Things were different in those days. American politicians were willing to question their military commanders … a far cry from the deference shown today.
The health care sector is one industry where less meddling from a well-meaning Congress should provide a lift instead of stagnation.
I continue to believe that Tuesday’s election outcome and the prevailing market sentiment set us up for a year-end rally.
This stealth bull market could reap you hundreds, possibly even thousands of percent in gains — especially if you get in before Wall Street does.
It looks like everything is humming along nicely. But we are starting to see cracks in this amazing economic picture that could spell trouble.
The current cycle will change from expansion to recession someday. That day may be close. No matter when it comes, the United States is doomed.
There’s been a lot of talk over the last month that rising interest rates are wreaking havoc on the market. Don’t let the headlines fool you.
Saudi’s problems didn’t start with the the Khashoggi killing. That only adds to a long list of authoritarian tendencies undermining potential investors.
If you only pay attention to averages, you’ll miss the most important things about the economy. And it’s likely to cost you a lot of money.
While the Federal Reserve may be a big threat to President Donald Trump’s agenda, it isn’t the biggest threat to the stock market.
Nearly 20 years later, I’m finding some frightening similarities between the 2000 meltdown and today … and it’s not necessarily the indicators you’d expect.
Stock prices reflect future expectations. And data tells us investors will grow pessimistic next year as both economic and earnings growth slow down.
As interest rates rise, Americans are going to get squeezed. And if you take the American consumer out of the picture, the economy starts to stumble.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are currently more job positions open than there are workers in 12 out of 14 industries. Michael Carr shares more info.
Oil is going to $100. Bank on it. I know I’ve harped on alternative energy as the way of the future numerous times in the past. That’s still true. Alternative fuel cars are still going to dominate the roadways, even electric cars — Elon Musk’s run in with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won’t […]
Judging from the media headlines, this is a volatile period in the stock market. We’ve all seen the news: Emerging markets are crashing! A global trade war is imminent! And rates are rising, despite President Trump’s disapproval. All of this makes for great headlines. It also comes across as vital information, driving market prices back […]
It was November 2016. My colleagues and I convened to discuss our biggest and best ideas for the various markets in the years ahead. One of my ideas was “peak demand.” I believed we could approach a point in a few years when global oil demand growth slows down. The world will not stop using […]
On September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, unleashing the scariest economic storm in American history since the Great Depression.
Federal Reserve officials watch hundreds of data series. Among the most important is this one. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell even spoke about it recently.
The stock of this beaten-down Chinese company won’t remain at its current low levels regardless of what happens with the trade wars.
People are going to get tired of waiting for their lives to improve. When they do, they will start to act out politically and destabilize the country.
Many analysts say employment is almost too good to be true. And from here, we can expect things to get worse. So, are the good times over?
Everything is in place for the next uptrend. Prices are set up for the next bubble. Now is the time to buy as traders scramble to catch the uptrend.
Fundamentals point to more gains in stocks. It’s rare to see the S&P 500 reaching new highs while it’s undervalued. But’s that’s where we are today.
Overall, it was a historically great earnings season. The 9.9% growth in sales over the past year is the best since 2011.
After fear develops, traders need time to recover. This shows up in the S&P 500 Index with prices needing time to recover after sharp moves.
History shows that when large institutional investors exit the market, leaving behind a smaller pool of retail investors, it means a correction is coming.
I’ve followed the Tesla story from the beginning. And even though I made an early-stage wager on its competitor, I’m still a big fan.
We all should be concerned about the continuing destruction of our rights. All who qualify should vote to protect our rights and ourselves.
It’s not surprising then that miners are trigger-shy about buying new projects. Instead, they are turning to buybacks to appease shareholders.
When you go and look at the facts, there’s a night-and-day difference between what the news headlines say and what our economic research shows.
If you’re a U.S. taxpayer exercising your right to run a business abroad, the new tax law means you’re in for a world of hurt.
Last Friday, we got news about the U.S. economy that we haven’t seen in over a decade. And despite all the worry about a recession, it was good news.
Strong GDP growth is good for stocks. This means investors should consider aggressive positions for the next three months.
