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Central Banks Creating Global Stock Market Bubbles

By Friday, April 17, 2015

Central banksIrrationality prevails in global stock markets and I believe it’s because of the actions of central banks. What’s happening with central banks and their involvement with equity markets not only is unprecedented, but it also will not end well.
Japanese Stock Market Topping 20,000
Just look at the chart below of the Tokyo Nikkei Average—a key measure of Japanese stocks.
Tokyo Nikkei Average Index
‘Tokyo Nikkei Average Index, 1996-2015,’
Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com… Read More
The

First-Quarter Earnings Season to Be Especially Bad for Multinationals

By Friday, April 10, 2015

First Quarter Earnings SeasonThe stock market has shifted its focus to the first-quarter earnings season. Based on early expectations, it will be an ugly quarter for U.S. companies, specifically the multinationals.
Expect Continued Disappointment for Rest of First-Quarter Earnings Season
A few weeks ago, we received some hints that the first-quarter earnings season would be disappointing after numerous downgrades were made on the U.S. economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) now estimates the… Read More

Stock Market Crash in 2015 is Coming, Despite Widespread Bullishness

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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 “Grexit” Explained: What’s Behind Greece’s Possible Eurozone Exit

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Greece Stock MarketWhat to Know About Greece’s Potential Eurozone Exit (or “Grexit”)
Is anything more gripping right now than wondering how close Germany will let Greece get to the precipice before a crisis is averted at the last second?
Greece’s six-year recession came to a quiet end at the start of 2014. Since then, its recovery has been anemic. In 2014, the country’s economy expanded by 0.7%. It might gain traction this… Read More

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

By Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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… 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

High Debt, Dollar Strength: Capital Controls on U.S. Dollar Likely

By Monday, March 23, 2015

Capital Controls in USThe possibility of capital controls coming to the U.S. is not as much of a stretch as you may think. Consider the precedents and don’t be caught off guard.
Capital controls are any measure taken by a government authority that limits the flow of foreign capital into and out of the domestic economy. In its ugliest forms, capital controls in the U.S. would restrict bank withdrawals and limit foreign currency… Read More

What Happens If Greece Exits the Eurozone?

By Thursday, February 26, 2015

Greece Exits the EurozoneGreece’s Anti-Austerity Platform Reimagined… Read More
What happens if Greece exits the eurozone? We’ll have to wait until the end of June to find out. Or at least be subject to four more months of pundits explaining what could happen.
That’s because Greece’s creditors, the “Troika” (the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund), agreed to a four-month extension on Friday, February 20. With an extension until the

Three Economic Developments to Cause Sharp Rise in Gold Prices?

By Thursday, February 12, 2015

Economic Development to Rise in Gold PricesFor the next little while, I am watching three events—I’ll call them developments—very closely. These developments could impact gold prices and cause sharp movements to the upside in a very short time. What are these developments? Talks of Greece’s potential exit from the eurozone, rising interest rates, and an economic slowdown in the global economy.
Greece to Exit from Eurozone?
Not too long ago, Greece elected into power a radical… Read More

Greece’s Radical Left Win: Major Step to Euro’s Demise?

By Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Eurozone After Radical Left Win in GreeceGreece, one the most troubled nations in the eurozone, has elected a radical left-wing political party named the Syriza that’s against the austerity measures placed on Greece by the “troika”—that’s the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Union (EU), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Syriza wants to renegotiate the terms of the country’s bailout and imposed austerity measures with the ECB, the EU, and the IMF. The leader of… Read More

The Eurozone Economic Mess: Why It Will Impact the U.S. Economy

By Monday, January 12, 2015

Eurozone Troubles to Impact American Key Stock IndicesIn 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

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