stocks

Insider

fanpop.com

Off The Cuff: Bubbles Everywhere!

Ideas for undervalued assets to rotate your capital into
Monday, December 18, 2017, 3:57 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Charles Hugh Smith discuss:

  • Nearly Every Market Is At A Record Bubble High
    • But 95% of the population is living under recessionary conditions
  • What Can Investors Rotate Into For Value/Safety?
    • There are a few asset classes that make sense
  • The High Cost Of Pursuing Continued Economic Growth
    • We're destroying essential components of the ecosphere
  • Money And Work Unchained
    • Charles lays out the key insights of his new book

Chris and Charles begin with a romp through the near-endless list of asset classes that have risen to nose-bleed overvaluations in today's markets. The gap between price and value is absolutely insane right now. Where can a cautious investor park their capital in conditions like this? Chris and Charles have several candidates to recommend.

They then dig into an important and fascinating discussion of Universal Basic Income. Make no mistake: we will be hearing an increasing chorus of politicians and the populace clamor for such a solution -- but it's a fool's errand; one that would be tremendously destructive to both our economy and our social fabric. This is the topic of Charles new book, Money And Work Unchained. (If you'd like to read the first few chapters of the book for free, Charles is making them available for free to Peak Prosperity readers here).

Click to listen to a sample of this Off the Cuff Podcast or Enroll today to access the full audio and other premium content today.
Blog

silentera.com

The Great Oil Swindle

Is leading us to destruction
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:41 PM

When it comes to the story we're being told about America's rosy oil prospects, we're being swindled. And the swindle is not just limited to the US.

At its core, the swindle is this: The shale industry's oil production forecasts are vastly overstated.

The false conclusions the world is drawing as a result of the deception and outright lies we're being told is putting our future prosperity in major jeopardy. Policy makers and ordinary citizens alike have been misled, and everyone -- everyone -- is unprepared for the inevitable and massive coming oil price shock. » Read more

Insider

Sunny studio/Shutterstock

It’s High Time For Action

Get ready for disruption
Friday, October 20, 2017, 8:27 PM

Executive Summary

  • Beware the coming reduction in global central bank money printing
  • The full-blown ecological emergency
  • Uncovering the hidden downside risks to the markets
  • Steps to take now

If you have not yet read Part 1: Are You Infuriated Yet?available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

I keep circling back to the financial markets because they are the chief signaling agent for most people. As long as the markets are doing okay, people’s attention wanders away from our predicaments and towards believing in the dominant "all is fine" narrative.

But, with the crystal-clear connection we see between asset prices and central bank money printing, prices in today's “markets” are really a creation of monetary policy. As a result, the signals the markets send us increasingly have no bearing on actual reality.

Here’s a good example: McDonalds' stock is hitting new high after new high. This is a function of both the ever-rising markets but also of the company's own internal accounting hocus-pocus.

This chart explains much:

(Source)

The red line tells us that MCD’s revenues are down a stunning 15% since 2014. The green line tells us that their stock price is UP an even more stunning 65% over the same time period.

Meanwhile total debt of MCD’s has mushroomed from $14 billion to $29 billion, while total assets have shrunk. Yet MCD's stock price has risen handsomely.

The critical insight this is telling us about today's markets is... » Read more

Blog

Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock

Are You Infuriated Yet?

You should be. I certainly am...
Friday, October 20, 2017, 8:27 PM

Both the pension and health care crises are infuriating and self-inflicted wounds.

We could have avoided them by making wiser choices in the past. We didn't. We could limit their damage by making better choices today. We almost assuredly won't.

Anybody who studies the system and its math comes to the same conclusion: the corporations have all the power and they are misusing it for private gain.

An easy prediction to make is that this simmering anger of the populace is going to start boiling over more violently in the coming years. Welcome to the Age of Fury. » Read more

Blog

Shutterstock

Too Good For Too Long

Over-extended systems contract quickly & violently
Friday, October 13, 2017, 8:42 PM

Having just lived through the massive fires in northern California -- on top of watching news reports over the previous weeks of similarly abrupt "before/after" transitions in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, Las Vegas and Catalonia -- I have a new-found appreciation for the maxim that when it arrives, change happens quickly -- usually much more quickly than folks ever imagined, catching the general public off-guard and unprepared.

