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The Year Of The Red Monkey: Volatility Reigns Supreme

To preserve capital, you need to outsmart the monkey
Friday, March 11, 2016, 3:16 PM

In the lunar calendar that started February 8, this is the Year of the Red Monkey. I found this description of the Red Monkey quite apt:

"According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have good return for your money investment, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. That implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finance, career, business relationship and people relationship."

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In other words, the financial world will be volatile. And few will have the agility and wile to outsmart the market-monkey. » Read more

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Unpacking the Propaganda

Debunking the increasingly fact-free financial media
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:06 PM

Almost daily there's some article or another in the US financial press that is little more than marketing collateral for Wall Street.

Broken down, the message is always some version of: Now is a great time to buy stocks!

It's gotten to the absurd stage where everything justifies higher stock prices. » Read more

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Daily Digest 3/6 - Wall St Selling Junk Bonds At Record Pace, College Could Cost $300k In 10 Years

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:47 AM
  • The Greek Catastrophe: Three Generations of Greek Workers
  • Public authorities rack up nearly $250 billion in debt
  • European Shares at Multi-Year Highs on Stimulus Hopes
  • Analysis - Older French face slow squeeze in pension reform
  • U.S. Tells G-7 to Avoid Currency Intervention Except Rare Cases
  • China's Ghost Towns: Deserted Cities Raise Fears of Debt Crisis
  • Food banks are thriving, much to the government's embarrassment
  • Egypt’s fuel shortages demonstrate perfect storm of economic pressures
  • Revealed: The shocking true scale of food poverty 
  • Report: Record 50,000 homeless now in NYC
  • Images of Japan's barren tsunami coast 2 years on
  • College could cost over $300k in 10 years
  • Wall Street selling junk bonds at record pace
  • Why America's middle class is losing ground
  • Gross Says Yen to Weaken to 100 Per Dollar on QE Concern
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The Trends to Watch in 2013

Probabilities are becoming more certain
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 12:26 AM

Rather than attempt to predict the unpredictable – that is, specific events and price levels – let’s look instead for key dynamics that will play out over the next two to three years. Though the specific timelines of crises are inherently unpredictable, it is still useful to understand the eventual consequences of influential trends.

In other words: policies that appear to have been successful for the past four years may continue to appear successful for a year or two longer. But that very success comes at a steep, and as yet unpaid, price in suppressed systemic risk, cost, and consequence. » Read more