Is A Year-End Rally Still Possible?

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Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, For the last few months, we have repeatedly warned about the mounting risks which were being ignored by an increasingly overly complacent, overly exuberant market. Doug Kass had a good compilation of those concerns on Friday: The Fed Chairman seemed more hawkish in tone recently Rising interest rates provide… Read More

A golden escape  

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The oil price is rising due to the upcoming restrictions on the sale of Iranian oil – the second of a two-part set of sanctions imposed on the Middle Eastern power following the Trump Administration’s decision in May to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA).… Read More

Judge Approves Elon Musk's Settlement With SEC, Stock Surges

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On Tuesday, United States Judge Alison J. Nathan signed off on the proposed settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk. This settlement puts to rest the SEC’s action against Musk regarding his now infamous (and allegedly fraudulent) Tweet, where he claimed that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla… Read More

5 Doubt-Killers to Keep You Sharp

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This post 5 Doubt-Killers to Keep You Sharp appeared first on Daily Reckoning. Most of us know the story of Chicken Little, who ran around the barnyard crying out about impending doom after an acorn fell on her head. In the story, the sky is not falling, of course, but to Chicken Little, facts didn’t… Read More

Achuthan Warns Housing Market Is Raising Serious Red Flags

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Authored by Lakshman Achuthan, op-ed via Bloomberg.com, Real home price growth looks to have already entered a cyclical downturn that is likely to intensify as affordability worsens… Despite a robust U.S. economy, at least as measured by gross domestic product, real home price growth is locked in a cyclical downturn. If that’s not bad enough, it… Read More

Republican Senators Threaten Sanctions Against Saudi Arabia

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By now, observers in Asia and North American have probably sensed that President Trump’s threats of “severe punishment” for Saudi Arabia, should proof emerge that the kingdom masterminded the murder of Washington Post columnist and dissident expatriate Jamal Khashoggi, were disingenuous. The US intelligence community already has evidence that Saudi was targeting Khashoggi for writing… Read More

200 Dead In Nigeria Oil Pipeline Blast

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Authored by Irina Slav via Oilprice.com, The number of casualties after an oil product pipeline explosion in Nigeria has reached 200, local media report, as people from local communities have gathered to protest the negligence of the Nigerian national Petroleum Corporation, which, they said, was the reason for the explosion. The pipeline exploded after it caught… Read More

"What Do They Know?" – BlackRock Exposes Institutional Exodus From Stocks

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Spot the bagholder… “We’re not particularly happy,” was the understated comment from BlackRock’s Larry Fink as he reflected on the mass exodus of institutional assets under management from the world’s largest asset manager. Institutions withdrew $24.8 billion from BlackRock’s index and active products in the period, which Fink attempted to shrug off: “They don’t understand… Read More

When Will Chasing The Stock Market No Longer Work?

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Authored by Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, If someone had asked me to name the driving factors influencing US stock market performance return over the past year, I might have guessed the cut in the tax rate, but I would then be at loss to further explain what has been moving stocks. Lucky… Read More

Great Social Media Purge of 2018

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By: Alan Mosley Back in the ancient news cycle of August 6, 2018, Alex Jones, host of The Alex Jones Show and curator of Infowars.com, was deplatformed in a coordinated effort by multiple social media and content streaming services. The list of companies, whose simultaneity was surely a coincidence, is quite impressive: Facebook, Apple, YouTube,… Read More

Trader Warns "Markets Are Less Calm That They're Letting On"

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“Where is everyone?” asks former fund manager and FX trader Richard Breslow as trading volumes across equity, debt, and FX markets remain lackluster to say the least, amid an optimistic bounce (so far) today. Once again, stocks are all hovering at their all-important moving-averages unable to break up, or down, for now, despite all the… Read More

Criminally Confidential

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Washington Post investigative journalist Radley Balko just published a story about a Little Rock, Arkansas police unit conducting no-knock raids with “explosive entry”—literally blowing the doors off of homes—with little or no justification. It turns out many of these drug raids were based on the word of a confidential informant with a lengthy criminal record.… Read More

What Can Investors Expect from the Fed in the Future?

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In the US the key 10-year Treasury bond yield has risen in recent weeks. There was a brief period in later August when investor worries, over Turkey in particular, and emerging-markets risk more generally, had spurred the buying of Treasuries as a safe-haven asset, and yields had fallen, with the 10-year yield dropping to close… Read More

Is The Price of Silver About To Explode?

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So What’s The Big Deal About Silver With the stock market reaching new all-time highs almost by the day, and precious metals in a vicious 7-year bear market, why would anybody want to invest in silver? Fortunately, the exact conditions described above, as well as a unique set of events that most in the financial… Read More