Buy This Gold Dip

Buy This Gold Dip

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Trade Alert:  The End of the Dollar Means Good Times in Gold

Trade Alert: The End of the Dollar Means Good Times in Gold

Once again, gold bullion is proving its safe-haven status… The price is up about 3% since last week’s message to nearly $1,350 an ounce. One bit of news that’s also helping to drive the price has almost nothing to do with North Korea or the follies in Washington. Instead, it’s a development that James Dale […]

Your Complete Portfolio Update

Your Complete Portfolio Update

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Don’t Get Comfortable

Don’t Get Comfortable

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Impeachment? Don’t Bet on It

Impeachment? Don’t Bet on It

The Dow Jones just hit another record high today. And it all comes back to the Federal Reserve. You see, today, Janet Yellen said that the U.S. economy was “robust” and that we should see more rate hikes, along with a reduction in the Fed’s bond portfolio this year. Wall Street took the news to […]

Trade Alert: Capture a 104% Gain

Trade Alert: Capture a 104% Gain

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Drunk on Complacency

Drunk on Complacency

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The Market Leaders Are Falling

The Market Leaders Are Falling

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When Politics Thwart the Market

When Politics Thwart the Market

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Fear the Robots

Fear the Robots

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Prepare for a Sell-Off

Prepare for a Sell-Off

Typically, I don’t like writing about politics. It’s one of those things that, as an investment analyst, I must pay attention to. I am actually very interested in politics and the mechanics of government. But it’s rarely something I enjoy writing about.

Higher Interest Rates No Matter What

Higher Interest Rates No Matter What

For the Federal Reserve, managing market expectations is like threading a needle. The Fed has to release enough information to let investors know what’s set to take place in the coming months, but not get ahead of itself.

History Says This Will Happen Next

History Says This Will Happen Next

I remember back in 2007 to 2008: When oil prices zoomed, we started seeing a major change in how people bought cars. No longer were the bulky gas-guzzling SUVs and trucks popular. People wanted small, fuel-efficient cars. And automakers weren’t building enough of them.

When Hopes and Dreams Fade Away

When Hopes and Dreams Fade Away

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A Market Ready to Plunge

A Market Ready to Plunge

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Debt Will Run Its Course

Debt Will Run Its Course

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Opportunity Amidst Chaos

Opportunity Amidst Chaos

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Are You Ready for a Trade War?

Are You Ready for a Trade War?

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This Always Follows Euphoria

This Always Follows Euphoria

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Have a Wonderful New Year

Have a Wonderful New Year

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Trade Alert: Pocket a 135% Gain

Trade Alert: Pocket a 135% Gain

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The Irrational Rally

The Irrational Rally

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A Problem With No Easy Answer

A Problem With No Easy Answer

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OPEC Reaches the Breaking Point

OPEC Reaches the Breaking Point

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A Change of Focus

A Change of Focus

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The Problem With Bubbles

The Problem With Bubbles

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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

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The U.S. Economy Is Fading

The U.S. Economy Is Fading

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A $10.6 Billion Dilemma

A $10.6 Billion Dilemma

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Spooky Times

Spooky Times

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Trade Alert: Buy Calls on EUO

Trade Alert: Buy Calls on EUO

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Why Deflation Is a Big Worry

Why Deflation Is a Big Worry

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It’s All About Expectations

It’s All About Expectations

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One Sector That Is Falling Apart

One Sector That Is Falling Apart

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Waiting for the Music to Stop

Waiting for the Music to Stop

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The Truth About Wages

The Truth About Wages

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The Bailouts Are Coming

The Bailouts Are Coming

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Helicopter Money Is on Its Way

Helicopter Money Is on Its Way

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Is Italy Next?

Is Italy Next?

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The Euro Is on Life Support

The Euro Is on Life Support

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Trade Alert: A Brexit Update

Trade Alert: A Brexit Update

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A Currency Union Gone Bye-Bye

A Currency Union Gone Bye-Bye

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Not Everything Is As It Appears

Not Everything Is As It Appears

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Something You Simply HAVE to See

Something You Simply HAVE to See

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Is the Sell-Off Back?

Is the Sell-Off Back?

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Oil Bust 2.0

Oil Bust 2.0

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It’s All About Velocity

It’s All About Velocity

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A Sign of Market Doom

A Sign of Market Doom

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The Credit Bust Is Under Way

The Credit Bust Is Under Way

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Is the Rally Over?

Is the Rally Over?

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The Fed Is Getting Gun-Shy

The Fed Is Getting Gun-Shy

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A Sucker’s Rally

A Sucker’s Rally

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The Downward Cycle Deepens

The Downward Cycle Deepens

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All Eyes Are on OPEC

All Eyes Are on OPEC

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It All Comes Back to China

It All Comes Back to China

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Get Ready for a Weak 2016

Get Ready for a Weak 2016

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Why Oil Is So Important

Why Oil Is So Important

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What We Know About 2016

What We Know About 2016

In the January issue of Strategic Investment (which you should receive in the next day or two), James Dale Davidson outlines some of his predictions. Here’s what we know for sure: The Fed is raising rates even though its own indicators say it shouldn’t. Core inflation rates aren’t yet above 2%, and wages aren’t going […]

What Is the Fed Thinking?

