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Mike Burnick - China’s Bargain-Priced Stock Market Plays Catch-Up

China’s Bargain-Priced Stock Market Plays Catch-Up

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:30am

It is fashionable to bash China these days. Granted, its stock market has drastically underperformed in recent years: Since 2012 began, the Shanghai Composite Index is down 6.6 percent, compared with a

Mike Larson - Want Income? Dump Your Junk and Buy MLPs Instead!

Want Income? Dump Your Junk and Buy MLPs Instead!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 4:53pm

Dump your junk! It’s a mantra that’ll help you clear out the clutter in your garage, your attic and your life. And it’s also one investors sure seem to be taking to heart!

Don Lucek - Risk Tolerance — And Gauging Your Own Level

Risk Tolerance — And Gauging Your Own Level

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm

Determining an individual’s tolerance for risk is the most important element to investing. We can all shoot for the moon with our individual picks, but do they fit into our portfolios, given

Bill Hall - Invest in These Alternatives to Biotech

Invest in These Alternatives to Biotech

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30am

The alarm bells went off on Wall Street last week as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned of a bubble in social media and biotech stocks. Indeed, in her public comments last

Mike Larson - Gasoline Costs Explode! How YOU Can Fight Back

Gasoline Costs Explode! How YOU Can Fight Back

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:35pm

Don’t look now ... but the price of gasoline is EXPLODING. Gas prices surged 3.3 percent last month alone, according to the just-released Consumer Price Index. That was the single-biggest rise since June 2013, and more than four times the increase in May.

Jon Markman - The Fed’s Shaky Record on Valuations

The Fed’s Shaky Record on Valuations

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:30am

Despite the robust rebound on Friday, investors’ ardor for stocks has cooled since Fed Chairman Janet Yellen’s warnings of pockets of overvaluation in the market early last week. And that was probably

Mike Larson - Gaza Deaths Surge! Putin Digs In! How Will Oil, Gold React?

Gaza Deaths Surge! Putin Digs In! How Will Oil, Gold React?

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:47pm

Investors went into the weekend hoping things would settle down in Gaza and Ukraine. But they did anything but — and stocks crumbled as a result!

Larry Edelson - War Drums Beating Ever Louder, Consequences …

War Drums Beating Ever Louder, Consequences …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:30am

Do you believe me yet? After all, I have been warning you over and over again that the new dynamic you need to be aware of is the rising tide of WAR.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - New cold war strikes closer to home!

New cold war strikes closer to home!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:30am

If you think global wars and conflicts are distant and irrelevant, think again. They are striking a lot closer to home than you might imagine. Right now, I am in Eastern Europe,

Mike Larson - Ukraine, Israel Crises Flare! What’s Next?

Ukraine, Israel Crises Flare! What’s Next?

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:00pm

Disturbing details from yesterday's tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 continue to pour in. Some 298 souls lost on the Boeing 777, the most in a single airline crash or incident since 9/11. The second airplane lost for Malaysia's flagship carrier in the past four months. But perhaps most disturbing of all is the unfolding narrative of who -- and what -- was likely at fault: An advanced surface to air missile ... Fired by separatist rebels in Ukraine ... Supplied directly or indirectly by Russian President Vladimir Putin, or stolen from Ukraine by rebels he has backed.

Mike Larson - Global Orders Surge Shows One of My Favorite Sectors Still Going Strong

Global Orders Surge Shows One of My Favorite Sectors Still Going Strong

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:30am

If there’s one message I’ve been hammering home for the past couple of years, it’s this: Focus your investing efforts on highly rated stocks … with outstanding fundamentals and price momentum …

Mike Larson - Russia-U.S. Tensions Surge Amid Plane Crash, New Stiff Sanctions

Russia-U.S. Tensions Surge Amid Plane Crash, New Stiff Sanctions

by Mike Larson | Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:00pm

Just when you thought the Ukraine crisis was settling down, two dramatic developments unfolded in the past 24 hours.