But while the markets seem to be shrugging off trade worries, businesses are starting to worry about the impact of a U.S.-China trade war.
The S&P 500 Index just so happens to be right around the 2,800 mark, which the market surged through in January on its path to all-time highs.
Sure, American banks are unloved and a bargain. But global banks — trading at near-historic lows — are an even better buy.
Earnings growth rises and falls as the economy grows and contracts. And with an earnings peak in the rearview mirror, it’s time for investors to be worried.
What Trump did, and what he said, gives much more than comfort and aid to Russia, an obvious enemy of America and of freedom everywhere.
This rare and ominous signal has been an early warning sign for every recession in the past 60 years. But this time is different.
Another rock-solid quarter of earnings, as this chart indicates we will see, will surely lift the S&P 500 Index to new highs.
There’s one overlooked, little indicator that tagged a high not seen since 2001. And it shows where we are in this long run higher.
President Donald Trump said he wants to put this Midwestern company out of business. Yet, I believe we have an opportunity with this name.
As the trade war with China starts, that country is likely to lose more than the U.S. That means the trade war won’t last long.
The trade war between the United States and China might have rattled traders, but there are still ample opportunities to be found selling to China’s billions of middle-class citizens.
This chart shows that market action points to a rally in Mexican stocks, and the catalyst could be the new populist president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The market is starting to sniff the negative potential outcome of a trade war. And institutions are starting to hedge their risk of a market sell-off.
Twenty years ago, current Fed policies would have sunk stocks. Now, other central banks around the world are offsetting the bearish influence of the Fed.
If you’re invested in these vulnerable U.S. multinational firms, you should be very concerned about President Donald Trump’s rapidly escalating trade wars.
Today, I want to continue with my expose on investor biases and give you one big reason you’re getting in your own way when you make your trades.
This trade spat could escalate and continue longer than most people expect. If this occurs, it will not be good for markets in the near term.
Elected Washington politicians have been anything but the “representatives” of we 327 million Americans. Keep that in mind when you vote on November 6.
In 2007, banks were hoping things would be different. They ignored history. But it turns out that just hoping for the best is a bad strategy.
The Department of Justice has cleared the way for mega mergers, but for one company, it’s looking like a very bad deal.
There’s an indicator I watch to determine whether or not the U.S. economy has turned the corner. And so far in the latest quarter, it’s trending higher.
While President Donald Trump was diffusing an arms race in North Korea this week, his Justice Department at home was laying the groundwork for a media arms race.
Voice recognition technology is clearly already having an impact on how we live. And this chart takes that one step further by showing how much it can still grow.
Listed corporations are becoming harder to find in the U.S. That makes it harder to find promising investment opportunities without expert help.
The Federal Reserve meets this week. Traders believe it will raise short-term interest rates. Higher rates slow economic growth, and the Fed believes it needs to slow growth.
There’s a very simple way of tracking demand in the market that most people overlook. And it’s a sign that new market highs aren’t far ahead.
One indicator’s last sell signal came at the end of January. That was the exact day the S&P 500 Index peaked. Now, we are getting the first buy signal since that decline.
Legendary investor Warren Buffett has often said: “Be greedy when others are fearful.” There’s no better example than Europe right now.
The recent royal wedding — between an American and a Brit — offers some lessons about how we Americans are taxed when we live and marry abroad.
The euro is the elite’s experiment gone wrong. Since the financial crisis began a decade ago, European debt panics have been as common as international sporting events.
With extremely low unemployment and low interest rates, homes are in such high demand that more and more have to be built.
Memorial Day should be a day when Americans pause and truly honor those who died defending our liberties and our freedom.
Today, I have another incredible opportunity that I don’t want you to miss out on — it’s the next major stock market rally.
The question now is whether this latest flurry of news will benefit automakers, or is it time to park auto sector investments and look elsewhere?
Man’s love affair with this metal began over 5,300 years ago. However, it’s our high-tech future that will bring about a bull market that no investor should miss.
Apple’s stock keeps going up. But the bottom line is that Apple’s stock and its business are going in opposite directions. Here’s why…
These numbers suggest that the market should still be at an all-time high, since that’s where earnings are at this point. So why isn’t it?