We humans tend to think linearly and comparatively. In other words, we usually assume the near future will look a lot like the recent past. And it does much of the time.

But other times it doesn't. And that's where the danger lies. » Read more

Blog

imgflip.com

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Tom Petty's anthem for today's investors
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5:21 PM

The stock market is now 70% higher than it was as the previous bubble peak immediately preceding the 2008 Great Financial Crisis.

Reflect for a moment how painful the crash from Sept 2008-March 2009 was. How much more painful will a crash from today's much dizzier heights be? » Read more

Insider

rudall30/Shutterstock

How To Defend Against An Unfair Re-Set Of The System

Hint: think like the 1%
Friday, September 29, 2017, 8:03 PM

Executive Summary

  • The source of leverage being used to manipulate us
  • The powers that be have a much weaker hand than we realize
  • The increase use of force to control the system will ultimately undermine it
  • What options are available to those who want to free themselves from this supression?

If you have not yet read Part 1: Upon The Next Crisis, The Rules Will Suddenly Change available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1 we surveyed the dynamics driving ever-expanding state control, the state’s priorities in crisis management (secure the state’s authority and the wealth/power of elites) and the authorities’ current preference for indirect control of the market.

Leverage and the Market as a Signifier

Markets are no longer markets—they are simulacra of markets, displaying the superficial appearance but not the dynamics and uncertainties of real markets, which have an unnerving tendency to veer away from the state-approved scripts of permanent, stable expansion.

Why have central banks and states (which includes blocs of nations such as the Eurozone with a centralized governing elite) chosen to cloak their control of markets?

The answer is has two parts:  1) central banks/states must leverage their intervention due to the monumental scale of global markets; owning assets worth hundreds of trillions of dollars is at best awkward in the current arrangement and at worst politically impossible.  

While financial leverage is a relatively straightforward tool, 2) the real leverage is exerting psychological control over the market by transforming market price action into a signifier (i.e. signaling mechanism) that persuades participants to... » Read more

Blog

rangizzz/Shutterstock

You're Likely A Lot Less Prepared For Crisis Than You Realize

Lessons from the recent rash of natural disasters
Friday, September 22, 2017, 3:25 PM

It seems as if Mother Nature is waking up. Either she's trying to send humans an important warning, or perhaps she's just out to kill us all.

Massive storms across the globe, earthquakes, and collapsing ecosystems all combine to remind us that we are indeed intimately connected to our planet's natural systems. And that our well-being rests on staying on Mother Nature's good side.

Well, Mother Nature has seemed pretty pissed at us of late. Her recent punishments should be taken as a disciplinary wake-up call. » Read more

Blog

Victor Moussa/Shutterstock

The Cardinal Sin Of Investing: Permanent Impairment Of Capital

How to avoid making it
Friday, September 15, 2017, 8:47 PM

Permanent impairment of capital is the cardinal sin of investing.

Well, today's markets present a clear and present danger of coming capital impairment for those who don't take prudent action in advance of a market downturn. Don't be guilty of inaction.

 
Blog

Shutterstock/4zevar

Last Chance To Register For The Dangerous Markets Webinar

The webinar takes place this Wed @ noon EST
Monday, September 11, 2017, 5:26 PM

If you have not yet registered for the Dangerous Markets webinar, which will take place at noon EST this Wednesday Sep 13th, time is quickly running out.

Chris and I are extremely excited for this one, as the featured presenters -- Grant Williams and Lance Roberts -- are two of our favorite market analysts. Both have done truly excellent work recently in identifying the key indicators to track as the current Mother Of All Financial Bubbles tops out and prepares to burst. This will be a very data-rich discussion (in other words, you chart geeks are going to be in heaven).

The price to participate in this webinar is $25, unless you are an enrolled member of PeakProsperity.com (i.e. paying subscriber with access to our 'Insider' content). In that case, it's FREE» Read more