Charles Goyette - The 1970s Redux

The 1970s Redux

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:30am

The similarity of today’s geopolitical dynamics and those of the 1970s is starting to get the attention it deserves. Some of the parallels are obvious. The front page of Monday’s Wall Street

Mike Larson - Fox’s $80B Mega-Bid Shifts M&A Wave Into Overdrive

Fox’s $80B Mega-Bid Shifts M&A Wave Into Overdrive

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:45pm

Fox's move is just the latest that media titan Rupert Murdoch has pursued over the last several years to build his television, newspaper, and studio empire. It would combine Fox's FX and Fox News businesses with Time Warner's HBO and Warner Brothers units, among others. To offset antitrust concerns, Fox would look to auction off the CNN news business.

Don Lucek - Don’t Get Emotional: Stick to Ratings, Fundamentals

Don’t Get Emotional: Stick to Ratings, Fundamentals

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 4:23pm

Second-quarter earnings season is about to heat up, and it will help set the tone for stock returns for the second half of the year. But this has been an atypical year,

Bill Hall - IPO Uncertainty Makes Investing Risky – Seek Quality Instead

IPO Uncertainty Makes Investing Risky – Seek Quality Instead

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:30am

As Managing Editor Mark Najarian pointed out in a recent Money and Markets column, the IPO market is moving along at a blistering pace. In fact, Investor’s Business Daily recently reported that

Mike Larson - Just What is Yellen Yellin’ About? Here’s My Take on Today’s Testimony!

Just What is Yellen Yellin’ About? Here’s My Take on Today’s Testimony!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:05pm

Don’t laugh. But I love testimony days — those days when the current Federal Reserve chairman has to go before Congress and explain him or herself.

Jon Markman - Panic Abroad? A Buy Signal!

Panic Abroad? A Buy Signal!

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:30am

Stocks flipped out on Wall Street last week following a selloff in the euro zone that was sparked by news of serious financial deficiencies at one of Portugal’s largest banks. Normally, trouble

Mike Larson - Companies, Investors are in a Buying Mood! Should YOU be?

Companies, Investors are in a Buying Mood! Should YOU be?

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 14, 2014 at 5:00pm

Throughout the early and middle stages of the stock market's post-2009 rally, one thing was consistently M.I.A. Buying power. Real, authentic, robust buying from corporations and individuals. Executives and average Americans simply didn't want to commit to buying up companies, stocks or equity funds, so they kept most of their money stashed in cash or low-yielding bonds.

Larry Edelson - Stocks Down, Gold Up: More Fireworks to Come

Stocks Down, Gold Up: More Fireworks to Come

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:30am

I hope you paid attention to the market action this past week. The significance of it all is crucial to not only understanding what is going on, but also to protecting and

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The 100-Year War

The 100-Year War

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:30am

I’m traveling this week. So I’ll keep my comments brief … If you think the Middle East conflict began just a few decades ago, you’d better take a closer look at history.

Mike Larson - Real Estate: “Millennials” Out, Chinese Buyers In!

Real Estate: “Millennials” Out, Chinese Buyers In!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:15pm

Homeownership is supposed to be the American Dream. As American as baseball, Fourth of July fireworks and fresh-baked apple pie. But maybe not anymore, at least not to a new generation of Americans! Instead, these "Millennials" born in the early 1980s are shunning the market amid concerns about future financial stability, rising expenses and excessive debts.

Mike Larson - Why I Just Added More Gold Exposure for the First Time in YEARS!

Why I Just Added More Gold Exposure for the First Time in YEARS!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30am

Last week, I did something in the Safe Money Report I haven’t done in years. I increased our model portfolio’s allocation to gold miners via one of my favorite exchange-traded funds. Why?

Mike Larson - Gold Surges, Euro Tanks as “PIIGS” Yields Fly Again!

Gold Surges, Euro Tanks as “PIIGS” Yields Fly Again!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:57pm

Remember the “PIIGS” crisis? It’s Baaaaaccckkkk!! The acronym stands for “Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.” Two to three years ago, stock indices and government bonds in those countries were tanking, and interest rates were soaring.

Mike Burnick - Fed Sows the Seeds for the NEXT Financial Crisis!

Fed Sows the Seeds for the NEXT Financial Crisis!