Peace talks in Korea are moving at the fastest pace since 1953. But this chart shows South Korean stocks aren’t reacting to the news.
Moats in the way that Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett defines them are lame. I believe this is a terrible time to invest in Buffett’s moats.
The last time unemployment hit 3.9% was December 2000. That year, the internet bubble popped. Stocks were nearly 20% below their highs when unemployment bottomed.
Things are looking stormy. In fact, a number of bear-market signals have started appearing, which indicates that we might already be in a bear market.
In an earnings season that was meant to be dominated by tax cuts and skyrocketing profits, what we’ve seen instead is fear over trade wars and tariffs.
There’s one sector that’s got some great-looking data, but that’s really just masking an even bigger problem…
Trump’s attack on an important industry, like Kennedy’s, accelerated in the spring of a midterm election year. History says this could be bearish for the stock market.
Several weeks ago, I concluded that rewarding shareholders with buybacks and dividends is the best choice. Now, I want to explain why the other choices both destroy wealth._
A bull market climbs a wall of worry. This means prices rise when traders worry. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of traders worrying right now.
The Veteran Affairs crisis provides a cautionary example of what happens when nervous Washington politicians try to micromanage a medical system.
Good-paying jobs cluster in certain areas, and home prices soar in those areas. But for those hoping for more affordable homes, there’s some bad news.
I want to congratulate you on surviving the first market correction in nearly three years. Now let me explain why it’s over, and how you can profit.
After nine consecutive years of new highs in the averages, the bulls aren’t likely to give up the dance without a fight.
The extreme rally to start the year is completely gone. But when emotions run high, it’s always the best time for a reality check.
Lost in the kerfuffle of Monday’s Amazon tweet by President Donald Trump was a much bigger nugget of news about the company…
So why has Amazon’s share price fallen more than 10% since late February? And why does President Donald Trump hate it so much?
President Donald Trump has been in office for more than a year now — and I don’t think he would be impressed with his economy.
Dow 121,000 seems unimaginable right now. But it’s a level that assures millennials who save even small amounts can build a retirement nest egg.
So you’re upset that Facebook collected data on you? The sweetest revenge isn’t deleting your account. It’s learning how to profit from the whole sorry mess.
I’m going to outline a pocket of strength that will endure and even flourish in these changing market conditions. And it comes from the much-maligned oil sector.
International trade as economic conflict, also known as trade wars, creates a real threat to American profits and U.S. jobs.
Investors’ expectations for yet-higher quarterly profits are so strong, it won’t take much to put the kibosh on the market’s rally.
The rising participation rate confirms growth in employment is possible. Although rising, the participation rate remains well below its historical average.
The trickle-down effects of protectionist policies like tariffs will upend the U.S. economy as we know it. Here’s how it works…
Tariffs are back in the news. But policy makers at the Fed seem to be out of touch and set to repeat mistakes like those seen in the 1930s.
They call Uruguay the Switzerland of South America. That particular shoe fits … except, last I checked, Switzerland had no world-class beach resorts.
As a witness to the 1954 shooting of five congressmen, I was shaken momentarily. Now, 64 years later, the terrible tragedy at Parkland depresses me profoundly.
This is the start of a massive transformation in our daily lives. And it’s going to create opportunities for us to profit.
I’ve taken a look at five corrections that have happened similar to this one since the financial crisis of 2008. These are quick “crashes” that have taken the market by surprise.
The push to power China with natural gas cut pollution levels in half. However, high demand for natural gas this winter caused massive shortages.
Thanks to our representatives in Washington, we face a future of higher interest rates, a falling dollar and falling stock prices.
On January 1, I wrote that a market panic was likely in 2018. So, with one prediction already fulfilled, I write you again with a new prediction for 2018.
The Federal Reserve is watching closely for signs of inflation. But until inflation actually appears, now is the time to buy stocks.
Fear is employed constantly by the government to gain public support for the massive U.S. police state surveillance system now in place.
President Donald Trump may not realize it, but he may be afflicted with an inherent belief in “othering,” a sort of logic that dehumanizes or devalues opposed people.
