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The U.S. Economy, Payrolls & FOMC

In today's post Gary Tanashian looks at ten charts and indicators to give us a unique look at the trends of the overall economic situation, the state of the "economic recovery" and the employment … [Read More...]

Is a Second OPEC Cut In The Cards?

In November 2016 with great fanfare, OPEC announced a production cut in an effort to drive up prices in light of the massive global supply glut, partially the result of U.S. shale oil flooding the … [Read More...]

Are Oil Production Costs Rising or Falling?

Oil Majors' Costs Have Risen 66% Since 2011 The oil majors reported poor earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, but many oil executives struck an optimistic tone about the road ahead. Oil … [Read More...]

Latest Financial Trends

Cryptocurrency: Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?

Introduction, History, and Progress of BITCOIN Just a few short years ago no one had heard of them and now it seems like everybody on the Earth knows about Bitcoin. Bitcoin (a peer-to-peer electronic cash system) was first introduced in October 2008 by two unknown … [Read More...]

Gold Prices Inching Higher

Several factors determine the U.S. price of gold. Inflation, market uncertainty (i.e. worry),  the value of the Dollar compared to other currencies (a falling dollar increases the gold price), supply and demand. Market supply can come from three sources: mining, scrap … [Read More...]

The Oil War Just Getting Started

Let the battle begin. OPEC is trying to cut production and drive prices up while U.S. Shale Oil producers are seeing the increase in oil prices as an opportunity to get back in the game. More oil rigs are coming on line in the U.S. accompanied by increased drilling … [Read More...]

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally?

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from speculators are … [Read More...]

Oil Prices High Enough to Spark Shale Rebound

U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral - What that means is that Operating Cash flow is finally covering the cost of Capex (i.e. Capital Expenditures - an expense is a capital expenditure when the asset is a newly purchased capital asset or an investment that improves … [Read More...]

FED Raises Interest Rates- ROC’s Retain Buy Signal

At the Federal Reserve's recent policy meeting on Wednesday, December 14th the FED raised their federal-funds target interest rate by a quarter percentage point, to range between 0.50% and 0.75%. Fed officials pointed to a strengthening economy and inflation nearing … [Read More...]

Auto Safety Trends

There's no doubt that cars are safer today than they used to be. In 1970 there were 25 automobile fatalities per 100,000 people in the United States according to Wikipedia. In 2014 that number had shrunk to 10 per 100,000 even though the number of miles driven increased … [Read More...]

Trump Rally: False Dawn Or New Bullish Trend?

Market’s Message Prior To The Election While there is no question the stock market’s short-term profile was showing signs of strain before voters headed to the polls, an analysis performed six trading days before the election noted the stock market’s long-term … [Read More...]

Trump Changes Everything

This morning I received an email alert from Michael Swanson editor of WallStreetWindow.com in it  Mike makes this shocking statement... "It's all about the US dollar for Trump and his advisors. Wild markets mean that we cannot make bets any longer based on rigid … [Read More...]

Retirees Working for Good

One trend that has been in progress for quite some time now is the aging of the population. We all know that people are living longer and spending a greater portion of their life as retirees. As long as they have saved enough to provide them with a comfortable … [Read More...]

The Lust for War

By David Stockman This is starting to sound pretty ominous. The Washington War Party is coming unhinged and appears to be leaving no stone unturned when it comes to provoking Putin's Russia and numerous others. The recent collapse of cooperation in Syria — based … [Read More...]

2008 Financial Crisis- Then vs. Now

ARE U.S. BANKS SAFER TODAY THAN THEY WERE IN 2008? By Chris Vermeulen Although the seeds of the 2008 financial crisis were sown at a much earlier period of time, the banking institutions continued to reap the benefits of easy money until the financial crisis of 2008 … [Read More...]

Why Nervous Pensioners Are Running for the Exit

The public pension system is like a ship headed for rocky shores and the problem was created by the FED. In trying to resolve one problem the FED has created another. By keeping interest rates artificially low the FED has artificially boosted the stock market, while at … [Read More...]

Is Fast Food Slowing Down? Five Growing Trends in Restaurants Today

Food trends in the United States seem to come and go quickly. Today’s kale obsession will be gone as quickly as yesterday’s all-protein diet. However, through it all, the American people have remained loyal to their numerous fast food chains. But even in this once … [Read More...]

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

We've gone electric, and there's no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we're currently tapping into are finite—and that's what investors can take to the bank. You may think lithium got too popular too fast. You may … [Read More...]

Surprise Natural Gas Draw-down Signals Higher Prices Ahead

The U.S. electric power sector burned through a record amount of natural gas in recent weeks, a sign of the shifting power generation mix and also a signal that natural gas supplies could get tighter than many analysts had previously expected. The EIA reported a … [Read More...]

BLS Announces Virtually Flat Inflation for June

On Friday July 15th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(BLS) announced that the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) had increased from 238.638 in June 2015 to 241.038 in June of 2016 resulting in a 1% Annual inflation rate. InflationData calculated the rate to be exactly … [Read More...]

Move Over Oil – Lithium Is The Future

Just a few years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that electric vehicles could be mainstream anytime soon, or that the global appetite for lithium-ion batteries and mass power storage would be so voracious, and so sudden. Today, no one is scoffing, and lithium is … [Read More...]

Brexit: Britain Defies the Odds and Chooses Independence

Britain's vote to exit the European Union (Brexit) on Thursday shocked not only the financial markets but especially rankled the establishment elite including the banksters, politicos and media.  The rhetoric sounded like a repeat of the 2014 Scottish Referendum (See: … [Read More...]

Brexit: Will They Stay Or Will They Go?

Polls Lean Go, Markets Lean Stay A referendum is being held on Thursday, June 23, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union (EU). Polls currently indicate a bias for the leave scenario. However, Great Britain’s wagering markets continue to … [Read More...]