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  • The Gathering Bond Storm in Chicago

    05/19/2015 11:00:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Economy and Markets ^ | 05/19/2015 | Rodney Johnson
    Recently the bond rating company Moody’s Investor Service cut their ranking of Chicago to junk status. The move ticked off a lot of people in the Windy City who think Moody’s overstated the case. I agree that Moody’s is wrong… not because they went too far, but because they didn’t go far enough. Chicago is not close to bankrupt. It’s completely bankrupt. People are just afraid to say this out loud. The city’s pensions are underfunded by $20 billion. Moody’s gave a rating that reflects how the city is performing. City officials are just angry Moody’s called them out. The...
  • Why Are Exchange-Traded Funds Preparing For A ‘Liquidity Crisis’ And A ‘Market Meltdown’?

    05/16/2015 5:46:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/14/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Some really weird things are happening in the financial world right now. If you go back to 2008, there was lots of turmoil bubbling just underneath the surface during the months leading up to the great stock market crash in the second half of that year. When Lehman Brothers finally did collapse, it was a total shock to most of the planet, but we later learned that their problems had been growing for a long time. I believe that we are in a similar period right now, and the second half of this year promises to be quite chaotic. Apparently,...
  • The Street: The Real Reason We Say 'Sell in May and Go Away'

    05/18/2015 1:48:13 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 1 replies
    TheStreet.com ^ | May 7, 2015 | Ken Roberts
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While it's hard to predict the markets, when it comes to the month of May, one thing is for certain: You'll hear someone say, at least once, "sell in May and go away." The cliché, which suggests that smart investors should sell off their portfolios in May and only re-enter the market in the fall, has long been part of Wall Street culture, but where does it come from? The saying dates back to old England, when the stock brokers would go on summer vacation in May and not return until September. The original saying was,...
  • Economists' Forecast: Here We Grow Again

    05/15/2015 5:59:55 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 6 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | May 14, 2015 | Kathleen Madigan
    After a rough start to the year, economists are counting on the U.S. to bounce back in 2015 much like it did in 2014. Forecasters in the latest Wall Street Journal survey estimated the U.S. economy contracted at a 0.3% pace in the first quarter because of hits from winter weather and the West Coast port slowdown. But the panel, on average, sees annualized economic growth of 2.8% in the second quarter, supported by stronger job gains and wage growth. They also see the drag from weak trade and a strong dollar dissipating by the second half, delivering average economic...
  • Greenspan: Get ready for another taper tantrum

    05/14/2015 4:51:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 14, 2015 | CNBC
    Another market disruption from higher interest rates is virtually certain, according to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. "Just remember we had the 'taper tantrum.' And we're going to get another one," Greenspan said Wednesday at the Global Private Equity Conference in Washington, DC. "This is a very tough period to get through," he added about the Fed increasing interest rates. "Normalization is great, but the process of getting there is going to be very rocky." Greenspan said there was no way to get around bond market volatility but said it was necessary to help the Fed and other central...
  • Obama says hedge fund managers are ‘society's lottery winners'

    05/13/2015 5:02:28 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 40 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Wed, May 13, 2015 | Angela Greiling Keane
    The U.S. won’t put a dent into poverty and income inequity unless Democrats and Republicans can agree to raise taxes on top earners like hedge-fund and private equity managers, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. Obama, whose longstanding proposal to raise taxes on what is known as carried interest has gained little traction in Congress, said fairness demands that the nation’s wealthiest pitch in as more and more Americans are falling behind. “If I were able to close that loophole, I’d be able to invest in early childhood education,” Obama said at a poverty summit at Georgetown University in Washington. “If...
  • You're Not Jinxed!

    05/12/2015 7:38:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Finance Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Charles Payne
    Breaking news: American investors and fence-sitters struck with Schleprock Syndrome as major stock market indices continue to trend near all-time highs. There are different types of fear, from missing out to being too late, and for the most part, a skeptical nation continues to fear the moment they buy American stocks, the market will crash. Consequentially, what's happened this year is remarkable as Americans have been dumping billions of dollars of American stocks even as the rally continues to hold onto gains. Some of that money was reinvested in emerging growth or other foreign markets, but some also went back...
  • Five reasons to ignore stock market doomsayers

