Falling Oil Prices, Holiday Shopping Point North For U.S. Recovery

Falling Oil Prices, Holiday Shopping Point North For U.S. Recovery

This past week markets hit new highs on Wednesday, only to pull back a bit on OPEC’s decision to hold steady on production quotas. OPEC is in crisis because two of the three biggest oil producers—Russia and the United States—don’t participate in its market rigging activities. With Russia buffeted by sanctions and desperate for revenues and […]
Switzerland Leads In Gold Sales Among Central Banks Since 1993

Switzerland Leads In Gold Sales Among Central Banks Since 1993

Although they are still among the top ten in total gold holdings, Switzerland has been one of the largest sellers of gold among official entities since 1993. It is no surprise then that the people of Switzerland have taken to a referendum to provide their opinions on this to the Swiss National Bank. With regard to […]
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                        Three Things To Avoid As An Amateur Stock Picker

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In 2008, I was living in a tiny, dirty efficiency apartment in the worst part of my town. I couldn’t even afford cable. I ate a chicken breast every night for dinner, and most of the time, skipped breakfast and lunch. I was poor. But six years later, I make more money than any of […]
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                        Stock World Weekly: Politics Of Oil And Price Wars

E Stock World Weekly: Politics Of Oil And Price Wars

In the latest Stock World Weekly, we discuss oil prices, OPEC, econo-politics and more; and Phil provides several trade ideas including one with USO. (Read the newsletter by clicking here and trying PSW free.) Excerpt: Reasons for the continuous drop in oil prices are clear: booming US production, declining demand in many regions including Japan, China and Europe, […]
Italy’s Temporary “Glass Half Full” Insanity

Italy’s Temporary “Glass Half Full” Insanity

Yesterday it was the French, with record high unemployment and record low bond yields. Today, it is the turn of the Italians as the unemployment rate rose to 13.2% – the highest since records began – as bond yields continue to plumb new “lower rates will spur lending which will spur economic growth which will create jobs” […]
What Happened To The Gold Correlation

What Happened To The Gold Correlation

The correlation between gold and the national debt was clear for 13 years. It made perfect sense in a free market. You can’t print more gold. It is a relatively scarce metal that has represented wealth for centuries. Fiat currency can be printed at will by corrupt bankers and politicians. Every paper currency ever created eventually reached […]
Hot And Cold Sectors In 2014: Looking Back

Hot And Cold Sectors In 2014: Looking Back

A quick “glance under the hood” shows us which sectors have been hot in 2014, which have not and which could be leaders for 2015. The nine SPDR Sector ETFs have been telling us about the advances and declines of the various sectors throughout the year.  While many of us had our own expectations about […]
A Glut Of Oil?

A Glut Of Oil?

The world is awash in oil, I’m hearing. The problem is, it’s fairly expensive oil. Take for example Canada. The country has managed to increase its production of oil by a million barrels a day over the last decade. But almost all of that increase has come from oil sands. If you consider only conventional […]
Holiday Spending Season Begins With Decline At Brick-And-Mortar Outlets Offset By Jump In Online Purchases

Holiday Spending Season Begins With Decline At Brick-And-Mortar Outlets Offset By Jump In Online Purchases

There was much hope for America’s struggling brick-and-mortar retail outlets that was aided by plunging gasoline prices, Americans would come out in droves to chase Black Friday (and increasingly Thanksgiving) blockbuster deals on the ground across America’s increasingly troubled shopping malls and retail outlets. And while there was the usual hysteria on select occasions (see this […]
There Will Be 5x More French Startups Than U.S. At CES 2015

There Will Be 5x More French Startups Than U.S. At CES 2015

With nearly nearly 33% of exhibitors coming from France in the CES Eureka Park, the EU member state will be sending over 100 startups to the event while the U.S. will be sitting at around 20. With the advent of Connected Hardware & Internet of Things, the once-passée CES has seen a revival in the last 3 […]