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:30am

It has been said that investors are operating in an era of unprecedented “financial repression” these days. Since the financial crisis nearly sunk the global economy and financial markets in 2008, central

Mike Larson - Alcoa Beats! Can the Rest of Corporate America Deliver This Earnings Season?

Alcoa Beats! Can the Rest of Corporate America Deliver This Earnings Season?

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 4:45pm

Alcoa (Weiss Ratings: AA, C) traditionally kicks off the quarterly earnings season on Wall Street. And boy did it ever deliver in the second quarter. The giant aluminum producer reported $138 million, or 12 cents a share, in profit, a big swing from the net loss of $119 million, or 11 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. If you strip out certain items, you get a result of 18 cents a share, well above the 12 cents that analysts were expecting.

Don Lucek - Time to Get Off the Hammock

Time to Get Off the Hammock

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 2:00pm

Last Wednesday in this space, I strongly implied that for a good number of individual investors, it was probably wise to just turn off the financial-news media and “hit the hammock” for

Bill Hall - Big Job Gains and the Fed

Big Job Gains and the Fed

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:30am

The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday that U.S. employers added 288,000 workers in June, exceeding economist forecasts, causing the unemployment rate to fall to an almost six-year low of 6.1 percent. That’s

Mike Larson - Weiss Ratings: Insurance Premiums Surging as Obamacare Kicks In!

Weiss Ratings: Insurance Premiums Surging as Obamacare Kicks In!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 4:45pm

We all know the cost of health care and health insurance is surging. But just how much are those costs rising? That's where a brand new study from Weiss Ratings comes in. We reviewed data from 784 health-care insurers around the nation. The sample included both private insurance firms and those with publicly traded parent companies, companies that took in a total of $450 billion in premium income last year.

Jon Markman - Crowdsourcing: Your All-Encompassing Solution to Everything

Crowdsourcing: Your All-Encompassing Solution to Everything

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:30am

Let it not be said that the tech start-up community does not care about women and their needs. A new company launched in New York this summer called TheStylisted.com promises to sort

Mike Larson - U.S. Spying on Everyone, Everywhere – Including YOU?

U.S. Spying on Everyone, Everywhere – Including YOU?

by Mike Larson | Monday, July 7, 2014 at 5:00pm

Is the U.S. spying on everyone, everywhere -- including you? Are your most intimate, personal pictures, emails, instant messages, Facebook postings, and more ending up in Uncle Sam's electronic archives? Boy, is it easy to conclude that's the case from some fresh, blockbuster reporting in the Washington Post this weekend.

Larry Edelson - July 4 Weekend, Yet WWIII is Already Underway …

July 4 Weekend, Yet WWIII is Already Underway …

by Larry Edelson | Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:30am

I hope you had a wonderful July 4 weekend, celebrating our country’s independence with family and friends. I did, for sure. But I was also a bit somber. Why? Because I couldn’t

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Perfect Storm Driving Gold Higher

Perfect Storm Driving Gold Higher

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 7:30am

Gold is at three-month highs. Investors are snapping up the world’s largest bullion ETF at the fastest pace since 2011. And so far this year, gold bullion has risen more quickly than

Mike Larson - Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth!

by Mike Larson | Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:30am

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love to watch and shoot off fireworks. I love to grill out. And I love to celebrate America’s independence

Mark Najarian - Are These Stocks the Recipe for Your Second-Half Gains?

Are These Stocks the Recipe for Your Second-Half Gains?

by Mark Najarian | Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 3:30pm

We survived the first half! And without much of the doom and gloom that many throughout the world had predicted. In fact, the Dow has broken 17,000, and today's surprisingly solid jobs numbers (details below) have excited nearly everyone and indicate a recovering employment picture.

Charles Goyette - Notes for the Fourth of July

Notes for the Fourth of July

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7:30am

For many years, I made it a practice each Fourth of July to honor the ideal of America and the people who brought it forth by studying some of the founding period’s

Mike Larson - Dow 17,000 Close! Now Can We Get JOBS?

Dow 17,000 Close! Now Can We Get JOBS?

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 5:00pm

Yesterday, we flirted with Dow 17,000. I haven't seen any hats printed up on Wall Street, like when we broke Dow 10,000. But it's still a heck of a milestone considering this bull market began all the way down around 6,470 in March 2009.

