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Cyberattack! Ransomware and The Future of Computing

The big news this week was the outbreak of a computer virus called "WannaCry". According to CyberSecurity company Symantec makers of Norton Security, WannaCry  is a "worm that spreads by exploiting a … [Read More...]

Low Probability Market Will Crash

In the following article Chris Ciovacco looks at a variety of indicators to determine the probability that the market will take a dive in the near future. He'll look at New Highs vs. New Lows, and … [Read More...]

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles?

I've been enamored with electric vehicles since long before they were commercially available. Way back in 1975, Mechanix Illustrated featured the "Urba Town car" and offered plans to build your own … [Read More...]

Latest Financial Trends

Futuristic Advances to Ancient Materials

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." This quote has been mistakenly attributed to Charles Holland Duell commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1898 to 1901. The advance of technology has grown exponentially since then and … [Read More...]

Investors Pessimistic… Market to Rally

In the following article, The Gold and Oil Guy Chris Vermeulen looks at investor sentiment, Federal Tax Revenues, Food Stamps, Median Household income vs. Home Prices, and comes to some interesting conclusions. ~ Tim McMahon, editor EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS MAKE … [Read More...]

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Increase

In the following article Chris Vermeulen of  The Gold and Oil Guy, looks at the current trend in Mortgage Delinquencies in an effort to determine whether the market is still bullish. He also looks at FED actions and how they affect the markets. According to Wikipedia … [Read More...]

America & Money: Cool Facts About the History of Our Monetary System

Since 1776, many things have changed dramatically in America. One of the most drastic series of changes has been in the way we conduct transactions using money. Believe it or not, the monetary system that is in place today would be almost completely unrecognizable to … [Read More...]

The U.S. Economy, Payrolls & FOMC

In today's post Gary Tanashian looks at ten charts and indicators to give us a unique look at the trends of the overall economic situation, the state of the "economic recovery" and the employment situation. He looks at where the jobs are, how the average consumer is … [Read More...]

Is a Second OPEC Cut In The Cards?

In November 2016 with great fanfare, OPEC announced a production cut in an effort to drive up prices in light of the massive global supply glut, partially the result of U.S. shale oil flooding the market. This supply glut had put every Oil producing country in fiscal … [Read More...]

Are Oil Production Costs Rising or Falling?

Oil Majors' Costs Have Risen 66% Since 2011 The oil majors reported poor earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, but many oil executives struck an optimistic tone about the road ahead. Oil prices have stabilized and the cost cutting measures implemented over the … [Read More...]

Cryptocurrency: Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?

Introduction, History, and Progress of BITCOIN Just a few short years ago no one had heard of them and now it seems like everybody on the Earth knows about Bitcoin. Bitcoin (a peer-to-peer electronic cash system) was first introduced in October 2008 by two unknown … [Read More...]

Gold Prices Inching Higher

Several factors determine the U.S. price of gold. Inflation, market uncertainty (i.e. worry),  the value of the Dollar compared to other currencies (a falling dollar increases the gold price), supply and demand. Market supply can come from three sources: mining, scrap … [Read More...]

The Oil War Just Getting Started

Let the battle begin. OPEC is trying to cut production and drive prices up while U.S. Shale Oil producers are seeing the increase in oil prices as an opportunity to get back in the game. More oil rigs are coming on line in the U.S. accompanied by increased drilling … [Read More...]

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally?

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are … [Read More...]

Oil Prices High Enough to Spark Shale Rebound

U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral - What that means is that Operating Cash flow is finally covering the cost of Capex (i.e. Capital Expenditures - an expense is a capital expenditure when the asset is a newly purchased capital asset or an investment that improves … [Read More...]

FED Raises Interest Rates- ROC’s Retain Buy Signal

At the Federal Reserve's recent policy meeting on Wednesday, December 14th the FED raised their federal-funds target interest rate by a quarter percentage point, to range between 0.50% and 0.75%. Fed officials pointed to a strengthening economy and inflation nearing … [Read More...]

Auto Safety Trends

There's no doubt that cars are safer today than they used to be. In 1970 there were 25 automobile fatalities per 100,000 people in the United States according to Wikipedia. In 2014 that number had shrunk to 10 per 100,000 even though the number of miles driven increased … [Read More...]

Trump Rally: False Dawn Or New Bullish Trend?

Market’s Message Prior To The Election While there is no question the stock market’s short-term profile was showing signs of strain before voters headed to the polls, an analysis performed six trading days before the election noted the stock market’s long-term … [Read More...]

Trump Changes Everything

This morning I received an email alert from Michael Swanson editor of WallStreetWindow.com in it  Mike makes this shocking statement... "It's all about the US dollar for Trump and his advisors. Wild markets mean that we cannot make bets any longer based on rigid … [Read More...]

Retirees Working for Good

One trend that has been in progress for quite some time now is the aging of the population. We all know that people are living longer and spending a greater portion of their life as retirees. As long as they have saved enough to provide them with a comfortable … [Read More...]

The Lust for War

By David Stockman This is starting to sound pretty ominous. The Washington War Party is coming unhinged and appears to be leaving no stone unturned when it comes to provoking Putin's Russia and numerous others. The recent collapse of cooperation in Syria — based … [Read More...]

2008 Financial Crisis- Then vs. Now

ARE U.S. BANKS SAFER TODAY THAN THEY WERE IN 2008? By Chris Vermeulen Although the seeds of the 2008 financial crisis were sown at a much earlier period of time, the banking institutions continued to reap the benefits of easy money until the financial crisis of 2008 … [Read More...]

Why Nervous Pensioners Are Running for the Exit

The public pension system is like a ship headed for rocky shores and the problem was created by the FED. In trying to resolve one problem the FED has created another. By keeping interest rates artificially low the FED has artificially boosted the stock market, while at … [Read More...]