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This isn't 2008, but it isn’t great either

SO FAR, 2016 has been something of a disaster around global markets. Equity and commodity prices have been hammered. Yields on safe government bonds are plumbing extraordinarily low levels. Investors seem to be terrified. But of what?...Show More Summary

Another sign of Fed incompetence

Face palm time: U.S. stock index futures indicated a sharply lower open on Thursday as traders reacted to a sharp fall in European stocks and looked ahead to the second day of Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony in Washington. Dow futures were indicating a drop of around 250 points in premarket trading, after falling more […]

Should we nationalize banks?

Should banks be nationalized to protect shareholders? What I mean is that banks are risk-magnifiers. When they lose money, credit to the whole economy gets choked off, thus causing recession. Banks are critical hubs in a network economy. Put it...

?PepsiCo results gain on price hikes

Its retooled lineup and cost-cutting efforts paid off in stronger North American revenue and profits

?UK lawmaker blasts Google's Europe chief on taxes

In a parliamentary hearing, its European head is accused of having "tin ears" to complaints about back taxes

?World markets take another beating

The weakening global economy is all investors can see right now, and Fed Chair Janet Yellen's remarks didn't help

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 269,000

The DOL reported:In the week ending February 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 269,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 285,000. The 4-week moving average was 281,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week's unrevised average of 284,750. Show More Summary

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

DraftKings and FanDuel vow to carry on despite mounting legal challenges, but analysts say their business model must change

Former Central Banker William White on the Failure of QE, Danger of Negative Interest Rates

Former Bank of International Settlements chief economist William White criticizes central bank policies sharply, particularly negative interest rates.

Can South Africa draw lessons from Brazil’s mistakes?

Growth expectations for South Africa have tumbled in recent weeks as the government struggles with growing budget and trade gaps. Brazil walked a similar path a couple of years ago - but can South Africa draw any lessons from that spectacular fall?

Gold Goes Parabolic

With this morning’s rally through resistance at 1200 projections for all but the 4 week cycle have been hit and the price has reached a major resistance level. Here’s what to expect for the key time frames. Click here to download complete report in pdf format (Professional Edition Subscribers). Show More Summary

Online Public Schools Are a Disaster, Admits Billionaire, Charter School-Promoter Walton Family Foundation

Online public schools now assume a surprisingly large role and do a terrible job, providing yet more proof that charter schools are about looting, not education.

How driverless cars could collide with auto insurers

If they're truly safer than human-driven autos, what happens to the $209 billion in premiums the industry now pulls in?

Cycle Screening Measures Upticked Slightly on Wednesday

Cycle screening measures strengthened slightly on Wednesday. 7 of the 9 measures were stronger but all 9 remained on the sell side on balance. Here’s what the uptick means for the outlook. Daily Market Update Pro subscribers (Professional Edition), click here to download complete report in pdf format. Show More Summary

Was Resource Boom a Boom for Commodities Exporters?

While everyone is running around with the collapsed oil prices, economists with an eye for cycles and history are starting to digest the aftermath of the passed commodities price boom that started around the beginning of the centuryShow More Summary

Time to Jail the Bankers and Take Back Control over Money

Randy Wray and Bill Black appear on “Clearing the Fog. The post Time to Jail the Bankers and Take Back Control over Money was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers

Bill Black reviews the highlights and holes of the film The Big Short in 2 parts on The Real News. The post Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Cycle Projections Dropped Yesterday In Spite of Little Change in S&P

While the Dow weakened and the SPX was little changed yesterday, there’s now enough data for a 4 week cycle projection. Being early in the cycle, it could drop even further than where it currently points. The 10-12 month cycle projection...Show More Summary

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