session progresses. Friday marks a "quadruple witching" day - the expiration of stock options, index options, index futures and single-stock futures - as traders close hedging positions or roll them over at the last minute. The six-day run of gains for the S&P 500 index was its longest winning streak since mid-April. For the week so far, the S&P 500...
  • Monkeys Are Better Stockpickers Than You'd Think: Dart-throwing primates demolish S&P 500 returns

    06/20/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Barron's ^ | 06/20/2014 | By JACK HOUGH
    "A blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper's financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts," Burton Malkiel famously argued in his classic 1973 book, A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Malkiel may have given too little credit to monkeys. Start with the record: U.S. large-company mutual funds have routinely failed to beat the Standard & Poor's 500 index since S&P began keeping score in 2002. Over the past five years, for example, 73% of active funds have fallen short of that benchmark. Today's fund families may appear well-stocked with...
  • Mass Hysteria In The Stock Market Backed By The Full Faith And Credit Of The United States.

    06/19/2014 4:56:36 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 8 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 6/19/2014 | JoeClarke.Net
    Article IV, Section 1  "Full Faith and Credit" Clause of the United States Government. "This is the worse post recession  recovery in American  history,"  as the stock market reaches new highs, compliments of the Federal Reserve's money printing. It is hard to fathom how the elites and intellectuals can get it so wrong that they fall for falsehood after falsehood. The smartest people in the room have been foiled no less than Hitler's mesmerized disciples, or Mao's little-red-book of communized socialist fellow travelers, or Stalin's scientists who guaranteed that wheat could be grown in the coldest, most inhospitable climates.There is...
  • S&P 500 ends at record high; Fed cuts stimulus, sees improvement

    06/19/2014 6:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 06/19/2014 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks climbed on Wednesday, lifting the S&P 500 to a record finish, after the Federal Reserve said the economy is rebounding and that interest rates would stay low for some time. "We are inching from unprecedented accommodation to policy tightening, even though it's not imminent," said Anastasia Amoroso, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds. The Fed alluded to a slightly faster pace of interest rate increases next year, while suggesting benchmark borrowing costs in the longer term would be lower than the Fed has indicated before. Fed Chair Janet Yellen attempted to "introduce a degree of uncertainty into...
  • Investment & Finance Thread (Father's Day edition)

    06/15/2014 7:10:42 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | June 15, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Happy Father's Day!  Seems there's no shortage of ideas out there on fathers and investing, there's an entire series of books (Rich Dad’s Rich Kid Smart Kid, etc.) but (imho) the ideas can be boiled down into a short list (from here): Children all have different learning styles and parents need to understand what that child’s unique style is an help them harness it so they can form a successful life plan Trying to force a child into a style they will not be successful in leads to frustration and substandard results. Formal schooling under serves non academic learning styles...
  • Dow hits record for fourth day

    06/10/2014 4:19:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/10/14 | Caroline Valetkevitch - Ruters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks finished nearly flat on Tuesday, although the Dow eked out another record closing high as utilities' shares fell while 10-year bond yields hit their highest level in a month. Six of the 10 primary S&P 500 sector indexes ended the session lower. The decline was led by a 0.3 percent drop in the S&P utilities index (.SPLRCU). Utility stocks' high dividends tend to lose some of their appeal when bond yields jump. It was the Dow's fourth straight record closing high. The S&P 500, though, broke its four-day string of record high finishes. The...
  • Latest sign the tech bubble's really here: Uber valued at $17 billion

    06/10/2014 7:43:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/10/2014 | Michael Hiltzik
    The ride-sharing app company Uber last week raised $1.2 billion in venture capital on terms that valued the company at $17 billion. As Will Oremus at observed, that's almost as much as Hertz and Avis combined. It's more plausible to see Uber's valuation not as an artifact of its genuine potential, but of growing inflation within the high-tech bubble. Consider this: the number placed Uber in a rarefied club that previously included Groupon (worth $16.6 billion on its first day of public trading in 2011) and WhatsApp (worth $19 billion, based on the price paid for it by Facebook)....
  • Investment & Finance Thread (June 8 edition)

    06/08/2014 11:38:26 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 60 replies
    Daily investment & finance thread ^ | June 8, 2014 | Freeper Investors
    Winding down the end of the first half of 2014 (dang, --already??)  we can say we're looking (from here) at six months of getting no where, or we can also say we've built a solid base for long term growth.In terms of sectors (from here) this year's been generally showing these same slow but steady gains throughout:Funny how we were just talking the other day about how nice a bit more boredom would be, although with negative interest rates, negative gdp, and mid-term elections five months ahead that may not be on...  This is the thread where folks swap ideas...