Here’s a quick, executive summary of the stories for the week, with a link to the full articles online.
The Great Unraveling
The world is unraveling; the depth of the disorder is alarming; its pace is accelerating; and its potential impact on your investments is far-reaching. Get Martin D. Weiss’ take on the situation by clicking here
Last Days of the Euro Zone?
Do you want to worry about something real, now that everyone is in such a good mood? Jon Markman suggests worrying about the breakup of the euro zone again. Click here to read more about the troubles on the Continent and what could be done to fix it.
The Future of Oil
The interim bear market in gold and other precious metals that Larry Edelson has been tracking for you isn’t the only bear market out there. As he warned quite some time ago, the price of crude oil would also fall substantially, down to below $70 a barrel, and quite possibly lower, before it bottoms. What’s the outlook now? Click here to get Larry’s view.
When the Timing’s Right
It’s been said that “timing is everything” and when it comes to financial markets, most investors would absolutely agree that good timing is essential when picking out stock investments. Read more from Mike Burnick by clicking here.
The Housing Market for 2015
What are the most important trends in the housing industry as we head into 2015? Mike Larson takes a close look at the sector — get his views by clicking here.
The Week’s Hot News
Money and Markets columnist Mike Larson and others take a look at key financial and political events around the globe after the market close. Here are the week’s highlights:
Big Trouble for Big Mac?
|What’s the future hold for McDonald’s?|
The numbers we keep getting out of an American fast-food icon show the company is running off the rails. U.S. comparable store sales — or sales at domestic restaurants that have been open for at least 13 months — tanked 4.6 percent last month. That was more than twice as bad as the 2.1 percent drop analysts were expecting. Mike Larson takes a look at the situation. Click here to read more and to add your viewpoint as well.
Troubling Tremors in the Markets
Carry Trades” are dominating market action. Not just here. Not just in stocks. In virtually every asset class around the world. But now, some troubling tremors are starting to emerge — and that could change the game! So let’s address your first question right up front: What the heck is a carry trade? Get Mike’s explanation by clicking here.
This Time, It’s Different
No DC madness this time when it comes to budget time? Perhaps we can focus on other things like actual market fundamentals. See what Mike has to say about the situation by clicking here.
Oil Crisis? Or Oil Hype?
Is the collapse of oil prices another dot.com bubble situation or just a short-term interruption in the rise of the sector? Mike Larson takes a look. Click here to read more.
The Money and Markets Team