Doug Short's picture

The New York Stock Exchange publishes end-of-month data for margin debt on the NYXdata website, where we can also find historical data back to 1959. Let's examine the numbers and study the relationship between margin debt and the market...

Tom McClellan's picture

The FOMC has continued to "taper" the monthly amounts of its purchases of Treasury bonds and Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), but the Federal Reserve is still pumping money into the banking system at a high rate. Purchases in June are to total $45 billion, and it goes down to $35 billion in July 2014.

James J Puplava CFP's picture

In this timeless and re-released article Jim outlines three major powershifts of the 21st century stemming from the ongoing struggle of resource scarcity. Both historical and forward looking, "Oil, Money, and War" analyzes the dynamic relationship between these three forces and...

Chris Puplava's picture

Summer is officially here. The kids are out of school and families are beginning to embark on summer vacations. Everyone is in a good mood, particularly investors when looking at equity put to call ratios.

Doug Short's picture

The Third Estimate for Q1 GDP, to one decimal, came in at -2.9 percent (rounded from -2.93 percent), a substantial downward revision from -1.0 percent in the Second Estimate and a major plunge from the 2.6 percent of Q4.

Joseph Dancy's picture

Despite the markets performing well retail investors across the board have dramatically increased their allocation to cash according to a new State Street study. Cash allocations have jumped in the past two years with the average rising...

Doug Short's picture

The Latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through June 13. The headline number of 85.2 was an improvement over the revised May final reading of 82.2...

Jeffrey D Saut's picture

Importantly, I am always trying to manage the “risks” inherent with investing (or trading), for as Benjamin Graham stated, “The essence of investment management is the management of risks, not the management of returns.

Robert Rapier's picture

While Canada has become a much more important source of U.S. crude oil, imports from Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela, Iraq, Nigeria, and Angola have all seen double-digit declines over...

Keith Weiner's picture

Something extraordinary occurred last week. On Wednesday, the Fed made a routine announcement. That day, the price of silver was rising, but not out of the normal. Fireworks began last Thursday, and in 6 hours, the price of silver skyrocketed by 5%.