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The Global Derivatives Bubble Is Now 20 Percent Bigger Than 2008

May 26th, 2014

economyThe global derivatives bubble is now 20 percent bigger than it was just before the last great financial crisis struck in 2008.  It is a financial bubble far larger than anything the world has ever seen, and when it finally bursts Read more…

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Copper Prices Foreshadowing A Stock Market Crash?

March 13th, 2014

copperIs the price of copper trying to tell us something?  Traditionally, “Dr. Copper” has been a very accurate indicator of where the global economy is heading next.  For example, back in 2008 the price of copper dropped from nearly $4.00 to under $1.50 in just a matter of months. Read more…

NASDAQ:CU, NYSE:COPX, NYSE:DIA, NYSE:JJC, NYSE:SPY

The Fall Of Bitcoin

March 3rd, 2014

bitcoinBitcoin is a virtual currency that has no intrinsic value.  The only thing giving bitcoin value is the faith that people have in it, and now that faith has been shattered.  Read more…

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Signs We Are Approaching A Global Economic Meltdown

January 24th, 2014

Economy recessionHave you been paying attention to what has been happening in Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Ukraine, Turkey and China?  If you are like most Americans, you have not been.  Most Americans don’t seem to really care too much about what is happening Read more…

NYSE:DIA, NYSE:EEM, NYSE:SPY, NYSE:VWO

8 Ways “The Taper” Is Going To Affect You

December 19th, 2013

ben bernankeThe unelected central planners at the Federal Reserve have decided that the time has come to slightly taper the amount of quantitative easing that it has been doing.  On Wednesday, the Fed announced that monthly purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds Read more…

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Reading This Week’s ETF Tea Leaves

October 24th, 2013

etf tea leavesChris Ciovacco: Optimism About Monetary Stimulus. If you are relatively new to the markets, it is important that you take the time to understand how the Fed impacts asset prices. Clients often scratch their heads trying to understand Read more…

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S&P 500: Bulls’ Margin Of Error Razor Thin

October 7th, 2013

Wall streetChris Ciovacco: The financial markets have been treading water for weeks hoping the political process will bear something resembling fruit. Monday stayed on the “little in the way of progress” script. From Reuters: Read more…

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The Consequences Of QE For The Long-Term

September 23rd, 2013

dollar etfThere is a reason why every fiat currency in the history of the world has eventually failed.  At some point, those issuing fiat currencies always find themselves giving in to the temptation to wildly print more money.  Sometimes, the motivation Read more…

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Dow Jones Industrial Average Applauds The Larry Summers Announcement

September 16th, 2013

Wall streetChris Ciovacco: Many hypothesized the financial markets were less than thrilled about the possibility of a Fed led by Larry Summers. The reaction in the futures markets Sunday confirmed the theory. From Bloomberg: Read more…

NYSE:DIA, NYSE:EEM, NYSE:EFA, NYSE:IWM, NYSE:SPY

Dow Jones Industrial Average: Stocks Afraid of Tapering?

September 15th, 2013

wall streetChris Ciovacco:  As we outlined recently, the Fed’s course of action is always well-planned in advance. The clear message since the late May utterance of “tapering” from Chairman Bernanke’s lips has been Read more…

NYSE:EEM, NYSE:EFA, NYSE:IWM, NYSE:SPY

Fed Tapering Announcement Should Not Surprise Markets

September 12th, 2013

Ben_BernankeChris Ciovacco: The Fed has been telegraphing “tapering ” to the markets since late May, or for over four months. Unless you live under a rock, you are well versed on the concept of a Fed taper, which means few should be caught off guard Read more…

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Can The Dow Jones Industrial Average Shuffle Breathe New Life Into The Index?

September 10th, 2013

dow 13000Chris Ciovacco: The financial markets continued to rise early Tuesday afternoon based on a carryover from Monday’s news regarding Syria and China. The Washington Post noted hurdles remain on the Syrian front: Read more…

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Unprecedented Carnage Happening In The Bond Market?

June 26th, 2013

market bondsWhat does it look like when a 30 year bull market ends abruptly?  What happens when bond yields start doing things that they haven’t done in 50 years?  If your answer to those questions involves the word “slaughter”, you are probably on the right track.  Read more…

NYSE:DIA, NYSE:HYG, NYSE:JNK, NYSE:MUB, NYSE:TBT, NYSE:TLT

Time To Pay For Messing With The Markets?

June 20th, 2013

market correction bearCan you smell that?  It is the smell of panic in the air.  As I have noted before, when financial markets catch up to economic reality they tend to do so very rapidly.  Normally we don’t see virtually Read more…

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The Japanese Financial System Is Beginning To Implode

May 27th, 2013

japanese GDP growthThe financial system of the third largest economy on the planet is starting to come apart at the seams, and the ripple effects are going to be felt all over the globe.  Nobody knew exactly when Read more…

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