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Buyer Beware in October

By Kurt Kallaus – With oil surging to an October peak and perhaps the most contentious mid-term election in history on November 2nd, we posit that stock prices are moving into a trading range with a corrective trend starting as we inch closer to the election...

Podcast: Blue Zones and the Secret to Long Life

FS Staff – What if we told you there are specific places around the globe where certain populations have found the secret of not only living longer, but living better? Tony Buettner, Senior Vice president of the Blue Zones Project, tells the fascinating discovery...

Yield Curve Forecasting 2020 Recession

By Dwaine Van Vuuren – There is a lot of focus on the U.S. yield curve at the moment given its relentless move toward inversion (when short-term rates are higher than long-term rates). Can the history of the yield curve provide for useful forecasting...

Walmart to Use Blockchain to Track Lettuce

By Michael Shedlock – Walmart will require lettuce and spinach suppliers to contribute to a blockchain database to pinpoint contamination. The New York Times reports Walmart’s Veggie-Tracking B.L.T.: Blockchain Lettuce Technology. Some think this...

Bond Yields at Multi-Year Highs as Inflation Heats Up Globally

By Peter Boockvar – We're there! 3.11% on the 10-year Treasury yield. Not only that, the 5-year is at 2.99%. Again, 3.11% was the high close for the year touched on May 17th. Any close above that would be the highest since July 2011. Big moment...

Gold Prices Stuck to $1200 as China Cancels Trade Talks

By BullionVault – Friday saw the launch of billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson's new Shareholders Gold Council – a lobby group aimed at pushing mining bosses to curb executive spending and focus on boosting returns to equity investors...

Big Picture: The Boom-Bust Cycle Is Nearing Its End

By FS Staff – We’ve often spoken about the aging business cycle and our anticipation of economic troubles in the 2019 to 2020 timeframe. This time on the Financial Sense Big Picture, Jim Puplava discusses hedge fund manager Ray...

AI and Robotics Set to Revolutionize Healthcare

By FS Staff – Artificial intelligence and machine learning are about to completely change how we think about healthcare, Studebaker said. With wearable devices, AI is able to monitor health vitals in real-time with the same expertise of a doctor following you...

Strong 4th Quarter Ahead?

By Matthew Kerkhoff – We’re entering a seasonally strong period of the year with modest valuation levels and a strong economy. If you add in a tailwind from reduced trade friction, we could be in for a strong few months. Nowhere is this more evident than...

Podcast: Lawrence McQuillan on America's Public Pension Crisis

By FS Staff – The public pension crisis is massive, and it’s only getting bigger. Yet state and local governments are slow to address the problem, and the solutions they’re implementing could result in even larger issues down the road. Lawrence McQuillan...

Investors Are Pulling Their Money from the Stock Market

By Callum Thomas – A curious divergence has opened up between the level of the S&P500 and the cumulative level of fund flows into US equity funds (mutual funds and ETFs). The last time in recent history that we saw a similar type of divergence was...

Estate Planning in Politically Unstable Times

By FS Staff – Jim Puplava recently interviewed estate planning expert Elizabeth Morgan who explains how taxes can be affected by the political climate and changing political administrations. She discusses the effect of sunsetting exemptions...

Lessons from the Lehman Moment

By Patrick O'Hare – This week has been filled with remembrances of the financial crisis. We hear them every year at this time, but this year was super-charged with remembrances because it was the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy...

The Tech Sector Is About to See a Major Reshuffling

By FS Staff – In addition to the next anticipated fed rate hike, there’s a lesser-known factor set to take effect later this year that may impact markets, and may even cause a flash crash. The change that’s coming has to do with both the S&P and MSCI overhauling...

Chinese Government Encourages Share Buybacks As Bear Market Deepens

By Danielle Park – Rivets are starting to blow once more on the debt-on-debt Ponzi driving Chinese markets. Following the lead of western companies, corporate buybacks in China have surged in 2018 (see left). This is the latest desperate...

Market Concentration Signals Need for Caution

By FS Staff – We’re currently in the longest bull market in history. Where do we go from here? This time on Financial Sense Newshour's Big Picture, Jim Puplava discusses the forces that are holding this market up, and what issues might develop under...

Breaking Down the U.S. Economy

By Matthew Kerkoff – In last week’s article I elaborated on why it’s important to allow the economic backdrop to guide us when price action becomes erratic. Today, I thought we would take a short tour of the...

Small Business Optimism Just Jumped to a 45-Year High!

By Peter Boockvar – The NFIB small business optimism index for August rose almost 1 pt m/o/m to 108.8 and that is the highest level in the history of this survey dating back to 1973. Plans to Hire rose 3 pts to the most also on record. Capital spending...

Are Investors Tired of Winning?

By Kurt Kallaus – We are a couple years into a new net-asset expansion phase today, thus exit signs for stocks become more important over the next year. With the sentiment and wealth surge amidst rising tension with China just before the mid-term elections...

Argentina's Currency Crisis - Here's What You Need to Know

By Global Risk Insights – Argentina’s contemporary problems are a typical currency crisis. Those who hold Argentine pesos or peso-denominated assets are selling, partly to buy US dollars and dollar-denominated assets because the US Federal Reserve...

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