Tariffs give a country time to develop a capability or to protect a critical industry. However, China showed there could be a better way to fight a trade war.
Many analysts claim fundamental ratios show that stocks are overpriced. But these ratios don’t tell us very much by themselves. They need context.
Hypocrisy is a dominant characteristic of politics and politicians in America today. And the recent tax legislation is a sickening example.
Amazon is about to strike at a new target. I’m certain many of you own these stocks. Well, here’s what happens when Amazon targets your stock…
The U.S. now has more than 550 megawatts of “virtual power plants” hooked up. And the next country ready to join the energy storage parade may surprise you.
The reason the stock market cares about the tax bill so much is because this reform would cut corporate taxes almost in half. At least, for some companies.
Many investors and bankers act as though there is no day of reckoning, while American politicians cut taxes when the national debt nears $21 trillion.
Wages are growing nearly 3% a year. Of course, workers want more than that. But the Fed is worried that’s already too high.
The recent tax bill that was passed lowers the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. That will make a huge difference to companies that spend a lot of money.
I have a proposal for Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Sell Tesla’s money-losing automotive operations and focus the company where the real profit bonanza is.
The inflation that the Fed has been searching for has shown up in the most unexpected places, and it can’t be ignored any longer.
What did your readers have to say about Amazon Key, the company’s new In-House Delivery service? Find out in our latest mailbag round up.
The latest survey shows that the price of Thanksgiving dinner will be the lowest in five years. And the reason for this is simple…oil prices. Here’s why.
Investors devote countless hours searching for stock market indicators. However, they rarely consider one of the most important long-term indicators.
An important thing to look at when gauging our economy is the overall consumer confidence outlook. Right now, that outlook is extremely positive.
The Federal Reserve has one major policy meeting left in 2017 and its decision regarding rates could be the catalyst that derails the market’s rally.
A new transportation system is coming soon that will completely change the auto industry and, in time, life as we know it.
What’s so interesting (and dangerous) is that it’s not mortgage debt, but all the nonhousing debt that’s leading the charge this time.
Proposed corporate tax reform sounds good for earnings on paper. But, as this chart shows, corporations aren’t paying the top rate.
The St. Louis Federal Reserve has done its best to create a Financial Stress Index that tells the stress level of the economy.
The ability to determine truth from falsehood is essential. But in an age of tweets, fake news and digital subversion, truth is elusive.
The president has a significant impact on the Fed since each president appoints a chair. President Donald Trump now has his chance to leave his mark.
The Fed tries to stop raising rates before it starts a recession. But that’s hard to do … and it usually isn’t successful.
Perhaps you share my irritation at the anti-Christopher Columbus attacks from the political left wing in America…
It has been almost impossible for investors to make money in Japan. But stocks are rallying, closing at a 21-year high this week.
Six months ago, I called investing in Europe “The Economic Cinderella Story of 2017.” Yes, it was grandiose. But it turns out that it was the right call.
When it comes to factory automation, China is way ahead of the game. In fact, the demand for robots in China is more than twice as high as any other country.
Emerging markets offer great upside potential, but they tend to experience volatility. However, there is a way to limit your downside risk.
There’s another storm ready to pummel the U.S. and leave behind a painfully slow recovery that could eat away at your wealth if you’re not prepared…
A problem that often gets overlooked is food waste. But now, with the ever-growing popularity of apps, many have been created to help cut back.
Value investors like cheap stocks. Momentum investors like stocks that go up. This country’s ETF offers both value and momentum right now.
The Constitution recognizes we the people as the source of all power. But after 230 years, do we still possess and benefit from those hard-won rights?
Millennials are a focus of my Profits Unlimited service. This generation is also why I base my strategy on one thing. Just one thing.
Few sectors were hit harder than insurance companies in 2008, so it stands to reason that they learned their lessons. But some lessons are not so easily learned…
Back in mid-July, I recommended investors look at Brazil. And for the second quarter in a row, Brazil posted better-than-expected positive economic growth.
