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How That $1.4 Trillion In Repatriated Cash Might Result In U.S. Job Losses, Not Gains

Moody’s estimates that there is roughly $1.4 trillion dollars belonging to U.S. corporations that has been building up in foreign bank accounts for years now to avoid the 35% corporate tax that would be levied on them if they were brought back to the U.S.  Of course, getting that $1.4 trillion back to the U.S. […]


The Dumbest Dumb Money Finally Gets Suckered In

Authored by John Rubino via DollarCollapse.com, Corporate share repurchases have turned out to be a great mechanism for converting Federal Reserve easing into higher consumer spending. Just allow public companies to borrow really cheaply and one of the things they do with the resulting found money is repurchase their stock. This pushes up equity prices, […]


The Consumer Staples Sector Is No Place To Hide

Authored by Bryce Coward via Knowledge Leaders Capital blog, The Consumer Staples sector is often viewed as a safe haven; a sector that, because of its inherent cash flow stability, market participants can turn to as a place of refuge when things get shaky. Yet, persistent fundamental decline among North American Staples companies may well […]


Weekend Reading: $7 Trillion To Manipulate Prices

Authoreed by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, As the stock market continues to press new highs, the level of optimism climbs with it. I discussed yesterday Richard Thaler’s, a recent recipient of the Nobel Price in Economics, comments about not understanding the current “irrationality of investors relating to their investing behavior.” What is interesting is that […]


Ralph Nader: How CEO Stock Buybacks Parasitize The Economy

Authored by Ralph Nader via Evonomics.com, The monster of economic waste – over $7 trillion of dictated stock buybacks since 2003 by the self-enriching CEOs of large corporations – started with a little noticed change in 1982 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under President Ronald Reagan. That was when SEC Chairman John Shad, […]


Forget Tulips & Bitcoin – Here’s The Real Bubble

While the broader market for Swiss stocks has risen modestly this year, one 'entity' has outperformed its peers by such a staggering margin, it has left bamboozled market experts struggling for an explanation. And that company is…the Swiss National Bank. The price of a share in Swiss National Bank in August rose above 3,000 francs […]


Restoration Hardware Shorts Annihilated After Company Announces 50% Of Stock Repurchased

Restoration Hardware shorts had it too good for too long. After reporting abysmal numbers in Q3 2016, Q1 2016, Q4 2015 – when the company went so far to blame its own crashing stock price for poor earnings – RH stock more than doubled after its better than expected Q4 2016 numbers as long-suffering investors […]


Herbalife Surges After Announcing $600MM Stock Buyback, Failed LBO Transaction

One week after Herbalife stock tumbled following concerns of yet another Chinese crackdown on multi-level marketing scheme, Carl Icahn has struck again, squeezing his nemesis Bill Ackman who continues to be short the name, after Herbalife announced on Monday morning that while the company had tried and failed to pursue an LBO, it has instead […]


US Stock Buybacks In Biggest Slide Since The Financial Crisis

In light of today’s euphoric market reaction, which has seen the VIX plunge by over 3 vols, or 20% lower, to just over 12 and sent both the Nasdaq and S&P higher by 1% on relief that there were no mushroom clouds of the weekend, the jury is out whether last week’s sharp risk off, […]