Macro Considerations

The macro picture remains largely unchanged. Janet Yellen is expected to lead the Federal Reserve into a new phase by beginning to taper its long-term asset purchases early next year. The ECB is expect to move in the other direction, leaning against th… [...]

Grant Williams On Flushing The Impurities Of QE From The System

Grant Williams "pulls no punches" in this all-encompassing presentation as the "Things That Make You Go Hmmm" author reflects on what is behind us and looks ahead at the ugly reality that we will face when "the impurities of QE… [...]

Is Janet Yellen Smarter Than Me?

Yellen`s Talking Points   During Janet Yellen`s Senate Banking Committee testimony to paraphrase she said that she doesn`t see a bubble in stock prices based upon some of the metrics they utilize at the Fed, and she mentioned that the rise in… [...]

A-Rod And Janet Yellen: What Valuation, Debt And The Fed Can Say About The Next Bear Market

Submitted by F.F. Wiley of Cyniconomics What Can Valuation, Debt and the Fed Tell Us about the Next Bear Market? We last wrote about stock valuation in August, when we looked at three types of P/E multiples and argued that stocks were more stretched t… [...]

Default, Deflation and Financial Repression

Back in March 2011, author Carmen Reinhart wrote a comment in Bloomberg describing the term “financial repression.”  He wrote: “As they have before in the aftermath of financial crises or wars, governments and central banks are increasingly … [...]

5 Things To Ponder Over Thanksgiving

Submitted by Lance Roberts of STA Wealth Management, With the "inmates in charge of the asylum" during this holiday shortened trading week it seemed to be an apropriate opportunity to share a virtual cornucopia of topics to consider while enj… [...]

"We Are Playing Economic Russian Roulette"

Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog, By any reasonable measure, I think it is safe to say that the last quarter of 2013 has been an insane game of economic Russian Roulette.  Even more unsettling is the fact that most of the American pop… [...]

5 Things To Ponder This Weekend

Submitted by Lance Roberts of STA Wealth Management, It is hard to believe that the end of the year is fast approaching.  This weekend's list of things to ponder covers a range of issues that caught my attention as I prepare to write my annua… [...]

Dollar’s 30 Year Slide May Be Gold’s New Life: 2014 Outlook

Today’s AM fix was USD 1,241.75, EUR 918.59 and GBP 766.75 per ounce.Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,248.50, EUR 929.64 and GBP 775.76 per ounce. Gold fell $1.50 or 0.12% yesterday, closing at $1,243.20/oz. Silver climbed $0.14 or 0.71% closing at $19… [...]

Frontrunning: November 22

Wonder why: JPMorgan plans to keep pay roughly flat from last year (Reuters) – maybe this: Charles Schwab Warns “We Are In A Manipulated Market” Democrats overturn filibuster rule, increasing Obama’s power (FT) Day JFK Died We Traded Through Tears a… [...]