Charles Hugh Smith's picture

So let's imagine a scenario in which tens of trillions of at-risk wealth suddenly seek an alternative--any alternative to staying in an asset class that's circling the drain. As my colleague Davefairtex observed recently, the paint isn't...

Stratfor's picture

More than trade figures, the kinds of goods the United States imports from China reveal the complexities of the two countries' trade relationship—and the challenges US President-elect Donald Trump will face in trying to change it.

David Kotok's picture

Hat Tip to Jeff Uscher of Japan Insider for the catch. Jeff notes that “As of September 2016, 27% of the Japanese population was aged 65 or older but ‘only’ 13% are aged 75 or older.” Jeff reminds us that “the standard of being considered...

Oil Price's picture

Rising rig counts and an uptick in drilling activity is leading to a rebound in employment in the oil and gas industry, according to recent data. Payrolls in the oil and gas sector in the United States rose for the month of November...

James J Puplava CFP's picture

The word oracle stems from the Latin verb orare, meaning “to speak,” and typically referred to a priest or priestess making a prediction. In ancient times, oracles were thought to be the portals through which the gods spoke directly to the people. They were considered...

Jill Mislinski's picture

Small business optimism rocketed to its highest level since 2004, with a stratospheric 38-point jump in the number of owners who expect better business conditions. “We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time...Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean...

Jeffrey D Saut's picture

We live in a modern world of acronyms and buzzwords, and the financial industry is certainly no exception. In fact, it may be one of the worst culprits, what with FANG, ZIRP, TINA, BREXIT, QUITALY, BRIC, etc. all entering....

BCA Research's picture

Although a short-term correction is likely, the current reflationary window should provide a tailwind for global equities in 2017. We expect global equities to be higher in 12 months than they are today. However, the risks for stocks are...

Alex Barrow's picture

Let’s talk about currencies. The different types of currencies and the various roles they play in the global financial system. Because this topic is complex and I don’t want to get lost in the weeds, I’ll be making broad sweeping...

Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

Spend enough time listening to the financial news or reading economic reports, and you’re bound to come across the topic of productivity growth. This concept, which can be easy to gloss over, plays a critical role in each one of...

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