Don Lucek - The Perfect Time for a Pause?

The Perfect Time for a Pause?

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 2:00pm

Tuesday afternoon, as I called money manager contacts for reactions to the new market highs set in a decidedly low-volume move, I wasn’t too surprised to find a number of people out

Bill Hall - Don’t be Seduced by IPO Madness! Stick With Quality

Don’t be Seduced by IPO Madness! Stick With Quality

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:30am

As Managing Editor Mark Najarian pointed out in last week’s Money and Markets column, the IPO market is moving along at a blistering pace. In fact, Investor’s Business Daily recently reported that

Mike Larson - In THIS World Cup Match, Europe Has Nothing on Team USA!

In THIS World Cup Match, Europe Has Nothing on Team USA!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 4:50pm

The U.S.A. has never been a big soccer country. Or "futbol," if you prefer. But, boy, has this World Cup ushered in some changes. Whether it's on my Facebook page ... at restaurants where I've watched previous games ... or just in passing conversations with people on the street, I sense that America really cares about how its national team is doing. That's a good thing - a great thing, really. And I can only hope that as you read this column, it's with Team U.S.A. firmly ahead and on its way to victory against Belgium (or with the match already in the bag!)

Jon Markman - New CEO, New Optimism at Microsoft

New CEO, New Optimism at Microsoft

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:30am

Here comes Microsoft (MSFT). Once the belle of the ball among tech companies in the 1990s, then shunned after it made one blunder after another in the 2000s, the software giant in

Mike Larson - ‘A Central Bank “Traitor” in the Midst — and You Should Listen to It!

‘A Central Bank “Traitor” in the Midst — and You Should Listen to It!

by Mike Larson | Monday, June 30, 2014 at 5:23pm

The world of central banks is a cushy, closed one. Picture a revolving door of private bankers, ex-bankers, and set-for-life policymakers jet-setting around the globe to attend expensive conferences, eat fancy dinners, and rub elbows with other stuffy, like-minded individuals.

Larry Edelson - Gold, Silver, Mining Shares: Read This or Forever Hold Your Peace!

Gold, Silver, Mining Shares: Read This or Forever Hold Your Peace!

by Larry Edelson | Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:30am

If you haven’t seen the action in gold, silver and mining shares, you are indeed missing the opportunity of a lifetime! Let me show you first, by way of a few charts.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - 3 Urgent, Must-See Video Clips

3 Urgent, Must-See Video Clips

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30am

I have never asked you to watch news clip videos. And I’ve never dedicated this column strictly to imagery. But if there was ever a time when words alone cannot convey the

Don Lucek - Here’s the Result of Politics-Driven Economics

Here’s the Result of Politics-Driven Economics

by Don Lucek | Friday, June 27, 2014 at 5:00pm

All ideologies aside, when politics drive changes in an established economic system, unintended consequences can and should be expected. How we as investors react to them is key.

Mike Larson - Interest Rates Stirring Again — Don’t Miss This Wake-Up Call!

Interest Rates Stirring Again — Don’t Miss This Wake-Up Call!

by Mike Larson | Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30am

I haven’t said much about interest rates lately — for two good reasons: First, nothing has changed about my long-term forecast. I believe they’re headed higher. Heck, the 1.4 percent 10-year Treasury

Mark Najarian - Unbelievable, Overnight IPO Riches? Are the Glory Days Back?

Unbelievable, Overnight IPO Riches? Are the Glory Days Back?

by Mark Najarian | Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:03pm

The spectacular launch of the initial public offering of GoPro, the maker of miniature cameras used by adventurists, has put the focus squarely on the once-moribund IPO market. Is it time again to gear up for massive, unbelievable overnight riches? Maybe, but stay calm.

Mike Burnick - Fed Plays a Dangerous Game; Commodities the Likely Winners!

Fed Plays a Dangerous Game; Commodities the Likely Winners!

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:30am

Last week, markets were surprised — and inflation hawks shocked — to see core consumer prices post the biggest monthly gain since 2009 … surprise, surprise! Now, we all know the flawed

Mike Larson - Syria, Israel Swept Up in Iraq & Mideast Mess!

