Financial Sense Blog

Refunds Came in Lower than Expected for 2018 – Here’s Why

Mar 19 – Many people are seeing a decrease in tax refunds from Uncle Sam this year. Tax planning expert Chris Hennessey discussed this, the impact the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is having on certain states and the six-year planning...

A Leading Economic Indicator for the U.S. Just Took a Huge Nosedive

Mar 19 – The global economy has continued to slow this year and, although the U.S. has remained resilient so far, our Financial Sense Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) for the U.S. just took a big nosedive into negative territory...

Danielle DiMartino Booth on States That Were Hit 'Particularly Hard' by the New Tax Law

Mar 12 – Danielle DiMartino Booth recently spoke with Financial Sense president Jim Puplava on signs that could indicate the market is shifting toward recession. She explains the increase in jobless claims, the subsequent...

Household Wealth Close to Stall Speed

Mar 12 – Corporate balance sheets are in excellent shape, but equally impressive is the net worth of the American household that grows virtually every single quarter year over year. During rare periods when it doesn’t expand, it typically...

U.S. Stock Market Valuations Continue to Warn

Mar 11 – We have updated the RecessionALERT Valuation Index (RAVI) forecast models for the SP500 using fourth quarter 2018 data. Stock market valuations continue to pose a “clear and present danger” to positive economic...

Is This the Beginning of a Massive Dollar Run?

Mar 7 – Some 88% of all currency transactions globally involve the buck. The euro is a distant second at 31%, the Japanese yen is third at 22% and the Chinese yuan is involved in only 4%, not much more than the Mexican peso’s 2.2% despite...

The Coming Corporate Debt Crisis

Mar 7 – Behind every great crisis is a great expansion or credit bubble. If you glance back at history this pattern readily emerges—expansions and credit bubbles are the one central theme apparent throughout U.S. crises...

Euro Gold ETFs Expand 40 Percent as ECB Marks 3 Years of Record Negative Rates

Mar 7 – Gold ETF share prices ticked higher for Eurozone investors on Thursday, rising as bullion itself edged above last week's finish in terms of the single currency on the promise of new cheap lending from the European ...

Work Less, Earn More?

Mar 6 – Working fewer hours at higher pay sounds like a good thing. It may be better than it sounds. Both high skilled white collar and lower skilled blue collar jobs are requiring less...

Should the United States Run a Trade Surplus?

Mar 5 – Although standard trade theory predicts that highly advanced economies with sophisticated financial sectors, like the United States, should generally run trade surpluses, the country has run persistent, and often large, trade deficits for five decades...