    05/12/2015 5:44:08 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 62 replies
    financial post ^ | May 8, 2015 | Peter Hodson
    The doomsayers always come out whenever stock markets get more volatile, like they have this month. These gloomy prophets go on and on about how derivatives are going to cause another financial crisis, or how valuations are stretched, or how equities will collapse whenever interest rates rise. Individual investors read the commentary by these experts and wonder if they should adjust their portfolios, or even sell everything and wait out the impending collapse. But before you do that, take a moment to calm down and have another think. In every single one of our 30 years in the business, someone,...
  • Countdown to the stock-market Crash of 2016 is ticking louder

    05/11/2015 3:38:46 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 39 replies
    marketwatch ^ | May 10, 2015 | Paul B. Farrell
    Historic slowdown looms as GOP fiscal policy lets economy choke Warning bells just keep getting louder and louder as the countdown to the Crash of 2016 keeps ticking. Wall Street’s in denial, but the Washington Post warns: “U.S. economic growth slows to 0.2 percent, grinding nearly to a halt.” USA Today hears “Bubble Talk” at the Vegas “Davos for Geeks.” Earlier the Wall Street Journal warned, “declining population could reduce global economic growth by 40%.” Then recently the “slow-growth Fed” was blamed. Wrong, former Fed chief Ben Bernanke counterattacked: “I’m waiting for the Journal to argue for a well-structured program...
  • U.S. job growth seen regaining steam, keeping Fed rate hike on track

    05/08/2015 5:14:53 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 8, 2015 | Lucia Mutikani
    U.S. job growth likely rebounded last month and the unemployment rate probably dropped to a near seven-year low, signs of a pick up in economic momentum that could keep the Federal Reserve on track to hike interest rates this year. Nonfarm payrolls likely jumped by 224,000 after increasing by 126,000 in March, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The jobless rate is seen dropping one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent, which would be the lowest since May 2008. The Labor Department will release its closely followed employment report at 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT) on Friday. "Our view...
  • Our Banking System is a Giant House of Cards

    05/03/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Institute for New Economic Thinking ^ | 21 April 2015 | Lynn Parramore inteviews Anat Admati
    Lynn Parramore: How would you describe the problem of Too Big to Fail banks. Whey does it matter to an ordinary person? Anat Admati: Too Big to Fail is a license for recklessness. These institutions defy notions of fairness, accountability, and responsibility. They are the largest, most complex, and most indebted corporations in the entire economy. We all have to be really alarmed by the fact that not only do we still have such institutions, but many of them are ever-larger and more complex and at least as dangerous, if not more so, than they were before the financial crisis....
  • Yellen Says Stocks Pricey; Is A Bear Market Lurking?

    Fed chief Janet Yellen rattled the stock market Wednesday when she said "equity market valuations at this point generally are quite high," saying that raises "potential dangers." She added that she doesn't see "the hallmarks of a bubble," but stocks retreated from opening gains and traded lower, though the major averages closed off intraday lows. Are stocks overvalued? After a six-year bull market, a correction should be expected, although the odds favor a more garden variety downturn of 20% or so over a period of several months, not the painful free-falls of 2000-02 or 2008. Wednesday's selling prompted IBD to...
  • Flash Crash trader: 'I did nothing wrong'

    05/07/2015 1:36:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 May 2015 | BBC
    A UK trader accused of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash" has protested his innocence in court, saying he did not "do anything wrong". Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, has been charged with wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation by the US Justice Department (DOJ). Mr Sarao denies the charges but was remanded in custody for the third time after failing to raise £5.05m in bail. His lawyers' request that bail be lowered to £50,000 was refused.
  • Fed Chair Yellen says stock market prices 'quite high'

    05/06/2015 10:49:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 70 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6 May 15 | Martin Crutsinger
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability. "I would highlight that equity market valuations at this point generally are quite high," Yellen said in conversation with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at an economics conference. Coupled with weak economic reports in the morning, her remarks drove stocks broadly lower in Wednesday trading. Yellen added, however, that the overall risks to financial stability are "moderated, not elevated" and she does not see the hallmarks of any bubbles. She...
  • How Many Times Has The Dow Crossed the 18,000 Mark?

