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Mike Larson - War-Waging in the Middle East Leading to New Arms Race; Sending Billions of Dollars Our Way!

War-Waging in the Middle East Leading to New Arms Race; Sending Billions of Dollars Our Way!

by Mike Larson | Monday, April 20, 2015 at 4:20pm

The Middle East is embroiled in war again. That raises all kinds of painful moral, political, and ethical issues. But one unmistakable side effect of these conflicts is financial — billions of dollars are headed our country’s way.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Blast-off Markets

Blast-off Markets

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30am

Martin here with an update on global markets. So far this year, while U.S. stocks have flat-lined … Mumbai has surged … Hong Kong and Shanghai have gone through the roof, and

Money and Markets - Ratings Agencies Independent? Ratings Agencies Independent?

Ratings Agencies Independent? Ratings Agencies Independent?

by Money and Markets | Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online. Has Europe, and the Euro, Bottomed? Is the European crisis over? Many

Mike Larson - Chinese Crackdown on Market Surge, Greek Debt Worries Combine to Smack Stocks!

Chinese Crackdown on Market Surge, Greek Debt Worries Combine to Smack Stocks!

by Mike Larson | Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:20pm

Just when the Chinese stock market was notching another massive gain ... and just when investors thought it was safe to ignore Greece ... the markets threw everyone for a loop!

Mike Larson - U.S. Oil Production … FALLING? Oil Prices SURGING? Yep!

U.S. Oil Production … FALLING? Oil Prices SURGING? Yep!

by Mike Larson | Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:30am

You’d never guess it if you just listen to the blowhards on CNBC. But U.S. oil production in key regions is actually starting to fall! And oil prices are actually starting to

Mike Larson - IPO Extravaganza on Wall Street as Party City, Virtu, Etsy Hit the Public Markets!

IPO Extravaganza on Wall Street as Party City, Virtu, Etsy Hit the Public Markets!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 4:20pm

It’s been slow start to the year for public offerings — only 34 deals raising $5.4 billion were concluded in the first quarter. That compares with 64 deals worth $10.6 billion in the same period of 2014 and has been characterized as the slowest quarter in two years.

Mike Burnick - Not-so-Great Expectations: br / Will Falling Profits Pressure Stocks?

Not-so-Great Expectations:
Will Falling Profits Pressure Stocks?

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30am

First-quarter earnings reporting season gets underway in earnest this week and next, and the down-trend in profit estimates is not encouraging. This is a troubling development for the stock market that I

Mike Larson - Oil, Energy Stocks Breaking Out All Over the Place! Are You Profiting?

Oil, Energy Stocks Breaking Out All Over the Place! Are You Profiting?

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:20pm

Bam! There’s the crude oil and energy stock breakout I’ve been predicting and preparing for since the beginning of the year!

Larry Edelson - No Way Has Europe, or the Euro, Bottomed!

No Way Has Europe, or the Euro, Bottomed!

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30am

I can’t even count the number of analysts who believe Europe’s financial crisis is over. They claim that the massive 25 percent-plus decline in the euro is starting to stoke inflation …

Mike Larson - Earnings Flood Underway as J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, J&J, Norfolk Southern Weigh In!

Earnings Flood Underway as J.P. Morgan, Wells Fargo, J&J, Norfolk Southern Weigh In!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:35pm

Forget baseball. It’s earnings that are in full swing now! Just in the last 24 hours, we learned ...

Jon Markman - California’s Problem Could Become Yours

California’s Problem Could Become Yours

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30am

You may have heard that California is experiencing an historic drought — the worst in 200 years by some measures. While this might seem like a problem isolated to lawns and swimming

Mike Larson - Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio Raise the 2016 Election Stakes!

Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio Raise the 2016 Election Stakes!

by Mike Larson | Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:30pm

The stakes are getting much higher for 2016! The Republican field keeps getting larger, even as the Democratic nomination looks like Clinton’s to lose.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Harvard Business School: Ratings Agencies Drop “Independence”

Harvard Business School: Ratings Agencies Drop “Independence”

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30am

Dear Investor, Three companies — S&P, Moody’s and Fitch — dominate the world of ratings on trillions of dollars in bonds and debts issued by thousands of corporations, municipalities, and sovereign governments

Money and Markets - Exploding Conflicts, Yahoo! and Gold

Exploding Conflicts, Yahoo! and Gold

by Money and Markets | Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online. Exploding Conflicts, Yahoo! and Gold Seven thousand miles from New York City,

Mike Larson - GE Launches $26.5B+ Asset, Real Estate Sale! Sets $50B Share Buyback!

