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By FS Staff – With the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet now standing at $4.5 trillion, many less optimistic observers and commenters have suggested that as the Fed eventually begins to unwind, we’ll face steep economic challenges and even a market crash.

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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 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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“We’re well into the top 10% of valuations, nearly the top 5% of valuations,” Easterling said, so there's “a very high degree of certainty that we are set for well below average returns or worse.” Though this seems intuitive, there's a widespread belief that stock market...

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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...

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By The Conversation – Ever since the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937, it’s been an iconic symbol on the American landscape. By 1870, people had realized the necessity of building a bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait to connect the city of...

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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...

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By Patrick O'Hare – Apple (AAPL), Alphabet (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon.com (AMZN), and Facebook (FB) — these five companies are the five largest companies in the S&P 500 based on market capitalization. In aggregate, their market value is $2.93 trillion!

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By FS Staff – Bitcoin has entered a parabolic phase, blowing past the price of gold and hitting new all-time highs on a daily basis. This time on FS Insider, Trace Mayer, host of the Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast and a leading expert on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies...

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By FS Staff - We aren’t simply in a bull market, Piper Jaffray's Craig Johnson noted. Investors need to think of this specifically as a long-term, structural bull market. There are two big forces coming to bear that will keep markets structurally bullish. The first, he says, is...

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