Marc Chandler's picture

There are three elements to the investment climate: 1) The divergence between the US on the one hand and Europe and Japan on the other; 2) the drop in many commodity prices, including oil; and 3) the slowing of the Chinese economy.

Global Risk Insights's picture

Construction on the Nicaragua canal is set to start in December. The government has proclaimed it to be an economic panacea.

Chris Puplava's picture

Money flows are shifting from lower to higher quality assets. This is a hallmark for aging bull markets and was exactly the same condition we saw leading up to the 2000 and 2007 tops. Tops are a process however and there is no set time table for how long...

FS Staff's picture

Monetary policy, stock buybacks, and the ongoing shift by global institutions into equities reflect some of the major drivers in today’s market. Recently, the world's largest public pension fund announced they would double their allocation to stocks due to the growing needs...

John Kosar CMT's picture

In today's report we display and discuss the latest investor sentiment data according to surveys of futures traders, brokerage and advisory firms, and active Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs), plus the latest money market asset flows.

Monty Guild's picture

Last week, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) director Mel Watt announced two measures designed to spur U.S. mortgage lending, as the U.S. housing market continues to lag.

Adrian Ash's picture

Gold prices sank as London trade began Friday, dropping 3% and falling the 2013 crash low of $1180 per ounce to set new 4-year lows as the Dollar rose — and world stock markets leaped — following a surprise boost to Tokyo's QE program by the Bank of Japan.

Michael Shedlock's picture

The future of shopping has arrived, and it's not human. Not only do robots cost less than humans, they don't complain, they speak multiple languages, and most importantly, by scanning aisles they know where every item is in the store and can take you straight to it.

Tom McClellan's picture

Investors Intelligence has been publishing their survey of investment advisors and newsletter writers since 1963. The initial presumption was that when all of the smart guys started leaning one way, then that was the way to lean.

Clif Droke's picture

Lacking a distinctive catalyst, gold prices have languished in recent weeks after a failed turnaround attempt earlier this month. Gold’s primary form of price propulsion is fear and uncertainty; as long as investors are worried what the future might hold...