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Stratfor Worldview’s 2017 Third-Quarter Forecast
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By Stratfor – Based on the principle that transformative world events are not random, but are in fact predictable, Stratfor develops decade, annual and quarterly forecasts. These forecasts are built upon Stratfor’s geopolitical methodology...

This Is What a Bubble Looks Like: Japan 1989 Edition
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By Urban Carmel – Take the US tech bubble of the 1990s, add the subsequent real estate bubble of the 2000s, multiply by two, and you have a good approximation of the events leading to Japan's stock market crash in 1990.

Cash Is Falling Out of Fashion – Will It Disappear Forever?
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By The Conversation – On June 27, the ATM turns 50. Former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker once described it as the “only useful innovation in banking.” But today, the cash that ATMs dispense may be on the endangered list.

Total Return With Floating Rate Bonds
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By Robert Bernard – On June 14, 2017, the US Federal Reserve raised its Fed Funds rate for the second time this year. The new range will be 1 - 1.25%. The Fed also gave a roadmap on how they plan to unwind their $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

Pension Funds Have $4T Hole, Even a 5% Market Decline Could Be Catastrophic
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By ValueWalk – US pension funds do not have a pretty probability path going forward, a Moody’s report pointed out. The potential that certain pension liabilities increase at a time when reliance on pension funds avoiding major investment losses...

Peaking Summer Stock Market
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By Kurt Kallaus – US and global stocks remain in a secular Bull market. Major averages from around the world confirm the strength we see in our country boosted by strong earnings and guidance. Tech stocks have trounced value companies and...

Gold Mining Stocks – Back up the Truck?
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By Frank Barbera – Over the last few years, Gold Mining stocks have carried investors on quite a ride. This observer first started watching the Gold Stock Index back in 1978, when mining stocks were the only game in town. Back then...

Stock Market Headwinds Approaching, Says Louis-Vincent Gave
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FS Staff – Louis-Vincent Gave, Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Gavekal Research, says there are a number of tailwinds continuing to pushing stock markets higher, though, that story may be about to change, especially as we get closer to 2018...

As Amazon Increases Domination, Goldman Asks What Can’t Be Bought Online?
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By ValueWalk – As e-commerce continues to grow at a rapid pace – and Amazon looks to gobble up the world – Goldman Sachs asks the question: what type of products and services cannot be sold online? From an investing...

What Is the Most Likely Outcome of the Qatar Crisis?
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By Global Risk Insights – The diplomatic crisis resulting from sanctions against Qatar raises fresh questions concerning the political and economic environment in the Gulf. A guest post by Anas Abdoun. Just a fortnight after President...