    05/05/2015 8:43:08 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 37 replies
    May 5, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Dow at 18,000 How many times has the Dow crossed the 18,000 mark? It seems that the Dow goes below 18,000 and then above 18,000 once or twice a week. I was curious if this many threshold crossings were normal as a market creates a direction.
  • Market Uptrend Stalls; Timing a Choppy Market --Investment Thread for May 3, 2015

    05/03/2015 11:26:09 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 19 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | May 3, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    This past year's choppy indecisive unstable investment market continues as last Friday's IBD down grades our week-old uptrend back to "market under pressure".  Last week's rosy close turned sour for both the S&P500 and the NASDAQ as the major indexes immediately began a week of declines only to turn back up after the outlook was downgraded.  Precious metals weren't immune to the chaos either as they too stammered and fell back toward bases reached last Oct.That's been pretty much the story of the past half-year with market uncertainty taking over.  The irony is that it's actually been a pretty...
  • David Stockman: "There Are No Markets, Just a Raging Casino"

    04/29/2015 12:41:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 3 replies
    David Stockman Contra Corner ^ | April 27, 2015 | Dan Weil
    Kafka & Keynes Mania in financial markets has raged so far out of control as to place them outside the realm of rationality, says former White House budget director David Stockman. “There are no markets left in any meaningful sense of the word, just a raging casino infected with the madness of the crowds and the central bank pied pipers who mesmerize them,” he writes on his blog. That madness is illustrated in the months-long rise of Chinese stocks and the rebound of McDonald’s shares last week, Stockman says. As for China, the Shanghai Composite Index has soared 121...
  • The End of the Beginning

    04/28/2015 2:42:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Charles Payne
    The NASDAQ may have just had the second most monumental breakthrough of a double top formation in stock market history. It took fifteen long years for the index to make a new high after the biggest market crash any living person has had to endure. The lingering resentment is going to be there for many years to come; and for a lot of former investors, it will never go away. This is why the rally has been ignored. Actually, it is more fertile grounds for the merchants of doom than anyone discussing reasonable expectations of enhancing wealth through investing in...
  • The Magic NASDAQ Record Number: 6,941

    04/27/2015 7:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 04/27/2015 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    The Nasdaq has surpassed the psychologically important dot-com record, but it would have to rise another 36% to 6,941 to truly be in record territory, taking into consideration inflation and the drop in the value of the dollar since 2000. It could still get there, since Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA) have yet to report earnings. Still, after 15 years and two recessions, one great, the Nasdaq has beaten its nominal all-time closing high of 5,048.62 reached on March 10, 2000. The Nasdaq then plunged a sickening 78% by October 2002. Meanwhile, the Dow has hit new all-time nominal and...
  • Market Uptrend, Sound Trading, and How to Buy Stocks; --Thread April 26, 2015

    04/26/2015 11:45:54 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 50 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | April 26, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Supposedly the top finance news stories this week have been the Greek Bailout, the Trade Fast Track Vote, but with NASDAQ's all time high we're getting even more buzz on our new stock rally. This past week's seen the S&P500 leap almost 2% and gold fall more than 2%.  A couple percent may not seem like much but having it happen in just five trading days means we got annualized returns of a 2/3 loss on gold and 50% gain on stocks.Weird how it is though that with stocks it means that we're now officially in a "confirmed uptrend",...
  • The 2010 flash crash now has a criminal suspect

    04/21/2015 1:12:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 4-21-2015 | Steve Goldstein
    The Justice Department on Tuesday unsealed charges, and sought extradition, of a Brit who did day-trading in futures contracts from his London home. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission also filed civil charges against Navinder Singh Sarao and his company. Sarao was arrested in the U.K. over the charges relating to manipulation. While the government has alleged manipulation on at least ten different occasions, it is the activity on May 6, 2010, that will draw the most attention. The U.S. government says Sarao was engaged in what’s called layering, which involves making multiple, bogus orders that are quickly cancelled to trick...
  • Exchange Traded Funds, Pros & Cons --Investor Thread April 19, 2015

    04/19/2015 7:39:38 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 49 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | 04/19/2015 | Freeper Investors
    [from IBD: Should ETFs Be In Your Investment Portfolio?]While ETFs have existed for several decades, their popularity and diversity have exploded in recent years. But many investors are just learning about them. Those looking for tips on how to invest in ETFs just need some basic information to get started. In basic terms, ETFs can be thought of as mutual funds that trade like stocks. But their portfolios can contain U.S. and foreign stocks, bonds, futures, physical commodities or currencies. And ETFs choose the securities for their portfolios with an investment objective in mind. These investment goals include growth...
  • When will the stock market crash?

