Financial Sense

Could a Lithium Shortage Derail the Electric Car Boom?
Oil Price's picture

We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank.

Swiss Central Bank Holds $129 Billion in Equities, Owns More Public Shares of Facebook Than Zuckerberg
Michael Shedlock's picture

The Swiss central bank is now the eighth largest investor in publicly traded shares of Facebook following the Swiss Central Bank Buying Spree. Supposedly buying shares of corporations makes perfect sense. And the risks are manageable.

Metabolizing Japan, the World's Oldest Nation
Stratfor's picture

Getting old can be a drag, for both people and nations. As people age, they tend to become less physically active. This leads to loss of muscle mass and the gain of fat, which causes the body's metabolism — the process of converting...

US Consumer Confidence Strongly Beats Expectations
Doug Short's picture

The latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through August 18. The headline number of 101.1 was a solid increase from the final reading of 96.7 for July, a downward revision from 97.3.

Gold Bars Near 5-Week Dollar Low as Fed's 'Full Employment' Rate-Rise Hints Meet 'Falling Inflation'
Adrian Ash's picture

Gold bars traded in London's wholesale market recovered from their fourth dip below $1320 per ounce in 4 days on Tuesday, returning from the UK's summer Bank Holiday near 5-week lows as betting rose that the US Fed will raise its key...

The Illusion of Power
Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

All hail the mighty Federal Reserve, the setter of interest rates and gatekeeper of the economy. I don’t think anyone would go so far as to explicitly say that, but it seems to be the underlying tone I hear from many investors, as well as...

Trump By a Landslide?
Charles Hugh Smith's picture

Based on this analytic structure, Trump may not just win the election in November--he might win by a landslide. If we believe the mainstream media and the Establishment it protects and promotes, Trump has no chance of winning the...

US Corporations Are Engaged in a Massive Debt-Binge - Here’s Why
Sober Look's picture

Just as governments are cutting back on issuing new debt, the corporate sector has taken up the role of being the largest source of new debt in the United States. This shift in debt issuance is readily apparent in Chart 1.

Great Graphic: Low Wages in US Rising
Marc Chandler's picture

This Great Graphic comes from the Wall Street Journal. It shows what is happening to the pay of the least compensated in the US. Their pay is going up at a pace that is exceeding the averages and inflation.

Jackson Hole – What Have We Learned?
Bob Eisenbeis's picture

Chair Yellen’s much-awaited Jackson Hole speech has been touted in the media as suggesting that there will soon be a second rate hike to follow the FOMC’s December 2015 move. However, many have noted that there...