Martin D. Weiss: My family and I have been tracking speculative bubbles and busts for 80 years. We’ve personally witnessed 12 recessions, two depressions, five stock market crashes, three real estate busts, three bank failure epidemics, and two of the most vicious inflationary spirals of all time.
Martin D. Weiss: I rarely recommend that you wade through a wordy speech by an economic theorist delivered to an audience of stuffy bankers. But last week’s address by PIMCO Vice President El-Erian to the St. Louis Fed is one you absolutely MUST not miss.
Don Miller: Based on recent performance from the sector's biggest names, it's easy to argue that financial stocks are making a comeback. Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) is up 27% in 2012. Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) is up 29%. Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) is up a whopping 59%.
Michael Snyder: Not so fast. Those that are publicly declaring that an economic recovery has arrived are ignoring a whole host of numbers that indicate that the U.S. economy is in absolutely horrendous shape. The truth is that the health of an economy should not be measured by how well the stock market
Michael Snyder: Most Americans know that things used to be much better in the United States, but they don't have the facts and the figures to back that belief up. Well, after reading the shocking statistics in this article nobody should be left with any doubt that things have gotten worse in America.
Thomas Carreno: The market as represented by the major indices has not been able to make new significant upward ground in recent days. Essentially the indices have been flat the last 5 days. This flat sideways market action is occurring at the same level as the ‘twin peaks’ of July 2011. It could be that the