    04/18/2015 9:26:05 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 76 replies
    Me | 4/18/15 | TheLouiswu
    Looking over past threads and several articles I about the stock market I was wondering if anyone has any definite information on when the next stock market crash would come and how bad will it be?
  • Stocks plunge 1% amid overseas decline; Dow negative for the year

    04/17/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    yahoo finance | Reuters | cnbc ^ | 4-17-2015 | Patti Domm and Peter Schacknow
    U.S. stocks traded sharply lower on Friday, following a global decline in equities on renewed Greece concerns and new Chinese trading regulations. The major averages had their worst day since March 25. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 350 points to trade negative for the year, with American Express (AXP) and 3M (MMM) among the greatest decliners. "I think what's more market moving (than domestic data) is Europe and concerns about Greece, and the put trading rules (in) China," Jim Meyer, chief investment officer at Tower Bridge Advisors. Meyer said the negative reaction in equities and futures was...
  • Stocks Are Trading Deep in the Red Amid Global Jitters

    04/17/2015 9:13:28 AM PDT · by John W · 11 replies
    the street.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Keris Alison Lahiff
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks cratered on Friday, caught up in a global selloff triggered by changes in Chinese market regulation. A series of poor earnings from the likes of American Express and Advanced Micro Devices also hurt stocks and prompted worries over first-quarter performance for companies in the S&P 500. Wall Street grew nervous on reports Chinese regulators will crack down on over-the-counter margin trading and regulations that allow fund managers to lend shares for short-selling. Global markets sold off on the reports on the view tighter regulation would limit the recent influx of money into China's Shanghai...
  • Finally! Saudi Arabia opening stock market to foreigners on June 15

    04/16/2015 12:05:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnn money ^ | 4-16-2015
    The oil-rich nation is opening its stock market -- the largest in the Middle East -- to foreign investors on June 15, the government announced Thursday. The Saudi market -- worth an estimated $530 billion -- is more than double the size of the Tel Aviv stock exchange in Israel. Previously, only Saudi-based investors could buy stocks there. By mid-June, international firms will be able to buy stocks in the country's exchange, the Tadawul All Share Index. This will likely encourage mutual funds and ETFs to add some Saudi stocks to their holdings, especially in emerging market funds. The move...
  • The American Investor's Stock Holding's at All-time High --Investor Thread May 12, 2015

    04/12/2015 10:27:18 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Weekly Investor's Thread ^ | April 12, 2015 | freeper investors
      The total privately owned stocks and mutual fund shares adds up to a soaring record total $21,169,400,000 --according to the latest Federal Reserves Flow of Funds Report.  Yeah I see all the hands waving --and the big question that follows has to do with population and inflation.  We went through this back on an earlier thread when the press was tootin' about how America's private wealth was supposedly at an all time high but only as a total of inflated dollars.  The average American's total holdings in real dollars is still less than it was eight years ago. ...
  • Over half of Americans have $0 in stocks

    04/10/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 114 replies
    More American adults drink coffee daily than have money invested in the stock market. Less than half, or 48%, of American adults have money in stocks, according to Bankrate's Money Pulse survey. Compared to that, about 61% of adults have at least a cup of coffee daily, according to the latest National Coffee Drinking Trends.
  • Here’s Why Morgan Stanley Says the S&P 500 May Near 3,000

    04/10/2015 8:05:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Financial Advisor ^ | 04/10/2015
    The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rally isn’t over and the gauge could jump 50 percent more by 2020 as the U.S. economic recovery heads for a record winning streak, according to Morgan Stanley. A slower though sustained period of growth could help the equity benchmark gauge peak near 3,000, according to a report dated today. The world’s largest economy, which began recovering in July 2009, may continue growing for five years or more, making it the longest period of expansion, Morgan Stanley said. The S&P 500 closed at a record 2003.37 last week. Three rounds of stimulus have helped...
  • Morgan Stanley: Here's How the S&P 500 Could Get to 3000 by the Year 2020

    04/10/2015 7:52:38 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 4-7-2015 | Julie Verhage, Bloomberg
    Morgan Stanley is out with its latest U.S. equity strategy note, and in it the firm lays out the possibility that the S&P 500 could hit 3000 within five years.  Chief Equity Strategist Adam Parker argues that if the credit cycle is like the 1990s, stocks have a long ways to go.   That core idea is presented in one slide: So why might we be looking at a repeat of a 90s-like credit cycle? Essentially because private-sector balance sheets continue to show signs of health and improvement, and there's room for leverage to grow. For example, delinquencies are at multi-year lows...
  • From 1st Quarter (zero GDP or what?) to Q2 (sell in May or buy?)--Investor Thread May 5, 2015

