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The stock market is becoming so hyped that even the U.S. Central Bank (via Janet Yellen) is saying valuations are steep, with possible risks. Potential Dangers in the Stock Market On Wednesday, May 6, Federal Reserve Chair Yellen spoke at the Finance and Society conference in Washington, D.C.…

On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its employment report for April of this year. Total nonfarm employment saw a 223,000 increase, while the unemployment rate showed little change at 5.4%. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 8, 2015.) April Employment Report: Rosy…

On Wednesday, May 6, Greece made a 200-million-euro (US$220 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Although Greece managed to find enough cash for this interest payment, it’s far from time to relax. The country owes a 750-million-euro payment within a week, due May 12. On May…

On Monday, May 4, 2015, hedge fund manager David Einhorn gave a humorous speech criticizing the hydraulic fracturing industry at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York City. (Source: Bloomberg, May 4, 2015.) Einhorn, founder and president of Greenlight Capital Inc., is famous for calling out companies with…

At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the U.S. trade balance for March of this year. It announced that the goods and services deficit was at $51.4 billion in March. This is more than a 43% increase from February’s $35.9…

On Friday, May 1, 2015, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) published its April report on the U.S. manufacturing sector. The key number to look at in this report is the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector. According…

On Monday, May 4, 2015, HSBC released its China Manufacturing PMI for the month of April. The index is down to 48.9—the lowest in the previous 12 months. Moreover, the drop is also the sharpest it’s been in a year. (Source: HSBC/Markit, May 4, 2015.) Purchasing Managers’ Index,…

The U.S. Federal Reserve has kept interest rates artificially low in order to stabilize the economy downturn of 2008 and 2009. Is it about time the Federal Reserve raises interest rates? Can our economy handle it? You see, under low interest rates, consumers and firms find it easier…

On Thursday April 30, Elon Musk, CEO of Telsa Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ/TSLA), announced that the company will move into solar energy. The company will be offering a suite of battery systems to homeowners, businesses, and utilities. Tesla is a company better known for designing, manufacturing, and selling electric…

It was an interesting week for Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL). The company announced exceptional first-quarter earnings results, touting that demand for the “Apple Watch” is exceeding expectations. But the company isn’t in the clear. In the midst of great news, there are some issues the company needs to contend…

In 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…

This morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.2% in the first quarter of 2015. This is 80% lower than the already dismal 1.0% estimate. Comparing this with the 2.2% growth rate in the fourth quarter of last year, we…

Below is my list of the top five penny stocks to watch in May 2015. The theme for this group of top penny stocks is U.S. consumer-oriented companies that earn a majority of their incomes domestically. Best Penny Stocks to Watch This Month With a strong dollar having…

With the long-in-the-tooth bull market rolling along, it’s getting harder for investors to find undervalued stocks with great upside potential. Or rather, it’s more difficult because investors continue to look in the same place over and over again. Some of the more interesting stocks out there are trading…

With the NASDAQ trading near record levels and the NYSE, S&P 500, and Dow Jones Industrial Average at record highs, it’s getting increasingly difficult for investors to find undervalued equities. With the U.S. dollar trading strongly against the Canadian dollar, investors might want to consider some of the…

Global financial crisis 2015: is it really possible? Below you’ll find the answer, as I dive into the global financial crisis causes and what today’s economic events have to say. Global Financial Crisis Explained… It’s only been a few years, but there are already reams and reams of…

Is it finally happening? Are investors coming to the realization that the stock market is fully valued as corporate earnings are declining and general economic conditions in the U.S. are deteriorating faster than at any time in the last five years? I believe the smart money figured this…

While the majority of the talking heads on Wall Street remain bearish on silver, the fact of the matter is that a number of key economic and supply/demand metrics point to a bullish silver price forecast for 2015. Economic Drivers Affecting Silver Outlook in 2015 With the price…

In 2013, when gold prices took a severe beating, and through 2014, when prices were not moving, I was one of the very few who kept on saying the depressed prices of gold bullion were a great opportunity for investors. So far this year, gold investments have been…