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New American Dream: Rented Housing and Public Transit

One of the most useful strategies for rebuilding financial strength and savings in households is the choice to avoid or pay down debt while renting and taking public transit...

Europe: Building a Banking Union

The recent stress tests by the European Central Bank offered few surprises and did not cause any significant political or financial reactions in the Continent. However, these tests were only the beginning of a complex process to build a banking union in the European Union.

GDP Numbers Bear Out Fed Decision

The strong GDP report and a flood of Q3 earnings results provide the backdrop for today’s trading action. Stocks aren’t expected to do much in today’s session either, but the market’s overall reaction to Wednesday’s Fed announcement has largely been constructive.

The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped From America's Grasp

The story of energy is the story of human expansion. From the days when we roamed the African savanna, we tamed first fire and then other forms of energy, using them as tools to control our environment and improve our lives. The control of energy has always been at the heart of the human story.

FOMC Ends QE; Reiterates "Considerable Time" for Low Rates

As expected, the FOMC ended its purchases of additional securities at the end of October. There are five noteworthy points in the statement this time. First, the FOMC painted the picture of a moderately growing economy...

Greenspan: Price of Gold Will Rise

Any doubts about why I own gold as an investment were dispelled last Saturday when I met the maestro himself: former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan. It’s not because Greenspan said he thinks the price of gold will rise — I don’t need his investment advice...

Great Graphic: Slowing of World Trade Growth and Globalization

The growth of trade slowed dramatically in the second half of 2010 to the end of 2011. The pace of growth has steadied around 2% over the last three years.

Headwinds for the U.S. and U.K. Economies

Economies in the U.K. and U.S. are bright spots in the developed world, but not quite bright enough to instill confidence. If there has been one trend across the developed world that has taken hold in the last six months, it is this...

How Well Does the CPI Measure Individuals’ Health Care Burden?

Medical costs rose at an official rate of 1.7% year on year this past September, but the average increase in medical expenses individuals actually paid could easily be far larger. Most importantly, the CPI, as a pure price index...

Why China’s Slowdown Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Canada

If beaten up Canadian investors are looking to assign blame for the bruising suffered by their portfolios of late, they could do worse than point an accusatory finger at China. The resource super-cycle that drove valuations...

Get Ready for Shift in Fed Policy

A slew of largely positive earnings reports and Fed anticipation provide the backdrop for today’s market action. Stocks are holding steady on a positive note despite the Durable Goods report that came in weaker than expected.

Oil Breaks Below $80

Oil (WTI) has broken below $80 this morning on the back of surging global production, weakening demand and the strengthening U.S. dollar. Canada’s Federal budget forecasts...


There is no question that the U.S. economy is better today than it was when the Federal Reserve started down its path of quantitative easing in late 2008. What remains wide open for debate is just how much of the improvement is due to the Fed's QE program as opposed to normal cyclical factors at work.

Technical Lines in the Sand; All Eyes on the FOMC

Let's take inventory of where the major averages sit. The Industrials have now recovered to the point where I believe it's fair to say that the initial correction from previous highs is complete. We've put in the initial correction lows that will now act as our bearish trigger.

The “Save Our Swiss Gold” Initiative Is Incompatible With the EUR/CHF Peg

This is every gold bull's dream. The Swiss just might force their central bank to begin accumulating massive amounts of gold via the so-called “Save our Swiss gold” referendum. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) unwound a large portion o...

The 2014 Stealth Bear Market – A Transition or a Top?

There are times when the market needs to catch its breath after a strong run to adjust to a changing macro environment—this is one of those times. Last year’s near 30% run in the S&P 500 was sure to be a tough act to follow with the end of QE and the prospect of Fed rate hikes coming closer into view.

Buy the Dip or Sell the Rally

I’ve been around a long time, through many economic and market cycles, and I don’t recall a time when the bull/bear debate had such strong arguments on both sides.

Gold Prices to 1-Week Low as Safe Haven Demand Falls

Gold prices fell to a one-week low at $1232.55 per ounce on Friday in London as safe haven demand was eroded after a rebound in US equities and a strengthening dollar.

Market Boosted by Caterpillar (CAT) Earnings

Earnings remain front and center in today’s session, with positive results from a number of industry leaders helping boost investor confidence. Hard to tell whether the mood will last through the entire session or not, but markets made a very strong open.

The European Central Bank Embarks on Asset Purchases

Thus far, the European Central Bank (ECB) remains the only one of the world’s major central banks that has resisted QE in the wake of the global financial crisis. That hasn’t been a matter of prudence— it has been a matter of policy paralysis in the European Union...

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