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Gordon Long, co-founder of Financial Repression Authority, believes that a massive tax grab by government at the federal, state, and local level is coming regardless of which candidate wins the 2016 US presidential election. He also discusses “a peak in the credit cycle"...

Sheraz Mian's picture

Better-looking data out of China is helping market sentiment in today’s session, with oil off its multi-year lows and the major indexes on track for a positive start. Hard to tell how long this mood will last as no one sees today’s Chinese data as a sign of enduring shift. China’s December trade...

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Less than two weeks into the new year, a new diplomatic flare-up in the South China Sea is already on our radar. This time, Japan rerouted maritime surveillance aircraft to locations that abut the contested waters. Given the sensitivity of the region, the move will surely invite scrutiny from Beijing.

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Oil prices continue to hit new lows. WTI and Brent traded down by more than 2 percent during midday trading on Monday, as the markets continue to digest the worrying economic news coming out of China. There are several reasons why China is spooking the financial markets. The most obvious...

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Claims have surfaced that not a single transport ship in the North Atlantic is moving. For example, "Superstation" claims that in a Historic First, hundreds of ships are said to all be anchored along coasts, with nothing moving. ZeroHedge picked up the story in "Nothing Is Moving," Baltic Dry...

Taki Tsaklanos's picture

It was a proverbial catastrophe in stock markets in the first week of 2016. Major markets across the globe lost between 6% and 10%, in a matter of 5 trading days. That has never happened before. We do not anticipate a 2008/9 scenario right here, as our set of indicators is signaling extreme...

Clif Droke's picture

The most important question investors should be asking at this point isn’t whether the secular bull market which began in 2009 is over, but whether continued equity market weakness in 2016 will lead to the unthinkable, namely an economic recession. A recession in 2016 has been deemed...

Charles Hugh Smith's picture

All the phantom wealth piled up in China's boost phase is now melting down, and the China Syndrome will trigger a meltdown in global phantom assets. The 1979 film The China Syndrome took its name from the darkly humorous notion that a nuclear reactor meltdown in the US would burn straight...

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As discussed previously, the markets have completely discounted the stellar US payrolls report when projecting the Fed's policy path in 2016. Futures-implied probability of 4 rate hikes (or higher) is only 6.5%. Why is the market so "dovish" relative to the FOMC?

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"We've had a series of failed rallies throughout most of 2015...I think you've created a major top in the markets—I'm very concerned here." The quote above comes from well-known technical analyst Ralph Acampora, who just spoke with Jim Puplava for this weekend's...

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