GE Launches $26.5B+ Asset, Real Estate Sale! Sets $50B Share Buyback!

by Mike Larson | Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:30pm

The giant industrial and financial conglomerate General Electric is holding the biggest garage sale in history! Specifically, it will …

Mike Larson - Buy Cheap — And Reap the Benefits!

Buy Cheap — And Reap the Benefits!

by Mike Larson | Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30am

I’m a cheapskate. And no, I’m not afraid to admit it. When it comes to investments, my approach is no different. If I can get a stock or ETF “on sale,” I love it.

Mike Larson - Chinese Buyers Going Bonkers for Stocks! Is This Just Another Bubble … or Not?

Chinese Buyers Going Bonkers for Stocks! Is This Just Another Bubble … or Not?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:15pm

The dot-com bubble? That’s sooooo 1999. Today, it’s Chinese and Hong Kong shares that are trading like Pets.com! The Hang Seng Index surged 6.4 percent overnight — in the first few minutes of trading!

Mike Burnick - Is China’s Investment Boom Sustainable?

Is China’s Investment Boom Sustainable?

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:30am

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released the latest update to its World Economic Outlook this week saying that worldwide growth potential may not live up to previous expectations. In today’s slow-growth world

Mike Larson - Royal Dutch Shell Gives Investors 70 Billion Reasons to Love Energy With Mega-Merger!

Royal Dutch Shell Gives Investors 70 Billion Reasons to Love Energy With Mega-Merger!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:30pm

Royal Dutch Shell just gave you 70 billion NEW reasons to love energy stocks! How significant is this deal? It’s the second-largest energy sector deal EVER!

Larry Edelson - Has Gold Bottomed?

Has Gold Bottomed?

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:30am

No way has gold bottomed. Yes, it’s trying to rally again. But the bounce came as no surprise to me, or to my premium members, who, just last week, I warned another bounce was coming.

Mike Larson - 2016 Presidential Election Field Getting More Crowded as Rand Paul Announces Run!

2016 Presidential Election Field Getting More Crowded as Rand Paul Announces Run!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:30pm

The Republican field is getting more and more crowded every day. Additional candidates are likely to declare in the next few weeks, and that means the campaign season will be in full swing before you know it!

Jon Markman - Is Yahoo! Really Worth Nothing?

Is Yahoo! Really Worth Nothing?

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:30am

At its current price, investors are saying that Yahoo’s portal business, its award-winning mobile apps, its new Screen original content initiative, Tumblr, and its cash on hand are actually worth less than zero.

Mike Larson - Dollar Volatility Surging as Weak Jobs Data, Fed Talk Do Damage! Are YOU Ready for the Consequences?

Dollar Volatility Surging as Weak Jobs Data, Fed Talk Do Damage! Are YOU Ready for the Consequences?

by Mike Larson | Monday, April 6, 2015 at 4:30pm

I told you it was coming here in Money and Markets several weeks ago! Now, the Wall Street Journal is putting it right there on its digital front page ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Exploding Sunni-Shia Conflict! Impact on Oil, Stocks, and More.

Exploding Sunni-Shia Conflict! Impact on Oil, Stocks, and More.

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:30am

Most investors seem to believe the events in the far-away nation of Yemen are of little consequence. They buy and sell stocks as usual. They go about their business as if nothing has changed. Today, I will show you exactly why they’re misguided and why you should not be among them ...

Money and Markets - Profits in Cyber Security … And Up/Down Markets

Profits in Cyber Security … And Up/Down Markets

by Money and Markets | Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past abbreviated trading week, with a link to the full articles online. Markets were closed Friday. Martin Weiss visits a small farming community

Mike Larson - Enjoy the Holiday

Enjoy the Holiday

by Mike Larson | Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30am

For Christians, it’s a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For Jews, it’s a time to commemorate the liberation of their ancestors from slavery. For everyone else, it’s just a

Mike Larson - McDonald’s Joins Wal-Mart, Target, Others Hiking American Wages! Will it Help or Hurt?

McDonald’s Joins Wal-Mart, Target, Others Hiking American Wages! Will it Help or Hurt?

by Mike Larson | Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 4:55pm

Burger flippers are about to get paid! American icon McDonald’s said it would boost hourly wages for around 90,000 workers, beginning in July.