Syria, Israel Swept Up in Iraq & Mideast Mess!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 5:00pm

Stock markets suffered their worst day in several weeks yesterday, while volatility surged by more than 10 percent. The deepening conflict was the proximate cause, especially because there seems to be no easy way out. The alliances and loyalties of fighters and governments on all sides are complex, and the sands keep shifting from day to day and week to week.

Bill Hall - Global-Minded, Acquisitive Oracle on Profitable Path

Global-Minded, Acquisitive Oracle on Profitable Path

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:30am

In these uniquely unusual markets where growth is hard to find, my preferred investment category continues to be high-quality, large global franchise companies that sell their goods and services all over the

Mike Larson - Energy Leaving S&P 500 in the Dust! Are YOU on Board?

Energy Leaving S&P 500 in the Dust! Are YOU on Board?

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 5:00pm

Look at this chart — and just try not to salivate. It shows the performance of the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), a diversified ETF that holds 47 leading oil and gas drillers, refiners, and energy services firms ...

Jon Markman - Here’s Why Apple Smartwatch Won’t Sell

Here’s Why Apple Smartwatch Won’t Sell

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:30am

In the next few weeks, Apple (AAPL) is expected to flick its wrist and show off a new line of wearable computers centered around a watch. The hype will likely be as

Mike Larson - $9B Here … $10B There … Mega-Banks Paying Out Real Money!

$9B Here … $10B There … Mega-Banks Paying Out Real Money!

by Mike Larson | Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:35pm

The late, great Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen is credited with saying: “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” He was talking about government spending and deficits. But he might as well have been referring to the mega-penalties the world’s mega-banks keep being forced to pay out!

Larry Edelson - War Cycles Sending Gold, Mining Shares SOARING!

War Cycles Sending Gold, Mining Shares SOARING!

by Larry Edelson | Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:30am

We Americans are watching the events unfold in Iraq with great trepidation. Rising terrorism and rising energy prices. Déjà vu all over again. And gold is reacting, soaring like a bat out

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Oil wars exploding! Gold surging!

Oil wars exploding! Gold surging!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 7:30am

Do you think that the new ugly war exploding in Iraq is about religion … that the violence tearing apart Ukraine is about autonomy … or that the scary conflicts in East

Mike Larson - “Inflation Trade” Raging! How to Make Money as Gold, Rates Rise!

“Inflation Trade” Raging! How to Make Money as Gold, Rates Rise!

by Mike Larson | Friday, June 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

The Great Inflation Trade is BACK! You can see it in gold, which exploded by more than $50 an ounce in the past two days alone. You can see it in interest rates, where Treasury bonds fell over the last 48 hours, and 30-year yields shot up as much as 11 basis points before taking a breather.

Mike Larson - How and Why We Just Hit Paydirt — AGAIN — in Safe Money

How and Why We Just Hit Paydirt — AGAIN — in Safe Money

by Mike Larson | Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:30am

Nothing makes me happier than delivering gains to my Safe Money Report subscribers. So I was thrilled to be able to send them a Flash Alert on Tuesday bagging two more rounds

Mike Larson - Stocks This Summer: Melt UP? Or Melt DOWN?

Stocks This Summer: Melt UP? Or Melt DOWN?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 4:48pm

I’ve never been a big fan of the circus. Maybe it’s because I’m afraid of clowns ... and I have yet to see a circus without a gaggle of them parading around.

Charles Goyette - The Questions That Weren’t Answered

The Questions That Weren’t Answered

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:30am

For those who remember the “stagflation decade” of the 1970s, there is something eerily familiar about the news of slipping U.S. economic growth and the Consumer Price Index climbing 0.4 percent in

Mike Larson - Fed Slashes QE by $10 BLN! Yellen Talks Up Economy! Here’s My Take …

Fed Slashes QE by $10 BLN! Yellen Talks Up Economy! Here’s My Take …

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 4:50pm

The Federal Reserve did what investors expected today. Specifically, policymakers kept short-term interest rates unchanged, and they lopped another $10 billion off the QE program. We've now seen QE shrink 59 percent to a monthly pace of $35 billion from $85 billion before the initial taper, on its way to zero by this fall.

