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Now That's A Nice Bottom

Keeping an eye on gold, silver, oil, and copper prices
Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:07 PM

~ Gold and silver race up off the lows

The failure of the Swiss referendum to repatriate gold was somehow used as the catalyst to hammer gold, silver, oil, and copper...each of them a signature bell-weather for economic activity.

I was ready to write this piece titled "Deflation Wins!"  but that would have been the on-line equivalent of "Dewey Wins!"  because just as Dewey actually lost to Truman, each of the four substances listed bounced back hard after their initial pummeling. » Read more

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Real Estate: Is the Bottom In, or Is This a Head-Fake?

The housing recovery is no sure bet
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 11:32 AM

Everyone interested in real estate is asking the same question: is the bottom in, or is this just another “green shoots” recovery that will soon wilt?

Let’s start by reviewing the fundamental forces currently affecting real estate valuations. » Read more