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Weiss Ratings - Europe and Asia Home to Weakest Global Banks

Europe and Asia Home to Weakest Global Banks

by Weiss Ratings | Friday, June 8, 2012 at 7:00am

When every news channel and talk show is devoted to reporting worldwide market moves, it’s impossible to ignore the global crisis whirling around us. We’re afraid to blink — we might miss

Weiss Ratings - Going Global? Know the Bank!

Going Global? Know the Bank!

by Weiss Ratings | Friday, June 1, 2012 at 7:00am

by Gene Kirsch, Senior Bank Analyst Banks are the financial core of an economy. And for many of the world’s banks, it is truly the worst of times. They’re woefully short of

Weiss Ratings - Undervalued Global Bank Stocks

Undervalued Global Bank Stocks

by Weiss Ratings | Monday, May 28, 2012 at 7:00am

by Gene Kirsch, Senior Banking Analyst While the last Weiss Ratings undervalued portfolio focused on domestic banks, this portfolio will focus on global banks including those in the U.S. that meet the

Gavin Magor - Natural Disasters Pummel Property and Casualty Insurers

Natural Disasters Pummel Property and Casualty Insurers

by Gavin Magor | Friday, October 7, 2011 at 7:00am

Property and casualty insurers are having a tough year. Natural disasters cost money, and guess who ultimately pays — the consumer ...

Gene Kirsch - Another Bank Bites the Dust

Another Bank Bites the Dust

by Gene Kirsch | Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 1:00pm

On Friday, regulators closed First International Bank, Plano, Texas. This brings the total number of U.S. bank and thrift failures to 74 for 2011, behind last year’s pace of 127 ...

Gene Kirsch - Banks or Credit Unions: Which are Safer?

Banks or Credit Unions: Which are Safer?

by Gene Kirsch | Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:00pm

Now that we’ve completed the second quarter 2011 ratings for both banks and credit unions, it’s a good time to think about the safest place to put your money. Is a bank

Gavin Magor - Vermont’s Home Owners Catch a Lucky Break!

Vermont’s Home Owners Catch a Lucky Break!

by Gavin Magor | Monday, September 12, 2011 at 4:30pm

Residents of Vermont should be able to count on their homeowners insurance to pay claims for damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Why? Because the state's homeowners insurers have the ability to pay. Despite the devastation left ...

Gene Kirsch - Is Your Bank Doomed?

Is Your Bank Doomed?

by Gene Kirsch | Friday, September 9, 2011 at 4:30pm

We don’t have the ability to see into the future. But we do have an excellent track record of identifying problem banks that end up in failure. In fact, of the 68

Rudy Martin - China’s Electricity Shortage Implications

China’s Electricity Shortage Implications

by Rudy Martin | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 3:00pm

This year, China has been facing rolling power blackouts that are likely to get worse before they get better. According to the China Electricity Council, the country’s supply may lag demand by 30 gigawatts this ...

Mike Larson - New Home Sales Pop in April, Inventory Hits Lowest Level Ever

New Home Sales Pop in April, Inventory Hits Lowest Level Ever

by Mike Larson | Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:00pm

We just got the latest look at the new home market from the Census Bureau. Sales rose 7.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 323,000 in April from 301,000 in March. That beat economists’ ...

Weiss Research - Latest CD Options Give You More Flexibility

Latest CD Options Give You More Flexibility

by Weiss Research | Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:00pm

As market volatility continues to keep investors cautious, many are holding cash on the sidelines where interest rates remain dismally low. And with interest rate increases looming, no one wants to get ...

Weiss Research - Cut Your Exposure as Stock Markets Weaken!

Cut Your Exposure as Stock Markets Weaken!

by Weiss Research | Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 3:00pm

This week, the markets are fidgety, making twists and turns. Not unexpected for all the chaos going on throughout the world. And every investor without access to top-shelf research and timely ...

Mike Larson - Housing Starts, Permits Plunge in April

Housing Starts, Permits Plunge in April

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 3:00pm

We just got our latest look at home construction, and it wasn't good ... Housing starts plunged 10.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 523,000 in April from an upwardly revised 585,000 in ...

Mike Larson - Hitting the Debt Ceiling

Hitting the Debt Ceiling

by Mike Larson | Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 6:00pm

There is a huge political debate going on about the national debt and the debt ceiling. You can’t open a Web page, newspaper or magazine without reading the concerns of government officials and everyday ...

Mike Larson - How to Use the Weiss Sovereign Debt Ratings to Protect Your Wealth and Profit

How to Use the Weiss Sovereign Debt Ratings to Protect Your Wealth and Profit

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 3:00pm

A country’s overall financial health impacts a lot more than its government bonds. It can also help determine the flow of money into that nation’s stocks and currency. So you can use the Weiss Sovereign Debt Ratings ...

