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Predicting business trends is dangerous, particularly on the Internet and particularly when you put a time frame on it. So although it doesn’t come as a surprise to us, even we wouldn’t have put such a bearish call on the recent jobs numbers that came out for December last week. Sure, we knew the numbers […]

The Federal Reserve is already telegraphing that the taper will not go well. In a speech on Friday, Ben Bernanke tempered praise of his tenure as Federal Reserve Chair with acknowledgment that economic recovery “clearly remains incomplete” – which is quite an understatement. In fact, with the markets having been so distorted with $4 trillion […]

We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep saying it as long as there are people who need the benefit of gold in their savings portfolios and retirement accounts: Gold is historically one of the best hedges against inflation and currency mishaps. Gold serves as an insurance policy against the crashes and collapses that the world […]

The year ends on a high note for equities after a year (years, actually) of being bolstered by Federal Reserve giveaways, a.k.a. Quantitative Easing. This unprecedented level of market interference by the Fed is supposedly being stepped down, or “tapered”, beginning next month as the market tries to figure out what a new normal might […]

Although we start this week’s Market Update on a down note, stick with us. For on this holiday season, it ends cheery… With the market accepting the latest “official” figures on GDP and unemployment at face value, with most shrugging off last week’s news from the Federal Reserve that it intends to begin tapering Quantitative […]

Business news is awash with optimism about the “encouraging” jobs numbers that were released last Friday, indicating yet again that the recovery is real and the economy is strengthening. But is it? Is it really? The possibility makes the stock market a little nervous because many take seriously the Federal Reserve’s threat to taper Quantitative […]

Rarely does our Chart of the Week (featured in each week’s Market Update email) provoke such strong reaction from you, our readers. But this one did it: This chart shows that since 2009, every single penny of the stock market’s gains have come during rounds of Quantitative Easing. As the Fed has bought more assets, […]