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The Death of America’s Middle Class

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America the beautiful. America the brave. America the…poor? Well at least some of us are.  Despite every piece of news this week talking about the rapidly rising stock market, Americans for the most part are still worse off than they were before the recession hit us four years ago. Our income levels have dropped off…our […]

Protecting Ourselves from the Great Inflation

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Hello again, and I hope you’re sitting down… Today I’m going to explain what I’m simply referring to as The Great Inflation, because it’s going to affect you, and it’s going to happen faster than people think, albeit in an insidious way. Of course, what you’re going to read now is only my opinion. I […]

The Mother of All Opportunities

Market Crash

Wait for it…that sound that you’re hearing is a collapse in the commodities markets. Funny how the price of oil has fallen by 10% in a week – what happened? Is it suddenly cheaper to get it out of the ground? What about Sugar – now there’s an oversupply, and of course let’s not forget […]

Behind the Global Curve

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Global interest rates are rising in anticipation of inflationary pressures ahead. There are two major non-participants in this story. The first is Japan, which is adding liquidity to counter the economic devastation in the wake of last month’s earthquake/tsunami/nuclear event. Strong aftershocks are still occurring and the nuclear situation is far from being contained. The […]

You Know it’s a Bull Market When…

Stock Charts

You Know It’s a Bull Market When… Greece collapses and the markets move higher. When Ireland collapses and the markets move higher. When Portugal collapses and the market moves higher. Spain is the next domino to fall – can you say Dow 13,000? Of course taking this perverse logic even further, if the US were […]

Wal-Mart Warning – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

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Long time readers know I’m not an economist. I leave the market predictions to my colleague Kevin Raymond. He delivers stock info, economic forecasts and financial news to you every Monday morning. Because of that I steer clear of talking about market forces…until today. **Sponsor** This is Easy to Start Sometimes we all need to […]

Higher Prices Coming. Prepare Now!

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I hope you’ve been taking the advice of my friends Kevin Raymond and Marc Charles lately. They’ve been right on the money when it comes to making money. Kevin writes Freedom By Friday and he has been spot on about commodities. They’ve been rising in price steadily over the past several months. Financially they have […]

A Rising Tide of Discontent in Chaostan

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Protests across the Arab and non-Arab world (Iran) continue after the toppling of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak. Even the Swiss are involved now as bankers hurry to freeze the accounts of the former leaders of the countries in question. Now, answer me this: why does it take an ouster to seize these accounts that everyone […]

While The West Sleeps

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The economy might finally be pulling out of the doldrums in the US, but it has a long way to go before it recovers. Much of the gains we have seen in GDP and the gains we will see in the months ahead are the result of government stimuli. While the talking heads in Washington […]

Have You Been Listening?

Gold Bullion

Gold went bonkers last week – strange when you consider it was on the back of a major power shift in Washington. Aren’t the Republicans running on a deficit reduction platform? Gold certainly doesn’t buy into that idea or promise, and neither should you. If you want to know whose calling the shots on policy […]

Put Down That Brand

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Did your nose crinkle a bit in disgust when you read the title of this article? Mine did but I think that’s a family trait I inherited from my Godmother.  Thanks Aunt Jeanie. Moving on… But seriously the thought of store brand, generic foods from the grocery store does not make anyone lick their lips […]

The New Age Piggy Bank

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Reaching Your Short Term Financial Goals… Quickly July… The month when America turns a year older. It also marks the midpoint of your fiscal year. With half the year gone by already it’s a good time to do a check up on your financial goals. Are you on track so far? There are two types […]

What The Insiders Are Doing

If You’re Not on The Inside…. Another week, another new 52-week high for the US stock market. It doesn’t pay to be short right now considering that all these companies are reporting stellar results, first Intel, then JP Morgan and UPS. Its all clear folks, time to load up on stocks. Er…not so fast. Remember […]

The Name is Bond…Treasury Bond

The 10-year Treasury bond hovered around 4% recently, and the 30-year bond is trading within a couple-dozen basis points of 5%. What inflation? A year ago, people were flocking to the safety of negative returns on short term paper to get out of the stock market. Worse, many locked themselves into 10 and 30-year bonds […]

Hold On To Those Commodities

According to the Fed, inflation is virtually non-existent in the US. Overcapacity, slack demand, high unemployment all point to a weak environment for prices. Is that right? Since most commodities are priced in US Dollars, it’s been a fairly easy trade to make. When the Dollar goes down, prices go up and the inverse is […]

To Beat Inflation, You Must First Recognize Its Face.

“A student at Freiburg University ordered a cup of coffee at a cafe. The price on the menu was 5,000 Marks. He had two cups. When the bill came, it was for 14,000 Marks. “If you want to save money,” he was told, “and you want two cups of coffee, you should order them both […]

Voting for Oblivion

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My dear friend, welcome back. Let’s kick off with two quotes of past and present to set the scene for this week’s cheery little ode: “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill. “Within 12 years… the largest item in the federal budget will be interest […]

The Ugly Black Swans

Wait! Before you groan at the thought of hearing yet another rant and reckoning from that pessimistic (realistic) pundit, Mark Patricks, this week is a little different… This week I’m being somewhat contrarian on my contrarian stance. Yes, I was a little confused too when I dreamt this up, but bear with me as I […]

Debt: A Love Story

Welcome back to one of the last bastions of sanity, logic, and truth remaining in the world… What do a scorn woman and debt have in common? Answer: they are both on a relentless quest to slowly and insidiously destroy you with a smile on their face, and they will not rest until they succeed […]

What Columbus Sees

America was an idea long before it was a country… The idea was beautifully simple: life, liberty and freedom. A place where a person could be left alone to do their own thing as long as it didn’t harm others. Private property ownership. Free enterprise. Small and non-invasive government. Self-sufficiency of the population. Gold would […]

The Stand

So, did you grab yourself some Biotime stock when I first mentioned it? If not, look away… That stock has tripled. Well, the market did indeed finish up in September as I predicted and contrary to the history that states September is the worst of all the months for the stock market. But it was […]

Your Government Is Betraying You

I spoke at a seminar recently. It’s always fascinating to meet the people who go to these events, but this was the first time I’d been to one after the crash of last October. Needless to say, the mood wasn’t a happy one… The speakers at this event were some of the best investment minds […]

What About Income?

“Okay, it’s all very well talking about making a profit here and there, but what about income?” True, income is a separate deal and it’s certainly hard to come by currently when you think that government bonds (considered the safest place) are paying such a pittance. BUT, AAA rated Corporate Bonds could well be the […]

Where We Stand

I’ve been asked to clarify a few things and this will serve as a good 2008 review/2009 best-guess estimate. Remember: these are only best-guesses. Nobody could predict Madoff with any certainty so there are always wildcards out there. These events I believe are relatively certain to occur, the tricky part is putting timelines to them. […]

 
 
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