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Economic Collapse: This Could Lead to a Stock Market Crash in 2016

By Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stock Market Crash in 2016Less than a decade after the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, over-zealous central bankers are risking a second economic collapse. The continuous credit creation and rock-bottom interest rates in the U.S., China, the EU, and Russia are meant to incentivize lending, but really they are engineering a second, much larger, financial crash.Monetary stimulus provided the backbone for a global recovery by adding liquidity to the market and. Read More

Global Debt Levels are Leading to a Financial Crisis

By Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Financial CrisisAs the Greek debt crisis winds down, world markets are reverting to business as usual without acknowledging a fundamental truth: Greece was only the beginning. Many countries have used nothing but debt to fuel their growth, laying the groundwork for a mega-sized economic collapse.A key study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that an over-indebted population is directly correlated with a volatile economy. And when I say debt,. Read More

Oil Investing: This Could Spark the Next Financial Crisis

By Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oil Investing Financial CrisisThere seems to be a trending theme in today’s economy—borrowers cannot pay their debt. This time, the spotlight is on oil companies. Low oil prices have forced many energy drillers to the financial brink, and analysts fear a wave of defaults could set off another financial crisis in 2015.Shale drilling has gained popularity among oil drillers over the last decade. Shale companies also raised a lot of debt. Recent. Read More

Iceland to Lift Capital Controls Imposed After Financial Crisis

By Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Iceland to Lift Capital ControlsOn Sunday, June 7, 2015, the Government of Iceland agreed  to present before Parliament two bills of legislation sponsored by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs. Together, the two bills lay the foundation for a comprehensive strategy for capital account liberalization. (Source: Iceland Prime Minister’s Office, June 7, 2015.)The statement said, “The public interest demands that the capital controls be lifted without jeopardising economic and financial stability. The. Read More

Economic Crisis 2015: U.S. Economy Worse Today Than 2008

By Monday, March 30, 2015

Economic Crisis 2015The thought of an economic crisis in 2015 is all too distant for too many. With the S&P 500 advancing 200% since its bottom in 2009, it’s worth taking some time to pause and reflect. As is often the case, the most devastating risks are those that we don’t see coming. Few recognized the dangerous consequences of the overvalued housing market or loose financial regulations before the recession hit. This. Read More

How the Markets Will Close Out 2014

By Friday, October 31, 2014

Markets Will Close Out 2014Credit card companies are some of the best indicators in the global economy. Visa Inc. (V) just reported a pretty decent quarter. While earnings were down comparatively due to a one-time charge, adjusted earnings handily beat consensus.The company’s fiscal fourth quarter came in solid, with growth of 10% on a constant dollar basis to $3.2 billion compared to the same quarter last year.Recently, the company increased its quarterly. 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

Why the Old School Dow Theory Still Applies

By Friday, September 19, 2014

The Most Important Stocks to FollowGetting a sense of where stocks are going to go in the year ahead is always difficult with the major indices at their all-time highs.The fundamental backdrop is still very favorable for equities. While the Federal Reserve has put off raising interest rates for the near future, the cost of capital, especially for corporations, remains extremely low. And corporate balance sheets remain in excellent condition with strong cash positions. Read More

The Sobering Issue

By Friday, July 25, 2014

Why Our National Debt Will Double From HereAccording to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, next year, the government is expected to incur a budget deficit of $469 billion and then another budget deficit of $536 billion in 2016. (Source: Congressional Budget Office web site, last accessed July 21, 2014.) From there, the budget deficit is expected to increase as far as the projections go.Yes, the government’s own estimates are that our country will run a budget. Read More

The Only Sector I See with a Ten-to-One Return Potential

By Friday, June 27, 2014

Shattering the Myth Behind Interest Rates and GoldWe are hearing more and more about interest rates getting ready to rise. The Federal Reserve itself has said it expects the federal funds rate to increase to 1.5% by the end of next year and to 2.25% by the end of 2016.Before the Fed came out with its forecast, I was writing about how the Fed will have no choice but to raise interest rates because inflation is. Read More

Investors: This Could Send Gold Prices Soaring in 2015
By Michael Lombardi

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