Mike Burnick - This Bargain-Priced Asian Market Outperformed the S&P 500 7-to-1 Last Quarter!

This Bargain-Priced Asian Market Outperformed the S&P 500 7-to-1 Last Quarter!

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30am

  First-quarter 2015 results are in the books for global markets and the U.S. finds itself in an unusual and unenviable position — our stock market is no longer leading the pack

Mike Larson - The Job Market Stumbled Here in March … But it Improved Overseas! Here’s What It Means to You!

The Job Market Stumbled Here in March … But it Improved Overseas! Here’s What It Means to You!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 4:20pm

The U.S. economy created only 189,000 jobs last month. That was much lower than the expected 225,000. Meanwhile, Europe’s unemployment rate sank.

Larry Edelson - The Slaughterhouse Gates are Starting to Open …

The Slaughterhouse Gates are Starting to Open …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:30am

I’ve often been criticized over the past year for not being short-term bullish the stock market when I’m so bullish long-term, expecting Dow 31,000 in the years ahead. The reason that I

Mike Larson - The First Quarter is in the Record Books! So Who Won? Who Lost? And What’s Next?

The First Quarter is in the Record Books! So Who Won? Who Lost? And What’s Next?

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:30pm

It’s official: The first quarter is in the record books! So who won? Who lost? And what’s next? Well, let’s start with a breakdown of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index groups.

Jon Markman - Darden’s Shareholders Reaping Rewards

Darden’s Shareholders Reaping Rewards

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30am

While all the focus has been on the Federal Reserve over the past week, and stocks overall have paused for breath, companies like Darden Restaurants (DRI, Weiss Ratings: B) are being rewarded

Mike Larson - Multi-Billion Mergers in Health Care & Technology Grab Market Headlines as Week Gets Underway

Multi-Billion Mergers in Health Care & Technology Grab Market Headlines as Week Gets Underway

by Mike Larson | Monday, March 30, 2015 at 4:30pm

The clock was ticking down to 4 p.m. Eastern on Friday, and many investors and traders on Wall Street were more focused on their weekend plans than their Bloomberg terminals. But then without warning ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Cyber-Security Leaders

Cyber-Security Leaders

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:30am

Today, as promised, I’m going to give you additional insights into cyber security companies, including some new analysis that Mike Larson and our Weiss Stock Ratings team have just given me. But

Money and Markets - Cyber Profits, Tesla and Ted Cruz …

Cyber Profits, Tesla and Ted Cruz …

by Money and Markets | Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online. Cyber War and Cyber Profits If you think cyber hacking, cyber theft,

Mike Larson - Morass of Middle East Conflicts Leaves U.S. With Lots of Choices … Almost All of Them Bad!

Morass of Middle East Conflicts Leaves U.S. With Lots of Choices … Almost All of Them Bad!

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:30pm

The U.S. faces plenty of choices about what to do in the Middle East. Unfortunately, they’re pretty much all bad!

Mike Larson - A Healthy Spring Selling Season for Housing? Looks Like It.

A Healthy Spring Selling Season for Housing? Looks Like It.

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30am

The spring selling season for housing is in full swing! And my research suggests a pretty healthy one.

Mike Larson - Saudi Arabia-Iran Proxy War Erupts in Yemen as Bombs Unleashed!

Saudi Arabia-Iran Proxy War Erupts in Yemen as Bombs Unleashed!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 4:45pm

Buckle up — because one of the scariest “proxy wars” yet is breaking out in the Middle East! The Saudis’ attacks targeted airfields, bases, and other facilities recently overrun by Houthi rebels.

Mike Burnick - March Madness: Invest Less, Still Beat the Market

March Madness: Invest Less, Still Beat the Market

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30am

With the first-quarter drawing to a close in just a few more days, so far it has been a maddening three months for stock investors. The markets are spooked by uncertainty about

Mike Larson - Warren Buffett Adding Kraft Foods to Grocery Shelf Empire in Deal Worth $46 Billion!

Warren Buffett Adding Kraft Foods to Grocery Shelf Empire in Deal Worth $46 Billion!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 4:40pm

I don’t know if Warren Buffett does his own grocery shopping. But I do know he likes to shop for food and beverage companies.

Larry Edelson - The Follies of Central Bank Watchers …

The Follies of Central Bank Watchers …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:30am

I am continually amazed at how many investors and analysts hang their investments and/or trade decisions on what the Fed does or doesn’t do, says or doesn’t say. As if the Fed

Mike Larson - Airbus 320 Crashes in Southern France!

