Tom McClellan's picture

Junk bonds are the canaries in the stock market’s coal mine. If you want to know ahead of time that trouble is coming for the stock market, then one of the best places to look is the high-yield (or junk) bond market. The movements of prices...

Chris Puplava's picture

In 1897, Samuel Clemens, best known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was in London for various speaking engagements when someone started a rumor that he was gravely ill, which was followed by another rumor that he had died.

Michael Shedlock's picture

Every time I do a post on self-driving vehicles, readers respond that it cannot happen and won’t happen for a decade, if ever. It’s time for a reality check. A quick check of my calendar shows we are not quite halfway through 2017.

Reva Goujon's picture

Trump is often described as a "transactional" president who sees the world as one big negotiating table where he can leverage his business experience to exact better terms and conditions for American workers and corporations.

Michael Pettis's picture

As long as China has debt capacity, it can achieve any GDP growth rate Beijing requires, simply by allowing credit to expand. But debt levels are already high, and credit must expand at an accelerating pace to maintain growth. China is probably still a few years away...

Marc Chandler's picture

The Federal Reserve's real broad trade-weighted dollar fell for the first three months of 2017, and the greenback's heavy tone this month has raised questions about the state of the bull market. Despite this recent weakness, we think the bull...

Adrian Ash's picture

Gold bullion priced in Dollars retreated on Wednesday from its second attempt in 3 days to break the 6-year downtrend starting at 2011's record peak, as world stock markets and commodities steadied after yesterday's drop amid a higher...

Kurt Kallaus's picture

Hard data is soft! Retail sales have contracted 2 months in a row, construction spending and industrial production data are soft and other hard data inputs have pressured economic models sharply lower in their 1st quarter GDP estimates.

Clif Droke's picture

To most individual traders, there is no bigger buzz kill than a narrow trading range. It takes the wind out of the sails of breakout and momentum traders, and even expert stock pickers have a tough time finding the stocks which are bucking the sideways trend.

Robert Bernard's picture

With the recent upswing in inflation and economic growth, bond investors are getting more concerned about the stress this may have on bond prices and their overall portfolios. Should they be worried? Here are a few general items about rising...

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