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Wolf Richter: Making Sense Of The Recent Market Gyrations

Which triggers are driving the action? What's next?
Monday, October 15, 2018, 3:37 PM

Recorded last week as the market was in full melt-down mode, Chris and Wolf Richter decode the underlying drivers of the sudden reversal, and peer into the future to predict what is most likely to happen next. Both agree that, whether stocks are briefly 'rescued' in the ensuing days, the long-awaited downward re-pricing of the 'Everything Bubble' is nigh. » Read more

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WARNING: The Markets Are Suddenly Looking Very Sick

Why this may be the long-awaited turning point downwards
Friday, October 5, 2018, 12:59 PM

As you probably know, our model here for tracking and staying ahead of the next financial crisis is to watch for trouble to move from “the outside in.”  This means that the weaker elements in the system always fail first.

Therefore, we prioritize watching junk debt more than investment grade debt, investment grade debt more then US Treasurys (the supposedly safest bonds in the world).  We watch Italy closer than Germany, and Turkey closer than Italy.

The weakest elements always go first.

And when the central bank created credit-liquidity cycles come to an end, this is especially true.

And when the weakest players topple, the contagion up the quality chain usually starts happening fast.

Very fast.

This is why we've long been advising a prudent and careful strategy of money management over these past several years, as painful as that’s been while the party has been raging higher. 

And while we’re not anxious to be vindicated (because there will be a lot of misery in the world when these credit bubbles finally burst), we’re confident that we will be.

Has that time begun? Is it finally time to call it, and pronounce this long-lived credit cycle dead?

Well... we’ve thought so before and been wrong, so let us be the first to temper our remarks here. If the extraordinary efforts of the central authorities have taught us anything over the years, it’s to be cautious and humble when it comes to marking “market calls.”

Since we don’t have a crystal ball, let's share the data that’s been accumulating on our desktop these past few months that has us thinking that the long-awaited market correction may have indeed arrived this week. This evidence suggests that the crumbling decay in the markets has just recently passed several critical marks, and that a major breakdown to the downside may be unfolding before our eyes.

And while we’ve not (yet) ready to issue an official “Alert” to all of our readers, this is for sure a serious warning.

Let's start by looking at these critical charts... » Read more

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Off The Cuff: Expect More Interest Rate Hikes

Hikes that the market has not yet priced in
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 12:20 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Axel Merk discuss:

  • Contagion Risk
    • Where will the Emerging Markets melt-down end?
  • Inflation On The Rise
    • Now cresting above 2%
  • More Fed Rate Hikes Coming
    • Not yet priced into the market
  • Gold/Silver Ratio
    • What is today's extreme level telling us?

Recorded last week, Axel -- who has close access to Federal Reserve insiders -- explains why he predicts the Fed will hike rates higher than the market currently expects.

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The End Of Cheap Debt: The Fall & Rise Of Interest Rates

Perhaps the greatest single trend impacting the next decade
Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:54 PM

Total debt (public + private) in America is currently at a staggering $67 trillion.

That number has been rising fast over the past 47 years, following the US dollar's transformation into a fully-fiat currency in August of 1971.

Perhaps this wouldn't be such a big concern were America's income, measured by GDP, we're growing at a similar rate. But it's not. » Read more

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Lance Roberts: The Markets Are Now Waving A Huge Red Flag

Another debt-fueled crisis & and hangover approaches
Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:15 PM

Lance Roberts sees trouble ahead.

As chief investment strategist of Clarity Financial and chief editor of Real Investment Advice, Lance issues commentary weekly on the financial markets. He sees a major market correction/crash dead ahead, likely in early 2019 as the US economy offically slides back into recession -- though he's open to it happening sooner than that.

Based on the huge debt/decifit excess that have built up in the economy, paired with the tremendous overvaluations in asset prices seen in today's markets, Lance expects economic growth to remain anemic (at best) for the coming decade: » Read more

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Michael Pento: When The Yield Curve Inverts Soon, The Next Recession Will Start

Expected timing: this Fall
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 3:34 PM

Some day, today's era of insane asset price bubbles will end. But how? Will it unwind in an orderly and polite way, as the world's central planners hope? Or will be disorderly, resulting in painful portfolio losses and mass layoffs?

Michael Pento, fund manager and author of The Coming Bond Bubble Collapse returns to the podcast this week to offer his prediction that events will most likely take the latter route. In fact, he sees the developing inversion of the yield curve as a dependable precursor to the US economy entering recession as soon as this Fall: » Read more

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2018: The Year Everything Changed

Long-time trends are breaking down
Friday, April 13, 2018, 3:42 PM

Since the rescuing of the financial system in the wake of the Great Financial Crisis, the world has enjoyed a steady upward trajectory of "prosperity. After bottoming in March 2009, stock indices have more than quadrupled. Bonds and real estate have rose to record highs. Market volatility essentially disappeared. The unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest levels in memory. It's been nearly a decade now of smooth sailing and easy returns.

That's all now changing. » Read more

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Simon Black: Priced To Fantasy

Stock prices today simply aren't justifiable
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 11:53 AM

Chris and I have been on a ship this week, presenting at The Real Estate Investor Summit At Sea.

We were able to steal away for an hour to sit down with fellow presenter Simon Black (founder of SovereignMan.com) and this excellent discussion ensued. We didn't have any agenda prepared; it's just us three riffing and sharing our thoughts on the most likely implications of the biggest macro risks that have our attention right now. » Read more

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This Is The Turning Point

The driving trends of the past decade are now reversing
Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:32 PM

The saying "the worm has turned" refers to the moment when the downtrodden have finally had enough, and turn on their powerful oppressors.

The worms have finally turned against the privileged elites -- who have benefited so greatly from globalization, corruption, central bank stimulus and the profiteering of state-enforced cartels. » Read more

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Off The Cuff: The Coming Crisis Is Not Only Inevitable, It's Needed

We'll be better off for it (if we survive it)
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:22 PM

In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and John Rubino discuss:

  • Manipulated Markets
    • The plunge protection team is not sidelined yet
  • Manipulated Politics
    • Trade, and possibly kinetic, wars are being engineered deliberately
  • The Silver Lining Of The Next Great Financial Crisis
    • It should put us on sounder footing, if we survive it
  • Positioning To Profit From The Next Crash
    • There are asset classes and trading strategies that hold great promise

John Rubino delivers a hard-hitting rebuke of the current debt-based global fiat money regime, along with its current massive volumes of money printing, and explains why he not only predicts the system must crash, but that we'll be better off for it (should we survive it).

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