Airbus 320 Crashes in Southern France!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 4:30pm

Another airline tragedy has struck — this time in Europe! We don’t know the cause yet. What we do know from early reports, unfortunately, is that no one likely survived the crash in France’s Alpes de Haute Provence region.

Jon Markman - Mercedes vs. Tesla … And HBO Innovations

Mercedes vs. Tesla … And HBO Innovations

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:30am

Here are a few notes from my research and conversations on tech and markets over the weekend. — Watch out, Tesla. Mercedes is launching its first plug-in hybrid-electric midsize sedan, the C350e, in U.S.

Mike Larson - Start Your Engines … Because Ted Cruz Just Officially Launched the 2016 Presidential Race!

Start Your Engines … Because Ted Cruz Just Officially Launched the 2016 Presidential Race!

by Mike Larson | Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:30pm

Befitting this modern-day campaign era, Texas Senator Ted Cruz he launched his bid on Twitter with a tweet reading “I’m running for president, and I hope to earn your support.” That was followed up by an official kick off speech at Liberty University in Virginia, a Christian college.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Cyber War and Cyber Profits

Cyber War and Cyber Profits

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:30am

If you think cyber hacking, cyber theft, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare are just a side show in the world of global economics and investments, let me tell you three short stories

Money and Markets - Geopolitical and Economic Dangers …

Geopolitical and Economic Dangers …

by Money and Markets | Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online. The Dangers of Islamic State Islamic State is now the largest, most

Mike Larson - Volatility Soaring, Liquidity Dropping in Key Markets Like Interest Rates and Currencies!

Volatility Soaring, Liquidity Dropping in Key Markets Like Interest Rates and Currencies!

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:40pm

It’s easy to make money when you know where markets are headed. But when your crystal ball gets smashed, what do you do?

Mike Larson - U.S. Fed Joins Global Currency War!

U.S. Fed Joins Global Currency War!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:20pm

The U.S. has joined the fight! Not a new shooting war, but a battle over money! So just what IS a currency war? And what are the consequences for you as investors?

Mike Larson - Faced With Rock-And-A-Hard-Place Dilemma, Fed Launches a Dollar Broadside, Sets Stage for Rate Hikes

Faced With Rock-And-A-Hard-Place Dilemma, Fed Launches a Dollar Broadside, Sets Stage for Rate Hikes

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 4:30pm

If you like word puzzles, then here’s one for you: It perfectly illustrates the situation the U.S. central bank found itself facing ahead of today’s policy meeting.

Larry Edelson - Larry, from 1,300-Year-Old Tibetan Town, China …

Larry, from 1,300-Year-Old Tibetan Town, China …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30am

I’m now in the 1,300-year-old Tibetan Town, in Dukezong in Yunnan province, southwest China. A mix of mostly Tibetan Buddhists and Muslims, the area, with its dramatic scenery inspired the fictional paradise

Mike Burnick - Japanese Investors Flocking to Treasuries

Japanese Investors Flocking to Treasuries

by Mike Burnick | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 4:30pm

Japanese investors still have a big appetite for U.S. bonds! The reason is simple: ZIRP — or zero interest rate policy.

Jon Markman - Super-Dollar Causing Serious Damage

Super-Dollar Causing Serious Damage

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:30am

It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s Super-Dollar, soaring higher into the investment stratosphere and rattling the cages of U.S. multinationals with its sonic booms. The damage is getting serious: The

Mandeep Rai - Overcoming Those Knee-Jerk Reactions!

Overcoming Those Knee-Jerk Reactions!

by Mandeep Rai | Monday, March 16, 2015 at 4:30pm

Markets are volatile — any hint of a rate increase sends shudders through the investment community and sends stocks tumbling.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Islamic State

Islamic State

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30am

Islamic State is now the largest, most dangerous, global terrorist organization of modern times. It has the power to wreak more havoc than 9/11, bring down more governments than the Arab Spring,

Money and Markets - What Would a WWIII Look Like?

What Would a WWIII Look Like?

by Money and Markets | Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online. World War III? How, Where and Why? If World War III is

Mike Larson - Surging Dollar Importing Deflation From Abroad!

Surging Dollar Importing Deflation From Abroad!

