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Yes, Virginia, There Is A “Santa Rally”

Authord by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Yes, Virgina, There Is A Santa Claus Every year, at this time, I republish the story of 8-year Virginia O’Hanlon who asked the most important of questions. I encourage you to read it as it reminds us of the importance, meaning and the “Spirit” of the Christmas season.  *  […]


Forget The Phony Pension Accounting, Here’s How Much Your State Pension Is Really Underfunded

The phony assumptions that go into calculating public pension underfundings in the United States are a frequent topic for us.  As our readers are aware, state pension administrators are given fairly wide leeway to simply pick a discount rate out of thin air.  Of course, since pensions are nothing but a massive stream of future […]


Ten Top Alt-Fin posts that marked 2017 – Peter Diekmeyer (22/12/2017)

Ten Top Alt-Fin posts that marked 2017 Written by Peter Diekmeyer, Sprott Money News   Increasing questions regarding the big financial institutions and mainstream media platforms that cover them (such as CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times) are highlighting the importance of looking elsewhere for investment ideas. To help, we propose a subjective list […]


Gold EFPs: Absolute Proof That Paper Gold Is A Fraud

Authored by Stewart Dougherty via InvestmentResearchDynamics.com, IRD’s Note:  In the past year, there has been a noticeably substantial  increase in the use of the obscurely defined EFPs (Exchange for Physicals) and PNTs (Privately Negotiated Transactions) in the settlement of Comex gold and silver futures contracts.  In simple terms, the EFPs and PNTs enable the counterparties  […]


Equity Mania Reaches Fever Pitch As Even Famed “Value Investors” Throw In The Towel On Shorts

Once upon a time, the chart below would have resulted in value investors loading up on short positions, or at the very least moving money to the sidelines, while poking fun at the ‘momo’ crowd for once again convincing themselves that “this time is different” as they chased equities ever higher.  Alas, as Bloomberg points […]


11 Of 19 Bear Market Indicators Have Now Been Triggered: BofA

Two weeks ago, Bank of America tripped recession-watcher alarms, when it announced out that one of its surest bear-market indicators, one which has never had a false negative, had just been triggered. As we said at the time, according to BofA’s Savita Subramanian in November the S&P 500’s three-month earnings estimate revision ratio (ERR) fell […]


Despite Overnight Ramp, Stocks Are Being Dumped At The Open (Again)

Sell the news… again… Nasdaq is now red on the week again…   VIX crashed to 8.90 as cash markets opened…   30Y yields back at the Nov 1st FOMC level…   Some are suggesting the extremely rapid long-squeeze in Treasuries is triggering Risk-Parity unwinds… http://WarMachines.com


Is It 1999? 2007? Or Both?

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, In last week’s Technical Update, I discussed the potential for the S&P 500 to hit 2700 by Christmas. To wit: “The current momentum behind the market advance is clearly bullish, and with the ‘smell of tax reform’ in the air, there is little to derail the bulls before year-end.   […]


CalPERS Goes All-In On Pension Accounting Scam; Boosts Stock Allocation To 50%

Starting July 1, 2018 stock markets around the world are going to get yet another artificial boost courtesy of a decision by the $350 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to allocate another $15 billion in capital to already bubbly equities.  Of course, if this decision doesn’t make sense to you that’s because it’s […]


SEC Suspends Trading In Crypto Company Which Soared To $11 Billion Amid Bitcoin Mania

Following last night's chaotic appearance of LongFin CEO on CNBC's FastMoney, it appears The SEC has finally had enough of the unusually explosive price gains of previously tranquil publicly-traded companies adding the word 'blockchain' to their names (or mission statements). In what we suspect will be the first of many, The SEC has suspended trading […]


Taxes, Balance Of Payments, & The USDollar Paradox

Authored by Bryce Coward via Knowledge Leaders Capital blog, Investors were finally treated yesterday to some of the most important compromise provisions to come out of the House-Senate conference on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Among them were: 21% corporate rate Reduction of the top wage rate to 37% 20% deduction on pass-through income […]


Zombie Corporations: Over 10% Of Global Companies Depend On Cheap Fed Money

Authored by Mike Shedlock via www.themaven.net/mishtalk, Ten percent of corporations survive only because central banks have kept real interest rates negative. The BIS defines Zombie firms as those with a ratio of earnings before interest and taxes to interest expenses below one, with the firm aged 10 years or more. In simple terms, Zombies are […]


Nasdaq Tops 7,000 For First Time Ever As VIX Crashes

Having passed 6,000 for the first time in April, Nasdaq has now soared 17% since then to surpass 7,000 today…   As soon as cash markets closed last Friday (quad witch), US equity futures spiked… then spiked again on Sunday night’s open, and again at the US equity cash open this morning…   And VIX […]


Bank Of America: “This Is The First Sign That A Bubble Has Arrived”

Lately, fund flow data has all the credibility of a NYT presidential poll two days before the Trump defeats Hillary.  On one hand, you have Lipper reporting that investors pulled $16.2bn from U.S.-based equity funds in the past week, the largest withdrawals since December 2016. The same Lipper also reported that taxable-bond mutual funds and […]