The official story is that Labor Day celebrates the contributions that workers have made to the United States. But the truth is a little darker…
While the flooding in Texas deserves our attention, there is a dangerous analogous threat: the perfect storm brewing within the U.S. financial system.
I’ve been bullish on European banks for a while now. But there’s still time to buy them and ride this sector even higher.
Markets are inherently unstable. And right now, the housing market is in a rare state of equilibrium. This can’t last for much longer.
Since the recession, the job market has shifted so much that it’s created an entire new trend in the American workforce.
My market-based forecast is bearish for the economy. It’s also bad news for anyone looking at financing a big purchase after December.
Analysts expect this African country to recover from its first annual contraction in 25 years. More important for investors, the stock market turned bullish.
We all have a natural tendency to want to invest in our home countries. However, an investor in any number of international indexes has done much better.
Stock market news has continued to weigh heavily toward politics compared to the usual economic indicators, stock news and even earnings.
You never want to find yourself unprepared for the next correction … and we’ve got a few bumps in the road that we can watch for.
Globalization brings benefits. However, globalization leads to a correlation in stock market movements. Now, there’s nowhere to hide in a bear market.
Taking a road trip to Minnesota seemed like a great idea. So, too, did the idea of renting an RV through a peer-to-peer service called Outdoorsy.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on gerrymandering could have a major impact on future U.S. elections. But will it really change anything?
Turning back the clock is always a popular idea in the country, as President Donald Trump’s election demonstrated.
There was some good news in the Congressional Budget Office’s report last week. But the report seems to be using optimistic assumptions.
The global bull market isn’t finished, but sometimes it helps to step away from where the action’s been hot and look for fresh opportunities elsewhere.
A poll of economists tells us to expect a pretty good unemployment report this Friday. But other government data tell us to look for weak jobs data.
The $2.7 billion fine against Google is the opening shot in a soon-to-erupt antitrust war that’s going to take down some of techland’s most dominant names.
Malls are in different markets. Malls in major markets are doing just fine. The malls in tertiary markets are ones that are struggling.
There’s no doubt our economy is just sputtering along, which isn’t necessarily bad. But the fact it continuously fails to live up to set assumptions is problematic.
With careful planning and a little knowledge, we can take advantage of a few techniques to build a nest egg to protect against the next financial collapse…
Get ready, American manufacturers (and American investors), because a new player on the geopolitical stage — India — is coming for your business.
With Macy’s, Sears, Chico’s and other mall retailers all shuttering locations, it seems big malls are going to be in trouble sooner rather than later.
It shows you just how far Europe’s economy has come that even its sickest members are starting to revive. Can the good times continue? The data say yes.
Though it may not feel like the tech bubble of 1999, there are clear similarities between then and today. And we all know how it ended then.
Pundits warned that we shouldn’t politicize Wednesday’s shooting. But how do you depoliticize the attempted assassination of Republican lawmakers?
A double top is in place in Russia. It looks a lot like the one that formed in 1998, when the crash in Russia caused a worldwide market sell-off.
We expect 10-year yields to move higher when the Fed raises short-term interest rates. But nothing seems to be normal in the current economy.
Businesses and consumers have had enough time to react to the U.S. presidential election in a positive fashion. There’s just one problem: That isn’t the case.
In business after business, the food industry is finding out that millennials’ preferences are different than their parents’ or the previous generation’s.
With the president and House Democrats on the verge of kicking off a spending war on infrastructure, there’s plenty of money to be made.
The prospect of large-scale energy storage promises to disrupt the entire business of electricity distribution as we know it.
June 1 marked the first day of hurricane season. When it comes to Wall Street, a different kind of storm is brewing, and now is a good time to start preparing…
Some American colleges have become breeding grounds for anti-free speech and politically correct zealots, some deranged to the point of using violence.
These days, when I say: “I like Brazil” … I find blank stares pretty much everywhere I go. However, I can understand the trepidation.
There’s a good chance some of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget will become policy. And every policy change creates winners and losers.
Despite Washington’s scandals and the mass media headlines predicting doom and gloom, the U.S. economy is picking up steam.
