Also, “The End Game (Part 2) – It’s Easier to be Wrong than Right”
Jim’s first Big Picture topic this week is about the Federal Reserve bring the tapering program to an end in October. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has stated that a “considerable time” until rate hikes begin is not a calendar event. However, there are more hawkish forces in the Fed, such as...
Also, Ryan Puplava With the Market Wrap and Erik Townsend on Commodities
Jim welcomes back Richard Dickson, Chief Market Analyst at Lowry Research. Richard sees supply and demand pressures in relative balance, and no technical warnings of a major market top. He notes that the market is becoming increasingly more selective.
The Importance of Patience and Discipline in Investing
International Capital Concentrating on U.S. Assets
Jim welcomes back Martin Armstrong, of ArmstrongEconomics.com. Martin and Jim cover a wide array of macroeconomic and geopolitical topics. Martin sees the US becoming more isolated, as it continues to anger its traditional allies, and forcing Russia and China to begin working together again.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on Russian Sanctions, ISIS in Iraq, and the Implications of an Independent Scotland
Sanctions Against Russia Could Affect Germany’s Economy
Jim welcomes back Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC's Chief International Correspondent. Michelle and Jim cover a number of geopolitical flashpoints, including the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict, the ISIS invasion in Iraq, and the upcoming vote in Scotland for independence from the UK.
Is the Government Manipulating the Data?
Cris Sheridan welcomes Roberto Rigobon, Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT’s Sloan School of Management. They discuss the Billion Prices Project, started at MIT by Rigobon and fellow professor Alberto Cavallo. By using automated web scraping technology, the Billion Prices Project collects and tracks more than 1 billion prices each week...
Special Guest: Jeff Kotterman on Staying Healthy as You Age
This week Jim and John continue the theme from last week on how retirees or those nearing retirement can create income in a very low interest rate environment that shows no signs of ending. They discuss some of the reasons behind the low interest rate environment, including the global currency debasement by central banks...
Also, “The Assault on Monopolies – Disruption & Transformation”
Jim’s first Big Picture topic this week deals with where we are in the market cycle, close to the top, or heading higher? Jim lays out the case that macro forces favor higher stock prices for an extended period. He looks at where we may be in this bull market, and makes historical comparisons to the bull market of the 1990’s.
Also, Tom Smith, Erik Townsend and Rob Bernard
Europe Slipping Back Into Recession
Jim is pleased to welcome back Louis-Vincent Gave, CEO of Gavekal in Hong Kong. Louis and Jim cover a range of global macro topics, starting with Europe, as growth rolls over and another recession looms as a strong possibility. Louis believes the ECB’s monetary bazookas are not enough...
Markets Like Political Gridlock
Jim is pleased to welcome back James Bianco, President of Bianco Research, LLC. They discuss a wide range of economic issues, including the outlook for more political gridlock ahead in Washington, which James notes should be bullish for the markets, especially the financial markets.
After Hurricane Sandy, Authorities Changed the Hurricane Warning System
Jim welcomes back Evelyn Browning Garriss, Editor of The Browning Newsletter. Evelyn and Jim discuss the complicated weather patterns in the Pacific and if a true El Niño weather pattern will be coming this winter or not. At the moment, scientists are giving about a 65% chance of a...
Deep Water - the Next Frontier in Energy
Jim welcomes back Kurt Wulff CFA, Independent Energy Analyst at McDep LLC. Kurt and Jim cover the energy space, and Kurt discusses his favorite energy stocks. Kurt notes that small shale firms are currently the top performers in the energy sector. He also mentions that pipeline companies are...
Special Guest: Attorney Roberta Robinson on Tax Planning Strategies
This week Jim and John address an issue facing many retirees and those contemplating retirement; how to generate adequate income when short-term interest rates are essentially zero, and likely to stay that way for at least the next few years. In looking at what retirees can do to survive, Jim discusses several strategies...
Also, “Dollar Bull Market Ahead?”
Jim’s first topic this week on the Big Picture is “Ready or Not, Stocks Heading Higher”. While many investors have been waiting all year, or longer, for a significant correction, Jim currently believes the market will be heading higher. He lists a number of favorable factors right now, including...
Also Jim Puplava, Erik Townsend and Tom Smith
Jim welcomes back legendary technician Ralph Acampora this week. Ralph believes the market professionals could be “head-faked” again, and sees the fourth quarter as a big opportunity. He notes that sector rotations are a function of every bull market, and currently he favors the technology and financial sectors.
Russia's Economy and Military Cannot Sustain a Major Conflict
Cris Sheridan welcomes Alexander J. Motyl, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark. Professor Motyl is a specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, and on nationalism, revolutions and empires. He notes that Putin is calculated and responsive to cost-benefit analysis...
Be Cautious on Taking Drastic Measures
Jim welcomes back Mark Nestmann, President of The Nestmann Group, Ltd., an international consultancy assisting individuals to achieve their wealth preservation goals. Mark and Jim discuss the complex and restrictive provisions of FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which came into total effect in July of this year.
Ned Also Discusses His Outlook for Gold and Silver
Jim welcomes back Ned Schmidt CFA, Publisher of The Agri-Food Value View and The Value View Gold Reports at Schmidt Management Company. Ned notes that 2014 has been a good year for consumers on balance, although beef and pork prices have remained high. Ned believes that a more normal weather situation next year will lead to higher agriculture prices.