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
The U.S. stock markets have experienced two strong years of back-to-back gains; the S&P 500 soared approximately 30% in 2013 and a solid 13% in 2014; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently topped 18,000 for the first time ever. With the Federal Reserve expected to barely increase interest rates in the second half of 2015, the stock market looks to be the investment of choice for income-starved investors this… Read More
When you take all the fluff out of the markets, like artificially low interest rates and other easy monetary support from the Federal Reserve, we need to realize (at the end of the day) that stocks trade on a fundamental called corporate earnings. And going into 2015, as I’ll detail below, corporate earnings are weak at best. (more…)… Read More
To see where the global economy is headed, I follow the prices of oil and copper. The prices of these commodities tell us about demand in the global economy. If the prices of oil and copper are rising, it means there’s prosperity. If the opposite occurs, it means industry (factories) is not busy and that a global economic slowdown is not far away.
With this in mind, below is the… Read More