Black Friday Sales Tumble 13% On Thanksgiving Thursday Opening Scramble

Update: more data trickling in from the NRF, and since it is not pretty,  so expect much more blame to fall on the weather. U.S. consumers spent $57.4b over Black Friday weekend, down from last year’s $59.1b, National Retail Federation says Con… [...]

The "Anti-Widowmaker" Trade: Get Paid To Wait For The Japanese House Of Card To Collapse

So many traders think the key to investment riches lies in buying at the bottom or selling at the top: Such a fine but misguided notion. The cold reality is that unless one has (illegal) inside information, you will only transact at these locatio… [...]

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… [...]

Russell Napier: "We Are On The Eve Of A Deflationary Shock "

In the aftermath of Ray Dalio’s conversion to an inflationista earlier this year (even if he has since once again been pushing a deflationary agenda when he once again went long Treasurys in late September as Zero Hedge reported previously), which prom… [...]

1974 Enders To Kissinger: "We Should Look Hard At Substantial Sales & Raid The Gold Market Once And For All"

Four years ago we exposed what appeared to be a 'smoking gun' of the Fed's willingness to manipulate the price of gold. Then Fed-chair Burns noted the equivalency of gold and money, and furthermore pointed out that if the Fed does not contr… [...]

What’s The Difference Between Markets & Reality? About 22% YTD

Faith, hope, and confidence are the 3 key factors driving stocks at this point with fundamentals lagging an awkward 4th place. Faith in the perpetual central bank put (and bad news is thus good news); Hope that repeating the same 'experiment' f… [...]

Guest Post: (Un)Paving Our Way To The Future

Submitted by James H. Kunstler via Peak Prosperity blog, You can’t overstate the baleful effects for Americans of living in the tortured landscapes and townscapes we created for ourselves in the past century. This fiasco of cartoon suburbia, overgro… [...]

Citi "Skeptical Of The Sustainability Of This Uptrend"

As the S&P 500 continues to make higher highs, Citi's FX Technicals group attempts to identify important levels to watch. As they have highlighted before, while they respect the price action and the fact that the markets are making higher highs… [...]

Signs of a Top

The primary drivers of asset prices are the economy and corporate earnings. With that in mind, consider that both are rolling over today.   Indeed, when we take the big picture, we find that corporate profits, as a percentage of GDP are also at al… [...]

Wal-Mart Plagued By The "Wrong Kind" Of Lines On Black Friday

Yesterday, it was fast-food workers explaining that a 100% minimum wage rise “would do just fine” and today it is Wal-Mart employees pressing for a 50% rise. As McClatchy reports, Wal-Mart employees plan to disrupt operations at 1,500 of the company’s … [...]