In 2014, I was able to travel to Europe on six different occasions. I just came back from England. These trips to Europe enable me to see how the countries there are faring economically. And I can tell you first-hand—take England and Germany out of the picture, and most European countries are in an outright depression. (Not good news for the U.S. economy, but more on why it will impact… Read More
Will 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
Strong Economic Data Points to Growth in 2015?
As 2014 winds down, many investors are wondering what the economic outlook for 2015… Read More 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
While 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
In 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
When 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
Now 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
For 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