More than 90% of companies in the S&P 500 Index recently reported first-quarter earnings … and the results are the best we’ve seen in more than five years.
As you are aware, we are in the midst of the biggest stock bubble in American history. In all probability, it is the biggest stock bubble in human history.
To get qualified employees, businesses will need to pay more. Higher wages should contribute to higher inflation. This could finally push inflation above 2%.
Europe might seem like a poor place to invest. However, Europe’s economy is speeding up. Certainly, European stocks are already reflecting that reality…
Few economic indicators look ahead, but one that does is the ISM Report on Business. This makes the ISM survey a must-read for serious investors.
Could our president be one of millions of badly educated students who consistently have scored poorly in both history and civics courses?
Given the increase in wages and salaries in the Employment Cost Index, don’t be surprised if consumer spending mounts a significant comeback.
Traders in the Mexican peso are now betting that the peso will strengthen against the U.S. dollar. This is their first bullish bet since late 2014.
The CAC 40 is a benchmark French stock market index. The day after Sunday’s election, the index gained 4.5%, breaking out to new highs for the year.
For the politicians and businesspeople who control and supply the military, the latter’s nobility is a convenient political and emotional tool.
Postelection rallies are common. They reflect hope. Performance in the first 100 days reflects reality. And President Donald Trump’s first 100 days are average.
According to the National Financial Conditions Index, the Federal Reserve’s tightening process hasn’t had an impact on the markets yet.
Efficient markets assume that all traders, as a group, know everything. This is good news for those worried about the situation in North Korea.
When even the richest of American cities start to struggle with pension problems, it shows you we’re approaching a crisis point.
One data point that I follow when it comes to gross domestic product (GDP) is the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast.
Could we soon see “AVO lanes” and “AVO zones” — as in “autonomous vehicles only” — as the next big thing on our highways and highly congested downtowns?
For one group of workers, the pay has been anything but stagnant. And yet, employers are still having trouble getting enough people for the job.
While the Federal Reserve is raising rates in response to improved economic news, traders seem to be worried about the political situation around the world.
The 2009 “cash for clunkers” program created a shortage of new cars and caused prices to climb higher. It also lit a fire for new-car leasing.
Given the pace of advancement in recent years with robotics and AI, we are left with the question: Can too much technology be a bad thing?
America’s car-buying boom is fueled by so-called subprime auto loans that are very much like the infamous subprime mortgages of the 2008 financial crisis.
There’s no harm in stock market nationalism. But even if we invest 100% in the U.S., our analysis can benefit from a global perspective.
Wall Street is seeing strong job growth as a green light for the Federal Reserve to boost interest rates at the close of its meeting on Wednesday, March 15.
Central bankers have a complicated relationship with inflation. They want some inflation because they believe that is good, but any higher than that is bad.
If you look at the big jump that happened in the Dollar Index starting in 2013 … this did not happen because of strength. It happened because of weakness.
Increasingly, the stars are lining up in a way that will not spare a key group of companies in the retail sector — dollar stores.
The economy-wide benefits of having affordable health care outweigh the costs. Here’s my case … and I want to know if it’s a convincing one to you.
In 1957, a dollar of debt produced $0.54 of additional income. No longer. Debt has increased more than twice as fast as the growth of the economy.
The German public has been strongly opposed to using their tax dollars to subsidize banks in other countries. Unless that changes, the EU might not survive.
If you believe the mainstream media’s hype, you probably think the EU is in crisis mode. But even amid all this turmoil, we find steady, if fragile growth.
With more than 70% of the companies in the S&P 500 reporting for the fourth quarter, earnings are, to use the technical term, fantastic.
The largest generation in the U.S. — numbering 92 million strong — has only just stepped into the early phases of its ultimate buying potential.
Superman was ahead of his time when he renounced his U.S. citizenship following a dispute with the government. Now, more Americans than ever before are following his example.
If the wealthy feel confident about the future, they spend. And a close look at the details of luxury spending shows the situation isn’t as pretty a picture as the market is painting right now.
Due to a myriad of factors, the number of manufacturing jobs in America has declined rapidly in the past several decades.