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4:40pm

What’s the dollar surge doing to inflation here at home? Check out some of the figures we got in the last 48 hours, and you’ll be shocked ...

Mike Larson - Big Money Buying Into Cheap Energy Plays! br / Should You Follow?

Big Money Buying Into Cheap Energy Plays!
Should You Follow?

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s one from Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL, Weiss Ratings: C), one of my favorite storage and pipeline master limited partnerships for the long-term. The company said it would sell 13.5 million shares

Mike Larson - Tech Bellwether Intel Latest to Warn About Currency Crisis!

Tech Bellwether Intel Latest to Warn About Currency Crisis!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 4:23pm

We know many multinationals were already losing sleep over the buck. Intel is the latest. When discussing fourth-quarter 2014 results ...

Mike Burnick - Beware of the Sixth D!

Beware of the Sixth D!

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:30am

My colleague Bill Hall coined the phrase: “the Five D’s” as a catchy way of illustrating the economic condition that investors must navigate. Bill is fond of pointing out that understanding the

Mike Larson - Interest Rate Bizarro World in Europe!

Interest Rate Bizarro World in Europe!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:30pm

How deep does the interest rabbit hole go? We’re rapidly finding out the answers, thanks to all the crazy stuff going on in Europe.

Larry Edelson - Larry here, from Yichang, China, on Silk Road 2.0 …

Larry here, from Yichang, China, on Silk Road 2.0 …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30am

All I can say is WOW! China is on the move again, big time, with the new Silk Road already ramping up, part of an infrastructure investment that will total $1 TRILLION

Mike Larson - Dollar Flies … Commodities, Emerging Markets Cry!

Dollar Flies … Commodities, Emerging Markets Cry!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:30pm

The broad Dollar Index (DXY) has now jumped by 23 percent over the last eight months. By some of my indicators, the buck is more overbought and overextended now than at any point in modern history.

Jon Markman - Dawn of the iDow

Dawn of the iDow

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30am

Apple (AAPL) is completing its journey from renegade to matron with the announcement that it will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, on March 19, taking the place of old Ma Bell, AT&T (T).

Mike Larson - Apple Launches Latest Foray With Pricey Watch! Will Buyers Step Up?

Apple Launches Latest Foray With Pricey Watch! Will Buyers Step Up?

by Mike Larson | Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:30pm

Apple will offer watches ranging from $349 to as much as $10,000, depending on what functionality, band style, and appearance you’re going for. Are you buying?

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - World War III? How, Where and Why?

World War III? How, Where and Why?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:30am

On November 21, 2013, during a Weiss Research investor cruise to the Caribbean, Money and Markets editor Larry Edelson made a dire prediction: “Starting immediately, global conflicts will continue to ramp up

Money and Markets - Wealth-Building Power … and the Silk Road

Wealth-Building Power … and the Silk Road

by Money and Markets | Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this past trading week, with a link to the full articles online.   Exciting, Amazing Wealth-Building Power Martin D. Weiss presents the of three

Mike Larson - Job Growth Surges … and Markets React! So What’s Next?

Job Growth Surges … and Markets React! So What’s Next?

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 6, 2015 at 4:45pm

The Fed simply cannot keep holding interest rates at 0 percent if job growth is ramping higher. So what's to be done?

Mike Larson - Foreign Rate Cuts Keep on Coming! What it Means to You …

Foreign Rate Cuts Keep on Coming! What it Means to You …

by Mike Larson | Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:30am

The People’s Bank of China cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 5.35 percent Saturday night, its second move since November. It also lowered a separate lending rate Wednesday,

Mike Larson - Latest ECB Moves, Economic Data Muddy the Market Waters!

Latest ECB Moves, Economic Data Muddy the Market Waters!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:30pm

Economic data and recent ECB moves are muddying the waters. What does it all mean? Mike takes a look.

Mike Burnick - Nasdaq 5000, Again: The Best Tech Opportunities Today

Nasdaq 5000, Again: The Best Tech Opportunities Today

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30am

A new milestone for the bull market in stocks was passed this week as the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index closed above the 5,000 level for the first time in 15 years. The

Mike Larson - Obamacare Faces Major Supreme Court Fight! Here’s What’s at Stake …

Obamacare Faces Major Supreme Court Fight! Here’s What’s at Stake …

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:30pm

Today's arguments before the Supreme Court will help determine whether justices will side with the Obama administration or the Obamacare opponents.

