Financial Sense

These “High-Five” Stocks Are Having a Massive Influence on the Market
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By Patrick O'Hare – Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), (AMZN), and Facebook (FB) — these five companies are the five largest companies in the S&P 500 based on market capitalization. In aggregate, their market value is $2.93 trillion!

The Trump Budget: Real Cuts vs. the Media Version of "Cuts"
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By Mises Institute – One of the cardinal rules of government accounting and rhetoric is to call any slowdown in the growth rate of government spending a "cut." This gives the impression that less is being spent when more is being spent.

Gold Risks 'Excitement' at 6-Year Downtrend as BTC Drops 10% from New Record, India Weighs GST Decision
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By Adrian Ash – Gold prices jumped above $1265 per ounce in London trade Friday, gaining 0.9% for the week as world stock markets slipped despite another fresh overnight record-high in US equity indices. Major government bond prices rose, pushing...

Fed Not Ready to Change Course
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By Tim Duy PhD – With incoming data brighter and suggesting that the first quarter slowdown was indeed temporary, a June rate hike looks more certain than not. But why are they even contemplating raising rates at all given recent inflation numbers?

Handling Identity Theft
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By Paul Horn – I recently had a client that was the unfortunate victim of identity theft. It took her credit card company calling her after several large transactions to even know that it happened. This, unfortunately, is an all too common...

Oil Crashes as Iran Refuses to Cut Production
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By OilPrice – Iran’s current crude oil output level will not be reduced under the extension of the OPEC production cuts, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Thursday. “Iran’s oil output would stand at 3.8 mb/d,” Zanganeh said in Vienna – as quoted...

Bitcoin $10,000?
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By FS Staff – Bitcoin has entered a parabolic phase, blowing past the price of gold and hitting new all-time highs on a daily basis. This time on FS Insider, Trace Mayer, host of the Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast and a leading expert on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies...

China’s Lehman Moment Is Coming!
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By Andrew Zatlin – Before I dig into the coming Lehman moment out of China, you should understand how China has impacted the world. First, let’s start with debt. Debt sits at the heart of China’s miracle growth.

Craig Johnson Still Believes US Stocks Will Climb for Years - Here's Why
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By FS Staff - We aren’t simply in a bull market, Piper Jaffray's Craig Johnson noted. Investors need to think of this specifically as a long-term, structural bull market. There are two big forces coming to bear that will keep markets structurally bullish. The first, he says, is...

A Panoply of Positive Divergences
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Bull markets in stocks tend to rise in the face of a wall of worry. For years we have been hearing about this overvalued stock market – it’s lasted too long, risen too far, printing money will lead to inflation, margin debt is too high...