A healthy collectibles market can signal an equally healthy stock market. But a recent January auction revealed results that were less than inspiring … perhaps even worrying.
The U.S. economy is being steered by black swan president and economists with isolationist views. It’s an environment that breeds inflation and screams: “Buy gold!”
The latest GDP growth figures from the Commerce Department have a number of traders adopting a wait-and-see approach. But are they poised to miss out on the next big rally?
Increasingly, our country’s economy is being defined and dominated by one generation’s preferences, habits and spending tendencies.
The federal deficit grew by more than 30% to $587 billion last year. While Congress is sure to pay it lip service, you should start preparing for the fallout by revisiting gold.
President Donald Trump promises that 4% GDP growth is coming soon. Here’s what that kind of economy would look like … and how you can profit from it.
Minimum-wage workers got their increase: Now they’re facing the sharp bite of inflation, which means increasing prices for coffee, ice cream and everything in between.
Millennials’ interest in traveling throughout the country is often mixed with a love of being active outdoors and engaging in adventurous activities.
We know the S&P 500 has roared higher since President-elect Donald Trump’s surprising victory, but look at what’s happening in Great Britain…
Last year, average hourly wages rose at the fastest pace since 2009. And that’s just the beginning… Twenty states will lift their minimum wage in 2017. It’s as if the country has become a giant economic experiment.
As we prepare to tick over to 2017, it’s important that we all take steps to break out of our comfort zones, expand our knowledge base, and take intelligent, calculated risks.
So many promises and threats are waiting to either unfold or fizzle. Which Donald Trump will show up to his first day on the job? Wall Street’s directional future depends on that answer.
Strong is good. Strong earnings. Strong sales. These paint a picture of economic growth, which is good for the country. But when it comes to the U.S. dollar in a global market … strong is a problem.
Wall Street expects a rate hike this month. But we’ve been there and done that. Of the four promised 2016 hikes, we’ve seen zero … but is the economy really ready for one now?
Right now, the market is roaring higher. This could easily turn into the next big market rally … or it could end up as a sucker’s rally right before a market collapse. So which is it?
If you consider home ownership a core of the American dream, then October may have resurrected those fading hopes. And it could get even better once a certain generation gets involved.
After one of the most divisive election campaigns ever, remember that Thanksgiving is a day to count our blessings as Americans, to consider what unites us and not to dwell on what might divide us.
Remember in the 1980s when interest rates were at an ungodly 20%? Thirty-seven years from today, we may look back on 2016 in the same way … as the year inflation truly bottomed.
As the Internet of Things takes over, it will do more than provide convenience. It promises to steal nearly all existing jobs. Without change, this is bad news all around for pretty much all of us.
America is justifiably frustrated this election. Freedom appears to have taken a back seat, but each of us has the innate ability to determine our own fate — a most prized individual liberty.
The October jobs report may have given Yellen the green light for a December rate hike … well, assuming that the market doesn’t implode after the presidential election.
There’s a new pattern emerging that’s going to change the economic ballgame. It’s called inflation, and while it’s been absent in recent years, it’s gaining a troubling foothold in China.
For the first time ever a self-driving truck completed a commercial delivery last week. With real jobs on the line, we can no longer relegate robots and A.I. to the realm of science fiction.
The 2016 election has been overshadowed with superfluous, irrelevant issues. And neither candidate promises to fix the real issues plaguing America…
In better days, America’s capitalist democracy was the envy of the world. Now, however, it’s dead … and American voters are the ones who killed it.
Do you want to follow how often the U.S. economy fails to live up to expectations? Well … there’s an app for that. And what is says about gross domestic product (GDP) isn’t pretty.
Throw a rock into a pond and it takes time for the ripples to disrupt an ant pile built on the far shore. Brexit is no different.
Democracy, sovereignty and a global economy are mutually incompatible. This “political trilemma” has led nations to start acting as corporations, putting your financial stability at risk.
As another earnings season comes to an end, one thing immediately jumps out: Stock prices are out of whack from their core value — earnings. And the implications are dire.
The European economy is supposed to be wracked by doubt and anxiety over Brexit, negative interest rates and terror attacks. So why are markets rising? Government spending, and lots of it.
