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U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015: Economy Strong but Markets Unstable

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Economic Picture for 2015 Not RosyStrong Economic Data Points to Growth in 2015?

As 2014 winds down, many investors are wondering what the economic outlook for 2015 will be. If you look at the U.S. economic data that’s been trickling in, 2015 looks like it could be a very strong year.

The U.S. announced strong third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.9%. This extends the recent trend of strong quarter-over-quarter GDP growth; in the … Read More

Italy Downgraded, German Growth Slashed, Greek Stocks Collapse; 2015 Eurozone Depression Ahead

By Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Eurozone Depression AheadWhile the mainstream was telling us last year (and well into 2014) that the eurozone economy was coming back, I held steadfast in my prediction that the eurozone’s economic problems would only worsen. Having had the luxury of visiting Europe on six different occasions this year, I’ve seen firsthand the deterioration in their economy.

And going into 2015, I’m predicting the worst is ahead for the eurozone economically.

Italy’s Misery… Read More

Stock Market Crash in 2015 is Coming, Despite Widespread Bullishness

By Friday, December 5, 2014

U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2015Will the U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2015?

With the broader U.S. stock markets trading near record highs, it’s not a big surprise to hear that most analysts, economists, and investors are increasingly bullish about the stock market. The last thing you’d expect to hear is someone talking about a stock market crash in 2015.

And why would they? After all, the stock market has been moving steadily higher since … Read More

The Risk-Reward Ratio of Buying Stocks Now

By Monday, November 24, 2014

The Risk-Reward Ratio of Buying Stocks NowIn the third quarter of 2014, gross domestic product (GDP) for the eurozone region increased by 0.2% from the previous quarter, when it increased only 0.1%. The growth in the region has been very dismal. Major countries like Germany and France are facing economic scrutiny now. In the third quarter, Germany’s economy grew by only 0.1%; France’s GDP only increased by 0.3%. (Source: Eurostat, November 14, 2014.)

Italy, the third-biggest … Read More

Economic Stalling in Eurozone Inevitable?

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Economic Stalling in Eurozone InevitableWhen Germany recently announced some underachieving economic numbers, it was a red flag for the eurozone and Europe. When the stronger of the two pillars in the eurozone (France being the other pillar) begins to show some fragility, you have to take a step back to evaluate the situation.

Now, it shouldn’t be a complete surprise to you that there are growth issues brewing in the eurozone, especially given the … Read More

Strategies for Investing in These Chaotic Markets

By Friday, October 24, 2014

Strategies for Investing

Here we go again. Just when the stock market is moving lower and forecasting a potential correction, we see buying emerging, driving the bears back to the woods.

The reality is that I was looking for the S&P 500 to potentially correct 10%, down to around 1,792, something that has not materialized in about two years. It would, in my view, represent a good buying opportunity to accumulate shares at … Read More

Why Stock Prices Will Continue to Fall

By Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stock Prices Will Continue to FallNow that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 1,035 points (six percent) from its mid-September peak, the question investors are asking is “how far will she go?” For small-cap investors, the drama is greater, as the Russell 2000 Index has fallen 12.5% from its July peak.

Since 2009, every market pullback presented investors with an opportunity to get back into stocks at discounted prices. Even some editors here at … Read More

Top Growth Areas Heading into 2015

By Friday, October 3, 2014

Growth Areas Heading into 2015The stock market is clearly struggling to stay afloat at this juncture, balancing the domestic economic renewal with the global risk coming from ISIS, Russia, the eurozone, and economic stalling in China.

A major catalyst or a reason to buy is what investors are searching for. The focus later next week will shift to the third-quarter earnings season, which is carefully monitored by investors.

The start of the third-quarter earnings … Read More

Where the U.S. Dollar Is Headed and What It Means to You

By Monday, September 29, 2014

U.S. Dollar Is HeadedFor the U.S. federal government’s fiscal year, which ends this Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts a budget deficit of $506 billion. (Source: Congressional Budget Office web site, September 26, 2014.)

But just because our annual deficit is declining, that doesn’t mean our national debt is rising by an equal amount.

In fact, between September 20, 2013 and September 20, 2014, the U.S. national debt increased by $1.0 trillion. … Read More

A Rational Look at Gold

By Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rational Look at GoldThe fundamentals that drive gold prices higher are in full force and improving. Central banks are buying more of the precious metal (to add to their reserves), while countries that are known to be big consumers of gold bullion post increased demand.

According to the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association, India’s monthly gold bullion imports are expected to rise by as much as 50% in the coming few months—in the … Read More