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European Debt Crisis

The last two years have obviously been extremely difficult for bank stocks. The financial crisis that took hold of not only America but the rest of the world as well has caused extreme strain across the entire financial sector. However, since the financial crisis several years ago, American…

The U.S. national debt just surpassed the $16.0-trillion level and is accelerating with each passing minute. The problem is that with the U.S. economy slugging away and an unemployment rate of 8.3%, there are also less tax revenues to collect, which will ultimately impact the government’s balance of…

We are at the mid-point of the year, and so far it seems like a rollercoaster ride driven by heightened stock market risk. We had a stellar January, followed by some softness in February and March. April and May, followed by losses, but we saw some oversold buying…

  Many people have tuned out the European debt crisis and believe simply that another emergency meeting will be held in which nothing will be decided, allowing the eurozone to simply continue surviving as it has. The problem with this line of thinking is that the unemployment rate…

Hope springs eternal; many believe consumer spending will resume in 2012 as the jobs market improves, preventing the U.S. economy from entering a recession. But the hard evidence shows otherwise. As the U.S. Senate and Congress are split between democrats and republicans, there are at least 15 job…

The eurozone is on shaky ground. European Union leaders will be meeting on Thursday to begin an emergency two-day summit as the region’s leaders attempt to localize and corral the European debt crisis. Spain has formally requested emergency funds to help save its fragile banking system. It is…

It’s not enough we have to deal with the dire economic situation in the eurozone and Europe, but now bank stocks are under attack, especially from Moody's Investors Service, which is negative on the banking sector. The quality of bank stocks has been improving, but clearly the credit…

Here’s the bottom line on the crisis in Europe: The only way the European debt crisis could be put temporarily aside is if the European Central Bank (the “ECB,” our equivalent of the Federal Reserve) prints money. Since Germany is the main voice within the ECB, printing is…

The market is focused on the debt situation in Spain, with the country hindered by a national debt of around 712 billion euros or about US$892 billion, which equates to about US$19,391 per citizen. This is why Spain is seriously concerned about the 10-year bond yield at near…

Spain has an unemployment rate of 25%, which is startling given the dire financial condition of the ninth largest economy in the world and the fact it’s in its second recession in three years. Even worse, the youth unemployment rate is a staggering 51%. No jobs translate into…

The debt and growth problems in the eurozone continue to dominate the headlines. The eurozone countries are looking at the impact of Greece exiting the 17-country eurozone. Greece can’t even elect a coalition government to deal with the austerity measures. Now there’s news that the eurozone is continuing…

As I’m sure you’ve heard… Tax increases and government spending cuts in the U.S. are set to take place on January 1, 2013. Originally, the purpose of the payroll tax cuts was to stimulate the U.S. economy; government spending programs (like extending unemployment benefits) were also aimed at…

Like a household selling its personal belongings to pay its debt, some eurozone countries are leasing their historic sites to pay their debts. I have been writing about the European debt crisis. Besides the unemployment rates being at elevated levels in the eurozone, many southern eurozone countries have such high…

Since 1945, Greek elections have swung back and forth between two parties, similar to the Republicans and the Democrats here in the U.S.—very predictable. With the Greek unemployment rate at a record 21.7% in February and youth unemployment at an alarming 54%, the elections in Greece held earlier…

When the competitors of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ/CSCO) reported weaker first-quarter 2012 earnings, market participants bid up Cisco’s stock believing that Cisco was taking market share away from its competitors. Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ/PLCM), a videoconferencing company, reported weaker first-quarter earnings. This competitor to Cisco noted that lower government…

In spite of the continued hiccups due to the systemic risks posed by the European debt crisis, equities have just completed a three-year bull market and are entering the fourth year. The movement of the price and volumes illustrate that once again the markets are in a hope…

January is over and it was quite impressive; not a record by any means, but nonetheless it gives us something to look forward to this year. The key stock indices easily outperformed the historical averages by a wide margin. Technology and small-cap stocks lead the market, with the…

With only two sessions remaining in January, the month delivered strong returns in the stock market. And, while the advance has been strong to begin the year, you might recall that a similar start in 2011 ended in a mixed trading year. While investor sentiment is bullish and…

Have you recently taken a look at America’s national debt? What if I told you that your share of the country’s mounting spending spree is around $48,812 per citizen or $135,262 per taxpayer? This national debt could take decades to pay off! The U.S. national debt broke above…

Stock picking in a market with very little tailwind makes life much more difficult compared to a bull market. This is obvious. But in any market, there are opportunities in differing market sectors. There’s always the opportunity for short-selling and near-term momentum trading. There’s also the opportunity to…