This post is a guest contribution by Dian Chu, market analyst, trader and author of the EconMatters blog. The recent massive demand for ECB’s LTRO (Long Term Refinancing Operation)–nearly 490 billion euro in three-year 1% loans from 523 ...Read more Comments Off on Debt Crisis 2012: Forget Europe, Check out Japan
Monthly Archives: December 2011
With many expecting 2012 to be a replica of 2011, at least for US stocks which the non-permabull consensus sees closing the year largely unchanged for the second year in a row, one open question is whether this ...Read more Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why 2012 Will Not Be A Replica Of 2011... At Least Not For Europe
It appears even Indian demand for gold falls under the age old supply/demand dynamic of Economics 101. Despite a cultural affinity for the yellow metal, sky high prices are finally having a real impact on end demand. The ...Read more Comments Off on India Slows Rush for Gold
We all realize the Internet is growing at a very rapid pace. But just how fast? “On average, more than a billion new pages are added to it every day,” said GO-Gulf.com on its website (via The Big ...Read more Comments Off on Things that Happen Every 60 Seconds on the Internet
In this video, investor Jim Rogers discusses his views on the global economy and more. “We have big problems of money printing, debt, too much consumption. Be careful,” he said. Source: Finance News Network (via YouTube), December 22, ...Read more Comments Off on Jim Rogers says "Better to take the Pain Now"
Legendary hedge fund manager Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is a familiar and respected name on this blog. I therefore thought readers might be interested in his surprise list for 2012. The full article appears on The Street ...Read more Comments Off on Doug Kass' 15 Surprises for 2012
Some interesting data points via Harvard professor Greg Mankiw’s blog via an abstract utilizing data through 2005. I actually skimmed the source material and it’s an interesting read, will have to return to it this weekend when time ...Read more Comments Off on What do the 0.01% do for a Living?
“Bear Trap” by Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist, Raymond James December 27, 2011 StockCharts.com defines a Bear Trap as, “A situation that occurs when stock prices break below a significant level and generate a sell signal, but then ...Read more Comments Off on Bear Trap (Saut)
The article below is a guest contribution by Guy Lerner, writer of the Technical Take blog. Most market participants use investor sentiment as a contrary tool. Gauge which direction the majority of investors are leaning and bet against ...Read more Comments Off on Investor Sentiment: It Cuts Both Ways
Global markets have been tough in 2011 but I look forward to a strong 2012. To kick the year off, we’ve scheduled a special webcast with John Mauldin and our investment team to discuss our outlook for the ...Read more Comments Off on Calculating the Impact of the Keystone Pipeline
U.S. Equity Market Radar (December 28, 2011) The domestic stock market as measured by the S&P 500 Index was higher this week by 3.74 percent. All ten sectors of the index increased. The best-performing sector for the week ...Read more Comments Off on U.S. Equity Market Radar (December 28, 2011)
The Economy and Bond Market Radar (December 28, 2011) Long-term Treasury yields ended the week sharply higher reversing last week’s rally and leaving us almost exactly where we were two weeks ago. The sell-off in Treasuries this week ...Read more Comments Off on The Economy and Bond Market Radar (December 28, 2011)
Gold Market Radar (December 28, 2011) For the week, spot gold closed at $1,606.35 up $7.40 per ounce, or 0.5 percent. Gold stocks, as measured by the NYSE Arca Gold BUGS Index, rose 0.5 percent. The U.S. Trade-Weighted ...Read more Comments Off on Gold Market Radar (December 28, 2011)
Energy and Natural Resources Market Radar (December 28, 2011) Strengths A weak dollar and a new lending program from the European Central Bank helped drive prices for commodities and commodities-related stocks higher this week. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) ...Read more Comments Off on Energy and Natural Resources Market Radar (December 28, 2011)
Emerging Markets Radar (December 28, 2011) Strengths China and Thailand have signed a Chinese yuan (Rmb)/Thai baht(THB) currency swap agreement worth $11 billion to facilitate non-U.S. dollar trade settlements between the two countries. China also provided a $400 ...Read more Comments Off on Emerging Markets Radar (December 28, 2011)