e Market Snapshot:     Stocks are presently drifting slightly higher while the 10-year Treasury is also drifting slightly higher along with Gold. Meanwhile' Oil is up almost 3% at around $
f The global banking system, at least since 2008, has vastly overvalued collateral "assets". Governments of all major OECD countries with a combined GDP of about one-half of the world's total output
  Oil Plummets Again     Oil inventories have been rising consistently over the past 4 weeks; however, today's news from the US Department of Energy that shows that Oil inventories rose to 6.3
  Way, way back in 2014 there were six Eurozone nations whose debt-to-GDP ratio surpassed 100% - today there are eight -  33% more. Apparently few care to remember that the 1992  Maastricht
g Market Overview      Today's stock advance extended gain from Monday with traders saying the move wasn’t driven by any particular piece of news.  The big buyers yesterday, according to Goldman
d As we wrote before Christmas (here), deflation (falling prices) together with its various attributes is the dominant them for 2015. Nations and their respective central banks, are attacking
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
[embed]http://iframewidth=640height=360src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/4g4nIFqdaW0?feature=player_detailpageframeborder=0allowfullscreen/iframe[/embed]   Oil Drilling Sector See Rates Skyrocket
,j I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry... but either way here are the sad but perversely funny facts which drove spending and therefore US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 4th quarter so that 
 f THE GREAT CURRENCY WAR   ATTACKS . COUNTERATTACKS . CASUALTIES  f Mexico's Peso Collapsing      While being mostly ignored by the lame-brain media, the Peso now stands at a disastrous 15 to $1 US
22 Oil Edges Closer to $40       Despite yesterday's increase to $45, today oil is right back down - around $44 a barrel and appears to be heading ever closer toward $40: "Oil is incredibly
  In decades past, quantitative easing, monetization of national debt and zero interest rates were rare among developed nations.  Such central bank actions were limited to only the most extreme 
    Plummeting earnings caused by the strong US Dollar is ravishing big companies that do business overseas.  Everything from consumer products to pharmaceuticals have been hit hard but
  According to the Congressional Budget Office, ObummerCare will cost you how much more over the next 10 years? A. 10,000 B. More than $10,000 but less than $20,000 C. More than $20,000
2 With all the banter back and forth about if,  when, and how much interest rates will go up or down and for how long, here's a graph that tells us all we need to know about the likely direction of
  Market Snapshot    A bad day for stocks as presently both US and European Stocks are pulling back significantly with the Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq and Stoxx Europe 600 down -2.17, -1.78, -2.32 and -
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
   Market Snapshot:     At the present Stocks are mixed, Gold & Silver are  giving back a little of their recent gains while bonds drift slightly lower. d The Dollar's Run Has Just Begun
  Just as a house built on sand cannot stand when floods come, so too a people and economy built upon debt cannot stand when a sustained rain of calamity arrives.   That is unless there is a strong 
    fDenmark Follows Switzerland's Lead             Last week we wrote extensively about how the SNB's "first strike" shocked the world  by tripling  it's negative rate to -0.75 and also
  v Summary Of Obama's State Of The disUnion Speech      Higher taxes, spend more, more debt, more handouts, threaten veto, raise minimum wage (to increase lay-offs), ignore terrorism, "fair-
f Gold & Bonds Surge     Presently gold is up about 1.20% to $1292.20 with the 10-year Treasury up 21/32 pushing its interest rate down to 1.76%.  US Stocks started out rising but shortly
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
      Ukraine Institutes Draft   of 50,000 healthy men and women, preferably with military experience. Tank operators, artillerymen, reconnaissance scouts and messengers aged 25 to
  v The Bad News For the year to date (1/1/15 to 1/15/15) , the S&P 500 Index is down -3.15%   The Good News WE ARE PLEASED TO REPORT that all managed portfolios are up for the same
ep Today is a day that will likely go down in history as when such things happen, it is not uncommon for them to spread. d Francogeddon  is a term created today to describe a dramatically  shocking
d  Paradise Lost  - Oil Banking         Banks have lent billions of Dollars to the energy sector (especially shale) while also making hundreds of millions on oil debt issuance, M&A, and  through
  m Last Stage of US Economic Cycle?     Investors are treating the current lack-luster recovery as it was the final stage of a boom cycle.  The problem is that what was considered to be the
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
* EU To Make Monumental Decisions This Month     It looks like January is going to be a pivot point for Europe as three major decisions will be made. On January 14th, the European Court of Justice
     96% of political contributions from Ivy League professors in the 2012 presidential election went to Obama.  Indeed the brilliant Harvard staff championed Obumercare. s At Harvard We know
  "How low can it go?" is the wrong question.  Rather the questions regarding oil prices should be: How long?  Who/What does it effect. c Oil busts are terrible for  oil and gas states such as
t Survey Says!    EU In A Coma      A survey of 32 of Europe’s top economists shows that 26 think that the European Central Bank (ECB) will embark on a quantitative easing program (QE) that will buy
  m Market Snapshot       With energy stocks leading the way, stocks are falling and are presently down -1.20% as measured by the S&P 500 Index.  Meanwhile Gold is up more than 1% along
  Happy New Year!  For most of 2014 and into the New Year, dividend/income paying US Companies, Real Estate, Utilities and Intermediate to Longer Term Treasury Bonds remain in favor while
d On the eve of the coming New Year,  the markets are seeing little movement other than portfolio managers performing their annual window-dressing by adding  investments they want investors to
2 Here's hoping that you and yours has a wonderful Christmas. s   US Taxpayers Hosed Again           Recently none other than the US Fed  buckled under Bank pressures by granting an extension of
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
d Russia Facing Near Depression & Runaway Inflation     Russia has more than $600 billion of outstanding Dollar-denominated corporate debt (must pay with US dollars, of which $115 billion comes
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
eRo Easy-money, rising profits and booming markets  often obscure all manner of malfeasance, fraud and deception.   However, when the 'lights' of calamity and disruption occur within a market,  
  d It's apparent that as 2014 ends, that deflation remains the dominant theme in the global economy for the coming new year. A key indicator of deflation is global commodity prices as their
w Market/Investment Snapshot     Yesterday we took advantage of the slumping stock market to add a position of the equal weight S&P 500 in advance of todays  rally. The Dow and S&P 500 are
  No - not that kind of envy  - rather  P-u-t-i-n  Envy...     This weeks "Tongue in Cheek" report: d The US Federal Reserve has said many times that it wants inflation and not
e All throughout 2014 we were repeatedly told by all manner of economists and soothsayers that any day the Fed would raise interest rates.  Among them is Marilyn Cohen, whom many claim to be one of
l Market Snapshot     A relief rally tried to take hold pushing the Dow as high as up +230 points earlier; however, it completely fizzled before plummeting  more than -100 points the other direction
b At 1:00 a.m. in Russia, emergency alarms went off.  After increasing its interest rate to 10.5% just last Thursday, in a stunningly shocking move, Russia just increased them again,  but this time
sMar Market Snapshot    Earlier today all was red as stocks continued to retreat with the Dow falling more than 100 points.  However, during the early afternoon it appears some buyers slowly arrived
  Each week we look at the technical picture of the major investment markets.  When the Long-Term Indicator moves from Bullish to Bearish or Bearish to Bullish, we will comment on the reasons
Marked Market Snapshot     With just a few minutes before the market close, the Dow is down nearly 300 points (-1.71%).  Bonds prices are surging pushing the 10-year Treasury yield down to nearly  to

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