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By Kurt Kallaus – Consumer Credit Card default rates have “surged” to 4-year highs. Capital One reported its largest write off since 2011 due to credit card delinquencies. Discover Card loan loss provisions in the 1st quarter 2017 rose a whopping 38%...

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By Adrian Ash – Gold prices jumped to 5-week highs against a weakening Dollar on Friday, rising to meet the metal's 6-year downtrend – starting from the all-time peak of September 2011 – after new US data said the world's largest economy...

Tom McClellan's picture

By Tom McClellan – The VIX is a supposed “volatility index”, but it does not really measure actual volatility. Instead, it measures what options traders think about volatility. All of the various investment vehicles that have popped...

Ryan Puplava CMT's picture

By Ryan Puplava – Today, there was a decent improvement in the breadth outlook as the US stock market pushed higher and the S&P 500 closed at another new high of 2430. The percentage of S&P 500 stocks trading above their 50-day moving average has improved with today’s jump bringing...

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By Marc Chandler – Greece is stuck. It has fulfilled nearly every demand of the official creditors. Most recently, it agreed to cut some pensions and raise some taxes after the current aid package expires around the middle of next year.

Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

By Matthew Kerkhoff – The secret’s out. The Fed wants to shrink the size of its balance sheet, and they want to begin the process sometime this year. What does this mean for investors? And what does it mean for key variables such as interest rates, inflation...

Chris Puplava's picture

By Chris Puplava – Breadth is one of the most powerful tools that I use to asses strength of the economy and stock market. Breadth is simply a measure of the level of participation of stocks in a bull market or areas and sectors of the economy in...

Adrian Ash's picture

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...

Paul D Horn CFP CPWA MS's picture

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...

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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.

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