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

    03/31/2015 7:59:48 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 01, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    David Alan Stockman interviewed on CBS-TV 60 Minutes (October 2010) Highlights of recent interview by Harry Dent. David Stockman: People don't want to hear the reality and the truth that we're facing. But I think there is an enormous appetite out in the country to get a different perspective than what you have from the media day in and day out, so I say the fed is out of control. Its balance sheet is exploded. It's printing money like never before. Zero interest rates for 70 months have basically destroyed the pricing function in the financial markets. I said...
  • Dividends Provide a Safe Haven in Volatile Markets

    03/31/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Brian Perry
    Downbeat U.S. data has weighed on cyclical stocks during the past week. With the exception of the labor market data, most data has been consistently soft. U.S. economic data have been falling short of expectations by the largest margin since 2009. The latest reports to disappoint were Durable Goods for February, down 1.4% versus a consensus projected gain of 0.4%. And the Commerce Department reduced its third and final revision for fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.2%, worse than consensus expectations of 2.4%. Since energy prices were sharply lower in Q4, it seems clear that the domestic economy...
  • What Investing Icon Jack Bogle Gets Wrong about ETFs

    03/29/2015 7:47:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Doug Fabian
    John “Jack” Bogle is an icon in the investing industry. The founder of Vanguard and the “father” of index mutual fund investing has had a lot of good ideas over the years. Unfortunately, the ideas in his recent editorial in the Financial Times are not among those good ideas. According to Mr. Bogle, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are something that investors should “beware” of. As Bogle writes, “Mark me as a member of a small group of cohorts who are dubious about the utility of ETFs for long-term investors.” Bogle goes on to express some rather bad views about ETFs as...
  • Something weird is going on --Investor Thread March 29, 2015

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

    03/22/2015 7:24:29 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Weekly investment & finance thread ^ | Mar 22, 2015 | Freeper Investors
    Prices in both precious metals and stocks are booming again:  metals are soaring as if they're looking for higher bases and stock indexes are within a couple percentage points of all time highs.  The good news is that this time the experts show no sign of confusion as to what's going on and they've all decided what we need to do.  It's all because of the Fed, international tensions, and the NCAA. The bad news is that each expert's saying something different.   Here are a few samples:   (excerpt from)  Stocks are likely to struggle during March Madness ...Because March...
  • Is America in Decline? Twenty signs America is not in decline.

    03/15/2015 9:21:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Nolan Chart ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Luko
    It’s very fashionable to declare or pronounce, America is in decline- using such absurd anecdotal examples as the troubles in Syria (we didn’t do anything when Assad crossed the red line), Ukraine (we did not protect the Ukraine as promised in the Budapest Memorandum) gun shootings at shopping malls, troubled economy (when was our economy not troubled?- It’s troubled according to a developed countries standards- but compared to most of the world, it’s an exemplary example of market economics- giving the highest standard of living to the most people in the world). The other standard measurement used to support the...
  • $100 Trillion American Economic Collapse with Jim Rickards

    12/11/2014 8:11:12 AM PST · by Ghost of SVR4 · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 21, 2014 | Jim Rickards
    I don't know too much about Jim Rickards, just found this to be an interesting video about the overall economy and some tidbits about what our government agencies are up to. The video is a 45 minutes long interview of sorts and discussion. Just posting in the event other are interested.
  • Household Wealth Is the Highest Ever; Probably Not Your Household’s, Though...

    03/15/2015 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    Money Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Kerri Anne Renzulli
    American households now have a total net worth of $83 trillion, but most families are still behind where they were in 2007. Americans’ total wealth has reached a record. According to a Federal Reserve report released Thursday, the net worth of U.S. households and nonprofit organizations rose to $82.9 trillion at the end of 2014. Much of that growth was driven by stocks, which grew in value by $742 billion during the final quarter of last year. The value of residential real estate also rose by $356 billion. However, these aggregate numbers from the Fed provide only a partial view...
  • How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