Larry Edelson - Larry here, Reporting from China on Silk Road 2.0 …

Larry here, Reporting from China on Silk Road 2.0 …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:30am

I’m writing to you today from the 30th floor of the Hilton Chongqing in Chongqing, China — where I just arrived to kick off a two-week tour of China’s Silk Road 2.0

Mike Larson - Stock Mania MIA Despite Nasdaq Romp! What it Means

Stock Mania MIA Despite Nasdaq Romp! What it Means

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 4:25pm

Nasdaq celebrated 5,000 again but without the insanity that hit markets last time.

Jon Markman - A Rosier Outlook — With Some Obstacles Remaining

A Rosier Outlook — With Some Obstacles Remaining

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:30am

The global macro picture is looking a little rosier despite weak economic data last week. The U.S. economy is not super robust, but the latest data suggest it does continue to expand,

Mike Larson - Nasdaq Hits 5,000! Will $20B in Deals Keep the Tech Train Rolling?

Nasdaq Hits 5,000! Will $20B in Deals Keep the Tech Train Rolling?

by Mike Larson | Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:00pm

If you're looking for a reason the Nasdaq Composite has rallied to 5,000 and possibly far above, M&A might just be the answer

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Exciting, Amazing Wealth-Building Power

Exciting, Amazing Wealth-Building Power

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:30am

I’ve just had the most exciting education experience in many years — three half-hour sessions with Jon Markman and the amazing wealth-building power of what he does. Here’s the transcript, edited for

Money and Markets - A Driving Trend … and Today’s Opportunities

A Driving Trend … and Today’s Opportunities

by Money and Markets | Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this trading week, with a link to the full articles online. What’s Driving This Trend? Suddenly and without warning, a number of major companies

Mike Larson - What Would Warren Do?

What Would Warren Do?

by Mike Larson | Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:35pm

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway holding company sports a $360 billion market valuation, and it had a cash hoard of $62 billion as of the third quarter. So what’s he going to do with all that cash?

Mike Larson - Breakouts abound! Here’s where I’m finding opportunity …

Breakouts abound! Here’s where I’m finding opportunity …

by Mike Larson | Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30am

Sometimes when the stock market rallies, it’s like pulling teeth. One or two of the major averages might make a marginal new high. But the others don’t confirm it, and it comes

Mike Larson - Take My Money … Please!

Take My Money … Please!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:30pm

Today’s foolish bond investors are saying: “Take my money ... please!” And they’re not saying it in some smoky nightclub. They’re telling it to the governments of Switzerland, Denmark, France, and most notably, Germany!

Mike Burnick - America’s Banks Stockpiling Treasuries

America’s Banks Stockpiling Treasuries

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30am

A recent Bloomberg story caught my eye by posing a very good question: “What do America’s banks know about the state of the U.S. economy that has them hoarding ultra-safe bonds?” It

Mike Larson - Latest Supply, Demand Figures Show the Crude Oil Bears Need to Confront Some Crude Realities!

Latest Supply, Demand Figures Show the Crude Oil Bears Need to Confront Some Crude Realities!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:20pm

On the surface, there wasn’t much to like about today’s inventory data out of the Energy Information Administration (EIA). But after briefly spiking lower on the news, oil prices stabilized.

Larry Edelson - Don’t Listen to Bad Advice …

Don’t Listen to Bad Advice …

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:30am

I have never seen such an outpouring of emotions. Everywhere I turn I see thousands of investors shaking in their boots over gold and silver. As if I didn’t warn them, repeatedly

Mike Larson - Fed Chairman Janet Yellen Testifies in Congress

Fed Chairman Janet Yellen Testifies in Congress

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4:45pm

One of the Federal Reserve Chairman’s most challenging tasks is the semi-annual appearance before the Senate and House Banking Committees ... and opine about the state of the economy, inflation, interest rate policy, and more.

Jon Markman - The Next Phase of Tech Development: Power and Transportation

The Next Phase of Tech Development: Power and Transportation

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 7:30am

We have talked a lot in recent months about the panorama of technology innovation, but in our lifetimes there have been very few truly revolutionary technology developments. The standard is high. One

Mike Larson - Disney Tix Hit Triple Digits … and Why We Will Keep Going Anyway!

Disney Tix Hit Triple Digits … and Why We Will Keep Going Anyway!

by Mike Larson | Monday, February 23, 2015 at 4:20pm

Mouse House's big news: A standard, one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom just breached the triple-digit barrier! Specifically, you'll now have to pay $105 to visit the main park in Orlando -- up 6 percent from a year ago.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Oh my God! What’s technology going to do to me next?

