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The Size of Corporate Debt One Rung Above Junk Has Never Been Greater, Warns Louis Gave

Feb 01 – Louis Gave at Gavekal Research says the greatest source of potential instability in the years ahead lies with the massive growth of the U.S. corporate debt market, particularly at the BBB-rated (near junk) level. Gave recently told FS Insider that it has...

Market Rallies as Fed Leans More Dovish on Further Tightening, Rate Hikes

Jan 30 – Stocks are staging a sizable rally after the Fed signaled to investors that they would be more patient on further rate hikes. As shown below, the S&P 500 has now rallied above its multi-month downtrend from the highs of last year...

Robert Rapier on the End of OPEC and Rise of Electric Vehicles

Jan 29 – In a recent interview with Financial Sense’s Jim Puplava, energy expert Robert Rapier explained why he thinks OPEC is headed for trouble and what the increased popularity of electric vehicles will do to oil markets. It’s only a matter of time before...

Gary Shilling on What Could Cause the Next Recession

Jan 24 –Jim Puplava recently spoke with financial analyst and commentator A. Gary Shilling on FS Insider. Shilling has a long history with Wall Street—he was fired from Merrill-Lynch for accurately calling the 1969-1970 recession...

The Cost of the Government Shutdown

Jan 22 – Ryan Sweet spoke with Financial Sense’s Jim Puplava on the impact of the government shutdown on U.S. GDP and how it’s not only affecting thousands of American families but is beginning to trickle into areas of the economy like housing and small business...

Stocks May Be Stuck in Volatile Trading Range for 2019

Jan 10 – Craig “Bullseye” Johnson of Piper Jaffray (who earned such a moniker for his spot-on calls) recently spoke on Financial Sense Newshour to give an update on his outlook. When we last talked with him in October he predicted that...

Is China Winning the 5G Race?

Jan 9 – You may have heard the term loosely tossed into conversation or floating around the internet, but what exactly is 5G and how is it different from say 4G or 3G? Woody Preucil explained that 5G is a key technology because it has the power to harness...

Feasible Recession in 2019, Says Danielle DiMartino Booth

Dec 28 – In her interview with FS Insider, DiMartino Booth highlighted what a unique period we’re currently in as there isn’t a similar historical cycle, “we’ve never had quantitative easing in past cycles, we’ve never had 22 trillion dollars of...

The Market's Entering a Transitional Period, Says Ari Wald

Dec 14 – Oppenheimer's Ari Wald says we've now broken a multi-year uptrend in the US stock market that started in February 2016 with greater downside risks to commodities and other areas. Wald now sees us in an important transitional...

Liquidity, Volatility, and a Credit Bust

Dec 7 – “What you're starting to see now is the that the fund community is anticipating that these deals are going to get busted because the paper they own is going to get downgraded. What this tells you is that we do have a credit problem coming...

Market Technician Projects 2019 Stock Market Peak

Dec 4 – “I think what has ended is the period of time lead by the FAANG stocks, that's over now. That is well and truly over. We're not saying the FAANGs are going to go bust or anything like that but what they’re likely to do is...

Is Your Retirement Based on Faulty Assumptions?

Nov 27 – In today’s Lifetime Income podcast, Jim Puplava and Laurence Kotlikoff explain how long-held retirement rules of thumb are failing to meet the needs of individuals in today’s world. According to Kotlikoff, “conventional financial planning is asking the wrong questions...

Supercomputers in the Skies

Nov 27 – Drones are everywhere: they’re shooting film for the the movies we watch, delivering packages and medical supplies, even helping to fight fires. Tabb Firchau of Freefly Systems spoke to FS Insider about the range of things drones are able to do today...

Five Questions to Ask Before Retirement

Nov 26 – As Einstein once said, “The most important thing is not to stop questioning.” In today’s Lifetime Income podcast, we discuss the five most important topics and questions to ask when preparing for retirement. First and foremost is...

Expect Holiday Spending Boom, 2020 Bust, Says Moody’s Ryan Sweet

Nov 19 – With the job market continuing to tighten, the economy running above trend, and wage growth now picking up, there’s a good chance we’ll see some of the best holiday spending in years this Christmas season. Starting in the second half of 2019, however...

Two Key Risks for 2019

Nov 15 – The U.S. housing market looks like it put in a peak last November. Also, trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to build. What do both of these have to do with the market for 2019? Urban Carmel discusses these two risks in detail...

Stephen Wolfram Explains How Smart Contracts Will Work

Nov 8 - What if we could write a legal contract in computational code? How would that change the legal system and society itself? Stephen Wolfram, the founder of Wolfram Alpha explains why smart contracts are so revolutionary...

New Book Shows America Now Dominated by Monopolies in Virtually Every Industry

Nov 8 – Last week we had the honor of speaking with Denise Hearn and Jonathan Tepper on their new book, The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Their main theme is the rise of monopolies and the rapid...

Rethinking Your Retirement Mindset

Nov 8 – Many of us tend to have preconceived notions about retirement and how to plan for it. But some of the challenges retirees face aren’t so obvious. We spoke with Jamie Hopkins, author of Rewirement: Rewiring the Way You Think About Retirement!, about some of these hidden challenges...

This Urban Innovation Is Driving People Insane

Nov 5 – You love them or you hate them; either way you’ve definitely seen them. We’re talking about app-enabled electronic scooters popping up in cities around the world. Urban planners see these scooters as a key...

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