The idea of an impending stock market crash may seem pretty untenable right now. After all, compared to the rest of the world, the United States had the most encouraging economic, business, and financial outlook in 2014, and the same goes for 2015. But there are several key factors painting a not-so-rosy picture for the global economy and your retirement could be on the line if you’re not cautious. (More… Read More
For 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
To see where the stock market is headed in 2015, we don’t have to look much past these two important economic factors: the U.S. dollar and the economy, both domestically and outside the U.S.
Rising U.S. Dollar to Impact U.S. Equities
After the Great Recession, to drum-up sales, U.S. companies focused their attention elsewhere in the global economy. With the U.S. dollar sliding lower in value back then, American companies… Read More
My Five Stock Market Predictions for 2015
Catalysts for Growth in Place for Solid 2015
Admittedly, stock market forecasts can mostly be flimsy attempts to predict what irrational investors do in uncertain times. That doesn’t prevent most pundits from being overly optimistic.
At the end of 2013, I predicted that the U.S. stock markets would continue their bullish ways in 2014. This wasn’t a huge leap when you consider the… Read More
As I close out today with my last editorial for the month of January 2015, I want to share some very interesting observations with my readers.
This morning, as I write this issue, the futures market is showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average will open down 150 points. It’s been a difficult month for the Dow Jones. Not even including today’s downdraft, the Dow Jones is down 2.5% for the… Read More
Simply put, there is no support or interest in buying oil at this time, and that means oil prices could realistically hit $40.00 a barrel. Oil prices that low could cripple the global economy. Let me explain…
The Decline in Oil Prices
When the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices initially broke below $80.00, I was thinking maybe it was overdone. Then we witnessed a break below $70.00, followed… Read More
There are too many analysts who are concerned about deflation, a period during which the price of general goods declines. Because of this, analysts are not too keen on gold. They say the yellow metal is only good for one’s portfolio when there’s inflation. When prices are declining, it’s not really worth anything. I beg to differ, though.
While I’m not denying there are deflationary pressures building up, this negative… 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