Don Lucek - Strength in Weakness? May Be Time for Sector Bottom Fishing

Strength in Weakness? May Be Time for Sector Bottom Fishing

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

Is it really so odd that the U.S. stock markets are running up so much this year on so little volume? The summer months are notorious for low-volume trading, so we shouldn’t

Bill Hall - How to Invest as Boomers’ Peak Spending Years Fade

How to Invest as Boomers’ Peak Spending Years Fade

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:30am

In recent Money and Markets columns, I have discussed how deflation is the primary economic force effecting both the real economy and the financial markets. And last week, we received further evidence

Mike Larson - Inflation Returns! Fed’s Fantasy-Land Forecasts Failing!

Inflation Returns! Fed’s Fantasy-Land Forecasts Failing!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 4:40pm

The Fed keeps saying there's no inflation ... The Fed keeps telling us prices will stay subdued for several quarters ... The Fed keeps promising to keep interest rates pegged to the ground for years ... But those Fed Fantasy-Land forecasts are crumbling before their very eyes.

Jon Markman - Can Iraq Turmoil Lead to ‘Stagflation’?

Can Iraq Turmoil Lead to ‘Stagflation’?

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:30am

The new unrest in Iraq has put into play the one thing that central bankers — who’ve been busily juicing the economy with cheap money stimulus — fear most: An energy-price-fueled spike

Mike Larson - Merger Monday Goes Global! Health Care, Energy, Tech All Swept Up in Deal Fever

Merger Monday Goes Global! Health Care, Energy, Tech All Swept Up in Deal Fever

by Mike Larson | Monday, June 16, 2014 at 4:35pm

Merger Monday. I remember hearing that term all the time in the 1990s. It seemed like every first day of the week, you’d wake up to news of another multi-million — or multi-billion — dollar deal!

Larry Edelson - Dow to Double to More Than 31,000. Mining shares to QUINTUPLE!

Dow to Double to More Than 31,000. Mining shares to QUINTUPLE!

by Larry Edelson | Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:30am

The pullback I’ve been warning you about in the U.S. equity markets is finally at hand. But once this pullback in the broad stock indices is over — the Dow Jones Industrials

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Iraq falling? Now what?

Iraq falling? Now what?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 7:30am

Iraq is on the verge of falling; and the greatest mistake anyone could make is to underestimate the consequences. IF it were falling to freedom fighters, right-wing generals or even leftist guerillas,

Mike Larson - Iraq Burning! Volatility Spiking! What’s Next …

Iraq Burning! Volatility Spiking! What’s Next …

by Mike Larson | Friday, June 13, 2014 at 5:15pm

Many investors "moved on" from worrying about Iraq a few years ago. But, boy, is that ever turning out to be a mistake! Events there are coming back into sharp focus with every new headline out of the troubled country.

Mike Larson - Bond Investors Partying Like It’s … 1746?

Bond Investors Partying Like It’s … 1746?

by Mike Larson | Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:30am

The artist formerly known as Prince once sang that he was gonna party like it’s 1999. After all, when it’s “two thousand zero zero, party over, oops out of time!” But today’s

Mike Larson - Crude Catching Fire! Massive Breakout Underway?

Crude Catching Fire! Massive Breakout Underway?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 5:55pm

Don't look now, but crude oil prices are really starting to catch fire! Just since early January, benchmark oil futures are up about $14 a barrel -- from $92 to $106.87. They have made a series of higher lows, and are starting to break above key technical resistance.

Mike Burnick - Falling Real Yields: A Buy Signal for Gold

Falling Real Yields: A Buy Signal for Gold

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7:30am

Remember the good old days when you opened a savings account at your local bank and were offered a free toaster in gratitude for your business? Of course those days are long

Mike Larson - Congress Mulling Corporate Tax “Holiday”! What It Means …

Congress Mulling Corporate Tax “Holiday”! What It Means …

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 5:47pm

That's how much money American corporations are holding outside the U.S. It's an outrageous sum, and it rose by 12 percent in the last year. Companies as diverse as Apple (Weiss Ratings: AAPL, A), General Electric (Weiss Ratings: GE, B+), and Pfizer (Weiss Ratings: PFE, A) are literally swimming in Benjamins.

