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Manufacturing's Death Has Been Exaggerated

By Mises Institute – The US manufacturing sector has had a rich history, one that has lifted millions of Americans into the middle-class, making the Land of the Free the most envied nation in the world. You clock in your eight to 10 hours a day...

A Policy Pause Is Still Some Time Away

By Tim Duy – The U.S. economy performed about as well as might be expected in the first half of 2018, growing at an average pace of 3.15% in a “new normal” world where the longer-term speed limit might be just 1.8%.

Is Something Important Happening to Oil Prices?

By Marc Chandler – Oil prices are weaker for the third straight day and are off in four of the past five sessions, the poorest run in two months. Supply considerations may threaten a year-old trend line.

Leading Economic Indicators Still Positive, Though Headwinds in Sight

By Cris Sheridan – Though US GDP jumped to 4.1% for the second quarter of 2018, our Financial Sense Leading Economic Index suggests slightly lower growth in the second half. Furthermore, inflationary pressures are likely to continue building...

Economy Still Has FAANGs

By Kurt Kallaus – Everyone knows Tech has led the stock market higher since Trump was elected and 2018 has again demonstrated strong tech leadership. The resplendent tech vanguard is dominated by the $3.3...

Waymo Keeps Rolling: Self-Driving Cars Now Ferry Arizona Shoppers

By Michael Shedlock – Waymo's early rider program is now a year old. And it's expanded as a taxi service for shoppers. People still tell me "self-driving will never work" but it's working already. Please consider Waymo...

US Manufacturing Weakens on Cost Increases, Tariff Concerns

By Peter Boockvar – The US ISM manufacturing index for July moderated by 2.1 pts to 58.1 which is a 3 month low and puts it below the average year to date of 59.1. Of note, new orders fell 3.8 pts to 60.2, the lowest since...

Gold Prices Hit 30-Month Euro Low as Bank of Japan 'Defies' Everyone, Stays 'Ultra Easy' Before the Fed

By Adrian Ash – Gold prices fell below $1220 for the fourth time in a fortnight in London trade Tuesday, hitting new 30-month lows for Euro investors at €1038 as the Bank of Japan sparked volatility on the currency...

Who’s Winning the Trade War?

By Matthew Kerkhoff – If we are, in fact, in a trade war – then who’s winning? Is it the U.S.? China? Perhaps the smaller countries that don’t appear in the headlines each day? From my perspective, there are two ways to answer this question.

Costa Rica Tops the List for Best Places to Retire in 2018

By FS Staff – Many of those preparing for retirement often consider moving to parts of the U.S. where the cost of living is lower. Now, however, exploring international retirement opportunities are becoming more popular...

Check Your Weight

By Patrick O'Hare – Anyone who has been riding the wave of the S&P 500 information technology sector's outperformance must be feeling like the Big Kahuna. This past week, however, something happened to make one...

And Then There Were None

By Chris Puplava – Over the last year, we have progressively seen global equity markets undergo significant declines from their highs while U.S. markets have remained resilient. This is likely due to the tax stimulus passed last year as well as record corporate...

EU and US Pledge to Boost Natural Gas Trade

By Oil Price – In a breakthrough in EU-US trade talks, President Trump and European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed yesterday in a meeting at the White House to suspend new trade tariffs...

Human Behavior Is the New Global Currency, Says Thomas Koulopolous

By FS Staff – What is the most valuable commodity in today's world? If you think it's oil, gold, or even water, think again. FS Insider recently spoke with Thomas Koulopolous to discuss his fascinating and must-read book, Revealing the Invisible: How Our Hidden...

June New Home Sales Decline 5.3 Percent from Huge Revision Lower in May

Michael Shedlock – Economists missed the mark badly on new home sales estimates. And over half of last month's surge was revised away. Economists expected 668,000 new homes would be sold in June. Instead, home sales fell 5.3%...

Why Do I Need a Trust?

By Paul Horn CFP – A trust at times may be the only way to ensure your wishes are carried out beyond the grave. It remains one of the simplest and best ways to help protect you while living and protect your heirs after you pass.

Gold Breaks 2-Year Uptrend as Investors Sell Metals for Crypto, Says Morgan

By FS Staff – Gold and silver have been having a rough go of things this year. Well-known precious metals analyst Dave Morgan recently spoke with Financial Sense Newshour on the technical outlook, impacts from the cryptocurrency space, and more...

ECRI: Stealth Slowdown Unfolding Well Before Trade Tariffs

By Danielle Park – While stock bulls talk up a “strengthening” economy, consumer spending growth (which drives 70% of GDP in America) has fallen to a 4 ¼-year low even before rising trade tariffs are noted in backward looking data.

Small Bank Risk Spikes: Does It Matter?

By Kurt Kallaus – Almost a third of Banks are experiencing a spike in consumer credit card defaults to levels associated with recessions. While it could be a canary in the coal mine warning of a crisis rumbling through...

Artificial Intelligence Is Powering Worldwide Tech Bubble

By FS Staff – Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviews first time guest, Webmaster, Senior Editor, & Co-Host of the FS Insider podcast at Financial Sense, Cris Sheridan, to discuss the unfolding tech bubble 2.0 led by developments in artificial intelligence and...

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