Mike Larson - Protect Your Home Equity and Wealth

Protect Your Home Equity and Wealth

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 4:00pm

Five years ago, while everyone in the world seemed to be rushing out to buy the next big McMansion, I warned about a bust in housing sales, and it happened. I warned about a downturn in housing prices ...

Rudy Martin - Here Comes China

Here Comes China

by Rudy Martin | Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 3:00pm

The International Monetary Fund just dropped a bombshell, and nobody noticed. For the first time, the organization predicted when the U.S. economy will be overtaken by China, and the “Age of America” ...

Rudy Martin - Win with Chinese Coal Stocks

Win with Chinese Coal Stocks

by Rudy Martin | Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 3:00pm

International coal prices hit $124 per ton last week, the highest level in five months, largely due to strong demand from reconstruction projects in Japan. But coal supply is also tight, because of flooding in Australia ...

Rudy Martin - Sizzling Demand for Meat Drives China-Brazil Deals

Sizzling Demand for Meat Drives China-Brazil Deals

by Rudy Martin | Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 3:00pm

When Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s new president, visited China recently, the business delegation travelling with her hammered out several deals. One of the success stories of the trip was the Brazilian meat production ...

Mike Burnick - Inflation on the Rise? Five Sectors Set to Rise

Inflation on the Rise? Five Sectors Set to Rise

by Mike Burnick | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 3:00pm

Earlier this year in our 2011 outlook, we pointed out that the growing threat of inflation ... both in the US and especially in emerging economies ... is one of the key issues for investors this year. The latest batch ...

Mike Larson - Housing Starts Rebound in March

Housing Starts Rebound in March

by Mike Larson | Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 3:00pm

Housing starts, the number of new residential homes being built and permitted, were just released by the U.S. Commerce Department for March. While the numbers reflect a rebound, from February’s decline for ...

Rudy Martin - Who Will Win Latin American Communications?

Who Will Win Latin American Communications?

by Rudy Martin | Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 3:00pm

The Telecom and Media sectors in Latin America are in a titanic power struggle – deserving of its own soap opera series. The end prize here is an estimated 400 million or more Latin Americans using computers ...

Mike Burnick - Better Than Bonds? Income Alternatives to Consider for Inflationary Times.

Better Than Bonds? Income Alternatives to Consider for Inflationary Times.

by Mike Burnick | Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:00am

For fixed income investors, it's time to review your strategy ..."as bonds' golden age comes to an end." At least that's what a recent article in the Financial Times proclaims. The story points out how the unique ...

Money and Markets, Staff Writer - IMF Study: Who Will Pay and How?

IMF Study: Who Will Pay and How?

by Money and Markets, Staff Writer | Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 5:00pm

In April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a copy of a study on the U.S. fiscal imbalance.  The analysis was issued in the form of a working paper not to be reported as representative of the views or ...

Money and Markets, Staff Writer - Do You Want to Invest in an Annuity?

Do You Want to Invest in an Annuity?

by Money and Markets, Staff Writer | Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 5:00pm

I don’t know about you, but everywhere I turn someone is trying to sell me an annuity. The sales pitch tells me it’s a secure and risk-free investment, I don’t know about you, but that always makes me a bit wary ...

Rudy Martin - Latin American Airlines Bump to Safety

Latin American Airlines Bump to Safety

by Rudy Martin | Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 3:00pm

The current stock market weakness could prove an opportunity to participate in major long-term growth in Latin America’s aviation industry. The area’s airline companies thrive due to limited competition in ...

Money and Markets, Staff Writer - About Currency Trading

About Currency Trading

by Money and Markets, Staff Writer | Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 5:00pm

I don’t know about you, but I am a beginner when it comes to currency trading. The potential to make money trading currencies seems great, but if you’ve never done it before, there are probably some things ...

Rudy Martin - Should You Invest In India?

Should You Invest In India?

by Rudy Martin | Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 3:00pm

India remains an attractive market to invest in. It’s the second most populous country in the world, with more than 1.2 billion people. Of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), it has the lowest ...

Bryan Rich - World Currency Market Report

World Currency Market Report

by Bryan Rich | Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 3:00pm

Currency market participants have been repositioning and our models are signaling to do the same. The drivers are several key fundamental influences ...

Mike Larson - Interest Rate Outlook

Interest Rate Outlook

by Mike Larson | Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 1:00pm

With the job market showing some signs of improvement and the Fed beginning to take into account broader economic factors, it’s a good bet we’ll start to see interest rates rise in the near future ...

