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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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There is nowhere to hide in this market. At some point the expression, “there’s always a bull market somewhere” had to prove itself to be wrong. And now is the time. Save for bear funds, there is not a bull market anywhere.

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By Chris Puplava – Today’s Observation will be light on commentary as I will let the charts do most of the talking in terms of gauging where things stand currently. Let’s dive right in. Despite all the efforts from the Federal Reserve...

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For the last two weeks most Americans have been mesmerized by the financial train wreck unfolding before our very eyes. We have witnessed major banks like Wachovia, Washington Mutual and other (FNM, FRE, AIG, Lehman, Merrill Lynch) financial institutions collapsing on a nearly day-to-day basis.

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To say that events that unfolded in the world’s financial markets last week were ‘unprecedented’ is perhaps a little too cliché. So let us revisit some of the key events which reportedly unfolded in the wake of Lehman’s demise...

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