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Two Charts Stock Market Investors Should Worry About

By Monday, March 16, 2015
Stock market bearish InvestorThere are two important stock market-related charts investors should be worried about. They will be of the utmost interest to bearish investors. Bearish Investor Sentiment Plummets The first chart has to do with the declining number of stock market bears. The best time to buy stocks is when there’s blood on the streets (like in 2008). In other words, the best time to buy a stock, or any other investment .

Reaching the Point of Maximum Optimism

By Monday, March 10, 2014
Bear Market Twists News to Lure in More InvestorsThis past Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 175,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in the month of February. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 7, 2014.) The way the media reported it… “Friday’s jobs market report caught the market by surprise,” was what most media outlets were telling us via their untrained reporters. The expectation was an increase of 149,000 jobs in February (after a dismal .

2014: The Year the Stock Market Topped Out?

By Friday, December 6, 2013
Federal ReserveTo close off the week, I’d like to offer some words of wisdom from my old friend Tony Jasansky, P.Eng. Tony has spent more than 40 years studying and analyzing the markets. He’s one of the best stock market analysts I know. Here’s what he has to say about stocks right now… “The only obvious difference between Janet Yellen, the incoming Chair [of the Federal Reserve], and the present Chair, .

Why the Prediction I Got Wrong Back Then Is So Vital Today

By Monday, July 15, 2013
stock market crashBack in late 2011, I created a widely circulated video that included six predictions. I hit it on the head with five of those predictions. But the winners are not what are important to my readers today; it’s the prediction I didn’t get right that’s vital now Back then, I said the U.S. dollar was “dead” and wouldn’t go anywhere. I pointed out that if it were not for the .

Has Gold Lost Its Shine For Good?

By Friday, June 28, 2013
280613_PC_leongBack in April, I said gold was looking bad on the chart and that as long as the stock market continued to advance higher, the prospects for gold were dim. (Read “Is Gold’s Near-Death Crisis Over-Exaggerated? Concerns of a Market Meltdown May Not Be.”) Fast-forward two months, and while stocks have been in a minor correction, there continues to be distaste for holding gold. The reality is that inflation is .

Why We Have Seen the End of the S&P 500’s Bear Market Rally

By Monday, June 24, 2013
Since the announcement from the Federal Reserve about tapering off quantitative easing, the key stock indices have been showing increased selling pressures. Just take a look at the chart of the S&P 500 below.  SPC S and P 500 Large Cap Chart Chart courtesy of The S&P 500 started 2013 with momentum to the upside. Investors bought in hopes that the index would continue to go higher, and by no surprise, it did reach its all-time high. .

What Recovery? Americans on Food Stamps Outnumber Population of Spain

By Monday, June 24, 2013
Americans on Food Stamps Outnumber Population of SpainAs of March of this year, 47.7 million Americans are now on some form of food stamps. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of Americans resorting to food stamps increased more than 171%. In 2000, there were just 17.1 million Americans on food stamps. (Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, June 7, 2013.) There are more individuals on food stamps in the U.S. economy than the entire population of Spain—46.17 million. .

A Mirage Called the Stock Market

By Monday, June 3, 2013
A Mirage Called the Stock MarketWhile an economic slowdown is looming over the global economy, no one seems to care, as stock markets continue to reach new record-highs—giving investors false hopes of economic growth. But how long can this mirage actually last? The economic slowdown in the global economy I’m talking about is a worldwide pullback in growth. Take India as the first example. According to India’s Central Statistics Office, the Indian economy is growing .

If This Is Economic Growth, Then What Will an Economic Slowdown Look Like?

By Monday, June 3, 2013
As I have written in these pages many times before, economic growth in a country happens when people are finding jobs, real wages are rising, consumers are spending, businesses are expanding and seeing their inventories decline, and the general standard of living is rising. But all of these events are missing in the U.S. economy. The jobs growth we have witnessed following the Great Recession has been in low-wage-paying sectors. .

It’s Official: NYSE Margin Debt Hit New Record, Surpasses 2007

By Thursday, May 30, 2013
Margin Debt Hit New RecordIs it just me, or have investors completely abandoned the concept of risk and reward? The reality of the situation is that the key stock indices are treading in shark-infested waters and the risks are piling up daily. I see bearish signals all over, but the theme among investors, even conservative investors, continues to be “keep buying.” It’s official… Margin debt—that’s the amount of money borrowed to purchase stocks—on the .

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