Oh my God! What’s technology going to do to me next?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:30am

Suddenly and without warning, a number of major companies are jumping into a field that until just recently was considered pure science fiction: Driverless vehicles and drones. Don’t get me wrong. I

Money and Markets - World Peace or World War? And a Gold Bottom?

World Peace or World War? And a Gold Bottom?

by Money and Markets | Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this trading week, with a link to the full articles online. World Peace or World War III? On the blood-stained battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine,

Mike Larson - End Game Reached in Epic Greece Vs. Germany Fight!

End Game Reached in Epic Greece Vs. Germany Fight!

by Mike Larson | Friday, February 20, 2015 at 4:10pm

On one side in the epic fight between Greece and Germany you have a massive debtor nation with a long history of default. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has been leading the country’s charge to get debt and austerity relief.

Mike Larson - New Strategy: Buy What You Sold, Sell What You Bought!

New Strategy: Buy What You Sold, Sell What You Bought!

by Mike Larson | Friday, February 20, 2015 at 7:30am

Which investment strategies worked for most of last year? Buy the dollar; sell the euro. Buy Treasury bonds; sell emerging market and junk bonds. Buy U.S. stocks; sell foreign ones. Buy inverse

Mike Larson - Wal-Mart Boosts Wages for 500,000 Workers!

Wal-Mart Boosts Wages for 500,000 Workers!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 4:20pm

The economic recovery’s missing link is wages. Now, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is doing something about it.

Mike Burnick - Are Investors Shifting their Asset Allocation Globally? One Indicator to Watch Closely

Are Investors Shifting their Asset Allocation Globally? One Indicator to Watch Closely

by Mike Burnick | Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30am

In recent years, the U.S. economy and stock market have been viewed by global investors as the best game in town, but now that story may be changing. The U.S. economy has

Mike Larson - Can You Make Money Overseas These Days? You Bet — Here’s How!

Can You Make Money Overseas These Days? You Bet — Here’s How!

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 4:45pm

“America First” was the mantra when it came to investing last year. But these days, that’s starting to change. In the services I manage, in fact, I’ve recently recommended ...

Larry Edelson - No Way Has Gold Bottomed!

No Way Has Gold Bottomed!

by Larry Edelson | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30am

A lot of investors want to know why I am not screaming from the rooftops, “Buy Gold!” The reason is simple: Gold has not bottomed yet, not by a long shot. So

Mike Larson - Ships, Containers Piling Up Out West as Labor Battle Intensifies!

Ships, Containers Piling Up Out West as Labor Battle Intensifies!

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 4:30pm

The shipping containers are stacked up, row after row, on the docks in Los Angeles. It’s the worst port dispute since 2002. That fight cost the shipping and logistics industries an estimated $15.6 billion. Just a few examples of the spreading pain ...

Jon Markman - How Americans Are Spending Their ‘Reverse Tax’

How Americans Are Spending Their ‘Reverse Tax’

by Jon Markman | Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:30am

Economists and investors are dying to know what consumers are doing with their gasoline savings windfall. Will they save it, invest it, or upgrade their mobile phones? To answer this question, the

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - World Peace or World War III?

World Peace or World War III?

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, February 16, 2015 at 7:30am

Just about 40 hours ago, on the blood-stained battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine, a new cease-fire officially went into effect.   All of Europe heaved a deep sigh of relief at the prospect

Money and Markets - Apple Demand … and Tech Set to Bust the Bear?

Apple Demand … and Tech Set to Bust the Bear?

by Money and Markets | Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 7:30am

Here’s a quick, executive summary of stories from this trading week, with a link to the full articles online. Apple Boom in China Martin D. Weiss sees the excitement that’s in the

Mike Larson - Stocks are Hitting New Highs!

Stocks are Hitting New Highs!

by Mike Larson | Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:58pm

Don’t look now, but stocks are hitting fresh highs again! The “Big Reversal” trades I’ve been forecasting for some time are playing out — and that’s helping give the market a fresh leg up.

Mike Larson - Autos Help Drive Economy — Will it Last?

Autos Help Drive Economy — Will it Last?

by Mike Larson | Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:30am

Having a child who is turning 16 soon tends to focus the mind. The thought of your son getting behind the wheel — alone! — makes you think long and hard about