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By Chris Puplava – Today’s article updates the 10/29/08 Observation, "What Goes Down Must Go Up." The essence of the October commentary was to point out the statistical extreme that gold stocks were displaying on an absolute and relative basis.

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By Chris Puplava – With the Fed lowering interest rates to 0.25%, effectively zero, announcing further large purchases of agency debt and mortgage-backed securities, and announcing the implementation of the Term Asset-Backed...

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By Chris Puplava – Investors all over are looking for that Santa Claus/end-of-the-year rally, and it looks like they are going to get it. The CBOE options equity put/call ratio appears to be rolling over which has signaled market rebounds...

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By Chris Puplava – As of October, the unemployment rate has risen to 6.5%, higher than the peak in the last recession and the highest rate since 1994. While the 6.5% rate has increased markedly from its low set two years ago...

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By Chris Puplava – Reviewing the economic reports over the last few months and doing various research studies have led me to believe that an economic recovery will not occur until late 2009. With that being the case...

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By Chris Puplava – We are all well aware by now of the more than doubling of the Fed’s balance sheet in the past couple months, surpassing the $2 trillion mark for the first time. The question then becomes, if the Fed is drastically expanding its balance...

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By Chris Puplava – One by one the supposed pillars of strength to the stock market and economy are falling, along with it many widely held assumptions. We were exposed to many beliefs in 2007 as to why the stock market and...

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Last Wednesday came the release of September retail sales, which were down right horrible, and this before the big October market swoon that will certainly weigh on consumer sentiment going forward. For most of this year the weakness in retail sales has been concentrated to housing-related industries and the auto sector, with the only significant strength in retail sales coming from gasoline stations and food & beverage stores.

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Like it or not we hear the term “derivatives” bandied about in the mainstream financial press these days with increasing regularity.

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Interesting times we live in, eh? Our global financial markets have metamorphosed more in the past fortnight than they did in the previous 14 years. Here’s a recap as to why, paying specific attention to the build-up of derivatives...

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