Bill Hall - ECB Action Alone Won’t Defeat Deflation

ECB Action Alone Won’t Defeat Deflation

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:30am

We are moving in the right direction, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. And as each day goes by, I become more concerned. Recent news, this time coming from the

Mike Larson - Obama Cuts Student Loan Costs! Can Broke Grads Be “Saved”?

Obama Cuts Student Loan Costs! Can Broke Grads Be “Saved”?

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 5:02pm

Now, let's talk about President Obama's latest student loan push. I wrote just a couple weeks ago how student loan debt is crushing today's graduates.

Jon Markman - Why Big Market Gains Are Still on the Way

Why Big Market Gains Are Still on the Way

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:30am

Stocks blitzed to new highs again in the past few days, capping a remarkable three-week melt-up that’s been sparked by a growing sense that nothing can shake this market. Sentiment is quietly

Mike Larson - More Record Highs … More M&A … Huge Apple Split … But No Fear!

More Record Highs … More M&A … Huge Apple Split … But No Fear!

by Mike Larson | Monday, June 9, 2014 at 5:00pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  The era of good feelings continued in stocks for a third day, with the Dow Industrials up 18 points on the day to 16,943 and the S&P 500 up around

Larry Edelson - Mining shares: Negative Rates Set Stage for Massive Bull Market

Mining shares: Negative Rates Set Stage for Massive Bull Market

by Larry Edelson | Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:30am

Right after the financial crisis hit and the Federal Reserve started printing money with no end in sight, many of the media talking heads and even some very influential economists claimed that

The Money and Markets Team - em Money and Markets’ /em Weekly Wrap

Money and Markets’ Weekly Wrap

by The Money and Markets Team | Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:30am

What follows is our weekly wrap with links to the latest Money and Markets’ articles. The war cycles I’ve been telling you about simply must be taken seriously, – argues Larry Edelson.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Great Deception, Part II

The Great Deception, Part II

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:30am

With markets calm, the economy steady and interest rates near zero, it’s finally time to take big risks, right? Wrong! As Mike Larson explains in the upcoming issue of Safe Money Report

Mark Najarian - Will Brazil Get a Kick out of the World Cup? Or a Beating?

Will Brazil Get a Kick out of the World Cup? Or a Beating?

by Mark Najarian | Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:40pm

Mike Larson, Money and Markets columnist and editor of the Safe Money Report, is out today. Mark Najarian, the managing editor of Money and Markets, is filling in … Next week marks

Mike Larson - Urgent: Fed Signals Major Policy Shift — What to Do …

Urgent: Fed Signals Major Policy Shift — What to Do …

by Mike Larson | Friday, June 6, 2014 at 7:30am

Heads up everyone! We could be on the cusp of yet another major policy shift from the Federal Reserve. And if you remember the massive “Taper Tantrum” from last year, you know

Mike Larson - ECB: Bank With Us … and We’ll Charge You Interest

ECB: Bank With Us … and We’ll Charge You Interest

by Mike Larson | Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:00pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  The European Central Bank whipped stock investors into a buying frenzy today, sending the Dow Industrials up around 98 points to 16,836 and the Nasdaq Composite rising 44 to 4,296.

Charles Goyette - Dropping Delusions: Americans Are Growing Poorer

Dropping Delusions: Americans Are Growing Poorer

by Charles Goyette | Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:30am

The abject failure of the policies pursued by the fiscal and monetary authorities for the past seven-and-a-half years keeps getting shoved in our faces. The news of the economy’s contraction by 1

Mike Larson - Feds: Down With Coal! Up With Gas!