Sean Brodrick - Bullish on Corn

Bullish on Corn

by Sean Brodrick | Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 5:00pm

We're really bullish on gold and silver, but those aren't the only commodities heating up. Take corn for example, it ended last week going up the absolute limit allowed by the Chicago Board of Trade ...

Sean Brodrick - The Trend Is Your Friend

The Trend Is Your Friend

by Sean Brodrick | Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 3:00pm

Taking a look at recent trends can be a good way to get a feel for market direction and identify Electronically Traded Funds (ETFs) that are poised to take advantage of the anticipated market moves. Here are two ...

Money and Markets, Staff Writer - USDA Crop Report and You

USDA Crop Report and You

by Money and Markets, Staff Writer | Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 5:00pm

The USDA released its planting projections for the coming spring and stocks report.   These reflect farmers planting intentions and the current store of grains on hand. Planned Acreage (million acres) ...

Rudy Martin - S&P Upgrades Colombia

S&P Upgrades Colombia

by Rudy Martin | Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3:00pm

Grammy award-winning, Colombian singer Shakira was honored by Harvard University with 2011 Artist of the Year a few weeks ago. After accepting the award, Shakira challenged Harvard students to ...

The Money and Markets Team - Martin Weiss Answers Readers' Top Question …

Martin Weiss Answers Readers' Top Question …

by The Money and Markets Team | Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 11:01am

Dr. Martin Weiss, our founder and publisher, gave readers advanced warnings of the tech bust of 2000 ... the real estate bust of 2007 ... the credit crisis of 2008 ... and the recession of 2009 ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Washington's Not Listening to Weiss Research … But YOU Are!

Washington's Not Listening to Weiss Research … But YOU Are!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 31, 2009 at 10:54am

On March 19, 2009, a team of Weiss Research analysts published an urgent report: Dangerous Unintended Consequences. In it, we warned how the unprecedented attempts by the Fed ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Transcript: The Weiss Global Forum

Transcript: The Weiss Global Forum

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 1:37pm

Welcome to the Weiss Global Forum, bringing together our top experts from around the world for this international video conference. Our mission today is to explore with you a wide range of new ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Dangerous Unintended Consequences

Dangerous Unintended Consequences

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 12:23pm

Within fewer than 18 months, the U.S. government has spent, loaned, guaranteed or committed an astronomical sum of $11.6 trillion in an all-out attempt to bail out failing companies, save ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Response to Dan Dorfman

Response to Dan Dorfman

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 10:25am

Dan Dorfman has written an insightful article regarding my pessimistic outlook for the economy. Here's my response: On Halloween day at one of our subsidiaries — The Weiss School in ...

Amber Dakar - Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. and Mike Larson: The Only Ones Who Warned Ahead of Time

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. and Mike Larson: The Only Ones Who Warned Ahead of Time

by Amber Dakar | Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 1:57pm

Martin D. Weiss and co-editor Mike Larson are the only analysts that have specifically named nearly all of the major institutions that have suffered a financial failure in this crisis, whether ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Re: Global banking bailouts

Re: Global banking bailouts

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 5:21pm

I am writing today out of deep concern that the global banking bailouts announced this week could backfire. I am president of Weiss Research, Inc., an independent research corporation ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Weiss Research's Step-By-Step Guide To Long-Term Care

Weiss Research's Step-By-Step Guide To Long-Term Care

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, October 13, 2008 at 1:02pm

Long term care is a very complex area. But it’s also very important. Therefore, we have broken it down for you in to a series of steps. Each step is simple, but there are many of them. So if ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Weiss Research Emergency Q&A (Edited Transcript)

Weiss Research Emergency Q&A (Edited Transcript)

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Friday, October 10, 2008 at 3:19pm

You have just joined the Weiss Research's emergency question and answer session with Safe Money editors Martin Weiss and Mike Larson. Martin Weiss is the nation's leading advocate for ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Proposed $700 Billion Bailout Is Too Little, Too Late to End the Debt Crisis; Too Much, Too Soon for the U.S. Bond Market

Proposed $700 Billion Bailout Is Too Little, Too Late to End the Debt Crisis; Too Much, Too Soon for the U.S. Bond Market

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 7:30am

New data and analysis demonstrate that the proposal before Congress for a $700 billion financial industry bailout is too little, too late to end the massive U.S. debt crisis; and, at the same time ...

Peter Schiff - Comrade Bernanke Does it Again

Comrade Bernanke Does it Again

by Peter Schiff | Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 7:30am

By nationalizing nearly 80% of AIG for $85 billion, the Fed is doing a lot more than simply flushing taxpayer money down the toilet. The greater wrong is allowing the agency that

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Credit Crunch: How to Protect Yourself and Profit

Credit Crunch: How to Protect Yourself and Profit

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 7:55am

Learn how to protect yourself and profit! While it will drive oil and food prices through the roof.

