Category Economics

Stars and Stripes Forever, Hopefully Not Forever

Welcome back. As Memorial Day weekend in the US is the official start of summer, we should start to see volumes in the stock markets head lower for the next few months. On the economic front, this week we have Consumer Confidence, the Unemployment Rate, Non-Farm Payrolls and Average Hourly Earnings.   Holiday, Celebrate: Markets will […]

I See Bond Yields Arisin, I see Trouble on the Way

Looks like we’re in for nasty weather. Hopefully, the Fed will save the day.   Investors will watch the latest on Treasury yields climbing above 3% and see how much higher they could climb, especially with the Federal Reserve statement this week. Traders will also be watching the latest out of earnings season. On the […]

Summer is Coming

We have a big week on the central bank front with statements from Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank. Earnings season also will keep traders busy this week. On the economic front, we have US GDP and Durable Orders.   Earnings: Earnings kicks into high gear with 181 S&P 500 companies and 12 Dow […]

How Far Away Are We from GAME OVER

Investors have a relatively quiet week for the first week of the 2nd Quarter. On the economic front, we have Manufacturing PMI, the Unemployment Rate, Non-Farm Payrolls and Average Hourly Earnings. Non-Farm Payrolls & Unemployment Rate:  Non-Farm Payrolls, the Unemployment Rate and Average Hourly Earnings for March are scheduled to be released this Friday (4/6). […]

1, 2, 3, 4, I Declare a Trade War

Investors will be watching the latest rhetoric out of the White House as President Trump is scheduled to sign tariffs on steel and aluminum this week. We also have a statement from the Bank of Japan where they may announce that they are taking away the punch bowl (a significant change to monetary policy.) On […]

Market Tranquilizer Report

Assessment – The Damage Of The Recent Market Turmoil Tactical View: As we prepare for market action this week (2/12), we must ask: Was Friday’s (2/9) market rally a real bottom or a fake one? In comparing Friday’s rally after a -4% selloff on Thursday (2/8) vs. Tuesday’s (2/6) rally after the -4% selloff on […]

How Many People Got Trampled on Black Friday??

After ordering the latest gadgets on Cyber Monday, investors have a busy week ahead highlighted by a potential floor vote on tax reform. We also have an OPEC meeting to discuss continued production cuts. On the economic front, we have Prelim GDP and ISM Manufacturing PMI. Tax Reform: It looks like the Senate is planning […]

Happy Mountain Day

Besides the continuation of earnings, investors will turn their attention to Fed speakers as we have a slow economic week ahead. On the economic front, we have CPI and PPI readings. Fed Members Speak: This week, we have 4 FOMC members scheduled to give speeches across the country. These are their first speeches since the latest […]

WWJD July 2017 Edition

What Would Janet Do? Likely Nothing   Investors have a light economic data week ahead as all eyes point to the Fed and earnings. On the economic front, we have 2Q GDP. Federal Reserve: On Wednesday (7/26), the Fed will release a statement where everybody will be waiting to see if the Federal Reserve decides to […]

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Did Someone Fake Ethereum Creator’s Death to Buy at a Steep Discount?

The creator of Ethereum, a popular cryptocurrency, was rumored on 4Chan to have died in a car crash two days ago. Despite skepticism, the rumor gained enough steam to be picked up in at least one news outlet (article now deleted), and crash the value of Ethereum from Sunday to Monday (with the lingering aftermath […]

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Senator Tim Kaine: The Cash-Free Society is Coming — Deal With It

I sent a letter to Senator Tim Kaine, D-VA, regarding the very clear push by globalist influences to abolish cash in the name of “consumer protection,” “reducing crime” and money laundering. It’s an absurd impetus, given that the biggest money criminals (the big banks) are protected by government, and the biggest drug traffickers (the CIA) […]

Trump Overseas, What Could Go Wrong??

  Get your popcorn ready (we all know Putin is) as the world watches President Trump’s first overseas trip and meets with other world leaders. He hopefully doesn’t have an international incident that rattles markets ahead of the 3-day weekend coming up for Memorial Day. On the economic front, we have Durable Goods, University of […]

Where Have All the Traders Gone?

do-do-do, do-do-do As the mainstream media continues to have 24 hour coverage of Comey’s firing, investors will try to concentrate on the quieter than normal markets. On the economic front, we have a quiet week with Building Permits and Housing Starts. Of course North Korea can always saber rattle the markets by launching another missile. […]

VIVE LA VOLATILITÉ

In reaction to our recent Q1 Commentary, there understandably continues to be questions surrounding the confounding lack of volatility and complacency that has pervaded global markets, despite the widespread distress gripping the global geopolitical arena. Many market participants and those watching from the sidelines have been left dumbfounded watching the VIX (Volatility Index) meander around […]

A Nationalist, A Communist and An Independent Walk Into a Bar

This isn’t a joke, those are the top candidates to be the next President of France. And who does this picture remind us of? hmmmmm. French Elections: After Brexit and Trump, France is now saying “Hold My Beer.” The latest polls out of the French Presidential election are showing a 4-way race between a Nationalist […]

Waiting for That Reichstag Fire Moment

Investors have a busy week ahead with a string of economic data and our first look at 1Q earnings. On the economic front, we have Manufacturing PMI, the Unemployment Rate, Non-Farm Payrolls, and Average Hourly Earnings. Non-Farm Payrolls & Unemployment Rate: On Friday (4/7), we have the release of Non-Farm Payrolls, the Unemployment Rate and Average […]

Q1 2017 Market Commentary: Trump, the Fed, Globalists, and Gold

This past quarter in the markets was one of the more interesting three-month periods we’ve had in a while. Not because of what took place, but rather, the lack of what took place, considering the boiling global geopolitical climate. Almost all of Q1 unfolded against a backdrop of zero volatility and confounding complacency not seen […]

“If You Fire Me Now, I Shall Become More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine”

– Preet Bharara’s potential last speech to Donald Trump before he got fired. Now that he has been fired by President Trump, “I felt a great disturbance in the force.”   After the shocking news for the sheriff of Wall Street over the weekend, investors will now turn their attention to WWJD March 17 Edition […]

Stefan Molyneux on Satanism and Socialism – Summary

A summary of Stefan Molyneux’s thought-provoking podcast/formulation on the relationship between: SATANISM and SOCIALISM Who is Satan? Satan is the God of this world. Satan asks humanity to forego the benefits of morality for the comforts of success and power. Satan’s offer à Give up your soul, and be rewarded with material wealth, political gain, […]

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Pop Quiz: Dystopian Sci-Fi Novel, or 2017 America?

War has raged worldwide since long before you were born. Recession has caused record levels of homelessness in city streets, and every day, more Americans come one small financial setback away from joining their ranks. Already, economists, bankers, politicians, and academics have begun pushing for a cashless society in order to monitor all spending and […]