Feds: Down With Coal! Up With Gas!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 5:15pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  The waiting game ahead of tomorrow’s ECB policy meeting and Friday’s jobs report continued today, with stocks modestly higher on light volume. The S&P 500 rose 3.6 points, while the

Bill Hall - Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs

Don’t Ignore These Warning Signs

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7:30am

Successful investing involves focusing on the facts and stats that matter, and disregarding the information that is of no decision-making value. Unfortunately for investors, most of the information that the mainstream media

Mike Larson - The Top 1% Keep Sailing Along

The Top 1% Keep Sailing Along

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 5:00pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  It was another interesting day ahead of the big ECB meeting on Thursday and the May jobs report on Friday. I say that because both bonds and stocks sold off

Jon Markman - What Apple Needs to Do to End Malaise

What Apple Needs to Do to End Malaise

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:30am

Apple (AAPL) launched a cynical attempt to gain some attention last week, committing the corporate equivalent of a “selfie,” by confirming at the Code Conference its widely speculated $3 billion acquisition of

Mike Larson - More Money Printing? More Jobs? We’ll Find Out Soon

More Money Printing? More Jobs? We’ll Find Out Soon

by Mike Larson | Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:45pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  The stock market continued its slow and steady climb, with the Dow Industrials tacking on 26 points to 16,743.63. But the real action was taking place in interest rates and

Larry Edelson - Gold, Silver, Mining Dip: A Bull in Disguise

Gold, Silver, Mining Dip: A Bull in Disguise

by Larry Edelson | Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:30am

Since last week’s plunge, a lot of investors have thrown in the towel on gold, silver and mining shares, yet again. But that’s actually music to my ears. Yes, gold did break

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Question: Will this sink the U.S. Economy?

Question: Will this sink the U.S. Economy?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:30am

We’ll give you our answer soon. But for now, let me say this: If you think it’s time to throw all caution to the wind, accept high risk and go for high

Mike Larson - Home Equity Lending Back … Really

Home Equity Lending Back … Really

by Mike Larson | Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5:15pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  Stock, bond and currency investors looked like they were squaring up their books ahead of the weekend, in light of the major week for data and policy that looms dead

Mike Larson - Don’t Get Caught Napping as Volatility Takes a Snooze

Don’t Get Caught Napping as Volatility Takes a Snooze

by Mike Larson | Friday, May 30, 2014 at 7:30am

My daughters are getting older. One will be entering the third grade this fall and another — gulp! — is going into middle school. But I will always cherish the memories of

Mike Larson - Economy Tanks … and Stocks Soar?

Economy Tanks … and Stocks Soar?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:37pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  Another day, another record high. That was the story today for the S&P 500 (up just over 10 points to 1920.01) and the Dow Transports (up just over 34 points

Mike Burnick - How to Profit from the “Stealth” Market Correction

How to Profit from the “Stealth” Market Correction

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:30am

A “stealth” market correction has been underway on Wall Street the past few months. If you blinked, you might have missed it. Choppy market conditions since the beginning of March made some

Don Lucek - Volume deficit disorder: A trend in your favor

Volume deficit disorder: A trend in your favor

by Don Lucek | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:00pm

Three trillion dollars. It’s not chump change, and it’s the most recent figure I’ve seen of investor cash sitting in money-market mutual funds (Investment Company Institute estimate). Cash that could be in

Bill Hall - Stocks’ sweet spot could turn sour without growth

Stocks’ sweet spot could turn sour without growth

by Bill Hall | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:30am

In recent Money and Markets columns, I have been saying that we are in the sweet spot for U.S. stocks and investors should consider pursuing a “risk on regardless” strategy in their

Mike Larson - Congrats grads! That’ll be $29,400

Congrats grads! That’ll be $29,400

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 5:26pm

MARKET ROUNDUP  U.S. investors returned from the holiday weekend with bellies full of BBQ – and brains in a buying mood. The Dow Industrials finished up 69 points, while the Nasdaq Composite

Jon Markman - Techs go sideways, but look upward

Techs go sideways, but look upward

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7:30am

Tech shares inched higher last week, recovering some of the losses suffered in the first four months of this year. Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday were perfectly emblematic of the chop we

Mike Larson - Happy Memorial Day — From My Family to Yours!

Happy Memorial Day — From My Family to Yours!

by Mike Larson | Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

I hope you are having a fantastic holiday weekend! If you or one of your family members has served, or are currently in the armed forces, please let me take this opportunity

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Lightning-Like Transformation

Lightning-Like Transformation

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7:30am

New global conflicts are spreading so rapidly, and these can have such a dramatic impact on your investments, that I have completely set aside my earlier plans for this month’s articles to