In a world where machines can make perfect burgers, there’s no need for $15-an-hour burger flippers. But the solution, basic income, is more science fiction than fact.
Under the guise of asset forfeiture, DEA agents routinely spy on our travel plans so they can steal our money … all in the name of the pointless “war on drugs.”
Since 1920, only six presidents have served a full two terms, or eight years. Obama is about to make it seven, resulting in a rare market cycle with an ominous outlook.
One of the rare things that Clinton and Trump both agree on is bigger government spending. Austerity is out. Infrastructure spending is in, and you’re going to pay for it.
Wall Street celebrated on Friday, roaring higher July’s jobs data. But it’s too early to give the all-clear, and it’s definitely far too early for the Fed to start raising rates.
Obama once said, “Elections have consequences.” But most Americans vote based on wish fulfillment rather than careful consideration. Be careful what you wish for.
As the presidential election draws near, Donald Trump stands a fair shot at claiming the Oval Office.But his win could spell trouble for the global economy.
U.S. voters have been led to believe that the only choices we have in government are Republican or Democrat. And yet, neither represents that view of America today. It’s time for something different.
The June jobs report blew past expectations, but the devil is in the details. An economy built on falling corporate revenue, declining goods orders and low-paying jobs cannot stand.
Reagan once said that the average age of great civilizations is 200 years. If we want to avoid that fate, our country must unite to reassert our hard-won liberty and freedom.
This “most hated” bull market will soon become a hated bear market, and with margin debt rising unchecked, those with overleveraged accounts are going to get wiped out.
By voting to flee the European Union, the Brits shocked the world … but only because the world wasn’t paying attention. Now comes the day after Brexit, and it promises to be worse than the event itself.
Were you convinced by the unemployment rate drop to 4.7% in May? That is what the government reported. But a closer look at the data reveals something else.
George Soros hasn’t been shy about his opinion on the potential for an EU collapse or a China-fueled economic crisis. But is the U.S. in just as bad, if not worse, shape?
The financial sector wasn’t always looking for its next revenue fix. Savings and loan was the name of the game during the Industrial Revolution … back before banks became economic parasites.
If Brits vote to leave the EU, the repercussions will leave behind damage and destruction … particularly in America, where the Brexit vote will plague the U.S. economy by way of the dollar.
The Panama Papers leak exposed quite a bit of personal information, much to the detriment of many legal offshore operations. Are you among those at risk? You may well be…
The government has a growing problem with its pension plans that will comes to an explosive head very soon. And no one will like the answer to the problem.
Profits have been falling for some time, and yet wages are rising across the U.S. The situation is untenable, and Wall Street is eventually going to see through this mirage.
The market has grown used to cries of “Deflation!” and dovish Fed speeches. So much so, that early indicators are being ignored. The fact is, inflation is about to blindside Wall Street.
When it comes to the Panama Papers scandal, the media is tilting at windmills … targeting the wrong people for the wrong issues. But there are real issues here. Don’t be fooled by the smokescreen.
As millennials look to turn the tide of wage growth, weekly initial jobless claims data point to trouble for the U.S. economy. Can the next generation provide investment opportunities?
The March jobs report is being hailed as a win for the U.S. economy, but forward-looking layoff data offers a grim look at why growth will fade and why interest rates aren’t rising any time soon.
Wall Street is pushing a positive earnings narrative this season. But, with corporations doing everything to please shareholders, are the true results really that positive? When the veil comes down, so too will the market.
Central banks around the world have thrown everything at the economy. Unconventional monetary measures, quantitative easing, near-zero interest rates and yet … here we are. The plan has failed. Welcome to Japan 2.0.
Part two of our interview with Jim Rogers reveals Jim’s take on China, the U.S. dollar and gold. Find out why Jim believes China is a scapegoat and why the dollar might have a bubble to burst before collapsing.
When it comes to property rights, there is a fine line between government we like and government we don’t. One thing’s for certain, though; your rights won’t enforce themselves.
What is the true meaning of liberty? It’s an important question to consider as governments around the world begin to intervene more in their citizens’ everyday lives.