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2015 Predictions: U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

By Friday, May 1, 2015

U.S. Dollar Collapse 2015The value of the U.S. dollar is anchored in trust. As a fiat currency, the U.S. dollar isn’t linked to any physical reserves, like gold or silver; it’s just paper. For the U.S. dollar to be worth anything, it has to be backed by an economy people have faith in. Otherwise, the U.S. dollar would collapse… Read More.
Regardless of its intentions, the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) experiment has left America with many unintended consequences, namely a devalued U.S.

Unemployment Rate: March Job Report Says U.S. Economy Still Fragile

By Thursday, April 30, 2015

Unemployment rateIn early April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported a 126,000 increase in nonfarm jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.5%. Does this mean the U.S. economy is improving? (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 3, 2015.)
The unemployment rate has certainly improved from its 10% standing in September 2009. Because of the currently low-declining unemployment rate, many analysts are saying the U.S. economy is on stable footing with fair expectations of a steady growth path in the future…. Read More

U.S. Economy: These Three Data Points Show Growth Has Stopped

By Monday, April 13, 2015

Economic growth stoppedIf you think the U.S. economy is improving, this story says that, truth be told, it’s the complete opposite for the economy, as recent data suggest there is no growth.
U.S. Economy’s Jobs Market Tormented
In March of this year, only 126,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy. That’s well below the increase of 264,000 jobs in the previous month, less than half the average of 260,000 a month over the last 12 months, and below the 250,000 jobs analysts were expecting…. Read More

U.S. Jobless Claims Low, but Labor Market Still in Turmoil

By Saturday, April 4, 2015

U.S. Jobless Claims LowThe U.S. Department of Labor released its latest weekly unemployment insurance claims data on March 26, 2015. Seasonally adjusted U.S. jobless claims fell again to 282,000, their lowest level since mid-February, and have been in decline since their peak level of 665,000 claims in March of 2009. Despite this, wages are stagnant and underemployment is rampant as the U.S. labor market fails to heal.
Unemployment claims
Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com… Read More
U.S. Jobless Claims Distorting Reality?

U.S. Economy to Enter Recession by 2016?

By Friday, March 13, 2015

US Economy recession 2016Don’t buy into the false optimism. While the mainstream media and economists are convinced there’s prosperity, I am concerned the U.S. economy will enter a recession in late 2015 or early 2016.
The simple fact is that consumer spending is the biggest factor driving the U.S. economy, and it is presently experiencing its own recession.
Retail Sales Declining, Store Inventory Increasing
Wholesale sales in the U.S. economy are plummeting, while inventories are rising very quickly—not a good sign…. Read More

U.S. Dollar Strength the Real Threat to Investors, Not Higher Interest Rates

By Friday, March 13, 2015

US Dollar strengthThere are issues brewing in the stock market with interest rates fears and the strengthening greenback that could drive the S&P 500 lower by five percent or more.
When Will the Fed Increase Interest Rates?
First, we have the fears surrounding rising interest rates after the strong improvement in the unemployment rate to a pre-recession low of 5.5%. This is well below the target, previously set by former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, as the level at which the central bank would begin raising interest rates…. Read More

Economic Stalling in Eurozone Inevitable?

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Economic Stalling in Eurozone InevitableWhen 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 economic sanctions placed upon Russia and the country’s reluctant leader, President Vladimir Putin…. Read More

How Markets Will Handle End of Money Printing Era

By Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Markets Will Handle End of Money Printing EraIt’s finally over…
The quantitative easing programs initially started by the Federal Reserve six years ago are (for now) history.
In its statement on October 29, the Federal Reserve said, “Accordingly, the Committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month.” (Source: “FOMC Statement,” Federal Reserve, October 29, 2014.)
The reason for ending the quantitative easing: “The Committee judges that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market since the inception of its current asset purchase program…. Read More

Why Wal-Mart’s Sales Downgrade Should Worry Investors

By Friday, October 24, 2014

Why Wal-Mart's Sales DowngradeOn November 30, Switzerland’s citizens will cast a very critical vote.
Through a referendum, they will vote for or against the Swiss National Bank increasing its gold bullion reserves to 20%, the central bank halting the selling of gold, and the storing of gold bullion in the country. (Source: Kitco News, September 30, 2014.)
If the results are in favor of the referendum, it will mean Switzerland’s central bank will be forced to buy a significant amount of gold bullion…. Read More

What Job Growth? Labor Participation Hits 30-Year Low

By Thursday, October 9, 2014

Job GrowthFinally, some good news for the U.S. economy?
Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 248,000 jobs were created in the U.S. economy in September, pushing the unemployment rate down to 5.9% from 6.1% the previous month. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 3, 2014.)
The September jobs market report showed good job creation in sectors like professional and business services, information, mining, construction, and financial. Combined, these six sectors saw job growth of 130,000 jobs, just over half of all jobs created in the month…. Read More

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