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Greatest Wealth Shift of All Time

The Greatest Wealth Shift of All Time

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 12:00pm

In this report, I’d like to let you in on a Big-Picture reality check that too many investors are ignoring. For several years, observers called the U.S. a “Goldilocks” economy — blessed with low inflation, rising profits and no major …

Tony Sagami - Watch What the Chinese Are Buying

Watch What the Chinese Are Buying

by Tony Sagami | Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 12:00pm

Do you remember the gasps when the Japanese were snapping up some of America’s most-loved landmark properties during the 1980s? Back then, the business news almost always included a segment about the Japanese buying an American icon, whether it was …

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - The Collapse of the Great Ratings Scam

The Collapse of the Great Ratings Scam

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:30am

Tens of thousands of ratings have been issued for virtually every major bond, loan and debt in America. They're the brains and nervous system of our nation's entire credit markets. And the credit markets, in ...

Nilus Mattive - Why Dividends Will Almost Always Make You Money

Why Dividends Will Almost Always Make You Money

by Nilus Mattive | Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 12:00pm

I’d like to use this opportunity to tell you more about a topic that too many analysts have neglected for too long: Dividends. See, I’ve been passionate about dividends for a long time. In fact, with a little help from …

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Dangerously Close to a Money Panic

Dangerously Close to a Money Panic

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 12:00pm

With credit markets sinking into deeper turmoil … With more severe losses spreading to a wider range of financial institutions … And with the Fed’s rate cuts thus far failing to stem the crisis … We are coming dangerously close …

Mike Larson - Bond Investing Just Got Easier!

Bond Investing Just Got Easier!

by Mike Larson | Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 12:00pm

I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty when it comes to investing. But once I’m done with my research, and I know what sector, stock, or market I want to buy, I want the actual buying process ...

Nilus Mattive - Named Inside: A Great Stock for Recession

Named Inside: A Great Stock for Recession

by Nilus Mattive | Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 12:00pm

The U.S. stock market is off to a rocky start in 2008, so I wanted to tell you about a dividend-paying company that can help you diversify your portfolio away from weakness here in the States.…

Mike Larson - The New Savings and Loan Crisis

The New Savings and Loan Crisis

by Mike Larson | Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 12:00pm

In the marbled halls of this nation’s leading banks … and the wood-paneled boardrooms of top investment firms … They’re facing the biggest credit meltdown since the Savings and Loan Crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s! Back then …

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - How to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

How to Protect Your Stock Portfolio

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 12:00pm

Before Dad passed away, he asked me to make a solemn promise — to stay on the lookout for the next major stock market decline and do everything I could to help you protect yourself ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - 15 Rules To Get The Most Out Of Options

15 Rules To Get The Most Out Of Options

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 12:00pm

Most investors who buy options wind up losing money — usually for the very same reasons that investors lose money in the stock market or any other investment: They let their emotions get the best of them. Plus, they don't ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Five Golden Rules

Five Golden Rules

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 12:00pm

If we look back over the recent past, we can see some of the tallest peaks and deepest valleys of our time. Just five years ago, in December of 1999, the U.S. economy was booming, the Nasdaq ...

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Two Global Megatrends

Two Global Megatrends

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, October 1, 2007 at 7:30am

Matin D. Weiss, Ph.D. Discuses Two Global Megatrends and investement opportunities.

Sean Brodrick - How To Get Immediate Crash Protection

How To Get Immediate Crash Protection

by Sean Brodrick | Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 12:00pm

Martin’s “Final Warning” on Monday, reaching readers one day before yesterday’s 280-point plunge in the Dow, came just in the nick of time — especially for all those investors who needed a

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Massive credit crunch striking now!

Massive credit crunch striking now!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 20, 2007 at 12:00pm

A massive credit crunch is striking, and you sit at a critical juncture like none other in history. Never before have you seen so much wealth at stake. Never before have you seen such massive threats to that wealth. And …

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. - Day of Reckoning!

Day of Reckoning!

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. | Monday, August 6, 2007 at 12:00pm

I was born in New York but raised in Brazil. Elisabeth was born in Brazil but has spent most of her adult life in the U.S. When we first met, she was 13, and I was 17. She was going …

Mike Larson - How Federal Regulators, Lenders, and Wall Street Created America’s Housing Crisis — Nine Proposals for a Long-Term Recovery

How Federal Regulators, Lenders, and Wall Street Created America’s Housing Crisis — Nine Proposals for a Long-Term Recovery

by Mike Larson | Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 12:00pm

For many Americans, the dream of home ownership is turning into a nightmare. Despite the absence of an economic recession, delinquencies are surging, home sales are falling, prices are declining ...