Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online.
|U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife celebrate the Conservatives’ victory in the general election.|
UK Euphoria! For One Side, at Least
The results of the U.K. general election defied the polls and shocked many observers. What happened, and what’s next? Mark Najarian takes a look. Click here for the details.
About two months ago, when crude oil prices were crashing, the airwaves were filled with trend-followers’ predictions that the price was headed for $20 a barrel. Now what is everyone saying? Jon Markman takes a look. Click here to read his views.
The Worst Sovereign Debt Crisis, Ever …
The largest and worst sovereign debt crisis, ever, is rapidly approaching. Greece is now at its tipping point. There is simply no way it can pay off its debt. But while Greece is certainly the worst, Italy isn’t far behind, or is Portugal. Larry Edelson digs deep into the crisis. Click here to read more.
Yellen’s Fearless Forecast
It has been nearly 20 years since Alan Greenspan’s famous “irrational exuberance” comments regarding stock market valuations. So it was just a matter of time before a new Federal Reserve chief tip-toed into the minefield once again. Last week, Janet Yellen made headlines, and sent markets on a wild ride with her comment that stock values are “quite high” right now. What’s it mean for you? Mike Burnick takes a look — click here for his viewpoint.
‘Undiscovered Energy’ Profits
Can you profit from the greatest buying opportunity in energy stocks in 30 years by purchasing the big names in the industry? Sure. Those stocks roughly doubled after the 1986 energy crash that closely resembles what we experienced in 2014. But could you make much more? By thinking independently, and looking in some out-of-the-way places? Mike Larson takes a look. Click here to get his views.
The Week’s Hot News
Money and Markets columnist Mike Larson takes a look at key financial and political events around the globe after the market close. Here are the week’s highlights:
Middle East Policy in Tatters?
Negotiations with Iran, the Saudis snubbing President Obama, Syria, Yemen … is U.S. policy in the Middle East in tatters? Click here to get Mike’s take on the situation.
Crude, Gas, Stocks, Bonds — What’s Going On?
Crude and natural gas are rocking … while bonds and the dollar are getting rocked! That’s been the trend for the past few months, and it only accelerated early this week. Mike takes a look at what’s going on — read his views by clicking here.
Is the Boss 373 Times Smarter Than You?
CEOs of S&P 500 companies earned an average of $13.5 million in 2014, up almost 16 percent from a year earlier. The average nonsupervisory/production worker? He or she took home around $36,100. That’s good for that 373x ratio, up from around 350 times a couple years ago. Mike Larson asks the question: Is the boss 373 times better than you? Click here to read.
Did the Saudis Win?
Reports have indicated that Saudi Arabian officials have said their “Oil War” — designed to squeeze U.S. shale producers — was working. But what’s the real story? Mike takes a look. Read his views by clicking here.
The Money and Markets Team