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Hair-Trigger Markets

Bull market liftoff? Or bear rally rollover?
Friday, March 15, 2019, 6:25 PM

The market looks very much paused at the brink of a breakout here. The question is: up or down?

The bulls are expecting a sharp rebound in GDP from Q1, which they claim was artificially low due the government shutdown. They point to 2018's solid 3% economic growth, claiming the US is humming along fine and about to get a shot of adrenaline once America and China announce an end to their trade war. In their eyes, the S&P is poised to rocket higher once it punches vigorously above 2820.

The bears see a topping out of a classic bear market rally, one that has been propelled by no convincing fundamentals -- only central bank jawboning/easing and continued massive buyback programs (plus this week's rare Quad Witch options expiration). They see an extremely overbought market, with stocks ready to break down to new lows for the year.

Which way will thing break? » Read more

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Peak Prosperity

VIDEO: The Fed Stooges

Laughing (and crying) at the recent '60 Minutes' interview
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 5:21 PM

On Sunday night, 60 Minutes treated the American public to a sit-down interview with the current Federal Reserve chairman and his two immediate predecessors.

Hilarity ensued.

Not really...unless you enjoy gallows humor.

In the below video, Chris explains why this relatively gentle puff-piece assisting the Fed's hawking of its "All is well!" message is an intentional soporific, designed to keep the populace slumbering in ignorance of the extreme danger reckless central bank monetary policy has placed society in. » Read more

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Green New Deal

Deconstructing The Green New Deal

Despite serious flaws, it sparks a needed conversation
Friday, March 8, 2019, 8:49 PM

The Green New Deal (GND) is important as a starting point to have a long, long overdue conversation about energy. Specifically: How are we going to eventually transition away from fossil fuels?

As such, the proposal -- while (very) far from perfect -- should not be ignored and deserves our attention. 

It's also important because it represents the sorts of zig-zags our social and political paths are inceasingly likely to take in the coming future as we're forced to face our looming economic, ecological and energy-related predicaments. » Read more

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Last Chance To Register For Real Estate Investment Webinar #3

The webinar airs tomorrow (Sat Mar 9) @ noon ET
Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:38 PM

This is a reminder notice that Episode #3 of our new webinar series on Real Estate Investing aires live tomorrow morning, Saturday, Mar 9 @ noon ET/9am PT.

If you haven't registered for it yet, you only have hours left to do so. Regitration costs $50.

Click here to register. » Read more

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Making The Numbers Work

The most important episode yet in our real estate series
Friday, March 1, 2019, 8:53 PM

Whether or not you've already been watching our unfolding webinar series on real estate investing, you're going to find this next episode particularly interesting.

As we learned in the first two episodes, there are many important components to the real estate investing process beyond the property itself. Your personal goals, macro and micro market conditions, the quality of the professionals you partner with -- just to name a few.

But, if you don't get the math right, it's all for naught. » Read more

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We're Living In 'The Groundhog Show'

In which our leaders make the same mistakes over & over
Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:15 PM

It's said that truth mirrors fiction. I'm finding this to be the case more and more these days.

Take the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. Bill Murray wakes up each day to relieve the exact same daily circumstances and interpersonal interactions. He relives the same day, February 2, over and over again.No matter what he does, the repetitive cycle won't break.  He goes to sleep, wakes up to his alarm, and it's the morning of Feb 2 again.

Likewise, in The Truman Show, Jim Carrey lives in a simulated environment where everybody's an actor in a popular TV show except him.  For him, it’s his real life.  But although he doesn't realise it, everything around him is completely scripted and fake.

If merge these two movies together, they perfectly describe the world in which we live today.  Welcome to Groundhog Day meets The Truman Show.   Let’s call this mash-up The Groundhog Show. » Read more

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1 Day Left! Register For Real Estate Investment Webinar #2

The webinar airs this Sat @ noon ET
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8:00 PM

This is a reminder notice that Episode #2 of our new webinar series on Real Estate Investing aires live this Saturday, Feb 23 @ noon ET/9am PT.

If you haven't registered for it yet, you only have a day left to do so. Regitration costs $50

Register now! » Read more

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Dude, Where's My Cash?

The growing desperation for income
Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:44 PM

A few months back, we issued a report, The Primacy Of Income, declaring the end of the era of capital gains.

It's conclusion? Wealth accumulation over the next decade will be predominantly driven by income.

Since issuing that report, developments have only served to underscore that prediction. » Read more

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Watch Episode #1 Of Our Real Estate Investing Series

The case for investing for safety & profit
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3:02 PM

Yesterday, we aired the first live episode of our webinar series on Real Estate Investing.

This first episode, making the case for real estate as an investment vehicle for building wealth and inflation-adjusting income, is free to all. 

Here's the replay video, if you didn't have the chance to watch the event live » Read more

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Next Stop: Recession!

We've arrived at the end of the line
Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:23 PM

We've enjoyed years of "recovery" since the Great Financial Crisis by literally papering over our problems with newly-printed money, instead of addressing their root causes.

But we've now arrived at the awkward part of the story; when all of our prior mistakes finally catch up with us, and the plot heads in a much darker direction. » Read more