What Is the Fed Thinking?

We have just undergone the first interest-rate hike in nearly a decade. And next year, we can expect four more increases. At least, that’s what the Fed wants. (More on why I think that’s crazy in a second.) Yet, raising interest rates is the easy part. The hard part? Trying to suck all that excess […]

Emerging Troubles

Emerging Troubles

Emerging markets had a good thing going for a few years there. After entering the World Trade Organization, Chinese demand added fuel to nearly every single economy in the world, especially the emerging markets. Deal after deal was made. And the books of emerging economies like Russia and Brazil began to improve. As these economies […]

The Debt Boom

The Debt Boom

We’re starting to see a major change in the economy. From 2008 to 2012, many consumers were going bankrupt, while those who had the means were paying off as many loans as they could. As a result, household debt service payments and financial obligations in this country dropped to levels unseen since the early ‘80s. […]

A Tale of Two Economies

A Tale of Two Economies

It seems the U.S. is a tale of two economies. The service sector, which makes up a large part of our economy, is going strong. The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Index rose in October to 59.1%. Anything above 50% signals an expansion. Friends of mine — who include contractors, hairdressers and even IT […]

Can Marijuana Save the U.S. Economy?

Can Marijuana Save the U.S. Economy?

Portland, Oregon is expanding in just about every way you can imagine. Sales are up. Home prices are up. Unemployment is down. And thousands of Americans are coming to this Northwest town and calling it home. As you may know, I am involved (along with James Dale Davidson) in the medical marijuana business. Most dispensaries, […]

A Recession We Can’t Deny

A Recession We Can’t Deny

Our economy is at an interesting point. One I haven’t seen for years now. Essentially, we’re in an earnings recession, even though the official data says we’re still in an economic recovery. So what’s happening? You can blame China and oil. As China slows down, so does the commodities sector. And as commodities like oil […]

Thank the Housing Market

Thank the Housing Market

I’ve been reading headlines I thought I’d never read again. From Bloomberg: “Even the Cheapest Homes Are Too Expensive for Millennials.” And one MarketWatch headline this week reads, “Why Millennials Should Buy a Home Today.” Notice the trend? Both are about the housing market. And believe me, it is booming. Especially on the West Coast. […]

Three Reasons Why This Rally Won’t Stick

Three Reasons Why This Rally Won’t Stick

If you’ve seen the market go up over the last few days, you might believe that the rally is back on. Not so fast. When it comes to financial assets, it’s important to gain some long-term perspective by looking at a chart. That way, you won’t get lost in the day-to-day moves. And what does […]

China’s Bubble Is Bursting

China’s Bubble Is Bursting

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The Fed Doesn’t Matter

The Fed Doesn’t Matter

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A Correction or a Crash?

A Correction or a Crash?

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Some Actions to Take…

Some Actions to Take…

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Navigating the Chop

Navigating the Chop

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Look Out Below…

Look Out Below…

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A Statistical Sleight of Hand

A Statistical Sleight of Hand

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A Testament to Our Weak Economy

A Testament to Our Weak Economy

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Of China…

Of China…

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An Encore for Greece

An Encore for Greece

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Inching Closer Toward the Void

Inching Closer Toward the Void

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Will Obamacare Fall?

Will Obamacare Fall?

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What Greece Means

What Greece Means

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Why 2%?

Why 2%?

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Interest Rate Drama

Interest Rate Drama

It doesn’t matter how much “happy talk” politicians spout… The reality is the U.S. is subject to a host of international pressures. And as of now, it’s taking a toll on our economy. Consider this from Bloomberg Business: A global bond-market slump pushed yields on benchmark U.S. mortgage securities to the highest level in more […]

How to Protect Yourself from a Dangerous Rally

How to Protect Yourself from a Dangerous Rally

Judging by the recent highs the market has been hitting, you’d think everything in the economic world was hunky-dory. But that’s far from the truth. The truth is that the market is rallying in the face of slower domestic growth, a slowdown in manufacturing, weaker corporate earnings, and a weak employment picture. In other words, […]

Strategic Investment Weekly

Strategic Investment Weekly

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It’s All for Naught

It’s All for Naught

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The Productivity Bust

The Productivity Bust

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Anatomy of a Winning Trade

Anatomy of a Winning Trade

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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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The Problem With Most Brokers

The Problem With Most Brokers

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Let’s Get Technical

Let’s Get Technical

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The LED Revolution is Coming

The LED Revolution is Coming

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