Here’s a quick, executive summary of the week’s stories, with a link to the full articles online …
“Unimaginable Consequences” for Hong Kong
|Protests continue on the streets of Hong Kong.|
Those are the words of the People’s Daily, the leading voice of the Chinese Communist Party. And they’re not a forecast or a speculation. They’re a thinly-veiled threat! What’s ahead for Hong Kong, the biggest financial center of the largest, most populous, fastest growing continent on the planet? Martin D. Weiss explains. Read more by clicking here.
Headwinds for Multinationals?
The message is clear: The worsening conditions in emerging markets and Europe are a clear and present risk for MNCs, or multinational corporations. Add in the recent strength of the dollar, and the pressures increase. But it does create opportunities as well. To get Jon Markman’s take on the situation, click here.
What’s Up With Gold and Silver?
Is Larry Edelson still confident about his long-term outlook for gold and silver? What kind of market are we in right now? Click here to find out more about what Larry sees for the market.
Lies, Lies and More (Government) Lies
Here they go again! Lying to us once more. Americans are more skeptical than ever about their government, and recent economic data maneuvering gives them more reason to be doubtful. But you can double check the figures, as Charles Goyette did. Get the real story by clicking here.
Why Europe Matters to You
Hardly a day goes by without yet another dismal report from our friends across the pond … Germany, France, Spain — it’s all disheartening news. But what does it mean for you? Mike Larson takes a look. Click here to get the story.
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:
Financial Engineering, American-Style!
Companies are now spending more than 30 percent of their cash flow on share buybacks. That’s roughly double the amount they spent 12 years ago. During that same time, they slashed capital spending to just 40 percent of cash flow from 50 percent. What does it say about the long-term vision of executives if they can’t find anything better to invest in than their own shares? Mike takes a tough, hard look at the activities of corporate execs in America. Click here to read more.
Another ‘Fad’ Stock Goes Bust — Who’s Next?
First, it was Candy Crush game maker King Digital Entertainment that lost its sweetness. This week, it was the home beverage company SodaStream that’s going flat. What will be next? Read Mike’s take on the matter by clicking here.
Guess Who Can’t Get a Mortgage!
He’s a fairly rich guy. His net worth is at least $1.1 million, according to public disclosures, and he is now getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for speaking engagements. But when he went to refinance his Washington, D.C. house, he was reportedly rejected. And he has plenty of company, too! Read more on the issue and Mike’s take on it by clicking here.
The ‘Euroglut’ and What It Means to You
Mike Larson reads a ton of research every day. And one of the most interesting concepts recently deals with the “Euroglut.” Never heard of it? Don’t feel bad. It’s a relatively new concept — but it’s one that means a heck of a lot to your wealth! Let Mike get you up to speed on it. Click here to read more.
The Money and Markets Team