    03/15/2015 12:07:44 PM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03-14-2015 | JEFF SOMMER
    The bull market in stocks turned six last Monday, and despite some rocky stretches — like last week, when the market fell — it has generally been a very pleasant time for money managers, who have often posted good numbers. Look more closely at those gaudy returns, however, and you may see something startling. The truth is that very few professional investors have actually managed to outperform the rising market consistently over those years. In fact, based on the updated findings and definitions of a particular study, it appears that no mutual fund managers have.
  • Investments go from Friday 13th to Ides of March-- Thread March 15, 2015

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

    The three most recent U.S. economic bubbles are Nasdaq dotcom (1995-2001 and peaked March 2000 [Beware the ides of March.]), housing (2001-2005), and Fed-O-Mania (2009 - ?).
  • Metals and Stocks Sell-off on Good News --Investor Thread March 8, 2015

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

    03/06/2015 12:29:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/06/2015
    News of a burst of hiring last month sent bond prices lower and the dollar higher in early trading on Friday, while the stock market opened lower. Apple rose 1 percent after it was announced that the company would be joining the Dow Jones industrial average, replacing AT&T. AT&T fell 1 percent. KEEPING SCORE The Dow fell 0.98 percent and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down 0.85 percent. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 0.60 percent. MORE JOBS United States employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above...
  • Apple Inc to join Dow industrials index this month, replacing AT&T Inc

    03/06/2015 6:59:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Apple Inc. will join the Dow Jones Industrial Average on March 18, replacing AT&T Inc., in the first reshuffling since September 2013. Apple holds a market capitalization of about US$736 billion, making it the largest publicly traded company in the world. AT&T, by contrast, has a market value of US$176.5 billion. Shares of Apple were higher in early trading, gaining 1.3% to US$128.02, while AT&T’s shares fell 1.3% to US$33.55. The changes will push the number of technology-related companies in the 30-member gauge to six and boost their influence even more as the tech giant joins Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp.,...
  • Nasdaq Hits 5000 for First Time Since Dot-Com Era; Dow Jones Reaches New Record High

    03/02/2015 1:25:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/02/2015 | Dan Strumpf
    * U.S. Stocks Close Higher *Nasdaq Composite Closes Above 5000 For First Time Since March 2000 *DJIA, S&P 500 End at Fresh Records The Nasdaq Composite climbed above the 5000-point level for the first time in almost 15 years on Monday, another milestone in the revival of an index that once was synonymous with dot-com excess but now reflects a broad swath of global technology, consumer, health-care and financial firms. The Nasdaq Composite, which tracks the prices of the 2,571 companies on the Nasdaq Stock Market, briefly topped 5000 at 10:30 a.m. EST. It was the first time the index...
  • Lumber Liquidators shares are crashing after a damning '60 Minutes' report

    03/02/2015 9:34:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/02/2015 | Myles Udland
    Lumber Liquidators shares are getting smoked after a report aired on "60 Minutes" Sunday night that showed major issues at some of the company's factories in China. Near 11:15 a.m. ET on Monday, shares of the company were down more than 22%. In premarket trade Monday, shares of Lumber Liquidators — North America's largest specialty retailer of hardwood floor — were down as much as 24%. At the opening bell on Monday, shares of the company were halted, news pending. Just after 11:00 a.m. ET, the company released a statement regarding the "60 Minutes" report, saying the newsmagazine used an...
  • Stock Run-up 3 Weeks Old, Experts Confused-- Investor Thread March 1, 2015

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

    02/28/2015 9:54:41 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | Charles Payne
    The market has started to spin its wheels and that makes people nervous. I will lay out the red flags. I am not talking about the $18 trillion in government debt, the Fed's balance sheet, or the ticking time bomb of pensions, but trends that could arguably derail the stock market rally.Earnings are beating lowered estimates, but are yielding less than the twenty-year average. Sure, stock yields are attractive versus bond yields, but are they good enough to justify higher share prices? Here is the rub: consensus on earnings points lower and lower for this year, but it should reverse and...
  • Another Recession is on the way

    02/28/2015 9:43:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    In 2006-2007 I called for a recession. We got a big one. I called for another one in 2011, as did the ECRI. That recession never happened. 50% is not a very good recession predicting track record except in comparison to consensus economic opinions that have never once in history predicted a recession. Consensus opinion is batting a perfect 0.00% Investigating the Record By the way, the ECRI was late in calling the recession of 2007. They still deny it. And questions regarding the 2001 recession and ECRI have still not been answered. I have talked about all of this...